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Call for evidence: Good practice in knowledge exchange

HEFCE is developing a guide to good practice in knowledge exchange (KE) to help higher education institutions (HEIs) to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their KE activities. The guide will form part of a wider KE performance framework that the Government’s science and innovation strategy, 'Our plan for growth: Science and innovation', asked HEFCE to develop in December 2014. 

We invited institutions to provide examples of good practice to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of KE performance.  Some examples might include:

• existing guidance, ‘how to’ guides, templates or benchmarking tools that HEIs and business have found useful in their KE activities

• initiatives or approaches to KE that are respected as innovative or particularly effective

• esteem or success indicators, such as feedback mechanisms and approaches that identify the value to users and the economic and societal impacts of a KE activity.

Why we are creating this guide

The guide will form part of a wider KE performance framework that the Government’s science and innovation strategy, 'Our plan for growth: Science and innovation', asked HEFCE to develop in December 2014.  The KE performance framework will include rankings of university performance in KE activities. It will highlight good practices and provide benchmarking information for HEIs.

The framework is likely to cover the wide range of KE activities including spin outs and licensing, research commercialisation, contracts and strategic partnerships, universities as anchors, place making and leadership, management, and broader environment.

HEFCE is approaching the framework initially as a pilot and will consult with various stakeholders including HEIs, research councils, other HE funding councils, Innovate UK, NCUB, Auril, Praxisunico, CBI and other KE professional bodies.


Resources

University technology transfer

The knowledge exchange professional bodies AURIL and Praxisunico have shared a set of FAQs on important issues in university technology transfer. The FAQs were prepared by a group chaired by Dr Tony Raven, Chief Executive of Cambridge Enterprise.

Sharing good practice between US and UK university technology transfer experts 

Dr Lita Nelson of MIT and Dr Kathy Ku of Stanford University presented advice to us when visiting the UK, to share good practice with HEFCE and policy makers and university technology transfer experts.  

Are US university spin-out processes really better than those of UK universities?

Download the Are US university spin-out processes really better than those of UK universities as PDF (123 KB)

Innovations in UK university technology financing

Tony Hickson, Managing Director Technology Transfer, Imperial Innovations Group PLC explains the 'Patient Capital' movement in the UK, which has been developed by UK universities working with private sector partners to help bridge the valley of death in spinning out companies from research.

Patient Capital – a new way of funding the commercialisation of early stage UK science 

Download the Patient Capital – a new way of funding the commercialisation of early stage UK science as PDF (5,394 KB)

Page last updated 24 May 2016