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.

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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.

RSIO manages a number of strategic knowledge exchange projects and funding-initiatives, including Impact Acceleration Accounts for the various funding councils, the Glasgow KE fund, and Easy Access IP.

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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.

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Research impact

The easiest definition of 'research impact' is 'making a difference', this has always been a part of our mission as an institution. The inclusion of research impact as an element in funding decisions and assessments of excellence at both institutional and individual levels means that we need to embed awareness and understanding, and best practice, into our research culture and activity across all disciplines. We do this in a number of ways:

  • Training and guidance
  • Funding opportunities
  • KE and impact repository

Training and guidance

  • We deliver the impact-related modules in the University's Researcher Development Programme, covering a general introduction to impact (how to interrogate your research and articulate an impact strategy), an introduction to knowledge exchange and public engagement, and College-specific modules to help with the challenges of Fellowship and grant applications and Pathways to Impact. 
  • We deliver presentations to units, centres, institutes and other groups on 'Top Tips for Research & Impact', aimed at communicating key insights and immediate actions that can be of immediate benefit to individual researchers. These are normally organised by your unit's central administrator, so check with them first to see if this has taken place. To arrange a Top Tips roadshow, contact Jess McDonald in the Research Strategy & Innovation Office.  
  • We offer events throughout the year that address various aspects of knowledge exchange and research impact; all staff are welcome and we try to shape the content around the feedback and suggestions received from attendees at previous events. Alongside the annual KE and Impact Conference (upcoming October 2016), there have been lunchtime sessions on engaging with industry; building your academic digital profile; impacts in the policy arena, etc. All the slides from these events are available on our Moodle site: Knowledge Exchange & Impact: Information & Resources. Log in with your GUID; the site is open to all. 
  • The Moodle site also contains useful tools and tips on planning your impact, using social media to promote your research, collecting research impact evidence and more...
  • Our Research Impact Manager (Rose-Marie Barbeau) works with the impact managers in the Colleges to provide advice on impact plans, bids for KE Fund or Impact Acceleration Account support, public engagement evaluation for impact purposes, and other issues related to impact planning. Centre College contacts are as follows: Science & Engineering (Lynne BrownDavid Nisbet); MVLS (Caroline WoodsideJonathan Scott); Arts (Fraser Rowan); Social Sciences (Carlos Galan-DiazFiona Heatlie). 

Funding opportunities

  • The University has an internal investment fund aimed at supporting impact generation. The Glasgow Knowledge Exchange (KE) Fund (2015-18) accepts applications from all disciplines on a rolling basis throughout the year. Additionally, we hold a number of impact acceleration funds (ESRC, EPSRC, BBSRC, STFC etc). As with the KE Fund, the applications should be underpinned by UofG research, and should focus on collaborative working with external partners, proof-of-concept work, or any targeted activity that supports the exploitation and application of research expertise and findings in the non-academic arena. More information on funds and application support is available here.

KE and impact repository

  • Working in collaboration with the Research Data Management team in the Library, we have developed an extension to the Enlighten database which allows you to store information and documentation (not visible to the public) of your KE activity and potential impacts in the same way that other outputs of your research are stored. Being able to store information on your externally-facing activity, and any documentation and/or links which provide information about the activity and/or potential impacts helps you to build your impact profile for professional development purposes, and may be useful in future should you require information for a REF impact case study. Information on the repository is available here

Contact: Rose-Marie Barbeau, Research Impact Manager, Research Strategy & Innovation. x 2625

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.

PGR Service website
Researcher Development website

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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.

Public engagement website

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