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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.

Growing Impact Through Consultancy - Is Consultancy A Priority In Your Institution?

8 Jan 2018

With the push for greater impact from the research base and more academic-industry partnerships, will consultancy finally come out of the shadows and become fully appreciated for its role in enabling collaboration and impact? 

Lambert 2 Toolkit Perceptions

26 Sep 2017

The PraxisUnico Auril annual conference at Sheffield Hallam University had an informative session titled H2GL2: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Lambert 2 Toolkit on 15 June attended by 70 delegates. This article, written by that session’s facilitator, speakers and chairman, builds on an introductory piece in our last issue of KEC Matters, with perceptions on current usage and future revision of this toolkit.

 Written by Rupert Osborn, Seshadri Vasan, Christine Reid, Geoff Archer, Jenny Vaughan and Malcolm Skingle.

NC3Rs launches their 2017 CRACK IT Challenges

7 Aug 2017

The NC3Rs is launching the 2017 CRACK IT Challenges* competition at an event in central London on 7 September 2017.

The 2017 CRACK IT Challenges competition consists of three Challenges identified jointly by the NC3Rs and Sponsors. There are three Sponsors: Shell, Syngenta and Unilever.