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Knowledge Exchange Concordat is launched

24 Apr 2020

Universities UK (UUK) has released the long-awaited Knowledge Exchange (KE) Concordat to ensure that universities and other providers of higher education and research work as effectively as possible with each other, with businesses and with other organisations. This comes at a vital time as the UK continues to fight back against Covid-19 and as PraxisAuril members demonstrate the importance of knowledge exchange to local and national economic and social outcomes. Improving links between universities and businesses will further develop societal and economic impact. Universities can build on their leading role in society and develop links between UK institutions, industry and local communities by committing to better exchange of information, knowledge and skills.

Updated timetable for KEF and HEIF

16 Apr 2020

Research England has today released information on a revised timetable for the roll-out of the KEF metrics exercise and provided assurance to HEIs about the use of HEIF funding for the current academic year, at a time when universities are providing vital roles in the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter, addressed to Heads of English HEIs, sets out measures to lower burden in the short-term whilst providing reassurance and strategic direction for the 2020-21 academic year.

IMPORTANT: PraxisAuril 2020 Conference postponed

24 Mar 2020

Dear PraxisAuril Friends and Colleagues, It will, I expect, come as little surprise to you that the PraxisAuril Board has agreed that given the current COVID-19 situation, we will be postponing the PraxisAuril Conference until next year.

PraxisAuril Responding To Covid-19 – Supporting Members And Our Community

19 Mar 2020

Dear PraxisAuril members and friends, Knowledge Exchange is a people business and the most important part of PraxisAuril is its members, without whom we could not achieve what we do as an organisation. The health of our members is of the utmost importance at this time and for that reason, we have postponed all face-to-face activities until the end of May and are urgently assessing venue options in relation to our June conference.

UK SPINE 2020 conference

16 Mar 2020

The UK SPINE is a Research England funded consortium that strives to promote free flow of knowledge across world leading institutions to accelerate innovation for healthy ageing. The theme of this years’ conference is: ‘How can the UK lead the race to deliver 5 extra healthy years of life by 2035’

The University of West London KE Workshops

18 Feb 2020

The University of West London has developed a range of workshops and master classes, drawing from the expertise of our staff, and designed to assist individuals and organisations to develop interest, knowledge and skills for future potentials.

PraxisAuril and Knowledge Transfer Network collaborate to celebrate the UK’s KTP Offices

3 Feb 2020

PraxisAuril will support a new award for the ‘Most effective initiative from a KTP Office’ in this year’s KTP Best of the Best Awards, using its established expertise to identify the approach that produces the best innovation or impact.

PraxisAuril Vacancy - Development Officer

22 Jan 2020

PraxisAuril is a world-leading professional association for Knowledge Exchange practitioners. Knowledge Exchange professionals are the people who drive the relationships, partnerships and transactions that create demonstrable socio-economic benefit for the UK from its investment in research funding. We have recently created a new role within our team to work with our Director of Strategic Development to improve, develop and grow our portfolio of courses and events. The role is based at our office in Cambridge but will require UK travel and overnight stays whilst events are running.

Research England report details how the first version of the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) will work

16 Jan 2020

Research England has released a report detailing decisions and next steps for the KEF following last year’s consultation and pilot exercises. PraxisAuril is pleased to see that comments and contributions from universities, businesses and other sector stakeholders – including many PraxisAuril members – have been taken into account in the final metrics, narrative information, clusters, eligibility and timelines.

Better Business for People & Planet - Bridging Research & Industry - Aspect Annual Event

31 Oct 2019

A CCF funded network led by an alliance of seven UK universities, Aspect aims to transform the contribution that social sciences research and student entrepreneurship makes for the betterment of society, through collaboration with innovators and business leaders. On November 21st, Aspect are holding their first Annual Conference. Please join us with thinkers and innovators from across academia and industry exploring how social sciences researchers and industry can work in partnership to address challenges across society.

Major review of the HE-BCI data set: phase one open.

28 Oct 2019

HESA has released the first consultation phase of its HE-BCI review, following publication of a project mandate and timeline in September. HE-BCI is a key source of data and information about universities’ 'third stream' activities (those undertaken alongside research and teaching) that has been collected for well over a decade. The data collection covers: institutional strategy, business and community services, engagement with society, intellectual property, spin-off businesses, and regeneration and development. HE-BCI data informs institutional HEIF allocations and is a building block of the current KEF model.

