Connected KE capabilities: more than the sum of the parts

24 Mar 2020

“…a hugely positive, valuable opportunity.”

If you’ve been left high and dry following the cancellation of a training course or sector event then put some of that time already earmarked for professional development to good use and read IP Pragmatic’s interim review of the 18 Connecting Capabilities Fund projects, which was published last week.

Not only will you feel a warm glow as you read this very positive report, reflecting on the achievements of so many dedicated KE professionals and their partners, but you’ll be encouraged to reflect on how many of the learning outcomes – even at this early stage – can be taken back into your day-to-day role. They’ll also get you thinking about how you could get involved with an existing project, or prompt you to draft a bid for future rounds.

In this blog, I wanted to focus on what the review might mean for PraxisAuril particularly through its missions to develop, promote, and connect KE professionals and other organisations involved in KE activities.

Reshuffled? Keep calm and KE on

9 Mar 2020

You probably won’t find many commentators worrying about the future of Knowledge Exchange (KE) following the Cabinet reshuffle and the move of the Universities Minister from BEIS to the Department for Education (DfE). Although its profile has risen in the last decade, KE is still a relative newcomer on the Higher Education (HE) block. Often misunderstood (do you mean Tech Transfer?), poorly judged (how many spin-outs do you have?), its institutional role (where does KE ‘sit’ in a university?) and external contributions unclear (what value does this activity create anyway?); KE has had to work hard to win respect.

The Refreshed PraxisAuril website

18 Feb 2020

We would like to welcome you to the refreshed PraxisAuril website So, what has changed?

PraxisAuril – Making a national asset of UK Knowledge Exchange

17 Feb 2020

The drive for university-business collaboration – of all shapes and sizes – has never been stronger as we look towards the next budget and the 2027 R&D target. While there is still Brexit uncertainty, we have a strong Government which is putting research and innovation at the heart of its policy programme.  

PraxisAuril Scottish KE Network – 21/1/2020

10 Feb 2020

Attended by >40 Scottish KE Professionals and hosted by Edinburgh Innovations at University of Edinburgh Kings Buildings, the first PraxisAuril KE meeting of 2020 was a great success

TTO Opportunities

31 Jan 2020

Conferences and training events are an excellent way to meet peers, network and meet potential partners. Nevertheless, budgetary constraints is a common conversational topic to many of us who work at TTOs. We tend to have to prioritise which training programmes, conferences and meetings to attend yearly.

KEF – A Step Forward or a Missed Opportunity?

20 Jan 2020


Do the metrics proposed in the new Knowledge Exchange Framework represent a reliable way to measure university innovation, or will they lead universities up the wrong path? OUI’s Chief Operating Officer Adam Stoten discusses.

The Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) has finally arrived, or at least Research England has just published a report confirming the metrics to be used in the inaugural 2020 exercise, following a consultation process and pilot run in which Oxford participated. This represents a significant watershed event in terms of putting a spotlight on Higher Education Institution (HEI) Knowledge Exchange (KE) as a driver of value creation regionally, nationally and internationally. While there is much to celebrate about the fact that government recognises that this area is important and worthy of investment, some significant problems remain with the KEF metrics proposed.

Opportunity for Funding to Support Researchers Planning Future Spin-Outs in the area of Healthy Ageing

6 Dec 2019


UK SPINE is a knowledge exchange initiative supported by Research England’s Connecting Capabilities Fund seeking to improve health in old age.

There is a fund to support translational proof of concept activities for which all English HEIs are able to apply.

The University of Oxford has been challenged by its steering board to use these funds to help accelerate the formation of spin-out companies. They are therefore seeking to identify researchers who are considering spinning-out their research, but who could benefit from some additional research funding to accelerate the process. For example, this could be used to gather extra data or provide proof of concept in a laboratory setting.

Turning introductions into successful university-industry partnerships

6 Dec 2019


Around the world, governments and funding bodies are upping the pressure on universities to increase their commercialisation efforts. Whether it’s to generate a return on investment for public funding, or to secure new funding streams for research, universities are expected now more than ever to work with industry to license intellectual property (IP), launch spin-outs, and establish long-term strategic partnerships and knowledge exchange programs. Regardless of what sort of agreement is on the table, the negotiations between academia and industry can be long and complicated, and it often falls to the technology transfer office (TTO) at the university to handle these conversations.

Reflections on the second meeting of the KE Best Practice Group

22 Nov 2019


Kala Kennedy, Knowledge Exchange Facilitator at Cranfield University, reflects on the second meeting of the KE Best Practice Group (KE BPG). The KE BPG was set up to provide support for KE professionals to discuss roles and responsibilities and exchange advice on some of the issues encountered day-to-day.

On the 5th November, we held the second meeting of the Knowledge Exchange Best Practice Group (KE BPG). It is fantastic that, in some cases, there were new faces from universities represented at the first meeting; it is great that information about the KE BPG is being shared by members with colleagues at their own institutions, and expanding the Group’s network. There were also colleagues from operational and strategic levels, which allowed for the Group to hear and understand the view points and experiences of those in roles across the spectrum.