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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
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


When it happened…


Tuesday, 7 September 2021


What delegates came to discuss…


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

Who attended…


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.


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.


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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