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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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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 …

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Adopting artificial intelligence (AI) legal tech in research contracts management?

By Dan King and Rob Johnson, 10th June 2019 There is much commentary on the opportunities and potential for artificial intelligence (AI) to make significant and potentially far reaching changes in HE and education. Recent articles in The Conversation and The Guardian point to opportunities in improved student learning, student experience and service; NESTA reported on the use of AI …

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A Q&A with our Principal Consultant, Mattia Fosci

By Emma Richens, 28/05/19 Mattia joined Research Consulting in 2014 as our very first employee and has been with us ever since. Recently promoted to Principal Consultant, Mattia leads on delivery of some of our largest and most complex projects. We thought it would be a good idea for our readers to get to know him better! What other jobs …

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A year in the life of Research Consulting

By Rob Johnson, 7 May 2019 The last 12 months have been an exciting time here at Research Consulting HQ. Our team has grown, with the appointment of a new Director, Dr Dan King, one year ago, and two new researchers, Lucia Loffreda and Emma Richens, joining us in autumn 2018. This has enabled us to take on a wider …

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Understanding Plan S for scholarly communication: 4 Useful Resources

By Lucia Loffreda, 21/11/2018 On 4 September 2018, a group of national research funding organisations, with the support of the European Commission and the European Research Council (ERC), announced the launch of cOAlition S, an initiative to make full and immediate Open Access to research publications a reality. The initiative, designed by Robert Jan-Smits, the Open Access Envoy of the European Commission, requires immediate open access to all …

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Managing University-Industry Engagement and Partnerships for Research

By Dan King, 21/11/2018 Dan King, who leads Research Consulting’s work on partnerships and knowledge exchange, reflects on partnerships and industry engagement, in advance of a new benchmarking study planned for 2019. Following Research Consulting’s benchmarking study of research contract management, we are planning a similar approach to a study on partnerships and industry engagement.  Our plans are driven by …

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Stories from the front line: managing research contracts in 2018

By Dan King, 20/07/2018 In the complex world of academic research and collaborations, research contracts teams in universities play an essential, yet often undervalued role. Their work facilitates ordered collaboration between organisations, the transfer of funds for R&D and due diligence to ensure the inherent risks of collaboration are managed. And when the unexpected happens, we look to the assurance …

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Celebrating five years of Research Consulting!

by Rob Johnson, 17/04/2018 Exactly five years ago, in April 2013, I founded a new consultancy to help improve the effectiveness and impact of research. At that point, Research Consulting consisted of me, an iPad, a spare room in my house and a website intended to make us look a lot more credible than we were. A lot has happened …