Facilitation & Coaching

trainingI have worked with PhD students and early career researchers as a training designer/facilitator and coach for 8 years, and have made many genuine and meaningful connections in that time that have given me examples and experiences that I bring into the activities I create. Ensuring that my sessions are engaging, relevant, interactive, enjoyable and useful.

Training & Facilitation

I regularly create and deliver original experiential learning sessions to researchers at UK universities. I have expertise in creating evidence-based training programmes that draw on recent academic research, here are some of the courses I have created and currently or recently facilitated:

happy-hourExploring Positive Psychology

The Exploring Positive Psychology programme is a series of hands-on wellbeing sessions designed to help people to build better habits and develop new routines, to increase happiness and improve wellbeing.

This course is suitable for workplace and student wellbeing.


What are you lemons?

Building Your Emotional Resilience

The most important thing to know about resilience is that, although we all have differing personal qualities that effect how we respond to difficulty, change and growth – resilience skills can be developed, whatever your starting point is. This workshop is all about how you can build your emotional resilience to respond positively to whatever life throws at you, and make the most of opportunities.

How to Manage Your Stress

I help participants to manage their stress by explaining the relationship between stress, performance, and wellbeing. Focusing in on what stress means to them, the factors and situations that cause them stress, the signs and symptoms of stress, and specific actions they can to take  to manage their stress.


Alys Kay Coach and Photographer

Alys Kay Coach and Photographer

I have a deep interest in human development; how behavioural change can occur in individuals and in what ways the mind and body help and hinder development.

Through, coaching I have enabled people to achieve positive lasting change for themselves and their teams:


“Alys was able to quickly and accurately summarise and provide feedback during the verbal flow of my disorganised thoughts. This helped to crystallise ideas and initiate action that has really helped me to take the crucial first step in a number of personal, career, social, and emotional domains!”

3rd Year PhD student, August 2017

Having established myself as a successful  coach working at both the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University. I have honed my ability to build rapport; getting to know each individual, and working with them to develop strategies to build on their unique skills, experience and strengths.

My coaching helps people to go below the surface of challenges, overcome self-limiting beliefs and generate creative solutions that bring positive changes to their work-life balance and effectiveness.