Research Strategy & Innovation Office

Research Strategy & Innovation Office

The Research Strategy & Innovation Office (RSIO) is responsible for developing and implementing the University's research & knowledge exchange strategies and supporting the delivery of the University's research, knowledge exchange and commercialisation objectives. RSIO is also responsible for developing research metrics and gathering data to facilitate the measurement of research performance.

RSIO works under the direction of Professor Miles Padgett (Vice Principal for Research) and Professor Jon Cooper (Vice Principal for Knowledge Exchange). The Vice Principals and their team work closely with the academic community to achieve the University of Glasgow's goal of being one of the world's great, broad-based research-intensive Universities.

SECONDMENTS: We welcome secondments to RSIO from members of the research and admin community, from University services or colleges. To discuss or request more details, please contact:

Our service areas and team contacts:

Research strategy and policy

The Strategy & Policy team is responsible for developing and implementing the University’s research strategy and policies. By supporting the work of the Research Planning & Strategy Committee and working with college and University senior management, the team ensures the University's policy framework enables and supports the University’s research objectives, whilst complying with the requirements of the University’s funders. The team also ensures that researchers are provided with a supportive environment, and are encouraged to meet the highest standards of research integrity.

The Strategy & Policy team also lead on the University’s preparations for Research Excellence Framework (REF). These preparations include delivering plans and procedures to facilitate the final REF submission, ensuring that the University's reporting of its research-related activities fulfils its potential. Within this, the team also lead in the identification and development of impact case studies, working closely with other University services, college senior management & research administration.

Research Strategy & Policy website 

Team contacts


Knowledge exchange

The Knowledge Exchange team identifies, facilitates and develops institution-wide knowledge exchange initiatives. Our aim is to engender a culture in which innovation and entrepreneurship are embedded within the academic environment.

The team also focusses on raising the profile of the University within the knowledge exchange arena, and forging long-term strategic partnerships with national and international organisations, to realise the impact potential of the University’s research outcomes.

To support impact from research, RSIO manages a number of strategic knowledge exchange projects and funding-initiatives, including the Impact Acceleration Account, the Glasgow KE fund, and Easy Access IP.

Knowledge exchange website

Team contacts


IP & Commercialisation

The IP & Commercialisation team provide a University-wide service to help protect and exploit our intellectual property through licensing and spin-out company formation. It works closely with colleges to select high value opportunities and works with academic teams to develop and execute agreed exploitation plans.

The team provides a range of support, including opportunity evaluation, IP protection, securing incubation funding, customer engagement, marketing, business planning, and negotiation of commercial agreement terms. For spin-out ventures the team manages and supports the University’s strategic partnership with venture capital investor IP Group plc. This partnership provides selected projects with access to the IP Group's company creation/building expertise and investment funds.

IP & commercialisation website

Team contacts


Support for researchers

Research excellence is dependent on supporting and developing excellent researchers.

  • Our Postgraduate Research (PGR) Service provides policy and strategy support as well as administration for studentship funding.
  • The Researcher Development initative coordinates professional and career development opportunities to support early-career researchers including PGR and Postdoctoral researchers. Working in partnership with graduate schools, colleges, key University services and external organisations, we support our researchers and the delivery of key elements of University strategy.  

RSIO also supports the implementation of the Concordat for Career Development of Researchers, in partnership with Human Resources and on behalf of the Researcher Development Committee. We also assist the Deans of Graduate Studies in the development and implementation of University-wide strategy and policy relating to PGR matters.

Team contacts

PGR Service website
Researcher Development website


Public engagement

Over 200 years ago the University of Glasgow opened Scotland’s first public museum. The Hunterian was opened to promote learning and culture for any and all and today we carry on that tradition.

Today we have hundreds of engagement activities every year as we seek to share our world leading research and promote dialogue around our work.

As engagement becomes an ever more integral part of working in a publically funded institute Glasgow is committed to offering the help and support needed to ensure Glasgow stays at the forefront of engaging with the wider community.

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