Vets partner with School for bespoke Executive Coaching and Mentoring
Managers from independent veterinary practice co-operative XLVets and Minster Vets benefit from Centre Executive Coaching
As companies look to partner universities in designing bespoke executive education, is this model about to become mainstream in higher education?
University-business relations have often focused on research contracts and industry training with firms treated by universities as (sometimes difficult) customers. Now growing numbers of universities and businesses are engaging in equal strategic partnerships to invent and support targeted courses.
One such case in point was when the Minster Veterinary Practice and the XLVets group of independent veterinary practices contracted with the University of York’s Management School to design and deliver a range of executive coaching and mentoring sessions for their managers.
Aimed specifically at those keen to develop the diverse range of skills necessary to fulfill multifaceted management roles within busy veterinary practices the programme was attended by managers working in a wide range of veterinary practices.
"Course feedback was excellent. So much so that the university has now agreed to forge a stronger bond with us by developing and delivering executive coaching for all our senior partners", said Minster Veterinary Practice partner Alastair Johnston.
Course delegate Joe Pearson, said: “This was a busy yet fun five days which really helped us all to better understand how veterinary practices function as businesses. I will go away with much more confidence and have proved to myself that I do possess leadership skills".
"When Minster Vets approached us they were pushing at an open door," commented Amanda Hullick, director in the Management School’s Centre for Business Collaboration. "Management mentoring and executive coaching has always been an integral and important part of what we do here in the School."
Universities minister, David Willetts, is enthusiastic about all these schemes and urges other employers and universities to "study the concept carefully".