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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 …

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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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5 tips for a successful researcher survey

By Andrea Chiarelli and Rob Johnson, 28 Nov 2016 (links updated 22/02/2020) Policymakers, university managers and academic publishers all have something in common: they have to work out what researchers want. Sometimes an educated guess is good enough, but in many cases knowing what your stakeholders, staff or authors really think will lead to better decisions. Much of our work …

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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 …