For staff

Become a consultant

Make your expertise available to external organisations can benefit you and the University.

About our consultancy service

The Edinburgh Innovations consultancy team provides  a comprehensive level of support to all University staff considering undertaking consultancy and service work.

Consultancy team contact details (secured)

A team of experienced staff within EI's Consultancy Office work closely to deliver a high quality consultancy and business services to the University.

Benefits of becoming a consultant

Consultancy is an important and effective way for the University to deliver impact by making available an individual’s research expertise to external organisations. Consultancy can deliver powerful benefits to not only the individual researcher but to the University as a whole.

How EI supports you

EI’s Consultancy Office provides a comprehensive level of support services to all University staff considering undertaking consultancy and service work.

What to do next

Some basic procedures you should follow if any organisation asks you to carry out consultancy or service work.

Procedures, fees and payments (secured)

Guidance on procedures, fee rates and payment procedures when undertaking consultancy work.

Expert witness

Guidance and support for University staff who are considering undertaking consultancy as an Expert Witness.


All commercial service work carried out using University of Edinburgh facilities must be processed through EI’s Consultancy Office.

Frequently asked questions (secured)

Frequently asked questions on consultancy undertaken at the University by staff covering definitions, payment and policy and procedures.

Case Studies

Consultancy brings many benefits to companies and the University through the establishment of links that could provide future opportunities for research and collaboration. Find recent examples of how we work our consultancy services have made an impact to organisations.