Overview

09 Feb, 20229:00 am-1:30 pm10 Feb, 20229:00 am-1:00 pm
Online Conference

The Future of the Knowledge Exchange Framework Conference 2022 will explore the next steps for the knowledge exchange community following the completion of the first iteration of the KEF. The Conference will examine how the Framework will be reviewed and developed, core learning points from the metrics within the exercise, as well as evaluating how higher education institutions can enhance their knowledge exchange performance in line with the recommendations of the Knowledge Exchange Concordat.

What to Expect

  • A national update from Research England on the review and evaluation process following the first KEF
  • Key insights and learning points from institutions that achieved ‘top 10%’ results within the core metrics
  • An evaluation of how institutions can enhance their knowledge exchange activity in line with the KE Concordat
  • 6 interactive workshops supporting institutions to assess KEF delivery and KE Concordat delivery
  • Leading perspectives from business and industry on supporting a joined-up knowledge exchange ecosystem

Online Experience

  • AI matchmaking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • Sector based discussion groups
  • Next generation conference platform

Expert Speakers and Practitioners

Dr Alexandra Bush photo
Dr Alexandra Bush
Managing Consultant
Oxentia Limited
Alicen Nickson photo
Alicen Nickson
Director of Research and Innovation
Cranfield University
Krista Macmillan photo
Krista Macmillan
Head of Knowledge Exchange Policy and Projects
UCL Innovation and Enterprise
Dr Rebecca Edwards photo
Dr Rebecca Edwards
Senior Research Development & Support Manager
Bournemouth University
Julie Taylor photo
Julie Taylor
Head of Knowledge Exchange
The University of Essex
Paul Fairburn photo
Paul Fairburn
Director, Innovation Ecosystem
Coventry University

Agenda

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
9:00 am
Online Login and Registration
9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address: Day 1
Julie Taylor
Julie Taylor
Head of Knowledge Exchange
The University of Essex
Confirmed
9:40 am
A Research England Update: The First Iteration: What did We Learn and How will KEF Change?
  • Examining the core trends and learning points from the first KEF and assessing the state of knowledge exchange across the sector
  • Looking towards Research England’s review and evaluative process following the first iteration and how it will support change of the Framework in the long term
  • Analysing how Research England will consult and engage on the outcomes from the first KEF
  • Looking towards the decision-making process on design of metrics and narrative statement structure
Alice Frost
Alice Frost
Director of Knowledge Exchange
Research England
Confirmed
10:10 am
What Next for the Knowledge Exchange Concordat? An Action Plan on Performance
  • Examining the progress made in developing the Knowledge Exchange Concordat from concept to practical implementation across the sector
  • Assessing the route to developing a model for continuous improvement with clear indicators, mission setting and evaluative processes
  • Evaluating examples of institutions successfully adopting approaches towards capacity building in staffing and training
  • Exploring how an institution can design a strategy for performance improvement and implement a framework for development guided by the 8 principles of the Concordat
Professor Trevor McMillan
Professor Trevor McMillan
Vice-Chancellor, Keele University
Chair, UUK & Research England KE Concordat Task and Finish Group
Confirmed
10:30 am
Break and Virtual Networking
10:50 am
The First KEF Iteration: Results, Reflections and Responses

Following the completion of the first KEF iteration, institutions have had an opportunity to interpret their results, examine findings and consider how the Framework will lead to enhancement in knowledge exchange activity in the long term.

This panel session will bring together knowledge exchange leaders to share their reflections and what can be learnt from the first iteration, what went well, what could be improved and how the exercise will transform outputs.

Professor Rusi Jaspal
Professor Rusi Jaspal
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise)
University of Brighton
Confirmed
Professor Kiran Trehan
Professor Kiran Trehan
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Partnership and Engagement
University of York
Confirmed
Professor David Leadley
Professor David Leadley
Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)
University of Warwick
Invited
Dr Paula Jones
Dr Paula Jones
Director, Research and Innovation
Newcastle University
Invited
11:40 am
Break and Virtual Networking
12:00 pm
The KEF Metrics Breakdown: Analysing What Works

In these ‘What Works’ sessions you will hear practical insights on the journey to success for institutions reaching the top 10% in core metrics in the first iteration of KEF.

You will be taken on ‘walk through’ guides on their implementation, delivery plans and how they translated their activity into demonstrable outcomes with the Framework.

