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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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Promoting good practice in research contracts management

By Andrea Chiarelli, 16 Nov 2017 In early October, we published a blog post to announce our 2018 research contracts benchmarking exercise, building on the 2013 exercise run by our Director Rob Johnson and seeking to: generate a broader set of comparators, by opening up the exercise to all research-active HEIs; and help institutions respond to ongoing and new challenges in the research …

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Getting to grips with research contracts

By Rob Johnson, 2 Oct 2017 Back in 2013, I ran a benchmarking exercise for 20 research-intensive universities in the UK, looking at how they handled contracts for research and research-related activities. The driver for the exercise was the rapid growth in the volume and complexity of research contracts managed by UK higher education institutions (HEIs). This was leading to …

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How can we boost the impact of Social Sciences and Humanities? A report from Cardiff

By Mattia Fosci, 29 Sep 2017 Last week I attended the AESIS conference on Boosting the impact of Social Sciences and Humanities in Cardiff. It was an event-packed two-day conference with over 150 participants from academia, research funders and social scientists coming from the UK, Europe and North America. As a social science researcher routinely working with practice, the underlying assumption …

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How can we make Knowledge Exchange work better?

By Mattia Fosci and Rob Johnson, 30 Sep 2016 The Knowledge Exchange imperative The UK prides itself on being home to some of the best Universities in the world and has long been a research powerhouse that attracts scientists from the world over. It is estimated that the HE sector already contributes over £70 billion to the national economy, and …

Doing better knowledge exchange

16 Dec 2015 As outlined on HEFCE’s blog, Research Consulting has been appointed by HEFCE to consider the availability of good/effective practice materials in university knowledge exchange. Working with representatives from Universities UK, PraxisUnico and AURIL, our role will be to undertake a broad-ranging review of the  materials collected from HEFCE’s recent consultation in this area, supplementing these with other guidance …

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Research Consulting announces national survey of KEC professionals for PraxisUnico

28 Oct 2015 On Friday 23 October 2015, PraxisUnico launched two surveys on Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC), prepared by Research Consulting. The surveys will collect data currently not available from thousands of KEC professionals and institutions in order to shape sector-wide recommendations and campaigns on behalf of the KEC profession. PraxisUnico’s main goals are: raise the profile of knowledge …