The first iteration of the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) took place in 2021, with the aim of improving and benchmarking knowledge exchange activity between universities and the public, private and third sectors. Within the framework, universities are measured on seven key outcomes, with the overarching goal of driving research innovation – locally and globally.

The results of the second iteration of the Knowledge Exchange Framework were released in September 2022, following a review and updates to the methodological methods used in 2021. With knowledge exchange outcomes being measured annually, now is an excellent opportunity for universities to reflect and learn from the second iteration, and share best practice with peers in preparation for the next iteration.

  • The Government has a target of reaching 2.4% of GDP spend on Research and Development by 2027
  • UK universities received £4.9 billion from knowledge exchange activities in 2018-19 according to Universities UK (UUK)
  • 136 higher education institutions have signed up to the KE Concordat, creating 560 priority actions for improved collaborative working, UUK report

Join us at the Knowledge Exchange Framework: Practical Insights for 2023 to hear the latest strategies and guidance on delivering a best practice knowledge exchange strategy from higher education experts across the sector. You will hear exemplary case studies showcasing a range of key topics, including developing successful business partnerships, effectively measuring KEF outcomes and building student engagement with knowledge exchange activity. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues from across the higher education sector to share common challenges in preparing for KEF 3.

Why Attend:
✓ High-level keynotes from leading experts on the latest updates and reforms to KEF 2 following the first iteration
✓ Best practice case studies addressing a range of challenges, including a panel reflecting on lessons learnt from KEF 2
✓ Engage with key insights into translating activity into tangible outcomes
✓ Network with speakers and senior colleagues from across the education sector
✓ CPD (gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota)

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

  • Online Registration
  • Chair’s Opening Remarks 

    Dr Kate Woodthorpe, Director of Knowledge Exchange for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, University of Bath (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: The Second Iteration of the Knowledge Exchange Framework: Sharing Key Insights and Outcomes

    • Updates to KEF2: examining the evolution of the KEF to date, specifically the technical updates for KEF2
    • Addressing anticipated development areas and plans for the next iteration in 2023, KEF3
    • Moving forward: looking ahead to future and long-term development of the Knowledge Exchange Framework, including alongside wider Research England KE policy

    Ellen Bamford, Head of Data and Evidence, Knowledge Exchange Team, Research England (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Using the Knowledge Exchange Concordat: From Concept to Practical Implementation

    • Using the Concordat to develop an institution-wide, long-term vision for knowledge exchange activity and to self-evaluate achievements
    • Embedding the eight guiding principles into a KEF strategy and all areas of knowledge exchange activity: key guidance
    • Ensuring staff are aware of the relevant principles to their work and incorporate the aims of the Concordat
    • Recommendations for the future: driving continuous self-improvement and sharing best practice KEF case studies

    Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice-Chancellor, Keele University, Chair, UUK and Research England KE Concordat Task and Finish Group (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Comfort Break

  • Breakout Networking: Preparing for KEF 3: Building Upon KEF 2 and Identifying Areas for Improvement

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in preparing for the next iteration of the Knowledge Exchange Framework, allowing you to share your experiences from KEF 1 and 2 and encourage cross sector collaboration.

  • Keynote: Using the Data Dashboards to Monitor and Evaluate the Impact of Knowledge Exchange Activity 

    • Understanding data dashboards: outlining the methodological and data-focussed improvements from KEF 1 to KEF 2
    • Addressing the impact of being in a certain quintile and sharing insights into new measurements and terminology
    • Outlining changes to the existing metrics to improve accuracy of results: guidance on how to interpret the new metric changes
    • Advice on evaluating and monitoring KEF impact all year round through continuous data collection

    Kathryn Heywood, Head of Business Intelligence, Jisc (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Writing and Implementing a Successful University-Wide KEF Strategy

    • Tips for identifying the priority actions for development within the strategy through effective self-assessment
    • Advice on deciding key themes that will reflect the KEF Metrics perspectives within the strategy
    • Building a KEF driven culture: fostering successful partnerships in the local area to generate opportunities for students and researchers
    • Using benchmarks to develop and continuously improve KEF practices and processes
    • Sharing successful case studies within the strategy to demonstrate and model best practice when moving forward

    Dr Nick Lancaster, Director of Research, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange, University of Huddersfield (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Strategies for Engaging Students with Knowledge Exchange Activity

    • Developing the Student KE Toolbox to drive understanding; enhancing student and staff capability to engage effectively with business and community partners
    • Tackling the barriers and enablers to equality of opportunity and diversity and inclusion for students and graduates engaging with KE
    • Evaluating the impact of student KE; understanding how students and partners benefit, and how to maximise these benefits for mutual value
    • Tools for effectively communicating to students what KE activity is available and the benefits of taking part

    Rupert Lorraine, Director of The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Summary and Close

    *Programme subject to change


Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors. Delegates interested in this event will be people who work across knowledge exchange activity.

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


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