Blog: KE Matters

Do ‘wicked problems’ require ‘wicked knowledge exchange’?

1 Aug 2022

Guest blog by Philippa Crane (University of Oxford), Stuart Wilkinson (University of Oxford), Harriet Teare (University of Oxford), Jennie Shorley (Manchester Metropolitan University)

The team outline some reflections of knowledge exchange best practice that have arisen from UK SPINE, and the framing of challenge led KE as ‘wicked’.

Putting people at the heart of KE and impact at Lincoln; towards healthy, connected and meaningful working

29 Jul 2022

Guest blog by Dr Anne Jolly, Impact Development Officer, University of Lincoln; Dr Julie Bayley, Director of Research Impact Development

With contributions from Charles Mycroft, Reece Leggett, Charli Baty, Marta Villafranca Valls and Dr Federica Menchinelli. All from the Industrial Partnerships Team, University of Lincoln.

In recent years the UK research sector has dealt with unprecedented pressures, adjusting to COVID and through increased scrutiny and political unsteadiness. With promises for R&D investment yet to be fulfilled, and the damage wrought by the loss of European funding options, universities need to determine how to strengthen their connection with society at a time of resource limitations, threats to organizational sustainability and delivery on multiple agendas. The question for many of us is how can we connect with society, in ways which align with our values, with little resource and whilst fending off increasing demands?


IDEA is Business Critical

28 Jul 2022

Guest blog by Tas Gohir (he/him), Senior IP and Commercial Research Manager, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust 

This blog considers the business critical role of Inclusion, Diversity, Equality and Accessibility (IDEA) for TTOs. IDEA is no longer an optional activity.


AHRC IAAs and Knowledge Exchange: The Bath Spa University experience

7 Jul 2022

Guest Blog by Dr Louise Maythorne, Knowledge Exchange Manager, Bath Spa University

Arts and Humanities researchers up and down the country have been cheering the arrival of the AHRC’s first ever Impact Accelerator Accounts.  The AHRC are investing £5m over the next three years to support the brightest and most impactful applications of research making awards to 32 different Universities across the UK.  


Virtual Forum for KE in the Mathematical Sciences: KE Award Winners

25 Jan 2022

Guest blog from Drs Joanna Jordan RTTP FIMA (Freelance Mathematical Sciences KE) and Matt Butchers (Innovate UK KTN)

We were thrilled that the work of the Virtual Forum for Knowledge Exchange in the Mathematical Sciences (V-KEMS) – a joint venture between the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS), Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Newton Gateway to Mathematics, and Innovate UK KTN – won the KE Team of the Year in the 2021 PraxisAuril KE Awards! We knew the team had worked hard to develop a unique KE offering, but we still didn’t expect to win!


Turing Data Study Groups: KE Award Winners

25 Jan 2022

Guest blog from The Alan Turing Institute

Turing Data Study Groups (DSGs) are intensive collaborative hackathon-type-events hosted by the Alan Turing Institute, the UK National Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. The concept for DSGs was developed in 2016 by Dr Sebastian Vollmer along with Alan Turing Institute colleagues and it builds on the successful 1968 Mathematics Study Group concept.