Consultancy is work done for external clients to address or resolve their needs or issues using only existing specialist knowledge.

Consultancy can be provided by:

• an individual or group operating within the University (university consultancy)
• an individual or individuals operating independently of the University (private consultancy)

Academics may carry out consultancy, subject to their availability when balancing their teaching, research and enterprise commitments. They can request to carry it out through the University (university consultancy) or to carry it out privately; both are subject to declarations and approvals.

University consultancy

University consultancy (see detailed definition) provides opportunities for staff to generate valuable relationships and impact for the University. Frequently, it can be an initial, light-touch engagement with a valued organisation that is the first step in developing a mutually beneficial relationship.

Guidance for academic staff, on the process for carrying out university consultancy, should be consulted before committing to any work for external clients.

Completion of a consultancy request form (HoS Approval Form final (Office document, 23kB) is the first part of the process.

The guidance for Heads of School outlines the process and their role in it.

A model for the expected allocation of income from consultancy has been developed for all Faculties.

Private consultancy

Private consultancy (see detailed definition) requires prior permission and declaration in accordance with the Outside Work Policy, and academics granted permission are encouraged to follow the guidance on carrying out private consultancy.