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Next steps for the Knowledge Exchange Framework - responding to KEF 2021, the use of metrics, and assessing the potential for wider public benefit

September 2021

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference follows the publication of the first iteration of the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) and will examine priorities for the sector, as well as the progress of the upcoming review.

It will also consider wider priorities for knowledge exchange in the UK in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and ways in which the higher education sector can best support regional development in the context of the Government’s ‘Levelling Up’ agenda.

The discussion will also cover several major policy developments relevant to the discussion, including the Research and Development Roadmap and the Strength in Places Fund which aim to help boost R&D in the UK, and with reforms to knowledge exchange targeting greater resilience and better outcomes.

Areas for discussion include:

  • next steps - priorities and strategies for HEIs following the first cycle
  • metrics - evaluating the Framework’s measures of impact and the use of clustering
  • wider impact - assessing the public benefit of KEF activities and the ways that HEIs and exchange partnerships can contribute to broader national goals

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions on core issues from:

  • Dr Hamish McAlpine, Head of Data and Evidence, Knowledge Exchange Team, Research England
  • Professor Ludovic Thilly, Chair, Coimbra Group and Executive Vice-Rector, European Networks, University of Poitiers
  • Professor Jane Robinson, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Engagement and Place, Newcastle University and Co-Chair, Economic and Social Recovery Task Force, UUK


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and officials from DAERA, NI; the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport; the Department for International Trade; the Department for the Economy, NI; the Government Office for Science; the Home Office; the Intellectual Property Office; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Bath Spa University; Crossref; De Montfort University; EEESafe; Imperial College London; Kingston University London; Liverpool Hope University; Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine; Newcastle University; Pinsent Masons; Praxis Auril; Research Consulting; Royal Agricultural University; Royal Veterinary College; Staffordshire University; The Open University; The University of Sheffield; UK Research and Innovation; University of Bristol; University of Cumbria; University of Dundee; University of Edinburgh; University of Greenwich; University of Leeds; University of Plymouth; University of Sheffield; University of Southampton; University of Surrey; and University of the West of Scotland.

A press pass has been reserved by a representative from University Business.  

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles