Blog: KE Matters

Introducing TenU, a new international tech transfer collaboration

17 Sep 2020

  TenU is a transatlantic group of TTOs who have come together to leverage their combined TT knowlege and experience to tackle global challenges. Dr Ananay Aguilar, Policy Advisor for TenU, explains more. 



Update from PraxisAuril CEO, Maxine Ficarra

14 Sep 2020

Dear PraxisAuril members,

I want to share with you our plans for future delivery of our develop, promote and connect programmes as we all settle into our new routines at work and at home - with a fresh set of priorities to keep ourselves and our families safe. 

For PraxisAuril the future is all about flexibility. Our aim is to give you choice: to access PrA resources, events and networks in ways that work best for you.  As such, we will be offering a hybrid schedule of services which you will be able to tailor to suit your individual and organisational requirements.

We understand that many of you are finding digital platforms to be a very effective way of working with colleagues across the community and around the world.  At the same time, others are keen to get back to face to face interactions. KE is, above all, a people business and this is at the heart of all our activities.

Mobilising the university-industry community against COVID-19

24 Aug 2020

Alex Stockham, Communications Manager, IN-PART

I’m sure everyone remembers when the realisation hit that COVID-19 was here to stay. The morning when the 2020 AUTM annual conference was cancelled I had my suitcase by the door. With the lockdown imminent, we realised that we needed to do something to support the university-industry community to find solutions, treatments and a vaccine for this new virus. 

On the 23rd of March, we launched an open call for research and redeployed our teams. The response was rapid. We received 174 submissions from 61 universities and research institutes across 6 continents, with each submission detailing a new breakthrough or technology being developed by an academic team to stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and to treat COVID-19. 

‘University Technology Transfer: What it is and how to do it’ by Tom Hockaday

4 Aug 2020

Tamsin Mann, Director of Policy & Communication, reviews Tom Hockaday's new book on Technology Transfer which draws on his 30-year career in TT at UK universities and on the global TT community stage. 

Roughly twenty years since the first HE innovation funding grants were awarded to kick-start ‘third stream’ activity in UK universities, the focus on research and innovation is tight with high expectations of what the research base can deliver by working with external partners. Within today’s broad definition of Knowledge Exchange (KE) there is an ongoing focus on IP commercialisation to license innovation and create new companies, from the ‘white heat’ of blue-sky, discovery research.


Firm Foundations to Rise to Challenges

29 Jul 2020

Authored by: Alice Frost, Director for Knowledge Exchange, Research England and Sean Fielding RTTP, Chair, PraxisAuril

Universities have made long strides in their knowledge exchange (KE), providing knowledge and expertise to help drive innovation, enterprise and local and national growth and wellbeing.  These provide the foundations to rise to the challenges set out in the Government’s R&D roadmap, including supporting COVID-19 recovery.