Read a (KE!) Book Day – 6th September

In the final weeks before the new academic year starts, and with the last wisps of summer left to enjoy, we’ve collated some fantastic Knowledge Exchange books for you in celebration of this years Read a Book Day!

So, get yourself your favourite coffee or cocktail, dust off the garden lounge chair, and delve into some end of summer, leisurely reading.

Networks, SMEs, and the University: The Process of Collaboration and Open Innovation
by Andrew Johnston & Robert Huggins (2021)

Exploring the process of university collaboration from the perspective of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), this book offers an in-depth examination of the collaboration process, dispelling the myth of the disengagement of these firms. Andrew Johnston and Robert Huggins present a thorough account of how SMEs can ‘unlock the ivory tower’ and gain access to university knowledge to support their own innovation.

Listen to the PraxisAuril interview with the authors and Tamsin Mann on our YouTube channel here:


University Partnership Playbook: How to build strategic research relationships 

by Matt Reed and Joss Langford (2021)

This is a book of strategies and tactical plays, written by practitioners, for practitioners. It is designed to help innovators develop more effective approaches to benefitting from early-stage university research. The authors are commercial innovators, experienced in the creation of partnerships to create and exploit valuable new ideas. They have decades of senior level experience in the research, innovation and product development teams of large multi-nationals, smaller high-tech companies, and start-up businesses. The unique perspectives offered by the authors cover all the key issues that an innovator needs to understand to help them achieve high-impact and mutually beneficial partnerships with academic researchers.

Watch the PraxisAuril SHEDTalk with Matt Reed by Sean Fielding on our YouTube Channel here:


University Technology Transfer: What it is and how to do it 

by Tom Hockaday (2020)

Aimed at people who work in or with university technology transfer offices, as well as anyone who wants to learn the basics of what is involved, University Technology Transfer speaks to a global audience. Tackling a complex topic in clear language, the book reveals the impressive scale of patenting, licensing, and spin-out company creation while also demonstrating that university technology transfer is a commercial activity with benefits that go well beyond the opportunity to make money.

Read a review of Tom's book by our Director of Policy, Tamsin Mann, here:


The Research Impact Handbook (2nd Edition) 

by Mark Reed (2018)

This book will help you fast track the impact of your research, whether you are a PhD student or a Professor, a medieval historian or a medic. Equip yourself with evidence-based tools you can use immediately to create a step change in your impact. Fully updated and redesigned with over 100 pages of new material, the second edition is packed full of practical tips, techniques, templates, case studies and personal stories that will inspire and equip you with the skills and confidence you need to make a difference. 

Read the PraxisAuril book review on our blog here:


Working with Universities 

by Adam Jolly (2014)

Working with Universities is a practical and informative guide for small to mid-sized companies looking to gain a competitive and profitable edge by working in partnership with universities. Universities offer businesses the perfect combination of knowledge and innovation that can be developed into profitable commercial ventures through businesses. Written in a practical, jargon-free way, it will also help managers find the best sources of help in the knowledge economy.

Read the PraxisAuril book review on our blog here:


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