Knowledge Exchange (KE) is:
“a set of activities, processes and skills that enable close collaboration between universities and non-academic partners to deliver commercial, environmental, cultural and societal benefits, opportunities for students and economic growth” (KE Concordat consultation, May 2019).
Piloted in 2020 and led by Research England, the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) forms the third pillar of assessment of university activities, alongside the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
Alongside the KEF, Universities have also been asked to sign up to a Knowledge Exchange Concordat (KEC) of good principles and practice, confirming their intention to embed KE in the institution.UKRI webpage
"Knowledge exchange has long been at the heart of our research and innovation activities at Kent. We believe in the power of working collaboratively with industry and the community to benefit both the economy and society, and are determined to extend our KE activities at a local, national and international level.
As keen participants in both the KE Concordat and the Framework, we welcome this opportunity to better understand our performance and to put KE on the map for all our staff, students and partners, creating clear access routes and engagement opportunities across our portfolio."
Shane Weller, DVC of Research and Innovation
Purpose of the KEF
1. To enable universities to better understand, benchmark and improve their performance in KE activities;
2. To help business and other users access the world-class knowledge and expertise embedded in English HEPs;
3. To increase efficiency and effectiveness in the use of public funding for KE.
Participation in KEF is expected to be a condition of funding from academic year 2020-21.
The KEF assesses a university’s KE activities, through narrative and metric data, under seven broad ‘Perspectives’:
Numerous and amazing examples of KE activity are taking place across the University, from the outreach work of the Gulbenkian to our new Medical School – Kent embodies the values of the KEF.
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Find out more about how the KEF will work in practice.
Read our FAQ's section about the KEF
Leading knowledge exchange practitioners discuss the KEF and KEC with Research and Innovation staff in this introductory webinar
The Knowledge Exchange (KE) Concordat forms the second strand of the Knowledge Exchange Framework