PhD Coaching

Struggling with your PhD?

Facilitating a workshop for PhD students using Serious Lego Play

Individual PhD coaching available for PhDs in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

I am an experienced academic researcher, Oxford University Press author, with over ten years of experience working in leading centres for Higher Education. I am currently a mentor for the Carnegie Future Leaders programme for PhD Carnegie Scholars in Scotland.

I help students achieve their PhD in the fastest and most effective way possible by breaking down the PhD process into manageable concrete steps.

Areas I can assist students with:

  • Guidance on current stage of PhD and navigating through the PhD jungle
  • Publishing channels and strategy 
  • Writing skills
  • Productivity
  • Troubleshooting with supervisor/ changing supervisors
  • Preparing for Viva
  • Planning for career after the PhD 
  • Grant and funding proposals
  • Document editing
  • Independent and confidential advice
  • Accountability 


“Alex is an excellent mentor and I highly recommend him. Through his knowledge he provides excellent and practical advice, not only with things directly related to my PhD but also on more general aspects of academic life. Having regular chats provide an invaluable opportunity to reflect on what I am doing and bounce ideas off someone outside of my supervisory team.”

Neil Ackerman, Carnegie Scholar and PhD Candidate in Archaeology, University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland

“I have found Alex to be an extremely genuine and approachable mentor, and he is just as excited about my academic success as I am. His workshop for PhD students introduced me to his PhD Model Canvas, which highlighted the next steps I need to take in sourcing funding for my PhD. I wouldn’t have made it this far without his guidance, and I highly recommend Dr O’Hara’s workshops and mentorship.”

Joan Addley, PhD Candidate in Education, National University of Ireland, Galway

If you would like to learn more, check out my new website for PhD research or drop me an email at to schedule a call.