Dr Alison Sydenham
Lecturer in Degree Apprenticeships
+44 (0) 1392 725590
Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK
I completed my Ph.D. at Plymouth University in 2020 which is focused on the application and efficacy of workplace coaching as a methodology for improving mental wellbeing. My interest in coaching and wellbeing stemmed from a 15yr professional career as an HR Practitioner. I am a Chartered member of the CIPD and have a Masters in Personnel and Development. I have worked within specialist and generalist HR roles both locally and internationally and run my own HR consultancy (The HR Desk). I am a passionate advocate of the Well-being Agenda and aim to inspire developments within this field across my Academic role, HR and Coaching work.
I am an IIC accredited Coach and NLP Practitioner with over 2000hrs coaching experience specialising in well-being and neurodiversity. Alongside my work at the University I manage and provide specialist coaching services within a business I started in 2014 (www.coachingforwellbeing.org).
In 2019, I joined the Department of Management in the University of Exeter Business School and I am now pleased to be working within the Degree Apprenticeships as Programme Director for Professional Practice as well as lecturer/module lead for the following modules:
HR Skills and Behaviour (Level 7 Senior People Professional Apprenticeship)
Professional Practice (Level 4 Investment Operations Specialist Apprenticeship)
Professional Practice (Level 6 Financial Services Professional Apprenticeship)
Ph.D. (Business and Management) (October 2020)
MA Personnel and Development (2004)
BA hons Degree (2:1) (Performing Arts, Music and Entertainments Management) (2003)
PGCERT Academic Practice PCAP (Apprenticeship PT)
ILM Endorsed Accredited Practitioner Coach (IIC&M) (2011)
Ph.D. title: “Human Flourishing: the application and efficacy of workplace coaching as a methodology for improving mental wellbeing”
Research interests include:
- Workplace and personal coaching;
- Workplace well-being;
- Human Resource Management;
- Personal Effectiveness and Work-Based Learning
I have an enthusiastic, creative and inclusive teaching style and use a range of techniques to engage, inspire and inform students in order to benefit their academic studies and future career.
I am currently the work-based learning specialist for the Finance Degree Apprenticeships and working on the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeships (Developing Managerial Behaviours Module).
In addition to this, I am interested in supporting students through:
- Human Resource Management;
- General Management;
- Personal and Professional Development;
- Workplace Well-being;
- Workplace Coaching
- BEF1005DA - WBL - The Art of Professional Development Planning
- BEF2005DA - WBL - Managing Own Professional Development
- BEMM125DA - HR Skills and Behaviours