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Research Management: The Game

By Lucia Loffreda, 22/01/2020 Just before Christmas, the Research Consulting team released Research Management: The Game – a collaborative team game allowing players to experience the thrill of managing their own research institutes. Since then, our game – dealing with public policy changes, the lottery of funding and even Brexit – has been downloaded more than 700 times! Research Management …

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Can legal tech make a difference for research contracts functions in UK universities?

By Sophie Jennings 12/09/2019 Back in June we released a blog post on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for research contracts management.  This generated a lot of interest and led to Research Consulting chairing a webinar looking at this in more detail.  Nearly 80 participants registered and you can view the webinar and software demonstration recording here. The first …

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Strengthening research systems in Africa: Little saplings come to life

By Lucia Loffreda, 13/08/19 Back in April, we announced the start of a ten-month study of research capacity strengthening in low- and medium-income countries (LMICs) for the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Now more than halfway through our project, we’re delighted to share the findings from a Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA), a review of over 220 studies on interventions …

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Adopting artificial intelligence (AI) legal tech in research contracts management?

By Dan King and Rob Johnson, 10th June 2019 There is much commentary on the opportunities and potential for artificial intelligence (AI) to make significant and potentially far reaching changes in HE and education. Recent articles in The Conversation and The Guardian point to opportunities in improved student learning, student experience and service; NESTA reported on the use of AI …

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Mighty oaks from little acorns grow – Research Consulting’s work to strengthen research systems in Africa

By Lucia Loffreda and Mattia Fosci, 26/04/19 Introduction In January, Research Consulting started a ten-month project to help the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in assessing the research needs of seven Sub-Saharan African countries and looking at ways to strengthen their research systems. This is Research Consulting’s furthest-reaching project to date, and we are delivering in collaboration with Consort …

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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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Benchmarking the management of research contracts in 2018

By Dan King, 13/09/2018 So, we’re finally at the end of this year-long project looking at research contract management across 30 UK and Australian universities. Our public report has been released as the final project output and forms a comprehensive overview of contemporary research contract management in universities. You can also check out our infographic for an overview of some …

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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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The “State of the KEC profession” report launches in Amsterdam

By Dr Mattia Fosci, 13 Jun 2016 Everyone loves this time of the year: the days are long, the light is brighter and conference season is in full swing. Earlier this month it was my lucky turn to join one of our clients – PraxisUnico – at this year’s University-Industry Interaction Conference (also known as UIIN) in Amsterdam. As the …

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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 …