The Contracts Team negotiate contracts and other agreements for research and consultancy undertaken by academic staff.
Good contracts ensure that work programmes and the price charged are clear, and that any risks are acceptably balanced by the benefits to the University and to the funder. Such benefits include:
We work with academics and funders to help build good relationships, to maximise income and resource, and to set up contract terms. The terms provide clear guidance on the conduct of the project, serve to head-off potential problems, and resolve real ones!
Working with other support services as required, we steer negotiations through to completion of an acceptable commercial arrangement, and make recommendations to Finance Services for final signature.
The earlier we become involved, the better we can help you.