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KEF metrics

An initial call to submit evidence to the KEF metrics technical advisory group is now open. This calls for evidence on:

  • suitable existing and potential new metrics
  • how to ensure fair and meaningful comparison
  • appropriate forms of presenting the results.

Deadline: 1700 on Tuesday 30 January 2018. Submissions should be emailed to

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Jo Johnson, the Universities Minister, has issued a commission to provide more information about university achievements in serving the economy and society for the public, businesses and communities. On these pages, we will set out our approach and provide further information on the KEF metrics work as it evolves.

The KEF metrics exercise aims to provide data, updated regularly, that describes and compares institutional level performance in knowledge exchange.

Professor Richard Jones, University of Sheffield, will chair a technical group to advise HEFCE (and then Research England after 1 April 2018) on the development of the KEF metrics approach. The group’s members are chosen to provide expertise in knowledge exchange metrics and external insights on performance.

The technical group aims to provide advice to Research England to enable consultation with key stakeholders, including the HE sector, on specific proposals in summer 2018, with a view to the scheme being finalised in autumn 2018.

Professor McMillan and the steering group will advise on the value of the KEF metrics exercise for good practice development within universities.

Initial call for evidence

An initial call to submit evidence to the technical advisory group is now open and we encourage submissions from all interested parties (including businesses and other users of university knowledge exchange services). We are calling for evidence in support of the following questions:

1. What approaches and data need to be used to ensure a fair and meaningful comparison between different universities, taking into account factors that might impact individual institution’s knowledge exchange performance (such as research income, size or local economic conditions), whilst allowing identification of relative performance? How should benchmarking be used?

2. Other than HE-BCI survey data, what other existing sources of data could be used to inform a framework, and how should it be used?

3. What new (or not currently collected) data might be useful to such a framework?

4. How should KEF metrics be visualised to ensure they are simple, transparent and useful to a non-specialist audience?

5. Any other comments?

Submissions should be made to If you have evidence in a form not suitable for email submission (e.g. because of size or format), please contact Hamish McAlpine, email, for advice.

Further information, including the outcomes from the call for evidence and work of the technical advisory group, will be published on this page.

Page last updated 1 December 2017