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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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1. Communities of practice

The communities of practice listed below have expertise across the range of areas within knowledge exchange and offer many authenticated good practice tools, resources and support to knowledge exchange professionals.


A professional association representing all practitioners involved in knowledge creation, development and exchange in the UK and Ireland who work to ensure that new ideas, technologies and innovations flow from their institution into the market place.

Resources available online include information about AURIL’s events, a Professional Development Framework and Resource Finder, AURIL’s Inspirational Mentoring Scheme (AIMS), and a range of useful publications.

b. PraxisUnico

PraxisUnico is a UK professional association for public sector knowledge exchange and commercialisation practitioners.

PraxisUnico develop knowledge exchange and technology transfer professionals through world-leading training; connect members and stakeholders at their events and promote best practice for the KE sector, facilitating interactions between the public sector research base, business and government. 

Resources include case studies of successful engagements, templates and other guidance, and in-depth ‘Practical guides’. Some materials are accessible to members only. Membership is offered at an organisational level.

c. ASTP-Proton

ASTP-Proton is a pan-European association for professionals involved in knowledge transfer between universities and industry.

By promoting and professionalising knowledge transfer practice, the association aims to enhance the impact of public research on society and the economy.

ASTP-Proton facilitates the international exchange of best practice between national Knowledge Exchange associations. It is a founding member of the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP), responsible for international accreditation of the Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) qualification.

d. The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)

An organisation dedicated to bringing research to life by supporting and enhancing the global academic technology transfer profession through education, professional development, partnering and advocacy.

Resources include training opportunities, research, surveys and databases, the AUTM Technology Transfer Best Practice manual, a global technology portal (GTP), and a material transfer agreement (MTA) Toolkit.

e. ARMA 

The professional association for research managers and administrators in the UK who facilitate excellence in research through identifying, establishing and exchanging good practice in research management and administration.

Resources include training and development events, information, advice, support and guidance. ARMA also help facilitate one-to-one mentoring and networking for the exchange of best practice and for mutual support among members and partnerships.

ARMA’s flagship offering is the suite of accredited qualifications in research management and administration. Some materials are accessible to members only.

2. Framework steering group

The current membership of the steering group is (members will be added in additional KE expert areas):

  • Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice-Chancellor, Keele University (Chair)
  • Dr Mark Bacon, Director of Engagement and Partnerships, Keele University (policy support to Chair)
  • Professor Sue Baxter, Director of Research, Enterprise and Social Partnerships, Brighton University
  • Dr David Bembo, Deputy Director and Head of Research Development, Research and Innovation Services, Cardiff University - ex Chair AURIL
  • Dr Phil Clare, Associate Director and Head of Knowledge Exchange, University of Oxford
  • Tomas Coates-Ulrichsen, Research Fellow, Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI), Cambridge University
  • Professor Maria Delgado, Director of Research, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London
  • Professor Luke Georghiou, Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor; and Professor of Science, Technology Policy and Management, University of Manchester
  • Professor David Gibson, Head of Entrepreneurship Education, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Dr Tony Raven, Chief Executive, Cambridge Enterprise, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Liam Sutton, Head of Knowledge Transfer, University of Bradford
  • David Sweeney, HEFCE Director (Research and Knowledge Exchange)
  • Greg Wade, Higher Education Policy Adviser, Universities UK (observer)
  • Alice Frost and Rachel Tyrrell, HEFCE (secretaries)

3. Tools and techniques for evaluation and continuous improvement

HEFCE regularly publishes data on Higher Education Innovation Funding allocations, institutional strategies and results from the Higher education - business and community interaction survey.

To explore these data resources and to find further links to HESA data, please our knowledge exchange webpages

HEFCE also have published data on Higher Education and Local Growth maps.

Knowledge exchange performance indicators data tool

HEIs can use HEFCE's knowledge exchange performance indicators data tool as a source of benchmarking information, at strategic or operational level.

The tool includes user notes to explain the data that is available and how it can be used.

This data source includes data from the HE-BCI survey and related HESA data with some key normalisation figures provided, in a pivot table format for HEIs. We would suggest using data resources such as HEIDI and HEIDI-Plus, and your own institutional indicators and normalisation factors, to get started.

There is not one simple measurement system for HEIs to compare their KE activity with others. HEIs looking to benchmark themselves with others effectively should adopt a range of techniques, including qualitative approaches, as appropriate.

4. Framework development

HEFCE has commissioned two studies to inform initial development of the framework.

Page last updated 12 December 2017

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