Team Coach: what is it and what’s in it for me?

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Spotted Team Coach in your timetable? That’s because your programme has been selected to take part in a new initiative as part of our commitment to your self-development.

What is it?

In sport, the role of a coach is to support the people participating, reach their full potential. And when it comes to academic coaching it’s just the same!

During Block Zero you were assigned to a coaching group in Microsoft Teams, consisting of around ten other students from your course. Since the start of Teaching Block 1, you’ve been timetabled to meet up every two weeks, along with other groups of students from your programme, and one or two coaches, who are members of staff.

The sessions are facilitated by your coach(es) and based on UWE Bristol’s five secrets to success. During the sessions you’ll watch a video together and complete activities related to the week’s theme (for example: ‘Visualise your future’).

What are the benefits of Team Coach?

We trust Team Coach will:

  • Inspire you to engage in student life in all its forms
  • Empower you to make the most of the many opportunities here
  • Provide space for you to share and reflect upon your experiences
  • Increase your confidence
  • Reduce any isolation you may be feeling due to the coronavirus pandemic
  • Help you graduate successfully

By working together, you’ll be able to build on what you learnt in Block Zero and support each other to seek solutions to any issues you might be experiencing, especially in light of the pandemic.

We want you to succeed in every area of university life and hope you enjoy working with your coaching group!


Let us know what you thought about Block Zero!

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Block Zero was designed to make sure you were ready for the academic year. We wanted to work closely with you to build up your skills and knowledge so that you were ready to hit the ground running when your programme teaching resumed.


We’re conducting a short survey for all students who took part in some or all of the elements of Block Zero to find out what you thought about it, and the start of year.

The survey asks about your experience, and should take less than 10 minutes complete.

Complete the survey online by Friday 20 November to let us know what you thought, and for your chance of winning one of two MiniRig speakers, or one of four £50 Amazon gift vouchers!