PraxisAuril Annual Report: 2018-2019

21 Oct 2019

2019 has already been a fantastic year for PraxisAuril. With 173 member organisations and over 5000 people feeding into the PraxisAuril community, it has become the world’s biggest KE organisation outside of the US. With its growing pool of almost 400 volunteers, PraxisAuril continues to create and deliver world-leading training courses and has trained around 600 people in the UK, in this year alone. This annual report is summary of all that we have achieved together in the past 12 months.

IP Booster deadline approaching!

18 Oct 2019

Are you a public research organisation pushing your research from lab to market? Do you need assistance or advice on your IP strategy?   IP Booster is a specialised professional IP service for Public Research Organisations looking to realise value from their research results. if you are a Public Research Organisation interested in this service please read on! Our experts will examine your case and guide you towards the best intellectual property strategy, at no cost and fully supported by the European Commission. The next deadline for applications is 31 October 2019.

Knowledge Exchange Best Practice Group meeting

3 Oct 2019

The Knowledge Exchange Team at Cranfield University invite you to join the Knowledge Exchange Best Practice Group for its second meeting on Tuesday, 5th November 2019. This Group has been established to provide a forum where KE practitioners in higher education have an opportunity to discuss best practice, gain insights and updates on the KE landscape and build a support network. The Group meets twice per year in London and is free to attend (you only need to cover your travel). Future agendas will be shaped by the Group alongside decisions on future invited speakers to engage in topics of interest.

NEUPC IPR Services Event - 3rd December

27 Sep 2019

North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium Ltd (NEUPC) is one of six UK Higher Education purchasing consortia established to deliver and manage a wide range of collaborative framework agreements designed to maximise third party expenditure within the higher education sector. The NEUPC will be holding an event for its HE consortia members to meet with suppliers in the Professional Services category group. The NEUPC will be holding an event for its HE consortia members to meet with suppliers in the Professional Services category group.

RSE BBSRC Enterprise Fellowships

26 Sep 2019

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) part of UK Research and Innovation, is currently seeking proposals to the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Enterprise Fellowship programme which supports researchers who wish to play a key role in the commercialisation of their research. RSE Enterprise Fellowships provide a salary, mentoring and formal business training, allowing the Enterprise Fellow to focus solely on developing their business over a 12-month period.

Collaborate to Drive Agri-Tech Innovation on the Norwich Research Park

19 Sep 2019

This event is being held in collaboration with Agri Tech East as part of Agri Tech Week 2019 at Norwich Research Park With an estimated 9 billion people inhabiting the planet by 2050 and a changing climate putting a strain on current agricultural practices it is now, more than ever, apparent that feeding this rapidly expanding population will require multiple approaches to increasing crop production. Through innovative concepts derived from multiple disciplines, this event will demonstrate the new agri-technologies made possible by sharing expertise, platforms and funding opportunities from our academics with agritech companies based on the Norwich Research Park.

EI Innovate: genomics data to advance bioscience

12 Sep 2019

Developing solutions to global issues with EI’s advanced capabilities and expertise in genomics and bioinformatics - improving global food security, environmental management, conservation, health and wellbeing. This event will showcase our capabilities and expertise in genomics, bioinformatics, synthetic biology, crop phenotyping, and high-performance computing.

New blood test for prostate cancer is highly-accurate and avoids invasive biopsies

11 Sep 2019

A new and simple blood test has been found to efficiently and accurately detect the presence of aggressive prostate cancer, according to research by Queen Mary University of London. In combination with the current prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, the new test could help men avoid unnecessary and invasive biopsies, over-diagnosis and over-treatment.

Knowledge Exchange Framework: Outcomes of Consultation and Pilot Exercise

29 Aug 2019

In January 2019 Research England published a consultation on their proposals for the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF). At the same time, they invited English Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to participate in a pilot exercise to test and refine the proposals. The findings contained in the report are being used to inform the ongoing development of the KEF.

New Antimicrobial Coating Could be Key in Fight Against Hospital-Acquired Infections

28 Aug 2019

Scientists at the University of Birmingham have created an antimicrobial coating for steel surfaces which has proven to rapidly kill bacteria that cause some of the most common hospital-acquired infections.  Developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham, patented by University of Birmingham Enterprise, and to be commercialised by a new company NitroPep, the coating – also called NitroPep - has been heralded as a new tool in the fight against the spread of infection.

