University of Bath

Consultancy Services

Consultancy guidance for providing expert advice to businesses and organisations, on a range of industrial or commercial problems.

Introduction

Consultancy Services provides advice, guidance and support throughout the life-cycle of your project. Consultancy is defined as the provision of expert advice, or testing, which draws upon and applies existing knowledge and expertise. The work should have clear and well-defined deliverables. The client organisation would expect to own the results of the work.

Consultancy is important for developing research with industry and achieving early stage impact. It can also generate longer term research collaborations. The University recognises and encourages consultancy activity, as it contributes to its aim of promoting external engagement, enterprise and innovation.

Who engages in Consultancy

Consultancy is aimed at academic members of staff, who have fulfilled their teaching and research obligations. You must comply with the conditions set out under Ordinance 18 - External Work.

Complete the Consultancy Contract Enquiry Form if you want to undertake a consultancy project.

If your consultancy work requires non-academic staff see the HR guidance for non-academic staff providing consultancy work.

Examples of consultancy

  • Expert witness work
  • Routine analysis, testing and validation work
  • Expert advice and opinion
  • Feasibility and scoping studies
  • Professional practice work, such as accounting, architecture, or social work
  • Market research and technology audits
  • Aligning products and technology with business and marketing strategies
  • Advising on protocols for clinical trials
  • Reviewing policies and procedures

Benefits of consultancy

  • Enhancing academic and professional disciplines
  • Being covered with University contracts for confidentiality, indemnities, or conflicts of interest
  • Having staff professional indemnity insurance
  • Financial contributions to your KA account, supporting research and conferences
  • Financial management of your National Insurance and tax, through payroll

Possible outcomes

  • Fully funded studentships
  • Software Licence Agreements
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
  • Research collaboration agreements
  • Academic publications

Costing your consultancy

When you are costing your consultancy proposal note the following:

Ethical considerations

For all consultancy projects you must consider any ethical implications and complete an EIRA1 form, Ethical Implications of Research Activity. See the Ethics Commitee website for further information.

Private consultancy

If you are undertaking private consultancy, the University must minimise the likelihood of conflicts of interest. Both the consultant and their clients must be clear that the University has no liability for work carried out privately.

For private consultancy there must be:

  • no use of University time or facilities, including testing equipment, software, University premises, administrative support, notepaper, email or phones
  • no adverse effect on the performance of University duties
  • Disclaimer of Liability for Private Consultancies, signed by the consultant and countersigned by the client

Notification of private consultancies to your Head of Department must be consistent with the University’s Ordinance 18: External Work. Your statement on Conflict of Interest, in your standard contract of employment, must also be consistent.

The University owns the Intellectual Property generated by members of staff at the University. Therefore private consultants cannot, as part of any agreement they sign with a client, give rights to any University of Bath IP.