Directors' Forum 21-22 March 2019

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Join us in London this spring at the The PraxisAuril Directors' Forum.


This event is for PraxisAuril members only


The Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) proposes a third pillar of university activity assessment alongside the REF and TEF and informs the Industrial Strategy. This is a time for KE leaders to take the initiative and demonstrate how an existing cohort of professionally skilled staff in UK universities and research organisations are already helping to drive Knowledge Exchange in its broadest sense. The KEF puts universities in the spotlight once again as enablers and facilitators of productivity, growth and enterprise and we need new conversations about how to respond as professionals.


Spring’s Directors’ Forum will, therefore, take the KEF as its backdrop to discuss professional development in a number of ways: for senior career professionals, for team development, and KE in academic pathways. This will include sessions on:


- possible implications of the KEF Concordat and metrics for office development and staff deployment across KE and Research functions


- KE training for academics, picking up on a PrA Directors’ list conversation and with reference to a recent study by NERC KE Fellows


- feedback from the Board Strategy Away Day, requesting input on new course development and deepening stakeholder relationships


PraxisAuril has a dedicated KEF webpage where you can find resources to inform KEF discussions, access our consultation submissions, and read the latest KEF news and blogs.


(Full programme and speakers to follow)


Early registration is encouraged as places for this event are limited, multiple registrations from a single institution may be restricted. Directors may nominate a deputy to attend on their behalf.


Event format:


Evening dinner and keynote lecture on Thursday 21st, followed by a full day (Friday 22nd) of talks and networking.


•    PraxisAuril members: Heads of Office (or a nominated deputy)
•    Key sector stakeholders (by invitation only)


Please note the event fee does not include accommodation and is plus VAT




Holiday Inn London - Regents Park is a modern hotel near central London's attractions, with free WiFi and smart event facilities. Holiday Inn® London - Regent's Park hotel offers easy access to central London's major attractions, with Great Portland Street and Regent's Park Tube stations just a few minutes away. The hotel is near the A501 and 45 minutes' drive from Heathrow Airport. You can head to the leafy grounds of Regent's Park or hit the shops on buzzy Oxford Street, both an easy walk from the hotel.




PraxisAuril has secured a limited number of bedrooms for delegates at a negotiated rate of £169 including VAT and breakfast.  This rate is guaranteed until 5pm this Friday 22nd February, please contact the Holiday Inn Regents Park by calling 0871 942 9111 (quoting reference AFJ) to check availability.


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21st March - 22nd March


Event fee (excl. VAT) £ 412.50

Meet the Speakers/Trainers

Dr. Martin Davies

Course Director
Director of Business and Innovation Partnerships, University College London
Martin leads the Business and Innovation Partnerships team at UCL. The team works with large firms and SMEs in key sectors to forge major, institutional-level business partnerships that will extend UCL’s research into new areas and lead to new innovations with industry. Martin has spent more than 25 years working on business-university collaborations as a researcher, academic, innovation specialist, and director of university research and enterprise teams. He's also been involved in business development in health and biosciences, business incubation, managing major economic development projects in London and setting up his own spin out companies in the biomedical sciences sector. Martin is a PraxisAuril board member (immediate Past Chair), and previously Chair of, AURIL - the Association for University Research and Industry Links. He originally trained in chemistry and has a first degree and PhD from Imperial College London.

Dr. Dan King

Director, Research Consulting
Dan joined Research Consulting in May 2018 and leads work in research development, partnership and knowledge exchange. Prior to joining Research Consulting, he was Director of Partnerships, Local Engagement and Commercial Services at Nottingham Trent University, establishing a new team supporting partnerships with business and other employers. Between 2001 and 2017 he held a number of roles at the University of Nottingham leading teams supporting research, knowledge exchange and strategy across the University. Roles included Acting Director for Research Enterprise and Graduate Services and Head of Business and Local Partnerships. He is passionate about the role research and Universities have in developing places – and has working closely with civic and economic development partners. This includes roles as Director of the University of Nottingham Innovation Park management company, advisory input into the local governance committees for the 2007-2014 ERDF programme and 2014-2020 ESIF programmes and management of business grant schemes. Prior to 2001, he worked in research business development at the University of Warwick and in research funding administration with the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). He has a PhD in Civil Engineering (University of Nottingham) and post-doctoral research experience in the monitoring of coastal defences on the south coast (University of Brighton). LinkedIn profile -

Mr. Dave Cooper

Information and Membership Officer, PraxisAuril
I am responsible for the organisation of this event & can be contacted on or call 01223 659963
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