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HEFCE will work with universities to articulate world-class policy and practice in knowledge exchange, and support universities to achieve their best performance relative to their strengths in knowledge exchange, through the following actions:
The framework is backed by the stakeholders in universities, as well as research and innovation funders – Universities UK, PraxisUnico, AURIL, HEFCE, Innovate UK and Research Councils UK.
Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice-Chancellor of Keele University and chair of the review group, said:
‘The KE framework provides an opportunity for universities to confirm their commitment to delivering the Government’s economic and societal priorities and to describe the successful policies and practices that they have in place. Universities should also see it as a challenge – to look at leading-edge and innovative practice around the world, to share good practices in this country, and overall increase our support for the UK as a knowledge economy. Close working between university leaders, practitioners and innovation experts in steering the development is vital.’
1. HEFCE uses the term knowledge exchange, or KE, as shorthand for the multiple interactions between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and businesses, public services, charities and communities to create societal and economic benefit. KE includes activities such as joint research and development projects, consultancy and training, as well as technology transfer (spinning out companies and licensing intellectual property).
2. The Government said in the 2016 HE White Paper:
‘Government protection of research funding has helped HEFCE to maintain Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) which underpins knowledge exchange and tech transfer capabilities. HEFCE is continuing to develop and implement a framework to benchmark KE performance across the HE sector, encouraging the sharing of innovation and entrepreneurial expertise, and supporting the professionalization of knowledge exchange skills.’ (Success as a Knowledge Economy, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), May 2016)
3. The initial membership of the steering group is:
5. ‘Effective practice in knowledge exchange’, a report by Research Consulting
7. Taking account of pilot work undertaken IP Pragmatics in ’Benchmarking for knowledge exchange’