Research and knowledge exchange

Coaching for Research Staff

The Research Staff Office offer Sussex Staff on Research-only contracts free 1:1 confidential coaching appointments with an external, qualified coach

One to one coaching for Research Staff

Are you looking to advance professionally, but not sure of your next step? Do you want to improve your working relationships or your productivity? Are you looking to make a change in your work/life but not sure where to start?

Coaching can be useful if you are at a point where you are considering what your options might be for the future or if you are working towards achieving a specific goal e.g. promotion, progression, gaining independent funding. It is also useful if you are struggling with a particular issue or challenge in your professional life.

The Research Staff Office are pleased to be able to offer Sussex Staff on Research-only contracts* 1:1 coaching appointments with an external, qualified coach.

Sessions are free to Research Staff*, completely confidential and will last 1 hour. Depending on your requirements you may opt for a one-off appointment or a series of up to three coaching sessions. Using a non-judgemental and solutions focussed approach, your coach will work with you to find courses of action that are appropriate to your individual circumstances and will support you in overcoming challenges and achieving your goals.

To find out more about coaching or to book an appointment please use the form below.

*Unfortunately RSO budget is limited and we are unable to extend the offering to Doctoral Research Students.


Coaching testimonials:

"The coaching sessions gave me the opportunity to explore the challenging, and at times uncomfortable career questions that are readily overlook in job applications. Ultimately, the experience was very beneficial and has helped focus and enhanced both my written applications and interview technique."

"My coaching experience was totally positive if a little challenging at times. Really refreshing and a great experience to have had which has helped be hugely."

"Really great and incredibly helpful. I would recommend it to anyone."

"My coach was incredibly helpful even in the few sessions which we had together. I really liked her techniques and just some very simple things she said to me and made me aware of were a great help."

"After only 3 sessions, my coach 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."

"It was a very positive experience that was very helpful in untangling certain issues in my professional life."

"Coaching enabled me to make my choices with more confidence because I had the feeling to be better informed about the benefits and consequences."

"I was very pleased that our goals remained work focused, but surprised and delighted that addressing these goals has provided very useful strategies for my personal life."

"It was a great way to characterise issues and identify solutions that can work specifically for me."



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The 1:1 coaching service is delivered by Dr Natalie James, a qualified development coach with over 200 hours coaching experience with researchers. Natalie is a member of the Association for Coaching.


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T: 01273 877979

Research Staff Office, Research and Enterprise Services, Level 1, Falmer House, University of Sussex, BN1 9QF

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