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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 …

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Learned societies and open access

By Rob Johnson, 18 Oct 2017 Since 2015, the Universities’ UK Open Access Co-ordination Group has commissioned a bi-annual exercise to monitor the UK’s transition to open access, including the financial health of learned societies. As part of this exercise, I have been working with Professor Robert Dingwall to assess how 30 UK learned societies have fared between 2011 and …

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Building a Mission-Driven Business

By Rob Johnson, 13 September 2016  I describe Research Consulting as a ‘mission-driven business’. This means we deliver work that makes a difference, with the drive and focus of a commercial undertaking.  In practice this can feel like walking a tightrope, where it is all too easy to lean too far in one direction or another. Before I founded the company in 2013, I spent several years working …