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General aspects of working in HE

30 Jul 2019

 

I went to university in 1990 as an enthusiastic, naïve 18 year old. Twenty-nine years, two degrees, four universities and eight jobs later, I am still here. Older, wiser, enthusiastic (but now with added cynicism) and almost certainly institutionalised.

I’ve been based in hospital labs as a researcher, taught human anatomy to medical students, and physiology to physicists. I’ve networked, negotiated, met deadlines, dangling from zip wires and shown PhD students the wonders of teambuilding games such as ‘floaty stick’ and ‘egg drop.’

For 16 years, I worked at one of the largest Russell Group universities in the country, until four years ago I took a leap of faith to start a new job and new life at Lancaster University; a university much smaller than I’d been used to, but one which instantly felt like home.

Best Practice in Knowledge Exchange

22 Jul 2019

Kala Kennedy, Knowledge Exchange Facilitator at Cranfield University, reflects on the first 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. 

Why should academics commercialise research?

9 Jul 2019

Speaking to a room full of engineers — academics, postgrads and PhD candidates — last week I ran through the ins and outs of why (and how) they should commercialise and communicate their research. It was my first public talk, invited as a keynote speaker to the Engineers Researcher Symposium at the University of Sheffield, to share what I’d learnt in the five years since graduating.

New RTTPs and Candidate RTTPs in Quarter 2 2019

25 Jun 2019

 

Although the sun is not greeting us with its presence today, there are eight new KE professionals shinning professionalism into the sector. I am pleased to introduce to you the six RTTPs and two Candidate RTTPs new to their respective ATTP groups. In the quarter that ATTP announced reaching 500 global RTTPs, this cohort of 10 individuals is part of this iconic milestone. We may not be able to count on the Great British weather, but we can depend on the professionalism of these practitioners.

2019 NCUB State of the Relationship Report

19 Jun 2019

 

In these turbulent times the 2019 State of the Relationship Report celebrates those seeking to affect, drive and shape the future of collaboration to make the UK more productive and inclusive.

The NCUB’s annual temperature test of university-business collaboration shows those making the difference in partnerships - using ideas to simplify the innovation ecosystem, undertaking knowledge exchange of unusual topics or bringing value to a particular place or sector.

PraxisAuril Policy Newsletter JUNE 2019

5 Jun 2019

PraxisAuril Policy Newsletter JUNE 2019

In an effort to distract us all from the European elections at the start of half-term, the Department for Education published the Augar Review last week with a focus on undergraduate students; it is, therefore, outside the regular purview of PraxisAuril’s policy desk where focus tends to be on outputs from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and post-graduate upwards