Overview

23 Feb, 20219:00 am-3:00 pm
Online Conference
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The Future of the Knowledge Excellence Framework (KEF) Forum 2020 will assess the development and delivery of knowledge exchange activity across higher education following the publication of results from the first iteration of KEF in December 2020.

The Future of the Knowledge Excellence Framework (KEF) Forum 2021 will assess the development and delivery of knowledge exchange activity across higher education following the publication of results from the first iteration of KEF. The Forum will explore the outcomes from the first KEF exercise, examine Research England’s plans for knowledge exchange funding across the sector and evaluate how knowledge exchange programmes will adapt following the Covid-19 crisis and Brexit.

What to Expect

  • A national update from Research England on the development of the Knowledge Exchange Framework
  • Leading best practice insight and assessment of how institutions delivered their submissions for KEF and analysis of how implementation and delivery can be improved
  • Assessment of the lessons learnt from the first KEF and how the process can be further enhanced
  • Insights and guidance on how institutions can look to develop their long-term knowledge exchange pipeline
  • Analysis on what the knowledge exchange landscape looks like after the Covid-19 crisis and Brexit and how institutions may respond

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

Agenda

9:00 am
Online Login and Networking

Throughout the Conference you will be able to make use of:

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
9:20 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Higher Education Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Professor Nick Plant
Professor Nick Plant
Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation
University of Leeds
Confirmed
9:40 am
Research England Update: The Next Steps for the Knowledge Exchange Framework
  • Outlining the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on timeline and delivery of KEF
  • Exploring outcomes on the implementation of the first iteration of KEF and Research England’s criteria on KEF metrics and narrative statements
  • Examining the key findings from the submission of narrative statements in October 2020 by higher education providers
  • Assessing the overall trends in submissions and analysing the first KEF results
  • Analysing how institutions can demonstrate accountability and high impact spending of the £213 million Higher Education Innovation Fund
  • Evaluating the key learning points in the delivery of the first KEF and Research England’s next steps in assessing funding for knowledge exchange activity following the first framework
Alice Frost
Alice Frost
Director of Knowledge Exchange
Research England
Confirmed
Sacha Ayres
Sacha Ayres
Senior Policy Adviser
Research England
Confirmed
10:10 am
Covid-19 KEF Panel Discussion: How Should Partnership Programmes Respond?

With knowledge exchange programmes, industry partnerships and new research agendas expected to play a major role in the national recovery from the Covid-19 crisis, this panel session will bring together some of the nation’s leading knowledge exchange experts to assess the next steps in developing impactful partnerships.

This panel session will look to explore and provide answers around some of the most critical issues facing the sector at the moment including:

  • How will the Covid-19 crisis influence knowledge exchange priorities and partnership working?
  • How has the crisis reshaped economic and societal challenges and how will this influence funding programmes and investment?
  • What lessons can be learnt from the crisis in developing agile and responsive research and knowledge exchange programmes?
Carole Barron
Carole Barron
Director of Knowledge Exchange and Innovation
University of Kent
Confirmed
Professor Kiran Trehan
Professor Kiran Trehan
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Partnership and Engagement
University of York
Confirmed
Professor Kerry Kirwan
Professor Kerry Kirwan
Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research)
University of Warwick
Confirmed
Dr Dan Warren
Dr Dan Warren
Director, Advanced Network Research
Samsung R&D UK
Confirmed
10:50 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your 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.

11:10 am
Keynote: Developing a New Institution-Wide KEF Strategy

In this keynote session, Professor Dame Jessica Corner will explore how institutions can look towards the development of the next iteration of KEF within their institution.

Professor Dame Jessica Corner
Professor Dame Jessica Corner
Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange
University of Nottingham
Confirmed
11:30 am
Troubleshooting Workshops: Strategy, Design and Implementation: Preparing for the Next KEF

Following higher education institutions submitting their narrative statements in October 2020 and with many institutions now evaluating their KEF performance in the long term following the first iteration of the programme, this workshop series will allow participants to gain practical insights on some of the core implementation challenges that faced the sector.

