Consultancy 

Research Coach consultancy services support organisations to develop structures and work environments where people will thrive.

By getting to know your organisation, your goals and your people, Research Coach will work with you to develop tailored  solutions that bring lasting positive impacts for your staff, students and organisational cultures.

Consultancy services range from one-off advisory meetings, focus groups and strategy workshops to full-scale design and implementation of professional development programmes and initiatives.

Contact us to arrange an initial discussion of your requirements.

Examples of current and past consultancy projects include:

  • Design, implementation and review of early career researcher coaching and mentoring schemes
  • Development and delivery of leadership team coaching programmes
  • Comprehensive review of a UK institution’s support for post-doctoral researchers
  • Development of frameworks and resources to support institutional mentoring schemes
  • Design and delivery of strategy sessions and away days
  • Staff/student focus groups

“Natalie and Jo provided clear communication throughout the process. The review was carried out in a very professional manner and the report was high quality. The report outlines a clear set of actions that if enacted will improve the working environment and development of ECA staff in [our] department.”

– Department of Chemistry, University of Liverpool – Consultancy Client 2021 – Review of Support for Early Career Academics

“Every step of the process, from interview to consultation to final report was seamless. The team were professional, but also personable which put those involved in interviews and focus groups at ease. They really took time to understand the brief and the final report
reflects their understanding, but also their attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile to put clear and meaningful recommendations in place. I have managed several tenders in my role and this is the first time I have ever been able to accept a final report without any changes! It is perfect – fits the brief and gives us recommendations that are meaningful but also achievable.”

– Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre, Imperial College London – Consultancy Client 2020 – Review of Postdoc Provision

“The mentoring circles approach was completely new to our institution and I couldn’t be more pleased with how well it suited our needs. Natalie was always on hand to iron out issues quickly and effectively, especially after the move to online working. This new approach to mentoring resulted, in the first instance, in some really impactful conversations between colleagues who would not ordinarily have the opportunity to speak openly. In the longer term, the scheme has challenged and revitalised our institution’s approach to mentoring as a whole, which is sure to lead to an improved personal and professional development for colleagues going forward.”

– Research and Knowledge Exchange, University of Westminster – Consultancy Client 2019/20 – Mentoring Scheme Development

“I wholeheartedly recommend Research Coach to colleagues who might be looking to gain further insights into current HE processes and practices. Natalie James’ work for us at the University of Kent was excellent from start to finish. She listened carefully to our initial brief, taking care to understand what we needed and the wider institutional context.  She was thorough and systematic, and combined precise research processes with empathetic engagement with our staff. This enabled her to extract sensitive but important information from a wide range of colleagues from across the university. She was efficient, proactive and engaged throughout.”

– Dean of the Graduate School, University of Kent – Organisational Consultancy Client