About Research Coach

Research Coach provides specialist professional development coaching and consultancy services to the Higher Education Sector.

With a background in both research funding and researcher development and over 15 years’ experience working with academic researchers and higher education professionals, we have deep knowledge of the academic environment. We bring this understanding of the academic world to our work in creating tailored developmental spaces for individuals, groups and organisations.

  • Find solutions to professional challenges

  • Identify and achieve meaningful development goals

  • Explore new ideas and perspectives

Our services

For individuals

Careers and professional development coaching for academic researchers (PhD to Professor) and higher education professionals.
Coaching covers topics such as:
productivity and time management, leadership and management, confidence and assertiveness, developing research strategies, career planning, promotion, working relationships, managing imposter feelings, and others depending on requirements

For groups

Professional development workshops, action learning sets, group coaching and mentoring.

Workshop topics include:
Coaching and mentoring skills, research strategy, professional effectiveness, career management, embracing change and uncertainty,  personal resilience and finding balance

For organisations

Working in partnership with research organisations to develop environments that enable researchers to thrive.

Consultancy services include:
Research environment and culture reviews; professional development programme design and review, mentoring scheme design and review, staff and student experience consultations.

Our clients

What people say…

“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.”

“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.”

“I have been able to talk through many of the questions and issues I have had towards my job. I have learnt how to negotiate aspects of my role, where I can still remain productive, but understand what my limits are.”

“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.”

“Very positive experience and a potentially powerful way to create change. Natalie has a rare gift of creating a safe environment where people can take risks to explore deep or sometimes difficult subjects.”

“[Coaching] helped me to clarify my long-term goals as well as to identify intermediate steps to achieve them It helped me resolve some issues which were holding me back, Overall I feel much more focused and in control of my professional life.”


For a discussion of how Research Coach can fulfil your individual and/or organisational requirements please use the enquiry form to provide some information and we will be in touch.

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