Foundations of Knowledge Exchange 20-22 November 2019

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Please note, the RTTP points available for this course are currently under review and will be confirmed as soon as possible. 

This course is for anyone who is new to a Knowledge Exchange or impact of research role and also for those who are experienced in one aspect of KE and want to understand the wider context.

Delegates may not have much experience of working with businesses and probably not much experience of the different forms of interactions that can take place between universities and businesses.   

Delegates will most likely be working in higher education and public sector research.  They may have some experience in specific areas of developing or managing knowledge exchange or research opportunities, but less knowledge and understanding around the breath and drivers around different aspects of Knowledge Exchange.  


Why should I attend this course?

There is increasing importance in supporting academic staff to create impact through knowledge exchange activities.  This is emphasised with the introduction of the new Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) which intended to increase efficiency and effectiveness of how universities undertake Knowledge Exchange activities.  Having an overview of the governmental drivers, academic motivations and modes of Knowledge Exchange are essential in supporting academics to increase impact and diversify income streams.   

This course has been designed to introduce you to the different forms of interactions that can be undertaken to support academic staff to deliver their impact through Knowledge Exchange opportunities.   

What are the training outcomes?

  • Understand the needs and drivers of academic and non-academic partners  
  • Recognise and be able to recommend the different routes of Knowledge Exchange in a given situation 
  • Know how to develop new Knowledge Exchange opportunities 
  • Know how to plan the delivery and evaluation of Knowledge Exchange projects

Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from (and speak directly with) Knowledge Exchange practitioners. There will also be ample opportunity for networking with other delegates, the course team and other contributors.  Delegates will have the opportunity to solve their own Knowledge Exchange challenges with the help of the course delegates. 


PLEASE NOTE: There may be a requirement for delegates to undertake some pre-course work/reading before the course begins.

View provisional programme (subject to change)


The course will be held at Burleigh Court which is located on the Loughborough University campus (West Entrance). Loughborough railway station is three miles away - taxis are available at the station or there is a regular shuttle bus every 20 minutes from the station to the venue. If you are driving, Burleigh Court is one mile from junction 23 on the M1; ample free secure on-site car parking is available. Nottingham East Midlands Airport is just eight miles away.


Discounted bed and breakfast accommodation is available at Burleigh Court at £92 per night, per person. Please book your accommodation direct with Burleigh Court by calling 01509 633030 and quote the PraxisAuril event reference number 321311 in order to receive the discounted rate. Discounted rates are not available when booking accommodation online.  Any bedrooms that are not booked by Wednesday 23 October 2019 will be released. Accommodation may still be available at Burleigh Court after this date but might not be at the discounted rate.

Please note that the course begins with registration, including dinner and drinks, on Wednesday 20 November 2019 from 1830-2030.

20th November - 22nd November


Course Fee (Member price £965) £ 1295.00

Meet the Speakers/Trainers

Dr. Alistair McDermott

Course Director
Director of Science Led Services, Imperial College London
Alistair McDermott is Director of Science led Services at Imperial College London where he is Executive Director of two subsidiary companies. Imperial Consultants, the commercial gateway to the academic expertise of Imperial College London, where he is responsible for increasing the number of academics undertaking consultancy projects at Imperial College whilst maintaining the university consulting service as a self-sustaining business. Imperial College Projects Limited, a company focused on developing and delivering long term commercial projects for Imperial College. He also oversees of the development and delivery of large research-based consortia projects. Alistair has worked for a number of universities and Research Councils supporting those institutions in expanding their research and commercial portfolios. He has been involved in the development of large national and international scientific research facilities and creating industry led research programmes. He has led regional businesses support initiatives, set up start-up centres and created joint ventures. Alistair has a degree and PhD in Material Science from the University of Sheffield and an MBA from the Open University.

Mrs. Jennie Shorley

Course Director
Associate Head - RKE, Manchester Metropolitan University
Jennie is Associate Head for Research and Knowledge Exchange in the Faculty of Business and Law at Manchester Met, working to strategically develop innovative research and knowledge exchange initiatives, including major funded programmes. She is the faculty’s academic Impact Lead, and works to develop strategic links between the faculties of Business and Law, and Science and Engineering. She led the Centre for Enterprise to secure over £10M of funding for business growth and innovation support for small firms.

Dr. Stuart Wilkinson RTTP

Course Director
Head, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team, University of Oxford
Stuart Wilkinson is Head of the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team in the Research Services office of the University of Oxford. Stuart's current role is to support the University's engagement and partnership with external organisations across the institution to maximise the impact of the research, including regional partners including the LEP. Previously Stuart worked as a consultant advising and training governments, companies and research organisations on technology development, intellectual property discovery, commercialisation strategy and business planning. Stuart also worked for Isis Innovation where he was responsible for evaluating, protecting and commercialising intellectual property in materials, engineering, energy and imaging technologies, including developing translational funding applications, business plans and negotiating investment for spin-out businesses. Stuart has a DPhil and MEng in BioMaterials and Materials Science from the University of Oxford.

Julie Coombes

Events Manager, PraxisAuril
I am the Event Manager responsible for organising this event. If you need to contact me please email or phone 01223 659962.
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