UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences


ADAPT Coaching for Research Technicians

Through online one-to-one coaching, this scheme supports participants to build resilience and cope with challenges in their careers.

The online programme is based on cognitive behavioural therapy, mentoring and coaching techniques and enables Research/Technical Staff to position themselves for success in their future careers. 

The scheme is currently open to Technical staff* based at the four LMS Faculties: Brain Sciences, Medical Sciences, Life Sciences and Population Health Sciences, as well as Biological Services. 

*Technical Staff includes staff directly supporting research in technical roles. Relevent job titles could include, but not limited to, Auxiliary Technician, Research Support Technician, Senior Research Support Technician, Research Technician and Facility Manager. If you have any questions on your eligibility for this scheme please do not hesitate to contact Alex Teale via a.teale@ucl.ac.uk 

Applications for Cohort 3 are now open. The coaching period for this round will be January/February 2023.  The deadline to apply is 30th November 2022 and the application form is here: https://form.jotform.com/222263657556361 

Why should I join the scheme?

ADAPT Coaching is all about proactively building the skills to be a more resilient in your career. Some of the topics that our coaches can help participants with are (but not limited to):

  • feeling overwhelmed; 
  • difficulties in being assertive/saying no,
  • knowing your own boundaries, 
  • interpersonal difficulties with managers, 
  • fear of failure, 
  • time management, 
  • work/life balance.

The programme is based entirely online, making it easy for you to fit into a busy schedule. Please note that you can only participate in ADAPT Coaching once: you cannot apply for an extra four sessions after you have already had four.

Is it free?

Yes! ADAPT Coaching for Technicians is funded by the Wellcome Trust. 

How can I join?

Applications are now open. The deadline to apply is Wednesday 30th November 2022. The application form is here: https://form.jotform.com/222263657556361

What will happen after I sign up?

Applicants will be contacted immediately after applications close with further information and participants will be put in touch with a coach.

How do the sessions work?

You will be allocated four one-hour one-to-one online sessions with a coach trained in a proactive cognitive behavioural coaching approach. You will have January to February 2023 to complete your four sessions and these must be booked in when you first have contact with your coach. 

The coaching is conducted through Zoom/ Teams. You can participate in a session anywhere that you have a computer and access to the internet. We insist that participants are in a private space for the sessions where you will not be disturbed, and you are able to have your camera on. 

Who conducts the coaching?

Dr Sue Watson and Laurent Cadet De Fontenay will conduct the coaching. They have a lot of experience with psychological services and supporting early career academics. They also coach as part of our well established ADAPT to Grow scheme. 

How will UCL ensure my privacy?

Your application data will be handled according to official data protection guidelines and won’t be used or shared for any other purpose. UCL will conduct surveys to evaluate the impact of the programme and allow us to make improvements to the scheme. 

What will happen if I miss a session?

We understand that something may come up unexpectedly and you might have to miss a session. As far as possible, please try to let your coach know in advance whether you will miss a session so that we can plan accordingly. Note that missed sessions cannot be replaced due to the nature of the scheme.

How will the scheme be evaluated?

Surveys! Participants will be surveyed at the end of their sessions and 6 months after that.  We will share our analysis of the surveys with the coach so that we can work together to improve the programme in the future. 

What if I have a question? 

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the scheme at any point you can speak to Alex Teale - a.teale@ucl.ac.uk