RSE groups employ a number of RSEs and then hire them out to researchers at their home organisation. It’s a win-win for researchers: they gain access to the skills they need and – unlike hiring new personnel – they only pay when they need those skills. By servicing an entire university, RSE groups tap into enough demand to allow a number of RSEs to be consistently employed.

There are currently RSE Groups at around 15 UK universities. It’s not easy to argue for an RSE Group to be set up, so in the following case studies we describe how RSE leaders successfully made the case to set up their group.