Consulting alongside your research contract - for research staff

Many organisations are looking for independent quality driven solutions to challenges they face.

Consulting is a direct way to engage with clients in an area of your expertise alongside your research.

These clients often have a well understood and defined issues that academic researchers are well placed to address.

This is a powerful way to build your reputation and develop skills and experience that can set you up for success in careers beyond the academic sector.

However, breaking in to consultancy alongside your research can be a daunting prospect.

What are the first steps? How do you start? In this session the Careers Service welcomes Jaci Barnett and Kerry Antcliffe from Oxford University Innovation; together we will provide you an overview of this process and how to set yourself up for a successful foray into the world of academic consultancy.

Jaci Barnett, Head of Consulting Services, Oxford University Innovation: Jaci leads the team responsible for generating impact from the expertise in the University’s academic community. Most recently, Jaci was Head of Research Commercialisation and Investment at the University of Bristol, managing the team responsible for licensing Bristol’s technologies to new and established companies across a wide range of sectors. Prior to this, she worked at Nelson Mandela University and Wits Commercial Enterprise in South Africa across a broad range of innovation activities, from managing research and consulting contracts, to technology transfer and incubation. Jaci also spent fifteen years in a contract research organisation and in industry, mostly focussed on food science, biotechnology and engineering.