I'm Vik, and I'm a coach and writer. I work with women in academia who are looking to regain clarity, confidence and creativity in their work.
Prior to becoming a coach, I spent a decade as a full time academic - working as a Politics Lecturer in a Russell Group University. In that job I became a published author of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, an experienced qualitative researcher, a feminist teacher, a PhD Supervisor and examiner, and a successful grant writer. My research took me to live in Russia and interview women about the role of their rights. As a small town, first generation student and then academic, it is safe to say that my academic career was mind-blowing and I enjoyed a lot of it.
In May 2019, I left this successful career behind.
I burnt out.
The combination of work-based stress, motherhood and managing the debilitating effects of stage-4 endometriosis led me to reassess the kind of work and life I wanted.
So, I set up The Learning Curve Collective. My aim is to create a non-judgemental space where I can use my experience and expertise to support academic women to flourish.
When I'm not working, I'm living a much simpler and slower life in Glasgow with my family - I'm a mother of 2 small children and a kitten.
I'm also working on my own dream creative project - working through the drafts of my first novel - a feminist political thriller!