Malcolm Skingle from GSK talks about why they choose to work with UK Universities

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.

A new start for innovation funding in Wales?

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.

Feet First into the KEC Community

4 Jul 2018

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

Creative Technologies in Northern Ireland

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.

Visions of the self: The Mixed-up Chameleon 

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’.

Investing in medical innovation - the role of seed funds

4 May 2018

Guest blog by David Holbrook, LifeArc® 

Volunteer spotlight with Mike Bath and Rupert Osborn - PraxisAuril Conference

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!

The KE Mentoring Programme by Jennie Shorley, Associate Head RKE, Manchester Metropolitan University

23 Apr 2018

REF 2021 is gathering pace. Of interest to those in knowledge exchange is of course the increased importance of impact case studies to the overall picture of a university’s standing. Now at 25%, the economic, social and cultural impact of our research is, more than ever, key to our excellence as a university. 

University spinouts are thriving but need strategic support

17 Apr 2018

"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. 


The Big Issues: engaging with our members on Industrial Strategy & KEF proposals

4 Apr 2018


We’re sure it will come as no surprise that the current dominant policy issue is the Industrial Strategy and the proposed KEF. How is PraxisAuril engaging in these key sector developments for our members? Following a get-together in London to discuss the KEF, the PraxisAuril Advocacy Committee put together a response to the KEF Technical Advisory Group (January 2018) which you can read here. Our thanks go to all those involved.