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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 …

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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 …