How NOT to get a Bioinformatics Patent

28 Aug 2019

Multidisciplinary inventions have become more commonplace in recent years, particularly as artificial intelligence (AI) is being used as a tool in a wide range of biotech applications, such as medical image analysis and drug discovery. However, whereas biotech inventions may generally be considered to relate to inherently patentable subject matter, biotech inventions that are implemented using a computer or AI may have an additional hurdle to pass. In this article, we explore this additional hurdle by looking at why a patent application that relates to bioinformatics has been objected to by both the UK and US Patent Offices.

New coasts and shorelines: Shifting sands in the creative economy

28 Aug 2019

The Centre for Rural Creativity at Shetland College UHI and Shetland Arts Development Agency are inviting creative practitioners, researchers, professionals and arts organisations to join us in exploring, creating and debating creative practice and collaboration in the creative economy. This conference will look to the multitude of multidisciplinary research and knowledge exchange across the creative industries and creative economy, with a focus on islands, culture and heritage, and young people. We are particularly interested in proposals that look at innovation, challenges and opportunities in these areas or invite new perspectives on the perceived ‘urban and rural’ divide.

Economic Intelligence Wales’ first annual report highlights confidence in Welsh business sector despite UK uncertainty

28 Aug 2019

Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in Wales have higher levels of confidence than their UK counterparts, despite challenging business conditions and increasing uncertainty of UK and global economic prospects, according to the first annual report published by Economic Intelligence Wales (EIW) today. The new research unit is a collaboration between Cardiff Business School, the Office for National Statistics and the Development Bank of Wales, created to monitor the activity of Welsh SMEs, factors affecting their development and the progress of the regional economy.

MICRA Showcase at the British Science Festival

27 Aug 2019

The first MICRA showcase will be exploring areas for collaboration based on key research specialisations of the partner institutions, as well as featuring some of our successful existing commercialisation success stories. There will be poster presentations from projects being funded by the MICRA programme, and breakout sessions after the presentations for each of the topics. This is an invitation-only event which is taking place alongside the British Science Festival on the University of Warwick Campus - with over 20 free events taking place throughout the day, it’s another great reason to come along!

Birmingham City University to tackle employability issues with two-day event

27 Aug 2019

Birmingham City University will tackle the issue of employability across the region with a DataJam West Midlands event this September. The two-day event, which runs from 11-12 September, brings together experts, professionals and practitioners from a number of sectors to discuss and identify solutions to the West Midlands’ employability concerns. Businesses will be able to find answers to a number of issues, including recruiting the right skills for their company and influencing regional skills provision. The event is also an opportunity to pitch questions to delegates to find solutions to various business challenges.

Walgreens Boots Alliance

6 Aug 2019

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.  Our vision is to be the first choice for pharmacy, wellbeing and beauty, caring for people and communities around the world.  Our purpose is to help people across the world lead healthier and happier lives. We are looking for technologies and partners in the following areas; Skincare Health and Ageing, Consumer Healthcare and Diagnostics and Devices

Multi-million pound investment to improve region’s health

31 Jul 2019

A new government £16 million health improvement programme in the North East and North Cumbria has been awarded to a collaboration led by Newcastle University and hosted by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. The regional collaboration, involving 56 organisations across North Cumbria and the North East, is being led by Professor Eileen Kaner of Newcastle University will tackle issues causing health and care inequalities.

£3.5m Climate change fund established to shake agri-food sector

31 Jul 2019

The SHAKE Climate Change programme is specifically designed to attract entrepreneurs or start-ups who have developed early stage science or tech-based ideas that can have a significant impact on climate change, as well as form the basis of a sustainable and socially responsible business within the sector. SHAKE Climate Change brings together experts from Rothamsted Research, Cranfield University, University College London, and the University of Hertfordshire with the financial backing of the Societe Generale UK Foundation to deliver world-class science, technology and business expertise to the programme.

UK university spin-outs - building on progress and good practice

30 Jul 2019

A review of university-investor links has been published, commissioned by Research England from Mike Rees, former deputy group CEO of Standard Chartered, start-up commercialisation expert and angel investor.  Research England asked Mike Rees, former deputy group CEO of Standard Chartered, to review ways to strengthen university access to finance that supports spin-out company formation and university-investor relationships. The review focused on universities with large-scale investor links and those seeking support through schemes, such as the Research England Connecting Capability Fund (CCF). The Rees Review listened to advice from a broad range of stakeholders, through more than 90 interviews, and drew evidence from a data report by Tomas Coates Ulrichsen (Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI) Policy, University of Cambridge), also commissioned by Research England. 