These sessions will also give you an opportunity to engage with sector specialists and partake in discussions with your peers to understand what worked, what didn’t and how their stories can harness your action plan for enhancement

You will be able to choose from 2 of the 3 workshops during these sessions.

Workshop A: Local Growth and Regeneration
Dr Mark Bacon
Dr Mark Bacon
Directorate of Research, Innovation and Engagement and Chief Operating Officer
Keele University
Invited
Workshop B: Skills, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
Alicen Nickson
Alicen Nickson
Director of Research and Innovation
Cranfield University
Confirmed
Workshop C: Public and Community Engagement
Paul Fairburn
Paul Fairburn
Director, Innovation Ecosystem
Coventry University
Confirmed
1:30 pm
Close of Day 1 of Conference

Day 1 of the Conference will close at 1:30pm. You will still have the opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

9:00 am
Online Login and Registration
9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address: Day 2
Julie Taylor
Julie Taylor
Head of Knowledge Exchange
The University of Essex
Confirmed
9:40 am
Assessing the Impact of Innovation Programmes and the Commercial Success of Business
Paul Mason
Paul Mason
Director, Innovation Policy
Innovate UK
Confirmed
10:00 am
Hitting the Top 10% ‘Working with Business’ KEF Metric: A Story of Outstanding Business Partnership through Knowledge Exchange

In this deep dive session, Loughborough University will examine what high quality business partnerships look like within the context of knowledge exchange. The session will explore:

  • Translating effective business partnerships into impactful knowledge exchange delivery
  • Demonstrating successful engagement with industry in the KEF
  • What it takes to be in the top 10% and how Loughborough intends to enhance its ‘working with business’ metric outcomes further
Professor Tracy Bhamra
Professor Tracy Bhamra
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise
Loughborough University
Invited
10:20 am
Break and Virtual Networking
10:40 am
The Industry 360: Developing a Cohesive and Joined-Up Approach on Business – Research Partnership

This is your opportunity to gain the industry perspective on delivering effective knowledge exchange activity and matching research operations with the needs of critical sectors. The session will consider:

  • Core barriers to entry and how access to knowledge exchange can be enhanced
  • How the higher education sector can tailor its engagement and partnerships working to the needs of industry
  • What does a truly joined-up knowledge exchange sector look like and how can a more cohesive system of partnership be developed?
Dr Alexandra Bush
Dr Alexandra Bush
Managing Consultant
Oxentia Limited
Confirmed
Adam Webb
Adam Webb
Head of Bids and Tenders
Connected Place Catapult
Invited
Helen Wise
Helen Wise
Director, External Innovation (Respiratory & Skin Care)
GSK
Invited
Harry Hutchinson
Harry Hutchinson
Senior Partner
HGF: Intellectual Property Specialists
Invited
11:40 am
Break and Virtual Networking
12:00 pm
Workshop Series: Transforming Performance – Acting on the Knowledge Exchange Concordat

This workshop series will allow you to examine how your institution can act on the core principles of the KE Concordat and deliver an action plan on enhancing knowledge exchange activity and driving performance improvements.

These sessions will allow you to take a deep dive into core areas of delivery in line with the Concordat and allow you to examine your pain points and areas for transformation. You will be able to choose one of the three workshops below, based on where you are in your journey.

Workshop A: Defining Mission and Policies
Krista Macmillan
Krista Macmillan
Head of Knowledge Exchange Policy and Projects
UCL Innovation and Enterprise
Confirmed
Workshop B: Capacity Building: Staffing and Training
Dr Rebecca Edwards
Dr Rebecca Edwards
Senior Research Development & Support Manager
Bournemouth University
Confirmed
Workshop C: Continuous Improvement and Evaluation
Denise Cooke
Denise Cooke
Head of Knowledge Exchange
University of Bath
Invited
1:00 pm
Close of Day 2 of Conference

Day 2 of the Conference will close at 1:00pm. You will still have the opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

Audience

This Conference is designed specifically for the higher education sector and industries engaged in knowledge exchange. Those in attendance will include:

  • Directors of Knowledge Exchange
  • KEF Managers
  • KEF Project Leads
  • Research Impact Managers
  • Deans of Research
  • Directors of Research and Development
  • Directors of Business Development
  • Heads of Research Partnerships
  • Pro-Vice Chancellors
  • Heads of Faculty

Pricing

For group discounts and enquiries about your registration please contact us on 020 3770 6580 or [email protected]