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Luna is the go-to career coach for mid-career academics ditching the academic pipeline, getting clear on what they want and wielding the confidence to get it.

I work with big visionaries! You want to make an impact and be creative in your work but without precarity, poor pay, and the pain of overwork!


For Universities:

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I coach academic staff and students, improving their motivation, progression, and productivity. I also deliver workshops/ speaking engagements and training to provide research skills-training and developmental progression for your students and academic staff particularly with knowledge exchange, publication/ dissemination, public engagement, goal-setting, well-being, confidence, self-awareness, clarity, and leadership skills.

I have over 15 years of experience in higher education as a Lecturer and Chair of Personal Tutoring & Academic Coaching  (2007-2021), Deputy Director of PGR students, Lead of Widening Participation, Deputy Research Director for Clinical Psychology (2020-2021); Deputy Research Lead for Public Mental Health; Steering Committee Member for the Durham Research Leadership Programme (nominated by THE Awards in 2015); and was on the Senior Leadership Team as Equality and Diversity Chair (and Chair of Athena SWAN when we received the Silver Award for IPHS) (2016-2021).

I’m a recognised Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the The Royal Society of Arts as well as a member of Association for Coaching. My roles in these esteemed institutions highlight my commitment to social good and service to communities.

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CIC, Charities & Social Enterprises:

My mission is to equip the changemakers of the world with knowledge and tools to make a difference.

You want…

  • To make a difference but you need sustainable funds to make it happen
  • Support in scoping for available grants that meet your needs
  • To submit grants that meet your project needs but without burning out 
  • To achieve growth because there is a growing need in your community for what you offer
  • Support in evidencing what you do, showing funders the impact you’re having
  • Help in planning for long-term sustainability – strategic planning and partnerships

If your charitable work is in the UK and your work has an impact on wellbeing …


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Years Developing Academic Coaching Programmes

Luna Leadership helps you pivot with purpose in a new industry or in your own business, with more autonomy and creativity

Your motivation to leave will increase after listening 😉

  • What if when you wake up to the toxic reality, you’re able to turn anger into courage, and cash out the bet you’d made on academia so you can thrive in something new
  • With the rabble rebels in my world, we now can express our free, funky, joyful selves with no fear!

No matter how “established” you are in academia, you’ve got less flexibility, less power to effect change, and you’re not able to do the work you love!

Plus, you feel less and less valued every day!

I’ve shed the academic identity and I’m not itching to adopt a new box, are you?

Well then, my fellow disruptors:

Do you want to unleash your bold and creative selves, own your worth, & radiate badass energy so you position yourself as a leader in a new industry? Join me and my co-conspirators!

We’re here to lift each other up and no longer wait for some company or industry to provide us with work that we’re told will be paid in love-for-the-work. No, thanks!

I’m not here to put you in yet another box!! …whether you stay in academia or not…

Your skills don’t have to fit into a corporate-style resume

You don’t have to go into UX if that’s not you; Open a cafe if you want!

We’re not going to brand and market you like a product

You don’t have to sacrifice your work-life balance for a job!

The Monthly Membership

Building Beyond Academia

Building Beyond Academia is the monthly membership for academics dismissing the doubt, tapping into creativity and exploration, and striking out into a new career, all with support from like-minded people!

📑 5 learning modules for building a business and attracting director-level jobs

💻 Fortnightly spotlight coaching meetings with Luna – drop in office hour

💬 Slack group for support from a community

📣 Transformational content by guest experts – monthly

🤸‍♀️ Clarity through bodily movement/awareness sessions – weekly

✨ Healing and unlearning workshops that put all of the BS we were fed on a f**k-off rocket – monthly

$500 for a 6-month-membership


The ULTIMATE Mentoring Program

Life After Academia

Life After Academia is a coaching & mentoring program to help you…
+ create new metrics of personal success,
+ design your next career around a fulfilling life, and
+ confidently launch your new career!

All with clarity and purpose!

🖊 Weekly tailored and personalized action points for guidance on your journey

💻 3 one-on-one coaching sessions with Luna

⏰ 3 weekly drop-in spotlight coaching with Luna

💬 Private Voxer texting access for the group

📑 5 self-guided modules; step-by-step processes for all things related to a successful career pivot – including CVs/resumes, interviews, & healing from trauma, imposter syndrome, and cultivating your confidence.