In these sessions, you will have the opportunity to engage in discussion with KEF professionals on the frontline of delivery, as we assess how improvements can be made for future assessment of knowledge exchange.

Workshop A: How Do We Better Evaluate and Communicate Knowledge Exchange Activity?
Dr Jeremy Hague
Dr Jeremy Hague
Director of Knowledge Exchange
Nottingham Trent University
Confirmed
Workshop B: Implementation: What can We Learn from the First KEF?
Dr Andrew Wray
Dr Andrew Wray
Head of Impact Development
University of Bristol
Confirmed
12:30 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your 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.

12:55 pm
Introduction from Afternoon Chair
Julie Swinbank
Julie Swinbank
Head of Partnerships and Engagement
Durham University
Confirmed
1:00 pm
How to Enhance Knowledge Exchange Commercialisation Opportunities

This session will explore some of the major barriers facing knowledge exchange activity and assess how the sector should go about translating high quality research into viable commercial opportunities.

  • Overcoming common barriers to commercialisation from industry including investor risk and absorptive capacity
  • Translating knowledge transfer and collaborative research programmes into new product development and innovation
  • Matching need and demand: assessing how research leaders can ensure their engagement activities and partnerships reflect the needs of industry following the Covid-19 pandemic
Simon Bond
Simon Bond
Innovation Director
SETsquared
Confirmed
1:30 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your 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.

1:50 pm
The Roll Out of the Knowledge Exchange Concordat – Understanding What HEI’s Need to Do Next
  • Examining the principles of the Knowledge Exchange Concordat and how it seeks to support institutions to develop clear missions and build up knowledge exchange capacity
  • Assessing how the Concordat will be harnessed to evaluate sector-wide knowledge exchange performance and help support continuous improvement across HE knowledge exchange activity
  • Translating the Concordat into practice – assessing the Task and Finish Group’s proposed enablers in driving the advancement of knowledge exchange
  • Analysing progress so far and examples of institutions at the forefront of embedding the Concordat into their knowledge exchange activities
Professor Trevor McMillan
Professor Trevor McMillan
Vice-Chancellor, Keele University and Chair,
UUK & Research England KE Concordat Task and Finish Group
Confirmed
2:20 pm
On Demand Case Studies: How to Lead Effective KEF Preparation and Delivery

These on demand sessions will be available to watch and replay before, during and after the forum ensuring delegates are able to maximise their learning from all three sessions.

In these on demand sessions institutions at the forefront of outstanding KEF delivery in 2020 will share challenges faced and solutions developed in response. Furthermore, each institution will look to share their thoughts on what changes should be made ahead of the next iteration of the KEF.

Case Study 1: Effective Narrative Statements: Institutional Context, Local Growth and Public Engagement
Martin Cox
Martin Cox
Director of Business Development and Enterprise
Newcastle University
Confirmed
Case Study 2: Demonstrating High Impact Knowledge Exchange Partnership and Engagement
Dr Martin Davies
Dr Martin Davies
Director for Innovation Partnerships
University College London (UCL)
Confirmed
Case Study 3: Supporting Effective Regional Engagement and Social Mobility through Knowledge Exchange
Dr Amanda Baxendale
Dr Amanda Baxendale
Head of Research and Innovation Services
University of Derby
Confirmed
3:20 pm
Questions and Answers Session: What Does the Future Hold for the KEF?

In this themed Q&A session delegates will be given the opportunity to quiz leading HEI’s on what they see as the future direction of travel for the KEF and how the sector as a whole can look to improve its Knowledge Exchange activity.

3:50 pm
Conference Close, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

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

  • Online Rate (HE and Public Sector)
    £295 + VAT
  • Online Rate (Private)
    £395 + VAT
  • Online Rate (Voluntary)
    £245 + VAT
For group discounts and enquiries about your registration please contact us on 020 3770 6580 or [email protected]