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When is it time to ask for help? Successful working between universities and research consultants

Date & Time:

17th June 2019
14:00 - 15:15


Meeting Room 3a

We are under continual pressure as research support professionals, working in an ecosystem driven by deadlines, income and metrics. With the looming outcome of the Augar review, Brexit, and increased competition for research funding and in REF performance, there has never been a more pressing need for university’s to think strategically.

However, as institutions we are not known for strength in successful strategy development, and at times we need to call for help.

For some, consultants are seen as the enemy, given many institutions have a history and legacy of paying for such work which is then not delivered effectively (from both the institutional and consultant perspective).

However, collaborative working with such external organisations can provide institutions with key competitive edge.

This session will present a case study, with perspectives offered from both the institution and consultants on the development of a key strategy. It will highlight the entire process from identification of need, discussion of parameters, and delivery, and discuss key challenges and opportunities which arose from the working relationship. Facilitated group discussion will then allow attendees to consider how their institution might benefit from such a relationship, in order to increase their resilience in the current research landscape.

Presented by:

Lorna Wilson - Head of Research Development, Durham University

Dr Jo Edwards - Director, Lucidity Solutions Ltd


Theme: Policy & strategy
Level: Open to all
Date: 17th June 2019
Time: 14:00 - 15:15
Room: Meeting Room 3a