📣 Transformational content by guest experts – monthly – all recorded!

🤸‍♀️ Clarity through bodily awareness sessions – weekly

✨ Healing and unlearning workshops that put all of the BS we were fed on a f**k-off rocket – monthly

$332/mo for 5 months (lifetime access to groups and online content)


I'm really amazed that I'm just a few weeks out from leaving my job, and I have zero reservations, zero fear. And I expected that when I was at this point, I would be freaking out. So it's very just gives me so much peace to know that I made the right decision and I had help making it and navigating the reality of it. And so thank you for that.

Shannon PeliniProfessor who transitioned to Real Estate Investor

The Pivot with Purpose Programme has been a big help in reflecting on what a meaningful career entails. Luna's prompts were always on point, helped me when I felt stuck and inspired me to look at my values and strengths from a different perspective. Entering the job market outside of academia now, I feel much more structured and focused. Luna is full of advice and inspiration, and such fun to work with! I'd definitely recommend her course to anyone who is struggling with making their next career move.

Teresa Lappe-OsthegePost-doc transitioned to Senior Consultant on Environment and Society

Dr. Luna has an incredible ability to listen, understand, and offer clear guidance toward career goals.
She has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and her passion for helping others is evident in everything she does.
She is an invaluable asset to anyone looking to fulfill their potential, and take their career to the next level.

Ecija Blašković VondračekLab Technician now Project Manager

Luna is the energy someone needs after getting a rejection from the "perfect job"!
I recommend Luna because there isn't a challenging job situation that she hasn't been able to tackle. And she creates an environment of trust between herself and her clients. The fact that she focuses on professionals with academic background is a game changer - previous personal experience from services with mediocre to disappointing results and no experience of the job market and support for professionals with academic background. She does stand out, constantly adds to her versatility and capability to support and shares her positive energy generously.
Definitely very happy to have worked with her. We prepared the application one week and the next I got an interview and the job all within 10 days.

Panagiota AxelithiotiTemporary lecturer now PDRA Equality, Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility in Science

Luna is very insightful and she can easily understand the needs of her clients. She is very good at combining practical advice while always keeping in the centre of the discussion her clients values and priorities. Going beyond "fixing your cv into a resume" Luna can actually support her clients into a meaningful transition. Do not escape from your jobs! Put yourselves and your needs on the forefront in creating a new path. I absolutely recommend Luna as a coach!

Alexandra BousiouPDRA now Senior Research and Innovation Advisor

I'm already noticing the results as I've had the privilege of connecting with remarkable individuals who've shared their journeys and have been a wellspring of inspiration and knowledge.
This is also the result of being ready to receive the guidance of my awesome career coach, Luna Clara Muñoz guidance of my awesome career coach, Luna Clara Muñoz, PhD FRSA, which has made all the difference (we're not alone on this; I totally recommend getting yourself a transitioning career coach as awesome as mine). I now wholeheartedly believe that my moment for a fantastic job opportunity is coming.
Believe me, however long it takes, reclaim yourself. Otherwise, academia will continue to rule over your life.
The world does shine brighter and fuller when your inner academic tyrant no longer resides rent-free in your mind and body.

Deida Perea

Luna is simply a force of nature. I needed a coach and a coaching programme that saw me as a whole person - mind, body and soul - and I have found all this in Building Beyond Academia, Luna's signature membership programme. If you are an academic who is feeling stuck, unmotivated, demoralised and wanting to pivot but don't know how, then do get in touch with Luna. I feel I got much more than I paid for. Luna's sessions are nourishment for the body not just the cognitive mind. We move, dance, feel all the emotions and aspirations, and set our goals and action plans through creative activities that go beyond what traditional coaching involves. Luna is a cheerleader for her clients and her support has helped me overcome my fears and mental barriers, to finally choose to be who I want to be. Thank you Luna!

Miriam RicciProfessor to Nature-based Personal & Business Coach, Impact Evaluation & Research Consultant

Why not take your power back & leave with your integrity intact! With 20+ years' experience in US, UK & European universities, I've helped 100s of paying clients

Dare to design your work around a life of fulfillment

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