Long-term knowledge exchange (KE) strategies
In August 2016 we asked higher education institutions (HEIs) in receipt of HEIF allocations to provide us with a strategy for KE, to be approved as the basis for funding (see HEFCE 2016/16).
As well as the formal assessment of strategies, KE experts from national funding and policy-making bodies came together to agree which of the institutional strategies should be commended for their approaches.
The eight strategies commended for their overall approach have the following key features:
- commitment to KE and ambition to achieve the breadth of KE appropriate to the institution
- full exploitation of linkages between research and teaching activities
- an outward-facing stance and a focus on building on institutional and partner strengths
- sound management approaches, including good understanding of institutional context (including place), solid internal and external evidence, and attention to impacts
- overall alignment and coherence.
The eight are:
- University of Central Lancashire
- Institute of Cancer Research
- Cranfield University
- University of East London
- University of Hertfordshire
- University of Lincoln
- Royal College of Art
- Teesside University
The group also commended a further five HEIs for a focus on key areas in the context of their overall strategy:
- Imperial College – innovative goals and approaches to increasing engagement with small to medium-sized enterprises.
- Kings College, London – attention to academic promotions and embedding KE in academic practice through its institute system.
- University of Oxford – a focus on sustainable local growth, supporting the Oxfordshire high-tech cluster, and working closely with public and private sector partners and local communities.
- Staffordshire University – commitment to local and regional economic development in an under-performing sub-region – Stoke and Trent and Staffordshire – that has a significant productivity gap with the overall national economy.
- University of York – strength in partnerships; commitment to the success of the city, Yorkshire region and the North; and attention to the societal contribution of its students.