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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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What does COVID-19 mean for scholarly communication? Four areas to consider.

By Lucia Loffreda, 07/04/2020 (links updated 13/04/2020). On 30 January 2020, the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. By mid-March, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the outbreak had reached official pandemic status. And today, the coronavirus is directly affecting 203 countries and territories worldwide. In a matter of weeks, the …

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A Q&A with our Senior Consultant, Andrea Chiarelli

By Lucia Loffreda, 02/04/2020. Andrea joined Research Consulting in 2016, when he was completing his engineering PhD at the University of Nottingham, and has been with us ever since. He has recently been promoted to Senior Consultant, and he focuses on projects in the areas of scholarly communication and university management. We thought this would be a good chance to …

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Open for (virtual) business

By Dan King, 27/2/2020. Well, this started out as a simple statement of Research Consulting’s ‘open for work’ position in the current situation.  But as I went along it morphed into something a little bigger, as I began to reflect on how this crisis links into our work and some of our recent projects. It seems incredible that only few …