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. The Office 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 Glasgow's goal of being one of the world's great, broad based research intensive Universities.

RSIO works in four broad teams focused on the following areas:


Research strategy and policies

The Strategy & Policy team is responsible for the development and implementation of the University‚Äôs Research & Exchange Strategy. By supporting the work of the Research Planning & Strategy Committee and working with College and University Senior Management, the team plays a key role in ensuring the policy framework within the University facilitates and supports the delivery of the University’s research objectives whilst complying with the requirements of the University’s funders. The team is also focussed on ensuring that researchers are provided with a supportive environment and encouraged to meet the highest standards of research integrity.

The Strategy & Policy team also lead on the Institution’s preparations for REF2014.  These preparations include the development and implementation of plans and procedures to facilitate the final submission, ensuring that the University optimises its potential with regards to reporting its research-related activities and taking a lead role in the identification and development of impact case studies, a significant new addition to the evaluation of the benefits of publically funded research.  This requires a close working relationship with other University Services and College Senior Management and Research Administration.

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Knowledge exchange

The Knowledge Exchange Team is focused on identifying, facilitating and growing institution-wide knowledge exchange initiatives and aims to engender a culture in which innovation and entrepreneurship are embedded within the academic environment. The team is also focussed on raising the profile of the University within the Knowledge Exchange arena and forging long-term strategic partnerships with national and international organisations to enable the realisation of the potential of the University’s research outcomes to create impact. Supporting research impacts, RSIO’s manages a number of strategic KE projects and initiatives, including the Impact Acceleration Account, Encompass, the Glasgow KE fund, and Easy Access IP.

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IP & Commercialisation

The IP & Commercialisation Team provide an institution-wide service for the protection and exploitation of intellectual property via licensing and spin-out company formation. It works closely with Colleges to select high value opportunities and works with academic teams to execute agreed exploitation plans.

The team provides a range of support through 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. 

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Support for researchers

Research excellence is dependent on supporting and developing excellent researchers.  RSIO’s Postgraduate Research (PGR) Service provides policy and strategy support as well as administration for studentship funding and our Researcher Development initiative coordinates professional and career development opportunities to support early-career researchers including PG and Postdoctoral researchers. Colleagues work in partnership with Graduate Schools, Colleges, key University Services and external organisations to support our researchers and in supporting 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. In addition, we assist the Deans of Graduate Studies in the development and implementation of University-wide strategy and policy relating to PGR matters.

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