Leadership in Knowledge Exchange

Prepare to take your first step as a leader in Knowledge Exchange  

Event description

Knowledge Exchange (KE) is an increasingly important area for Higher Education Institutes (HEIs). Thanks to research funders and government policy – notably the R&D roadmap and KE Concordat - KE is increasingly embedded within an HEI’s strategy and activity. Outcomes, outputs, and impact are looked for at local, national and international levels.  At the same time, in our pandemic-led year, the pace of change in KE and the HEI environment has never been greater and expectations around the role of research in social, economic and cultural renewal are high.  

Leading a university KE team therefore calls for a combination of skills across KE strategy, leadership and management alongside a need to understand the political drivers affecting universities in general, and those of your own institution in particular.  How each HEI interprets the external environment within their own strategy and performance measures will influence the KE leadership and team structure.  

By joining this course, you will learn the skills needed to create and deliver an aligned KE strategy for your team, your institution, and its stakeholders. As the next generation of KE leaders you will also be ready to inform and influence the future direction of KE policy.


Training Outcomes

Through a continuous improvement process the 2022 course has been updated to enable delegates to:
Confidently describe and understand the impact of current ‘external’ political drivers for KE in the UK and their relationship to other areas of HEIs’ core business 
Demonstrate clear understanding of their institutional KE environment and strategy, and the decision-making hierarchy in their own organisation.  
Understand management/influencing style and adapt it as appropriate when interacting with a diverse range of external and internal contacts 
Develop confidence in managing uncertainty and ambiguity, whilst delivering a clear strategic vision for the organisation 
Become an effective “agent of change” managing an environment of continual performance improvement 



Register now for course starting 26th April 2022

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.

The Leadership in Knowledge Exchange Course for 2022 will be mixed format:

  • Session 1 and 2 – 26th - 27th April - In person
  • Check-In – 23rd May - online
  • Session 3 – 20th June - online

Forest of Arden Marriot Hotel and Country Club 
Maxstoke Lane, Meriden, Birmingham, Coventry CV7 7HR

Accomodation is not covered in your course fees, you will need to book accomodation for this course. 

  • Registration Evening - Monday 25 April 2022 - 1830 - 2100
  • Day 1 - Tuesday 26 April 2022 - 0830 - 1800
  • Day 2 - Wednesday 27 April 2022 - 0830 - 1615
Applications (Deadline: 25th February 2022) 
Course numbers are limited and so attendance will be subject to successful completion of a short application process and provision of a personal supporting statement. Applicants will also be required to provide a supporting statement from their line manager. 
To ensure the training cohort is representative of the wider KE community, we reserve the right to limit the number of attendees from any single institution to three people.

Register your place now
Applications Closed 

Who should attend?

Knowledge Exchange staff who have been in a Knowledge Exchange operational role for at least 3 years and have recently moved (or expect soon to move) into a strategic leadership role in KE in their organisation. Please note that applications are welcome from non-university research organisations but applicants should be aware that examples and case studies will be drawn from the unviersity sector.  

Experience can have been gained in any – or several - areas of KE. The course is not suitable for those with less than three years KE experience.  

Attendance will be subject to successful completion of a short application process and provision of a personal supporting statement. Applicants will also be required to provide a supporting statement from their line manager.  




Course Directors

 Dr Anne Lane

Anne has a PhD in medicine from UCL and an Executive MBA from Molson Business School, Montreal. After research at UCL and Harvard Medical School, Anne worked for RTP Pharma Inc in Montreal,out-licensing and preparing valuations of the company’s portfolio for public listing. Anne joined UCL Ventures in 2000 and acted as consultant for the National Transfer Centre in the US. She is now CEO of UCLB, acts as Director and interim CEO on several of UCLB’s spinout companies and oversees the company’s licensing activity. Anne is also co chair of the Intellectual PropertyLawyers Organisation (TIPLO).

 Diana Galpin

Diana is Director Enterprise & Knowledge Exchange at the University of Southampton. Diana qualified as barrister with a civil practice then moved in-house originally to a high tech start up before joining Southampton in 2003 to support on research and innovation. 
Diana has experience of a number of industry sectors including healthcare and pharmaceutical, aerospace and defence and IT. She has led on a number of industry/university collaborative initiatives, has extensive experience of international collaboration and considerable experience dealing with IP, hightech start-ups and investment deals. Diana is the University appointed Director on Curve Therapeutics Limited, SETsquared Limited, Southampton Asset Management Limited, ECS Partners Ltd, Z21 Limited. She is also a Trustee for charity Sail Training International which enables her to combine her passion for sailing with her business and legal expertise to support opportunities for young people to build confidence, broaden their horizons and international friendship through sail training.

 Alastair Aldous

My KE career began before I started working in HE, when I worked as a consultant in what is now called place-making, as my role involved facilitating productive collaborations between developers, councils, policy-makers, creative professionals, local businesses and communities (the classic quadruple helix!).  From this role I progressed into HE, where I initially worked in a planning and policy function, but then moved on to increasingly senior roles working at the interface between research and innovation funding, and broader KE activities.  I am now Director of KE at UAL, where I lead on strategic co-ordination across our full KE portfolio, manage our institutional HEIF allocation, jointly manage our research and innovation funding support service, and lead on all KE-related institutional reporting.  

 Paul Fairburn

Having spent over ten years working in the healthcare/pharmaceutical sector, over the last fifteen years I have gained significant KE experience across multiple roles in Higher Education. Having initially joined Coventry University with a focus on health technology commercialisation and industry partnerships, I took on responsibility for development of institutional KE strategy, and delivery against corporate targets in 2010.

Transitioning through organisational change to Director of Enterprise & Innovation, I led an expanded international business development and sales team (including staff in Brussels, Brazil, Dubai, and South East Asia) and focused on developing strategic partnerships across multiple sectors, and securing investment and funding for collaborative research, consultancy, and skills projects. Today, I am responsible for the Innovation Ecosystem (IE) at Coventry University, and a team of c60 people. Leading the institutional response to the KEF and KE Concordat,  the IE brings the Intellectual Property (IP), KE, Industrial Innovation, and SME Support Programmes together under one area.

 Prof Simon Haslam, CDir 

I have the privilege of working internationally and with a wide variety of organisations.  My focus is helping leaders and managers develop their leadership and strategic thinking capability.  I’ve been doing this for over two decades (time flies, etc).  Some of my consulting clients have been focused KE organisations and others have had KE as part of their remit or business model.  I’ve very much appreciated the opportunity to learn from these clients.