Frequently asked questions

Please take a look at our FAQs below. If you can't find your answer here, please contact us and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

  • How does Consultancy Services distribute income?

    How does Consultancy Services distribute income?

    Consultancy Services deducts its management fee from the income received and distributes the remainder according to the academics wishes. Any payment to the academic directly will be in response to an invoice and similarly payments to department for the use of facilities by the academic in delivering the services will be in response to invoice plus VAT. Any donations to the University will be by the gift aid process and must be declared before work commences.

  • What IP rights are retained by Consultancy Services (CUTS) under a consultancy contract?

    What IP rights are retained by Consultancy Services (CUTS) under a consultancy contract?

    In general, it is accepted that consultancy is fee for service work and that any foreground IP created will vest in the client. Consultancy services standard contract will ensure that:

    i) IP only vests with the client once payment is made full by the client;

    ii) know-how is exclude from the definition of IP, since this cannot be unlearned by the academic; and

    iii) Consultancy Services reserve the right for the academic to use the skill, know-how and expertise acquired in the performance of the services for the purposes of providing similar services to any other client and to use the deliverables for the purposes of teaching and academic research.

  • Who can carry out consultancy through Consultancy Services?

    Who can carry out consultancy through Consultancy Services?

    The service is intended for employees of the University but some contracts involve the sub-contract of specialised services beyond the capability of the University employees. In such cases Consultancy Services will ensure that the sub-contractor has appropriate insurance cover.

  • Why is there a management fee for using Consultancy Services?

    Why is there a management fee for using Consultancy Services?

    At Cambridge consultancy is a voluntary undertaking and therefore the University does not contribute directly to the support of Consultancy Services. The service provided by Cambridge Enterprise is funded entirely from the 12.5% management fee it adds to the cost of consultant and facility fees; this is equivalent to 1/9th of the fee charged to the client.

  • What happened to WILO?

    What happened to WILO?

    The Wolfson Industrial Liaison Office (WILO) was founded in 1970 with an endowment from the Wolfson Foundation. On March 1 2000 WILO merged with the then Research Grants and Contracts Office to form the Research Services Division, now the Research Office. This created a single organisation dealing with technology transfer and the University's external research funding from industry, research councils, the European Union and from charitable trusts and foundations. In March 2001 WILO was renamed the Technology Transfer Office in order to reflect the current activities of the office. The Technology Transfer Office has now become part of Cambridge Enterprise.

  • What is CUTS?

    What is CUTS?

    CUTS stands for Cambridge University Technical Services Limited. CUTS is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Cambridge Enterprise Limited and deals solely with consultancy contracts. It has no employees, and is administered by the staff of Cambridge Enterprise. University employees can work as consultants through CUTS. This has a number of benefits, including that by using CUTS the academic consultant may benefit from the University's professional indemnity and liability insurance policies. Prior to the incorporation of Cambridge Enterprise, CUTS was a trading company wholly owned by the University of Cambridge, acting as a vehicle for the University's commercial activities related to intellectual property.For further information on consultancy and the range of services provided please see the Consultancy Services section.

  • What is intellectual property, IP and IPR?

    What is intellectual property, IP and IPR?

    Intellectual Property (IP) encompasses the expression of ideas, information and knowledge. At the University of Cambridge this is governed by the University IPR Policy. In the University context IP can be considered as the outcome of research projects, collaborations, consultancies and other activities. Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) are the legal rights protecting the owners of IP. The first owner of IP is normally either the person who invents, authors or designs the IP, or his/her employer (depending on the contractual arrangements governing his/her work). Commercial exploitation of the IP can occur directly by the owner of the IP, or by licensing the IP to be used by other companies. The most common types of IPR are confidential information, copyright, patents, trademarks and design rights.

    For further information about IP and IPR see the links below.