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If you are curious about doing some consultancy but are not sure where to start or whether it is for you, then come along to this lunch and learn session to find out more and ask questions in a dedicated space!

Register to secure your place now!

Expert speakers from Oxford University Innovation and Cambridge Enterprise will join us to detail how you can add value for yourself and clients by consulting alongside your research.

This session is for any member of staff or student interested in applying their knowledge and perspectives to problems in industry, commerce and government via consultancy during their research/study/employment. 

The speakers will introduce you to the world of academic consultancy, from acting as an expert to providing specialist advice. Consulting can enable you to make an impact, on organisations and on people within those organisations and on wider society. They will also introduce you to the support Oxford and Cambridge Universities can offer you when consulting.

Key questions we will cover:

  • What is consultancy?
  • Why do consultancy - motivations and benefits?
  • The consultancy project life cycle
  • Introducing the university support systems
  • How to get started with consultancy – different types of consultancy projects, is it consultancy or research?
  • Key issues to consider
  • How you can promote yourself and develop your skills to find a consulting opportunity
  • Case studies of researchers who have consulted and added value to their future careers
  • Time for Q&A!

Note: In Oxford, consultancy is open to any academic, employee or student -with prior supervisor approval.

In Cambridge, any employee can do consultancy work, including PhD students but they must be supervised.

Where and when?

Wednesday 14th June

12.30-14.00 online via Zoom

Time for Q&A included and please do bring your lunch!

Booking link here


  • Dawn Gordon, Senior Project Manager, Consulting Services, Oxford University Innovation (OUI)

Dawn Gordon

 Dawn Gordon, BSc, MAPM, CSM is a highly respected Senior Contracts Manager generating over £800k consulting services revenue from over 90 contracts annually for Physical, Life & Social Sciences departments of Oxford University. Building trust quickly resulted in Dawn leading consultancy growth for Maths, Computer Science, Statistics and Biology departments.

Dawn also has a strong track record of delivering pioneering e-commerce and mobile projects internationally, with over a decade of operational Agile SCRUM Master / Kanban / digital Project Management experience working for clients in the IT, Telecommunications, Retail, Publishing, Education, Banking and Health sectors. These include Vodafone, IBM, Argos, Elsevier, John Wiley, Open University, Research Machines, Lloyds TSB, Britannic Money and NHS.

She has proven skills in taking client requirements, building and coaching the teams and successfully delivering to quality, schedule and budget and to work strategically to identify new requirements, negotiate and secure new revenue opportunities.

As a Full Member of the Association for Project Management, she has successfully completed CITI’s Advanced Programme in Project Management Course, holds the Certified SCRUM Master qualification and has a Bsc Honours degree in Mathematical Engineering and Diploma in Industrial Studies from Loughborough University.


Dawn joined Oxford University Innovation in 2017”


  • Kirsty Latto (she / her), Senior Commercialisation Associate (Consultancy), Cambridge Enterprise Limited 

Kirsty Latto headshot photo

Kirsty is a Senior Commercialisation Associate helping to facilitate consultancy projects with University staff who share their knowledge and expertise with external (commercial, government, etc.) clients for the benefit of society. Kirsty helps support the team in almost 400 consultancy projects per year as well as offers assistance to academics throughout the lifecycle of their consultancy projects. This includes providing advice on pricing, negotiating contracts and managing the financial administration.

Prior to joining Cambridge Enterprise, Kirsty worked in the legal team of Dr. Martens, mainly specialising in Trade Mark matters. She has previously worked in private practice Burberry and has interned at New Era Caps and Trading Standards.

Kirsty read Law at University and has completed the Intellectual Property Post Graduate Certificate, which has foundation level examinations for qualification as a patent attorney and trade mark attorney in the UK (IPReg/CIPA/CITMA). Kirsty joined Cambridge Enterprise in 2017.