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A growing team: Introducing Alison Riding and Sophie Tinley

By Victoria Ficarra, 09/06/2021 Research Consulting is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Alison Riding as our new Principal Consultant and of Sophie Tinley as our new Financial Controller. Meet Alison  Alison’s most recent role as Head of Research and Business Development at the University of Leicester saw her leading numerous research and knowledge exchange initiatives, including research business development in life sciences. Her in-depth knowledge of the …

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OASPA Healthy and Diverse OA market

By Victoria Ficarra, 26/05/2021 We are delighted to announce that in the coming months Research Consulting will be working with OASPA and a steering group of OASPA members to assess the roles of different actors in shaping the open access market. Further information on this work can be found here: https://oaspa.org/developing-a-healthy-and-diverse-oa-market/ A healthy and diverse publishing market is key to OASPA’s mission …

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March 2021: Research Consulting’s most international (and busiest) month on record!

By Andrea Chiarelli, 14/04/2021 Last week, I shared a post discussing the unusually large number of interviews I have conducted over the course of March. It actually turns out that March 2021 was the busiest month in the history of Research Consulting, and, collectively, we have delivered 125 interviews across 30 different countries. Interviews and their thematic coding are a …

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Research Consulting and Maverick Publishing Specialists form exclusive business development and marketing partnership

By Rob Johnson, 12/04/2021 Research Consulting are delighted to announce our exclusive partnership with Maverick Publishing Specialists, marking the coming together of two of the publishing industry’s leading research and consulting companies. Our full range of research and knowledge management consultancy services will be represented worldwide by Maverick, whose unrivalled global network of business development and consultant associates will open …

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Research Consulting is hiring!

By Rob Johnson 09/12/2020 I’m delighted to announce that we’re looking for a new Principal Consultant to join Research Consulting. We’re casting a wide net in recruiting for this role, and we believe it will appeal to candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds. Existing knowledge of the higher education or research landscape is a must, but this may have …

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5 strategies to protect research funding after COVID-19

By Lucia Loffreda and Rob Johnson 19/11/2020. In the final post of our blog series on the impact of COVID-19 on research, we’ll look at five strategies to protect research funding. The economic consequences of COVID-19 will be long-lasting and unevenly felt, and stakeholders across the research landscape – including researchers, institutions and publishers – will be faced with a …

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Enabling a sustainable transition to open science: 5 strategies for the future

By Lucia Loffreda 10/11/2020. Last week, we shared 5 strategies to protect research capacity as the research enterprise begins its recovery from COVID-19. Today, we’ll discuss 5 ways to enable a sustainable transition to open science – a transition that has arguably been accelerated by the outbreak of coronavirus. It’s widely agreed that COVID-19 has exposed long-standing fault lines in …

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5 strategies to protect research capacity post-COVID-19

By Lucia Loffreda 04/11/2020. Earlier this week, we shared a blog post outlining three priorities for a research-led recovery from COVID-19. This follows the publication of two new summary and full reports, assessing the impact of COVID-19 on the research enterprise, as part of a series commissioned by Springer Nature. In this week’s post, the second in our four-part series, …

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COVID-19: Three priorities for a research-led recovery

By Rob Johnson and Lucia Loffreda 02/11/2020. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, no aspect of society has been left undisrupted, and university research is no exception. In fact, in recent months, the value of academic research has arguably increased, as the world looks to scientists for answers and eagerly awaits a vaccine to help us control the spread of the …

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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 …