Talent Insight 

Research plays a pivotal role in enabling organisations to make informed strategic decisions.  We offer organisations qualitative research with a strategic approach and facilitated by accredited executive coaches. With experience spanning corporate and academic research, Insight Oxford has a particular interest and track record in researching the issues that influence the retention of talent and career development. 

We capture robust feedback from your talent and translate it into clear and commercially relevant information.  Your business objectives drive our approach from project design to recommendations for action.  We employ a range of qualitative techniques including in-depth interviews, focus groups and ‘think tanks’, workshops.  We can also provide online surveys - working with our partner organisation Research Oxford  - to meet your research objectives.  Understanding your business is pivotal and we work in close partnership with our clients to achieve this.

Harnessing our unique blend of coaching and neuroscience expertise, Insight Oxford provides research and consultancy into talent retention, diversity strategies and overcoming obstacles to career development as well as understanding employee engagement. 

Insight Oxford provides a fresh look at independent exit interviews, providing real added value for your exiting employees through a professional exit interview executed by an experienced executive coach.  For more information, click on  Exit Research

Director, Joy Bussell has presented and published recent academic research papers into:

Examples of recent research undertaken on behalf of Insight Oxford clients:

The career development of female lawyers: obstacles and barriers to progress - undertaken for the Law Society - see below 

We adhere to high standards of client confidentiality and data protection as set out in the Market Research (MRS) Code of Conduct.  

Recent Research Projects

Over the past five years, Insight Oxford have worked on many projects for the Law Society. The first research report was recently published in 2010 on their website and is based on facilitated round table discussions and in-depth interviews. The aim was to understand the key barriers and obstacles to progression for women in the legal profession today. The full report can be accessed via the Law Society Website:    The career development of female lawyers: obstacles and barriers to progress 

In 2014, IOL consulted on further developing and revising The Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter, originally launched in 2009, with 447 signatories, ranging from small family firms through to the largest global legal practices and including 75 of the top 100 firms. The Charter Report offers law firms a platform for showcasing innovative diversity practice. The research and consultation resulted in a major revision of the measures to reflect the current diversity challenges facing law firms. Two measures saw the biggest increase in stretch in 2015 – ‘Leadership & Vision’, and ‘Employment & Staff Development’.  Questions have more than doubled in leadership and vision and tripled in employment and staff development to reflect the continued critical role each play in firms retaining a healthy diverse talent pipeline and the capacity to translate this into a diverse partnership and inclusive leadership

LATEST RESEARCH - the first reporting - using the recently revised measures - were reported on by Insight Oxford for the Law Society in their 2015 Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter Report, recently published on the Law Society website:


Research clients include: major global law firms, top tier investment banks,  Incisive Media, Odgers & Berndtson, Bond Dickenson, Bristows and the Law Society of England and Wales.

" Joy has worked in partnership with the Law Society E&D team on their women solicitors work for the past two years, often working on complex and challenging projects with short deadlines. She is responsive, reliable and resourceful, working to the highest professional standards. Joy has effectively undertaken research, underpinned and contributed to conference and workshops and produced publication content, consistently adding value to the work of the team. I have no reservations in recommending Insight Oxford as a highly able and reliable resource."  Patricia Corcoran, former Head of Equality & Diversity at the Law Society. 

" The approach Joy took, the guidance she gave at the outset to structuring the research, her ability to draw on wide industry knowledge and her professionalism endabled us to produce an accurate, direct and objective report to the business. As a result the report had maximum impact amongst our partners and has raised our talen management and diversity programmes within the firm. We, like many, have a long way to go but Joy has enabled that fresh approach within our business and the results to date are tangible. "  Diversity Partner Top 100 Law FIrm.

Joys' research into the impact of coaching on the retention of women has helped to drive the content of our maternity coaching programmes.  In particular, establishing for the first time the importance of involving the line manager and the importance of supporting women beyond their initial return to work."      Emma Spitz, Director, the Executive Coaching Consultancy Ltd