What we do

Finding common ground between academia, government and the private and third sectors lies at the heart of what we do. We help organizations implement the right systems and processes to enable excellent research, and work globally to shape improvements to scholarly communications, ensuring research outputs can be shared more effectively. We work to pinpoint the impact arising from research, helping our clients develop and maintain world-leading and internationally excellent reputations across academic disciplines. We help universities identify and realise knowledge exchange and commercialisation opportunities, and advise businesses and not-for-profits on how to harness academic expertise.


The challenges of managing research are substantial and growing, yet few third-party service providers truly understand research management, effective dissemination and commercialisation. We’re different.

Intellectual Edge Consulting delivers focused services to help universities and research-active organisations manage their processes and outputs more effectively. We have extensive experience working with research-intensive organisations, and we can bring to bear a range of approaches to more clearly understand our clients’ practices and priorities.

We have expertise in business process mapping and redesign, reviewing organisational structures and resourcing levels, advising on systems selection and implementation, running surveys, and designing and facilitating qualitative interviews and focus groups.


We’ve gained valuable knowledge and experience helping academic researchers and their universities make the transition – now official policy for many public research funders across the globe – to open access publishing.

This allows important research findings to be made freely available online in order to benefit the widest possible range of research users. Open access, and now open data, contributes to the reach and impact of research findings, creating possibilities for dissemination that would not exist if those results were to remain locked away in subscription-only journals or buried on researchers’ hard drives.


Intellectual Edge Consulting’s third strand of activity focuses on enabling knowledge exchange, demonstrating impact and supporting commercialisation. We help streamline interactions between research organisations, government, business and not-for-profits, identifying what works and promulgating good practice.

We use our experience in impact capture and evaluation to help organisations demonstrate and communicate the value of their research, and work hand-in-hand with research institutions to evaluate and develop commercial opportunities.

Main Services


Strategy and systems

We support strategy development through our expertise in bibliometrics, and bring considerable expertise in the selection and implementation of current research information systems (CRIS).


Benchmarking & evaluation of research support

We help institutions evaluate the effectiveness of their research support functions, providing independent expert advice informed by our knowledge of practice across the higher education sector.


Training and facilitation

We deliver training and facilitation for institutional managers, researchers and research support staff on topics ranging from strategy development to team-building, and from financial management to partnership development.

Some of our Clients


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“I would like to thank both Andrea and Rob for your help, assistance and advice throughout this project. I have been absolutely impressed with the level of detail, clarity in the advice offered and the excellent level of service. My colleagues and I look forward to working with you further.”

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“Research Consulting advised us on a matter of charity governance. They were highly professional, extremely knowledgeable, and exceeded all of our expectations. If ever we need future advice, we will certainly be coming back.”

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ROBERT GREEN Designation

“I would recommend Research Consulting to anyone looking for a consultant in the HE sector with knowledge, experience, understanding and really professional competence.”