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We are purposefully small and we will stay that way, because it allows us to offer the type of bespoke 1:1 services that our clients need. For larger/multi-skilled projects we maintain a network of individual and company to company connections, with whom we work well collaboratively. This enables us to maintain the focus, caring attitude and dynamism of a micro business with the robustness of a much larger one.
Having us involved in your project enables you to focus on the things that really matter thus increasing your chances of success.
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ENGINEERING PROFESSORS’ COUNCIL CONGRESS On behalf of Professor Ait-Boudaoud, Congress Convenor and the Committee of the Engineering Professors’ Council (EPC), I wanted to thank you most sincerely for your very valuable contribution [Workshop on Tips and Techniques for Impact Case Studies] to the success of our Congress meeting earlier this week. We really do appreciate the time you dedicated to it from your busy schedule and that, in the spirit of the theme of the meeting, we can keep in touch in the future and develop a close working relationship
‘The sandpit event was a great opportunity to meet researchers interested in OOAC. The facilitators really got the best out of us, they worked us very hard. The focussed break-out groups allowed us to develop our ideas in a supportive and inclusive environment. It was one of the best events that I’ve attended in years!’
Professor of Cancer Biology, University of Westminster
Thanks for undertaking the research group review. Your input and facilitation was really appreciated by all the team. We found your knowledge of the research process and particularly grant applications to be particularly helpful. I can commend you on the ease in which the review was organised and you’re handling of the day. I am sure we will be calling on your experience in future
Prof Jim Austin
Professor of Neural Computing, University of York & CEO of Cybula Ltd
Just wanted to say a huge thanks to you […] was very impressed with your contribution and it really helped them to focus on key messages and reflect on areas less well thought through
Head of Research Development
Thanks again Becky for all your help & advice, which I & colleagues found extremely valuable! I’ve fed this back to the … research & enterprise office, and recommended that they involve you as an adviser on other large/strategic bids
ESRC Strategic Grant Applicant
Thanks for all your help. All the preparation really helped us feel confident and focused
AHRC Large Grant Applicant
Thank you very much for all your work on these case studies; I think they have been hugely improved with your help and look in good shape now
A REF Coordinator
Thank you very much for your constructive comments, all of which we have included
An EPSRC CDT Call Applicant
thank goodness we did the preparation. Thanks for all your input
Becky – we now have to wait!!
UKRI Research Hub Applicant
We really want to drive forward research to address the major challenge areas within the organs-on-chips field – this event was a great springboard to start identifying these and encouraging people from different disciplines to work together to find solutions. This technology has the potential to revolutionise health research and treatment discovery, so we need to think big to achieve this!
Martin Knight OOACT Network co-director
“A special thank to Becky. I learned a lot from your advice.”
“I enjoyed the process………………mostly!”
Two of the interviewees representing a collaborative EPSRC Network+ application
Dr Steliaros helped us to analyse our international position in the research community and the many and varied links and routes between our work and its users and partners. This greatly helped to inform our management of the research in ways that we may well have missed without this crucial advice.
Prof Mark Harman
Professor of Software Engineering & Director of the Centre for Research on Evolution, Search and Testing, UCL
we were so much better than we would have been without the prep. I feel proud to be part of such a great team 😊
Thanks so much for your support Becky 🙏🏾
UKRI Research Hub applicant
We have received Rebecca’s comments/suggestions on our impact case studies which are very useful
A REF Coordinator
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Our Principal Consultant is Rebecca Steliaros. After 12 years working with the UK Research Councils, Rebecca launched her own strategy, facilitation and impact consultancy. She spent the last 5 years of her career in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s Performance and Evaluation Team as an evaluation and impact demonstration and measurement specialist. Prior to this Rebecca worked with the Physics and Computer Science research communities and built academic-business partnerships including scoping, gaining business support and seeing through to funding large strategic investments.
Rebecca holds a PhD in electrochemistry from the University of Warwick, an executive MBA (including a dissertation on the trend towards open innovation in business and the impact on public research funders) from Henley Business School, a postgraduate certificate in the Psychology of Management (CIPD/Heriot Watt) and is qualified to practitioner level in PRINCE 2 project management.
Since starting RiF in 2011 (initially as a “sole trader” and since 2013 as a Ltd company) Rebecca has led RiF’s portfolio of activities based on her skills and expertise in research facilitation, evaluation and the impact of research.
Dr Michael K. Steliaros is our part time head of business management, particularly focusing on IT.
RiF is also supported by a number of individuals in administrative roles. We are a small, flexible organisation with all staff empowered to respond to general queries. Our generic email: firstname.lastname@example.org is monitored by all staff for a faster response time. Once development of a specific project begins we assign a dedicated consultant to lead communication from inception to completion.
We also have a portfolio of associates/collaborate with other organisations to maintain both the dynamism and flexibility of a micro business with the robustness of a much larger one:
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