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Enhancing practice in research contracts

By Lucia Loffreda 19/10/2020. At Research Consulting, we’ve conducted two extensive reviews assessing practices, trends and challenges surrounding university research contracts management. In 2013, we completed a study comparing research contracts functions in a group of research-intensive UK universities, and in 2018 we extended the exercise overseas, reporting on a major study involving 30 UK and Australian universities who had …

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Benchmarking Institutional Research Offices In 2020

By Rob Johnson and Lucia Loffreda 20/07/2020. This article was originally posted on ARMA’s website. Late last year, ARMA launched its first ever nationwide survey of institutional research offices. We and our colleagues at Research Consulting have been working with ARMA over the last few months to analyse the survey findings. Our aim from the outset has been to build a comprehensive …

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Using business as a force for good, and why Research Consulting decided not to become B-Corp certified

By Lucia Loffreda, 04/06/2020. Research Consulting recently participated in the Nottingham Consultancy Challenge – a University of Nottingham initiative partnering Nottingham-based SMEs with undergraduate students to work on bespoke consultancy projects. Our project, which we introduced in a previous blog post, involved working with five students to investigate the potential for Research Consulting to become a certified B-Corporation – a …

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Equitable access to research in a changing world: Research4Life Landscape and Situation Analysis

By Rob Johnson and Victoria Ficarra, 20/05/2020 In this time of global crisis and uncertainty, scientific research, and equitable access to its outputs, has assumed a central role in the lives of billions of people across the globe. As a mission-driven business, we are fortunate to work with stakeholders across the research and international development communities to improve the effectiveness …

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To B-Corp or not to B-Corp?

By Lucia Loffreda, 17/02/2020 Last Thursday, we met with five students from the University of Nottingham who, over the next eight weeks, will investigate the potential for Research Consulting to become a certified B-Corporation. B-Corps are companies that use business as a force for good by considering their impact on their workers, customers, community, and environment. Our meeting with the …

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Claire Walsh becomes the 10th member of the Research Consulting team!

By Rob Johnson, 3 February 2020 Research Consulting is delighted to announce the appointment of Claire Walsh, who joins our growing team as a Consultant. Claire’s background in research and economic development, coupled with experience in both consultancy and higher education, made her a great fit for us as we continue to develop the range of services we can offer …

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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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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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Welcoming Dr Dan King to the Research Consulting team

by Rob Johnson, 23/04/2018 Research Consulting is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Director. From May 2018, Dr Dan King will join the company to lead our work in research development, partnerships and knowledge exchange. Prior to joining Research Consulting, Dan was Director of Partnerships, Local Engagement and Commercial Services at Nottingham Trent University, where he established a new …