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Research Management: The Game

By Lucia Loffreda, 22/01/2020 Just before Christmas, the Research Consulting team released Research Management: The Game – a collaborative team game allowing players to experience the thrill of managing their own research institutes. Since then, our game – dealing with public policy changes, the lottery of funding and even Brexit – has been downloaded more than 700 times! Research Management …

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Is scholarly publishing changing for the better? 3 themes to keep on the radar

By Andrea Chiarelli, 20/01/2020 Last week, over 270 scholarly communication professionals from 150+ organisations and 19 countries gathered in Berlin for the Academic Publishing in Europe (APE) conference. The organisers (rightly) describe the conference as “the mecca of scholarly publishing”: indeed, over the course of two days, policymakers, funders, CEOs and other organisational leaders shared their views on the changing …

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Research Consulting appointed to Jisc’s R&D Framework

By Lucia Loffreda, 09/12/2019 We’re delighted to announce that Research Consulting has been appointed as a supplier to Jisc’s Research and Development (R&D) Consultancy Framework. The R&D framework is designed to allow Jisc to work with carefully selected expert suppliers to deliver specialist services across the further and higher education sectors. After a rigorous application process, we were appointed as …

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Open Access Research: A Review of DFID’s Policy and Practice

By Lucia Loffreda, 04/11/19 In late 2018, Research Consulting completed an independent review of the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) Research Open and Enhanced Access Policy. Now, at a time of rapid development in the open access (OA) and open research data (ORD) landscapes, we’re pleased to share the findings in our latest report. The review stems from the …

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Research4Life Infrastructure Review and Landscape Analysis

By Victoria Ficarra, 08/10/19 We are delighted to announce that in the coming months Research Consulting will be conducting a landscape analysis and infrastructure review of Research4Life’s operational effectiveness as part of the programme’s regular evaluation process. Research4Life works to provide developing countries with free or low-cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online via its five programmes: Hinari, …

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Report on European research funder Open Policies and practices

By Victoria Ficarra, 30/09/19 Research Consulting was commissioned by SPARC Europe to undertake research on European research funder Open policies and practices. The report is now publicly available on the SPARC Europe website and on the Reports page of our website. We supported SPARC Europe in the development and analysis of a survey conducted in spring this year, with responses …

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Can legal tech make a difference for research contracts functions in UK universities?

By Sophie Jennings 12/09/2019 Back in June we released a blog post on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for research contracts management.  This generated a lot of interest and led to Research Consulting chairing a webinar looking at this in more detail.  Nearly 80 participants registered and you can view the webinar and software demonstration recording here. The first …

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Openness and integrity: A tale of two papers

By Rob Johnson, 09/09/2019 This is the text of a talk given by Rob Johnson, Director, at the Westminster Higher Education Forum event Next steps for protecting research integrity in the UK (9 September 2019) I’d like to tell you the story of two papers, published in perhaps the two most prestigious academic journals in the world, Nature and Science.  …

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Strengthening research systems in Africa: Little saplings come to life

By Lucia Loffreda, 13/08/19 Back in April, we announced the start of a ten-month study of research capacity strengthening in low- and medium-income countries (LMICs) for the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Now more than halfway through our project, we’re delighted to share the findings from a Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA), a review of over 220 studies on interventions …

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Review of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council

By Victoria Ficarra, 11/07/19 We are pleased to announce that our findings from our review of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) are now publicly available on the Research Grants Council website and on the Reports page of our website*. Over the past year, Research Consulting has been undertaking research to support Phase II of reviewing the Hong Kong …