Research and Knowledge Exchange Excellence

Research & Knowledge Exchange Excellence

Our commitment

At Kent, we are committed to supporting outstanding research and innovation across the arts and humanities, sciences and social sciences.

Our research and innovation activities are benefiting our communities, providing our students with opportunities to receive a research-informed education and to participate in research, and increasing engagement with business and industry. We value and rewards people for their contributions, ensuring that we are a sector leader for the quality of our research and innovation culture and environment.

Key links and information


Research Excellence Framework

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies with a shared policy aim for research assessment: to secure the continuation of a world-class, dynamic and responsive research base across the full academic spectrum within UK higher education.


Knowledge Exchange Framework

The Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) aims to assess a university’s Knowledge Exchange activities, through narrative and metric data, to increase the efficiency and effectiveness in the use of public funding for knowledge exchange (KE) and to further a culture of continuous improvement in universities.


Knowledge Exchange Concordat

The Knowledge Exchange Concordat aims to give universities and their staff and students clarity of mission and to support the approach that individual universities are taking to Knowledge Exchange.


Researcher Development Concordat

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, commonly known as the ‘Researcher Development Concordat’, is an agreement between stakeholders including Kent to improve the employment and support for researchers in UK Higher Education.