The Knowledge Exchange Concordat (KEC) Advisory and Operational group has produced a repository of resources to support higher education providers improve their knowledge exchange (KE) practices.
The repository has been created in partnership with the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) and features good and innovative practice in knowledge exchange across eight different KE principles, including a set of toolkits and guides available for use by HE institutions.
BU’s IP Policy, Research Intellectual Property Strategy and Evaluation Committee (RIPSEC), and the IP commercialisation management framework are among the case studies being shared. Our approach was chosen specifically as an example of good practice and innovation in the sector.
The repository, which includes a set of knowledge exchange toolkits and guides available for use by higher education institutions, will be launched at the KEC Repository of Good Practice Launch event tomorrow (20th July 2023).
The event will be hosted on Zoom between 10am-11:15am. Lesley Hutchins, Research Commercialisation Manager at BU, will be a guest speaker at the event. You can register for the event on the Knowledge Exchange Concordat website.
Read the BU case study – Research and Intellectual Property (IP) Policy
konfer has been developed to faciliate easier access to the university sector for the business community, by collating a large amount of information all on one platform. UK universities are bursting with innovation and world-class academics who are keen to collaborate with industry, charities and the public sector.
konfer was created by the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) to make this astonishing wealth of expertise and resources more accessible. Working in partnership with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Research Councils UK (RCUK), konfer brings knowledge and growth to businesses, valuable exposure for university talent, and future prosperity for the UK.
When a business owner spots an opportunity, konfer supports the journey from finding a research partner and funding to planning and co-creation. It does this by giving direct access to:
- 8000 academics
- 11,000 facility and equipment listings
- 800,000 web pages from university sites and social media
- 22,000 YouTube videos from university channels
- 10,000 news, funding and events articles from curated feeds
- 50,000 publicly funded research projects
konfer brings knowledge and growth to businesses, valuable exposure for university talent, and future strength for the UK economy.
NCUB want konfer to be as useful as possible, so access to the Alpha version of the site is available. No need for passwords or user names – just dive straight in. https://konfer.online
This means things may be a little rough around the edges and there may be some bugs to be squished ! But, hope by sharing the site early, hope to consider suggestions fro improvements. Planned live date is erly in the New Year. Feedback can be emailed email@example.com . For more information on this platform and NCUB in general contact Jayne Codling within RKEO.
The HEFCE grant letter (sent from BIS to HEFCE) for funding in 2016-17 was published on 4th March and contains some information on RKE funding that you may find of interest.
- HEFCE is asked to take account of the Stern Review outcomes in developing proposals for the next REF, which should be completed by the end of 2021. This suggests submission will be in autumn 2020.
- Open access and open data continue to be priorities.
- The letter reaffirms the Government’s commitment to the dual support system.
- It confirms that the science and research budget will be ring-fenced.
- Mainstream QR will continue to be allocated based on selective funding of world-leading and internationally excellent research with impact wherever it is found.
- Funding will continue to be available for PGRs and leverging external funding from the charitable and business sectors (current RDP Supervision, QR Charity Support Element, and QR Business Support Element funding).
- An additional £400m will be allocated via the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund through to 2021.
- The letter states the Government is taking forward the recommendation from the Nurse Review that the seven councils are brought together under Research UK.
- The Government recognises the important role of HEIF and expects HEFCE to introduce a long-term methodology for allocating HEIF funding in future.
- In the meantime, HEFCE will maintain HEIF allocations at current levels with a continued focus on outcomes-based funding approaches.
You can access the full letter here: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/news/newsarchive/2016/Name,107598,en.html