Blog: KE Matters

New RTTPs and Candidate RTTPs in Quarter 3 2019

14 Oct 2019


It is truly fantastic to see such a wide variety of newly accredited RTTPs and Candidate RTTPs join their respective groups this September. Although we see many more female KE practitioners this quarter (70/30), the demographics include both academic and industry, and backgrounds in Chemistry, Biology, Software, Finance, Product Design, Engineering and Mathematics. The latter being particularly exciting for PraxisAuril as we welcome our first RTTP specialising in Mathematics.

HEIF hits new heights as KEF roll-out is confirmed for 2020

14 Oct 2019


PraxisAuril has welcomed announcements by Chris Skidmore, Universities Minister, that signify a ‘new strategic direction for university knowledge exchange funding’ including a rise in HEIF to £250 million from 2020/21.

The announcements, which were made at Research England’s Engagement Forum in London (26th September), confirm the place of Knowledge Exchange alongside teaching and research as a core university mission. This underpins the central role given to KE in the Government’s Industrial Strategy (2017).

Staff Development

19 Sep 2019

Balloons, Eggs, Floaty Sticks and Post-Its

I’ve always been interested in learning and development, whether that’s my own development or helping others to grow and develop. The first job I had in development was many moons ago and focused on PhD researcher development. Some of the happiest memories of my working life so far are from experiential learning activities, where newly-formed teams of PhD students would work together to save the World from imminent ‘nuclear disaster’ (using ropes and buckets); build parachutes for eggs, or stand blindfolded in a field whilst one of their team tried to move them from A to B using just a whistle. I’m not entirely sure that last one would get through health and safety these days though…..

Is there an appetite for global university-industry collaboration?

11 Sep 2019

If long-distance relationships are hard enough, imagine trying to start and maintain a collaborative research project between teams in academia and industry who are based on different sides of the globe. It might make things easier if you can find a partner in your neighbourhood (or country), but science is a global enterprise. Getting innovation out of academic labs and onto the market requires collaborating with industry across borders.

New member welcome: Summer 2019

14 Aug 2019

We are delighted to welcome our new members to the PraxisAuril network!

General aspects of working in HE

30 Jul 2019


I went to university in 1990 as an enthusiastic, naïve 18 year old. Twenty-nine years, two degrees, four universities and eight jobs later, I am still here. Older, wiser, enthusiastic (but now with added cynicism) and almost certainly institutionalised.

I’ve been based in hospital labs as a researcher, taught human anatomy to medical students, and physiology to physicists. I’ve networked, negotiated, met deadlines, dangling from zip wires and shown PhD students the wonders of teambuilding games such as ‘floaty stick’ and ‘egg drop.’

For 16 years, I worked at one of the largest Russell Group universities in the country, until four years ago I took a leap of faith to start a new job and new life at Lancaster University; a university much smaller than I’d been used to, but one which instantly felt like home.