Blog

19 Oct 2018

Dr. Adam Stoten, COO at Oxford University Innovation shares his motivation behind becoming RTTP accredited. In this short interview, Adam explains that RTTP status is a great way of giving confidence to those whom KEC professionals work with and gives a personal account of how those with RTTP status feel, when their achievements are recognised beyond their own organisation.  

11 Sep 2018

Beata Szoboszlai, Head of Academic Engagement at the Transport Systems Catapult looks at why tackling barriers to university and commercial collaboration through academic engagement will increase spin-outs and help the UK lead in Intelligent Mobility

5 Sep 2018

The UK has a long history of university-industry research collaborations, with about two thirds of R&D funding coming from the private sector.   The recent 2018 State of the Relationship Report from the National Centre for Universities and Business noted that the UK now ranks 6th in the world for industry-university collaboration.  And with the UK Government has committed itself to growing R&D from 1.7% of GDP in 2015 to 2.4% by 2027, that’s great news.  But the report notes that 75% of private sector UK R&D is carried out by only 400 businesses.   Of the businesses that work with universities, the 2015 Dowling Review notes that a significant portion of these were headquartered outside of the UK.  If the UK is going to continue the trend of increased foreign investment in business collaborations with UK universities, what can universities do to increase their appeal to multinationals?

We’re asking a series of KE experts on the industry side, what makes their company choose to work with UK Universities, and how UK KE practitioners could up their game.  These R&D-centric multinationals have a wealth of collaboration choices, and naturally, a finite amount to invest.  How can the UK gain an edge?  Noelle Gracy, Head, Research Collaboration Office at Elsevier talked to Malcolm Skingle, Director, Academic Liaison to find out how GSK benefits from collaborating with UK universities.

23 Jul 2018

PraxisAuril has welcomed the recommendation for the reintroduction of dedicated innovation funding for Wales, one of several outcomes to the Reid Review of Government Funded Research & Innovation in Wales.

4 Jul 2018

Thoughts and reflections from Dr. Noelle Gracy, Elsevier who shares her experiences from attending our Fundamentals of Technology Transfer course.

20 Jun 2018

Tim Brundle, Ulster University, talks about the findings of a report commissioned by the Northern Ireland Department for the Economy into the creative technology sector in Northern Ireland. 

6 Jun 2018

The what, when, for whom and why of the KEF was thoroughly analysed at conference last month as delegates grilled our Research England speakers – many thanks, again, to Hamish McAlpine and Alice Frost for listening and responding in their usual considered way. So, what did we learn?

23 May 2018

It’s just over a year since I completed my doctoral studies into identity construction amongst KE staff, and now that I have emerged from the post-submission euphoria, I find myself reflecting on my findings again. Whilst it is true that I developed a typology of KE staff, it is the element around notions of a KE profession which I find to be the most unresolved and left ‘floating’.

4 May 2018

Guest blog by David Holbrook, LifeArc® 

23 Apr 2018

With the focus firmly on our upcoming spring conference 2018, we thought that it was a great opportunity to catch up with Mike Bath and Rupert Osborn from our Conference Committee. Mike and Rupert have both volunteered with us for some years – we ask why they do it, and if they would recommend it to others!