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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.

Commended strategies

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.

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Page last updated 12 June 2017