2019 CRACK IT Challenges

29 Jul 2019

CRACK IT Challenges are designed to accelerate the development of new technologies which minimise animal use or improve animal welfare. The focus is on research and innovation which leads to marketable products or improvements in business processes. The 2019 CRACK IT Challenges competition consists of three Challenges identified jointly by the NC3Rs and Sponsors who provide in-kind contributions such as data, compounds or equipment.

North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC) IPR Services framework agreement

17 Jul 2019

The Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Services Framework is a national agreement available to members of NEUPC, LUPC, SUPC, APUC, NWUPC, HEPCW. The IPR Services framework agreement gives members of NEUPC, LUPC, SUPC, APUC, NWUPC, HEPCW access to suppliers who can provide legal advice and guidance, licensing and registration services on all matters relating to the creation, development and production of patents, trademarks, copyright, design rights, trade secrets and intellectual property rights. NEUPC will be holding supplier review meetings with all the approved suppliers on the intellectual property rights (IPR) services framework from Monday 29th to Wednesday 31st July and would appreciate feedback on the IPR framework via a short survey.  The survey allows you to rate suppliers on various aspects of framework activity, including communication, pricing and tender responses.  The survey will close on Friday 26th July.

KE Concordat consultation response

3 Jul 2019

PraxisAuril and ARMA have submitted a joint response to UUK's consultation on the proposed KE Concordat. PraxisAuril and ARMA have submitted a joint response to UUK's consultation on the proposed KE Concordat, building on our existing engagement with sector stakeholders including Research England, Innovate UK, NCUB, GuildHE, PraxisAuril, NCCPE and UUK in the development of the KE Framework overall. Together PraxisAuril and ARMA represent a significant proportion of the professional support for business engagement and research collaboration in UK universities and have a critical role to play in implementation of the Concordat. Our summary response to the KE Concordat consultation reflects our perspective on the opportunities and challenges that the Concordat, and associated metrics, presents for our members and member institutions.

PLG Introduction to Healthcare Business Development Training Course

2 Jul 2019

Introduction to Healthcare Business Development is a three-day training course covering the key elements of Licensing and Business Development. It has a 12 strong faculty providing guidance on best practice using case study material. It also includes a hands-on example of negotiating a deal. The course is designed to provide an introduction for executives working either directly or in close liaison with Business Development. Comprehensive course documentation is included.

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust’s Innovation Forum

28 Jun 2019

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust’s Innovation Forum aims to offer local companies with an interest in healthcare an insight into challenges faced at Cambridge University Hospitals. This is an opportunity to gain an ‘under the bonnet’ insight into a key challenge faced by the NHS on a daily basis: Frailty. We are delighted to be bringing together a range of perspectives in order to discuss and debate this theme and identify how innovation can help solve some of the issues faced. Come and hear from senior leaders, Consultants, Occupational Therapists, and others from Cambridge University Hospitals, as well as representatives from Primary Care and those providing services in the community. We hope you will bring your expertise and ideas to help us solve some of the challenges faced together.

Oxford UIDP Summit and workshops: 31 July - 2 August

25 Jun 2019

Reflecting on a fantastic couple of days at the Praxis Auril Conference, it confirmed my view that there is no substitute for spending time, away from the office, discussing the important things I am worrying about, learning from others, constructing solutions in the bar and meeting people I wouldn’t ordinarily meet. Email is fine, but face to face is better. This is why, as those of you who were there may recall, I am organising the Oxford UIDP Summit (31 July - 2 August) preceded by intensive workshops (30-31 July) at Keble college.

FALLING WALLS SCIENCE START-UP OF THE YEAR 2019

28 May 2019

WHERE SCIENCE MEETS BUSINESS Falling Walls Venture is a global platform for the most promising research-based start-ups nominated by academic institutions from across the world. We provide a stage for pioneering founders who have turned science into business, creating entrepreneurial solutions for today’s most pressing challenges. The fast-paced pitch event is part of the 2-day Falling Walls Conference.

PraxisAuril and UKRI unveil the finalists for the 2019 KE Awards

28 May 2019

The KE Awards are a new initiative organised by PraxisAuril, the UK’s world-leading professional association for Knowledge Exchange (KE) practitioners, to celebrate the contribution of KE professionals in enabling and facilitating the societal and economic impact of research. Sponsored by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a new body creating the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish, the KE Awards will recognise and celebrate the people behind the best KE achievements.