University of Liverpool
KE Team of the Year Winner: University of Liverpool Consultancy Team
The consultancy team at the University of Liverpool punches well above its weight in terms of added value to the Institution. The small team of just 2.5 FTE is becoming well known for good practice within the HE sector, delivering the University’s vision to create a common approach for the support of consultancy, facilities and equipment service projects.
The team works hard to ensure the research expertise and specialist knowledge within the University is streamlined and shared in a way that encourages impactful knowledge exchange with a variety of external organisations. They have successfully embedded a revolutionary online system, CONSULT, through which all consultancy projects are recorded, they have introduced a new policy and process and have achieved a significant increase in the number of projects supported.
2018/19 was an exceptional year for the team, supporting a 35% increase in contract value from the previous year. Forecast figures for 2019/20 show a further increase, reflecting the commitment of the team in promoting their services and highlighting the benefits of consultancy, inspiring staff to engage.
The team work closely with academic colleagues to understand their drivers ensuring academic interests are protected and liaise with partners to make sure objectives are met. Professor Alex Balch, Department of Politics, said: “The Team’s support and attitude is really exemplary, and I could not have completed my project without them.”
Due to their approachable, passionate and professional nature, they have established an excellent reputation internally, with external collaborators and within the HE community.