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​​​​​​Consultancy & Commercial Activity Framework

The Consultancy and Commercial Activity Framework has been developed to encourage and incentivise staff to undertake consultancy and non-credit bearing bespoke CPD activities in support of knowledge exchange and external collaboration. Undertaking projects with all organisations is encouraged including those from the private, public and third (voluntary, charity, social enterprise) sectors. These activities have career and reputational benefits for the staff member as well as support the delivery of the University’s strategic objectives.

This framework is eligible to all staff across the institution (academic and professional services) excluding honorary staff, associate staff, research students and staff who perform any of these activities as a major part of their role. When the activity is agreed, and undertaken out with the workload allocation model (WAM), all eligible staff will be rewarded with an additional payment, on condition that relevant process has been followed appropriately. 

The below documents comprise of the Framework, as well as a full guidance document: ​


 Consultancy and Commercial Activity Framework 2024.pdf

RIE Full Guidance for Framework 2024.pdf

The guidance document must be read alongside the Framework and provides more details and information in relation to the governance and processes for the management of activities. It seeks to further outline the benefits, whilst minimising risks and protecting the interests of both the University and staff.  A full process flow in relation to how Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE) will support colleagues to enable these activities can be found in Appendix 1 of the Guidance Document.

Professional Support​

BDRM team April 2023.jpgThe RIE team will provide support and advice with the application of the Framework and can answer any questions in relation to the Framework and associated guidance. 

Please speak to your School’s Business Development and Relationship Manager, contact details can be found h​ere.​