New report highlights £9m compliance cost of UK open access requirements

21 Nov 2014 We’re delighted to announce the publication of our new report on the cost to UK research organisations of implementing funder open access policies.  Commissioned by London Higher and SPARC Europe, Counting the Costs of Open Access highlights the compliance burden associated with the move to open access publication of research articles, and for the first time identifies the administrative cost of making articles open access through the …

Survey of Open Access Costs for Institutions

1 Sep 2014 London Higher and SPARC Europe have jointly commissioned Research Consulting to evaluate the costs to UK higher education institutions of compliance with funder open access policies, specifically those of Research Councils UK and the Higher Education Funding Councils.  An on-line survey of compliance costs is now open to all UK Higher Education Institutions and Public Sector Research Establishments and will be …

Universities and Business – A Tale of Two Cities?

27 Jun 2014                I recently found the time to re-read one of my favourite books, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. (As an aside, it was only stumbling across an old copy that had been gathering dust for decades in my parents’ loft that prompted me to revisit it. In the same way as …

Research Management – What has it ever done for us?

17 Jun 2014 When I tell people that I work in research management, I often get a blank look. The alternative is to tell them I’m a Chartered Accountant, which is equally true, but also doesn’t work too well as a conversation starter at parties. So I often find it easiest just to say I’m a consultant who works with …

Open Access Comes of Age

25 Apr 2014 Slides from my presentation at the UKSG annual conference, with Catherine Sharp of UCL and Helen Dodson of the University of Manchester, are now available to view at http://slidesha.re/1hreLBi.  Well worth a look for anyone interested in how research-intensive universities are going about implementing the RCUK open access policy, plus I shared some thoughts on the potential role for …

Location, Location, Location – or Excellence?

28 Mar 2014 I left the recent Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar on Research and Innovation in the UK with plenty of food of thought.  Several of the contributors rightly questioned whether the UK has been strategic enough in its support for research, and the infrastructure necessary to underpin it.  Never far from the surface was the troubling fact that a nation …

Counting the costs of open access

24 Feb 2014 My presentation, Counting the costs of Open Access, from the Association of Subscription Agents and Intermediaries Annual Conference on 24 and 25 Feb 2014 is now available on-line. You can also find a copy of my recent webinar for the Copyright Clearance Center, Open Access: The Journey So Far, here.

3 Good Reasons to Start Your Own Business

22 Jan 2014 I realised this week that it’s almost exactly a year since I took the decision to set up my own consultancy company.  Reflecting on the last year, one of the main things that has struck me is just how much help and encouragement I have received along the way, sometimes from unexpected quarters.   Of course you need to have …