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Coaching and Development for Enquiring Minds



Dr Natalie James

PhD, AMAC - Professional Development Coach and Consultant

I really enjoy supporting others to develop in their professional lives, it’s what motivates and inspires me. I create a supportive and confidential space for individuals and groups to:

  • Find solutions to professional challenges,
  • Identify and achieve meaningful career/development goals
  • Explore new ideas and perspectives

My clients include higher education professionals and academic researchers from all career stages from PhD to Professor. I hold a European Mentoring and Coaching Council accredited qualification in coaching and mentoring and am a member of the Association for Coaching.

Alongside my coaching and consultancy work, I oversee research staff development activity at the University of Sussex. Previously I was a senior manager at the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. I graduated with a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Bristol in 2009. In my spare time I enjoy meals with friends, visiting the beach with my son, good books and great films.

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One to one coaching for academic researchers and higher education professionals
Covering topics such as:
  • time management
  • productivity and motivation
  • balancing competing priorities
  • leadership and management
  • confidence and assertiveness
  • developing research strategies
  • career planning/career changes
  • managing imposter feelings
  • working with others
  • progression and promotion 
  • preparation for  interviews
  • others depending on requirements. 

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Workshops and seminars
Covering topics such as:
  • Coaching and mentoring skills
  • Research Strategy
  • Professional effectiveness
  • Career management
  • Embracing change and uncertainty
  • Starting and planning your academic career
  • Personal resilience and finding balance
Organisational consultancy
Design and implementation of mentoring schemes and professional development programmes


"After only 3 sessions, Natalie has helped me realise that the majority of my key concerns were related to a few underlying issues. I had not anticipated such clear integration, and mindfulness of these issues which will hopefully enable me to continue to address future stumbling blocks. "- Coaching Client 2015
"I have gained a clearer view on career options and their meaning for my personal life and work-life balance. Coaching enabled me to make my choices with more confidence because I had the feeling to be better informed about the benefits and consequences." - Coaching Client 2016
"Generally I have the feeling that since I gained clarity about my goals, I work in a more concentrated and focused fashion, and I'm more productive." - Coaching Client 2016
"Coaching has been enormously valuable to me both professionally and personally providing a space in which to focus on difficulties and aspirations as well as suggestions for different courses of action leading to change." - Coaching Client 2016
"Natalie has been a fantastic coach - warm, empathic, practical, human, positive and extremely professional and clear at the same time. I think she really helped me to focus on difficult things and find achievable courses of action." - Coaching Client 2016
"It was extremely helpful to lay out, in a guided fashion, all the pros and cons of all the choices that were coming up for me to make. This is something that can be hard to do on your own, but I found it surprisingly easy in a session with a trained coach." - Coaching Client 2016
"Very effective session for getting us to think about how we approach research" - Thinking Strategically About Your Research Workshop Attendee 2016
"Really useful mix of reflection, group work, discussion and information" - Mentoring Skills for Researchers Workshop Attendee 2016
"As a result of today I will be a better mentor! I will support changes to our mentoring regime" - Mentoring Skills for Academic Faculty Workshop Attendee 2017


For an initial discussion of how Research Coach can fulfil your individual and/or organisational requirements please contact us:
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