- 2 October 2020 - Deadline for eligible institutions not in receipt of HEIF funding, to confirm their intent to participate in the KEF.
- 17 October 2020 - Deadline for completion of the KEF's narrative elements (Institutional context, Local Growth & Regeneration, and Public Engagement). Research England narrative template guidance has been published on their website along with confirmation of the KEF clusters and their members.
- December 2020 - Distribution of guidance and templates for the 2019-20 HEIF Annual Monitoring Statement.
- December 2020 - Publication of the KEF metrics and narrative statements.
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 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.
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.
Jennie Shorley, Associate Head for Research and Knowledge Exchange and Academic Impact Lead in the Faculty of Business and Law, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Deputy Chair of the PraxisAuril Professional Development Committee, joined us and ran a workshop on career development for KE professionals. Adam Crook, from the BEIS Industrial Strategy team also joined and provided an update on the Industrial Strategy, and discussed how universities, and their industrial collaborators, can best position themselves in order to take full advantage of the funding on offer.
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.