Knowledge Exchange

Expanding the culture of KE

In November 2020 The Culture Capital Exchange (TCCE) were delighted to announce their latest major initiative, The National Centre for Academic and Cultural Exchange (NCACE).  This  four year initiative launched with the support of Research England aligns with priorities in higher education (including the Knowledge Exchange Framework and the Knowledge Exchange Concordat), the arts and culture sector (including Arts Council England’s new 10 year plan ‘Let’s Create’) and the wider policy landscape around the civic role of universities, placemaking and the levelling up agenda.

Engaging students in knowledge exchange: 10 million what works competition


Students play a significant role in the knowledge exchange that drives civic and economic prosperity. As well as establishing start-ups and spin-off companies, they solve problems and provide skills and expertise for businesses, public services and community groups through consultancy, internships and work placements.

The KT Boundary


Amongst the global Knowledge Transfer community, there is increasing discussion about what our profession is actually all about.  The European Knowledge Exchange Association (ASTP) held its annual conference in Dublin this week and there was a real interest from across the Continent in redefining our profession so that we can explain the importance of our role to funders and stakeholders.  PraxisAuril will be playing a leading role in this and helping to shape the global standing of what we do. 

Visions of the self: The Mixed-up Chameleon 

When you consider the theories about how professions emerge, there is one angle which I believe to be curiously underdeveloped, this is the role of imagery and visions in confirming the existence of a profession. A profession and its associated specialist knowledge, skills and practices have to be recognised by those outside the immediate community, or how else will the expertise that exists amongst the members be recognised? 

The KE Mentoring Programme by Jennie Shorley, Associate Head RKE, Manchester Metropolitan University

This is, in many ways, great news for us in Knowledge Exchange, at the coalface of our university’s relationship with the outside world. The definition of impactful activities and reach should be “deepened and broadened”, which means that the roles of those tasked with developing impact should also be. It is, for some at least, disproportionate in terms of our university’s lack of development of knowledge exchange and impact staff.