Researcher Development

Coaching for Research & Academic Staff

What is Coaching?

Coaching is an interactive process that helps you to identify your values and goals, to improve your performance and to release your potential.  It can provide both challenge and support to you through periods of change. 

Coaching can help you to:

  • have the career you really want
  • improve your work-life balance
  • improve your relationships
  • make lifestyle changes
  • make positive changes and achieve goals that are important to you, whatever they may be (you may not even know what they are yet!)

The coach uses a range of approaches and skills to help you to define and achieve your professional and personal goals faster and with more ease than would be possible otherwise – taking you from where you are now to where you want to be. Coaching is about your whole life, although you may have goals that relate to your work, your relationships or perhaps self image.

During a coaching session you will be challenged to think about what you most value, what you really want, and how that makes you feel. You will then have actions, challenges or inquiries to work on in the intervening time between sessions

As a result of coaching, you will be able to set better goals, take more action, make better decisions, and more fully use your natural strengths.

Coaching is not therapy, counselling, advice or consultancy and is never offered as such. For more information about what coaching is and is not, see the Staff Development Coaching pages

Time commitment

Coaching is an ongoing relationship and we ask you to commit for 6 sessions (that is after you had a meeting with a coach and you have decided that coaching is for you). However some clients may feel positive changes happening straight after the first session.
A typical session lasts 45 minutes. The initial session may take up to 90 minutes.

Is coaching for anyone?

No, coaching is not for everyone, but it is appropriate for anyone who is ready for change and willing to invest time and energy in trying out new challenges and perspectives.

Can I have free coaching?

Research Staff at the University of Bath can have up to six free sessions, depending on availability. If there is no availability, you will be placed on a waiting list.


The coaching sessions, and anything that is said or done in them is entirely confidential.  The coach will not reveal the content of the sessions to anyone.  The only exception is if they believe that you are doing anything unlawful or may be a danger to yourself or others.

The coach

Our coach, Jeanette Müller, has been trained by, the world-renowned Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and is a certified Co-Active coach


Interested? For an informal chat about coaching and to see if coaching is for you contact Jeanette Müller.