Research England has published a report detailing the findings of the review of the first iteration of the Knowledge Exchange Framework. The report brings together the wide variety of feedback that the funder has gathered through the KEF review over the past nine months and sets out proposals for future KEF developments in the short, medium and long term.
- February 2022 - HESA announces re-start of the HE-BCI data review
- February 2022 - Review of the first iteration of the KEF metrics and narrative statements published by Research England
- Late October 2021 - Evaluation of KEC action plans sent to individual institutions (see keconcordat.ac.uk)
- Spring 2021 - Publication of the KEF metrics and narrative statements available on the KEF metrics dashboard kef.ac.uk/dashboard
You can read PraxisAuril's contribution to the initial consultation on the use of metrics in the KEF consultation here. A summary of consultation responses and a technical report on the proposed KEF cluster approach was released by Research England in November 2018. This was followed by a second consultation on the metrics exercise in January 2019 and a pilot exercise involving 20 HEIs from across the clusters.
For all KEF-related matters, please contact Tamsin Mann, Head of Policy & Governance.
Research England has today released information on a revised timetable for the roll-out of the KEF metrics exercise and provided assurance to HEIs about the use of HEIF funding for the current academic year, at a time when universities are providing vital roles in the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter, addressed to Heads of English HEIs, sets out measures to lower burden in the short-term whilst providing reassurance and strategic direction for the 2020-21 academic year.
Research England has published a report with further detail on clustering and narrative templates for the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF).
The reports sets out the revised KEF cluster descriptions and confirmation of cluster placements. The most significant change is the loss of the 'Social Sciences & Business' cluster. The four institutions in that cluster have been reassigned.
Written by Adam Stoten, Chief Operating Officer at Oxford University Innovation
Research England originally proposed the purpose of the KEF to be threefold:
Research England has released a report detailing decisions and next steps for the KEF following last year’s consultation and pilot exercises. PraxisAuril is pleased to see that comments and contributions from universities, businesses and other sector stakeholders – including many PraxisAuril members – have been taken into account in the final metrics, narrative information, clusters, eligibility and timelines.
HESA has released the first consultation phase of its HE-BCI review, following publication of a project mandate and timeline in September.
PraxisAuril has always highlighted the importance of HEIF through its advocacy activities, including in many consultation responses to Government, emphasising its flexibility and power to leverage many other sources of external funding for a wide range of KE activities. It supports not only projects but KE professionals that work at the intersections of research and external audiences; raising awareness of KE as a set of activities that have the potential to engage many different audiences for economic and social benefits.
In January 2019 Research England published a consultation on our proposals for the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF). At the same time it invited English Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to participate in a pilot exercise to test and refine the proposals. The findings contained in the report are being used to inform the ongoing development of the KEF.