Academics are encouraged to use the services of Alta Innovations Ltd but they do not have to. They may engage in private consultancy but must secure a legal disclaimer from Alta Innovations Ltd beforehand which states that their work is not connected to the University in any way. In addition they may not use University facilities including telephones, email or letterhead.
As an academic the main risks of undertaking private consultancy are:
- You are personally liable for the work and should have professional indemnity insurance in place
- You may undersell your expertise
- You may need advice on commercial and legal aspects of negotiating a contract.
Alta Innovations Ltd has the required professional indemnity insurance and legal and commercial expertise to protect your interests.