RTTP interviews: Anji Miller from LifeArc and the 2019 LifeArc-AUTM Technology Transfer fellows

2 Dec 2019

This Autumn, we caught up again with Dr Anji Miller CLP RTTP, Senior Business Manager at LifeArc, as she introduced to us the all-female 2019 LifeArc-AUTM Technology Transfer fellows. Seven very inspiring women who are making the move from the lab to Technology Transfer.  

RTTP: A better global benchmark - An interview with Professor S.S. Vasan RTTP

2 Dec 2019

PraxisAuril’s MarComms Manager Craig Smith caught up with Professor S.S. Vasan about the drivers and influences to apply for an RTTP accreditation, and the awards and personal achievements that followed.

Investing in medical innovation - the role of seed funds

2 Dec 2019

Guest blog by David Holbrook, LifeArc® 

HE-BCI headlines: what does the data tell us?

2 Dec 2019

Earlier this year I reflected on the 2017-18 HE-BCI data published by HESA; mentioning the step forward in terms of its presentation as an Open Data set and the bonus FAQs for the more straightforward queries. But I also pointed out how the data can reveal the unexpected and how it is hard to understand the real dynamics, or stories, behind the data sets. In particular, I noted that although the data provides an important snapshot of university knowledge exchange (KE), it’s increasingly recognised that data for KE needs to be more diverse in order to provide a better understanding of KE dynamics within research organisations and with their collaborators. So, as many of our members consider how to respond to the current HESA consultation on the HEBCI data, we thought we would republish the article (see below). You can find similar thoughts in the SpinoutsUK Quarterly Journal June 2019 by OUI's Adam Stotten, who delves into the 'HEBCI fruit basket'. 

The HESA consultation closes on Wednesday 11th December, full details available on the website.  

  Policy newsletter, April 2019 

The 2017-18 HE Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) data was released last week by HESA and showed year-on-year increases in almost all categories (consultancy income showed a small drop overall) bringing total UK university-business income to a record £4.5 billion. As Sean Fielding, PraxisAuril Chair said at the time these figures are a “vote of confidence in university expertise and know-how” and demonstrate that the sector is strong even in what we know are difficult economic and political times. PraxisAuril members should feel proud of the role they play in achieving those figures: a contribution which often goes unnoticed (especially when it’s all going well!).

New member welcome: Summer 2019

2 Dec 2019

We are delighted to welcome our new members to the PraxisAuril network!

HEIF hits new heights as KEF roll-out is confirmed for 2020

2 Dec 2019

PraxisAuril has welcomed announcements by Chris Skidmore, Universities Minister, that signify a ‘new strategic direction for university knowledge exchange funding’ including a rise in HEIF to £250 million from 2020/21.

University spinouts are thriving but need strategic support

2 Dec 2019

"University Spinouts: an imperfect ecosystem" by Anderson Law and Linstock Communications was published earlier this month. It uses data on public and private investment in spin-outs combined with the opinion and experienced views of many PraxisAuril members to present another side of the university spin-out story. Its conclusion that university spin-outs are"a real success story" and"are thriving"  are welcome ones. But the research also points to a greater need to understand the conditions for creating and sustaining spin-outs. As such, it is a welcome addition to ongoing discussions in our community, including many of those to be had at our annual conference and in response to the KEF consultation. 

PraxisAuril supports the formation of university spin-outs through its New Venture Creation training courses. Booking is open now for NVC1 and NVC2 in the autumn. See our Training Pages for details. 

Open Data and Living Labs: Paul Beasley of Siemens talks about unique partnership opportunities at UK Universities

2 Dec 2019

In our autumn blog series, we’re asking a series of KE experts on the industry side why their companies choose to work with UK Universities.  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?  Professor Paul Beasley, Head of R&D UK at Siemens talks about the unique position of the UK in terms of data and technology testing, and gives a few words of warning about complacency in a global innovation marketplace.  

One digital access point to the wealth of knowledge within UK academia

2 Dec 2019

Making connections 

PraxisAuril and the National Centre for Universities and Business, (NCUB) have a lot in common in both supporting the UK’s big ambitions for R&D investment and knowing that partnerships between UK universities and business are key to addressing the challenges facing society and industry today. 

Destination Professional Recognition: The various routes to RTTP

2 Dec 2019

“Choose courses relevant and of interest to you. RTTP accreditation will naturally follow.”

That was one of most referenced tips from those already accredited with RTTP in a recent interview series conducted by MarComms Manager Craig Smith. In the short 6 blog series, Craig interviewed RTTP accredited Knowledge Exchange practitioners from a wide range of organisations including; GSK, Public Health England, Science & Technology Facilities Council – UKRI, Waterford Institute of Technology, Burnside Development and Associates and University of Vienna.