Despite an extensive literature exploring the costs and benefits of Academic-Industry research consortia; and intra/inter-institutional collaboration through block-funded research centres, little attention has been paid to understanding the drivers behind and ongoing performance management of voluntary, formally-constituted, cross-institutional, collaborations within academia. Yet various such consortia, e.g. Eastern ARC, GW4, N8, U4 now exist. How do these bodies view their current and future purpose? How has time/organisational maturity/political context shaped their aspirations? To what extent are the consortia focused upon research versus innovation, policy development or education and training? How are proposals from consortia perceived by major funding bodies? And, how do the consortia know that they are adding value? This unique panel session will bring together colleagues from academic consortia and major funding bodies to address these questions (and more). In so doing, we hope to come towards a shared understanding of the vision for academic consortia and the challenges that they might face moving forwards that will be of value to anyone interested in navigating the current research landscape. Delegates need have no specialist knowledge of academic consortia to take part though a willingness to express views and contribute to the panel debate is desired.
Key Learning Points:
- Increased knowledge of the different forms of inter-institutional research consortia nationally and internationally;
- Enhanced understanding of how inter-institutional collaboration can be measured and of how to communicate the accrued benefits /costs
- Opportunity to sign up to a virtual network to facilitate the sharing of good practice moving forwards.
|Sarah Tetley||University of Kent|
|Dr Sarah Perkins||GW4 Alliance|
|Dr Gijs Coucke||Ghent University|
|Dr Alice Brewer||EnvEast Doctoral Training Partnership|
|Dr Helen Turner||Midlands Innovation|
|Dr Nick Goldspink||N8 Research Partnership|
|Date:||7th Jun 2017|
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