Foundations of Knowledge Exchange

Understand the breadth of Knowledge Exchange activity

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


The course also focuses on networking, providing a valuable platform to meet peers, discuss best practice, and interact with the course team and other contributors.

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

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Who should attend?

  • Relevant job titles: Relevant to anyone working in KE or impact of research
  • Relevant sectors/organisations: Higher Education (HE), public research organisations
  • Experience needed: Understanding of at least one aspect of KE (Technology Transfer, Regional Development, KTP Support)
  • Supporting courses: None required


Event description


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 intends 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 is focusing on introducing you to the different forms of interactions that can be undertaken in supporting academic staff to deliver their impact through Knowledge Exchange opportunities.



Course Directors

Stuart Wilkinson

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.

Jennie Shorley

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.



Alistair McDermott

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 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.