Coaching is a 1-1 process that helps individuals think through their options in relation to a range of situations they may be facing in the workplace. It is confidential and voluntary, involving up to 4 meetings over a period of 4-6 months, organised independently through the Imperial Coaching Academy.

A coach and coachee will come from different parts of the College and will have no prior knowledge of each other. The coach will help the coachee address specific work-related challenges around people or projects, or issues relating to career development; unlike mentors, coaches will not have the technical expertise or contextual knowledge of their coachee’s role or area of College.

Coaches are drawn from across the College and have undertaken an initial 6-days training programme, and have ongoing CPD and supervision.
Interested in having a coach?


Mentoring, like coaching, is a development activity available to all staff. Both are supportive and non-judgmental and rely on a set of similar inter-personal skills. However, a mentor is likely to have a similar technical background and degree of expertise specifically in the area in which the mentee wishes to develop and is more of a role model who offers a greater degree of advice. The relationship between a mentor and a mentee may last up to a year, or maybe longer; during the meetings, the focus is on the whole person, particularly in relation to career progression and enhancement.
The College is currently working on setting up a technician mentoring scheme. To express an interest in becoming a mentor, please e-mail Lindsay Comalie at

Internal Work Shadowing

Internal Work Shadowing is an excellent opportunity to develop your existing skills, learn better practice, share ideas, discover how you can progress in your career and connect with the wider Imperial community. Work shadowing is beneficial to both host and ‘shadower’.
Technical staff from any area should contact Emily Michael, who can help you to set up a shadowing arrangement. More information is available here.


Apprenticeship funding has opened up a new route to developing College staff, whatever stage they are at in their careers. Apprenticeship programmes are available across a range of occupations and at a variety of levels, right through to Masters, allowing Imperial technical staff to gain new skills and qualifications on the job. Contact the Apprenticeships Manager or join a Roadshow to find out more.

RSC Approved Training

The Royal Society of Chemistry has an approved training course database. All the courses have been peer-reviewed against a set of criteria, to ensure that they can support the professional development of those who attend. As Imperial is an RSC-accredited organisation, you will receive at least a 10% discount on booking approved courses. The database includes courses in the classroom, in the lab, or online, and there's something for every stage of your professional development. Search by subject area, location, duration, event type, and skill level to find the course that's right for you.