What is Consultancy?

Consultancy is the provision of expert advice, analysis and interpretation by academic staff to external clients in order to address specific questions or problems. This will involve a high degree of intellectual input from the consultant to the client.

What are the benefits of Consultancy?

Members of academic staff are encouraged to undertake up to 35 days of consultancy each year in order to raise both their profile and that of the University, and as a way of establishing links with industry, commerce and government. These links have a number of potential benefits to both the consultant and the University over the medium to long term, including building relationships with external organisations which may lead to strategic partnerships and other benefits such as funded research collaborations, applying skills/expertise in a different way can lead to new perspectives and ideas for the consultant, opportunities for knowledge and expertise to make an impact on industry or society, raising the profile of the consultant and University with external customers.


For further information and contacts visit the Contracts pages.

Helpful links

Consultancy agreements: Many consultancy projects require agreements to be put in place between the University and the company. R&IS will draft an appropriate consultancy agreement and send to the company for signature.

Consultancy process: diagram

Consultancy process: description

Consultancy Costing and Proposal Form

Consultancy FAQs

Effective Consultancy Guidelines