"Vik is so approachable and incisive, helping you be the best version of you and challenging the “more is more” mindset of academia. I honestly feel like a different person!"
I'm Vik, a confidence and writing coach specialising in supporting women in academia.
My coaching helps you regain clarity, confidence and creativity in your work.
"I liked that Vik had been an academic and therefore had knowledge of our sector. I felt – rightly so- that Vik would be informed and focused on what it means to be an academic. I also appreciate Vik's emphasis on what it means to be a female academic."
I worked for over a decade as a full time academic - predominantly as a Politics Lecturer at a Russell Group University.
I am a published author of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and online articles. I am an experienced qualitative researcher and a feminist teacher. My research has been funded by the ESRC, Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland & the Adam Smith Research Foundation.
I have successfully supervised a number of PhD's to completion, worked on scholarship bids to recruit PhD students, and examined theses as both internal and external examiner.
In May 2019, I decided to resign my post and leave academia. Trying to work at this level with young children and a chronic illness (I have stage 4 endometriosis) accelerated my exit via burnout, but I had been feeling the desire to change career path for several years.
The direction of travel in HE in the UK was becoming increasingly polarised from my values. I was increasingly frustrated by the ways in which careers were becoming stalled and stuck - or simply never taking off due to the precarity of the sector.
I decided I wanted to use my expertise and experience as a writer, researcher, and supervisor to create a non-judgemental space in which to support academic women to flourish.
That is why I made the decision to offer coaching. I work with women in a variety of ways - through confidential and bespoke 1-1 packages, webinars, and my e-workbooks.
"Vik understands the issues faced by women in the academy. Drawing on her own experiences and existing resources, she created an individualised programme that has transformed my engagement with my work. I no longer feel overwhelmed all the time and know what to do when that feeling starts to creep in again. As a result, I’m beginning to write more confidently and take up opportunities that would have felt too risky before. Thank you Vik!"