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Meet our Sponsors – PraxisAuril Conference 2024

13 May 2024

As the countdown begins to the much-anticipated PraxisAuril Conference 2024, we want to shine a spotlight on this year’s sponsors whose support is helping bring the event to life. 

HESA Consultation on Changes to the HE-BCI Survey – Your Input Matters!

25 Apr 2024

As many PraxisAuril members will know, HESA has issued its final consultation on proposed changes to the HE-BCI survey. As well as changes to HE-BCI this consultation also asks for feedback on plans for a one-off collection of spinout data, in order to produce a more robust UK data set with reduced burden in the longer-term (pertaining to Table 4).

PraxisAuril and our AHSS CoP are offering free tickets for Conference 2024

9 Apr 2024

We are excited to announce our new initiative to foster inclusivity and encourage greater participation from a diverse range of individuals in the knowledge exchange (KE) sector at the PraxisAuril Conference 2024. PraxisAuril and our Arts, Humanities and Social Science CoP are offering five free tickets each through our Advocate Package to the PraxisAuril Conference 2024. Please read carefully the information provided below and apply.

The Future Development of the Knowledge Exchange Concordat

26 Feb 2024

The Knowledge Exchange Concordat provides a comprehensive and supportive framework for increasing the effectiveness of knowledge exchange and the development year has encouraged innovation, reflection, improvement and collaboration in knowledge exchange activities. To build on this success, ensure future sustainability for the KEC and to enhance its developmental impact, the KEC Strategy Group has agreed that the KEC will be led across the UK by PraxisAuril, the professional body for knowledge exchange from April 2024.

Amanda Selvaratnam has taken over as the new Chair of the PraxisAuril Board

18 Jan 2024

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Amanda Selvaratnam as the new Chair of the PraxisAuril Board, taking over from Iain Thomas. Amanda's extensive experience in technology transfer and innovation makes her a valuable addition to our team.

Change of leadership at PraxisAuril

8 Jan 2024

After 12 months leading PraxisAuril into a new phase of its development, David Russell is stepping down in March as CEO of the organisation. He will be succeeded as Interim CEO by Dr Stuart Wilkinson RTTP, currently Assistant Director of Innovation and Engagement at the University of Oxford, and a Board member of PraxisAuril.

Knowledge Exchange leader recognised in New Year’s Honours

3 Jan 2024

PraxisAuril’s former CEO, Maxine Purdie (Ficarra) has been made an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list for her contribution to knowledge exchange. Maxine led the UK’s national association for KE for 20 years before stepping down in September 2022. 

The KE Awards 2023 celebrates outstanding achievements in Knowledge Exchange

24 Nov 2023

The KE Awards celebrate the people, partnerships and creativity that underpin the UK’s knowledge exchange (KE) activity. KE is at the heart of innovation and fundamental to creating economic and social impact from our world-leading research base.

Research England report highlights opportunities and challenges for digital enterprise

22 Nov 2023

Research England has released an independent review undertaken by Canadian consultants McIvorStones that explores opportunities and challenges for scale-up and launch of digital spinouts across England’s HE landscape, including those with low spinout rates from traditional STEM and life-science disciplines.

PraxisAuril welcomes the Independent Review of University Spinouts

21 Nov 2023

PraxisAuril welcomes today’s publication of the Independent Review of University Spinouts and its recommendations for spinout practice in UK universities in partnership with external investors.

PIPE Company marks KE Awards Category Sponsorship with Exclusive Opportunity for Universities

25 Oct 2023

The PIPE Company, innovative leaders in moving pioneering research to high-impact commercialisation through their Lab to IPO Pathway, are proud to announce their sponsorship of the Commercialisation Achievement of the Year category at the upcoming PraxisAuril KE Awards 2023, set to take place on the 23rd of November in Leeds.  

Creating commercialisation futures | CCF-RED fund awards to PraxisAuril members announced

10 Oct 2023

Research England has announced the recipients of its CCF-RED fund, the first stage of longer-term investment to drive research commercialisation success.

KEF3 outcomes show commitment from KE professionals

27 Sep 2023

KEF3 outcomes have been published by Research England, updating each HEP’s KEF profile in the context of a cluster peer group.

PraxisAuril and EAUC Join Forces to Celebrate Excellence in Sustainability

21 Sep 2023

PraxisAuril and EAUC are excited to embark on a journey that celebrates sustainability, innovation, and collaboration within the education sector. As part of our commitment to promoting positive change, we proudly announce our reciprocal sponsorship for two prestigious awards, the KE Awards 2023 and the Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland.

PraxisAuril KE Awards 2023 Open for Entries

20 Jul 2023

The PraxisAuril KE Awards celebrate the people, partnerships and creativity that underpin the UK’s knowledge exchange (KE) activity.

KE Concordat Team Launches Repository of Good Practice Arising from KEC Development Year

20 Jul 2023

PraxisAuril aids launch of the KE Concordat repository

Spinout Delta g Raises £1.5m to Build Gravity Gradiometry Platform for Mapping the Underground Space

18 Jul 2023

Leading venture capital companies have invested in Delta g to enable their vision of creating the ‘Google Maps for the underground space'

PraxisAuril Drives New Community of Practice in Partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

5 Jul 2023

PraxisAuril is thrilled to announce the launch of a new Community of Practice (CoP) focused on the field of social venture building and self-sustaining commercialisation in Arts, Humanities, and Social Science (AHSS) research.

USIT Guide

26 Apr 2023

The UK’s potential as a science super-power has been given a significant boost today with the launch of unique guidance that will accelerate and support the founding of a new generation of start-ups.

New Drug to Lower Brain Pressure could Treat Blinding IIH Headaches

27 Mar 2023

Trials to lower brain pressure in patients with type2 diabetes also reduced the number of 'blinding' headaches

Naturally Occurring Peptide may Tackle the ‘Root Cause’ of Obesity-Related Conditions

9 Mar 2023

Research published today by the University of Birmingham, shows that a peptide (small protein) called PEPITEM could provide a revolutionary approach to reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and other obesity-related diseases such as hepatic steatosis (fatty liver). 

200 Jobs Boost as Global Defence and Security Firm Chooses Newcastle for New Research Site

20 Feb 2023

Proximity to Newcastle University and National Innovation Centre for Data key to Leonardo announcement .

Novel Adaptation for Existing Furnaces could Reduce CO2 Emissions from Steelmaking by 90%

24 Jan 2023

Researchers from University of Birmingham, U.K., show novel adaptation for existing furnaces could reduce steelmaking emissions by 90%

PraxisAuril Announces New Chief Executive

7 Dec 2022

PraxisAuril is delighted to announce the appointment of David Russell as its new CEO.

And the winners are…

28 Nov 2022

PraxisAuril is delighted to announce the winners of the 2022 KE Awards

ChromaTwist Lands Second Round of Equity Funding to Develop Fluorescent Dyes for the Flow Cytometry Market

14 Nov 2022

University of Birmingham spinout ChromaTwist Ltd has secured £487k of equity investment to develop its new class of fluorescent dyes for the flow cytometry reagent market.

PrA welcomes two new Board members

10 Nov 2022

PraxisAuril is delighted to announce that two new Directors have been appointed to the PraxisAuril Board, both for four-year terms.

Busting the myths surrounding UK university spinouts

9 Nov 2022

PraxisAuril is delighted to share the release of a new technical report from the University Commercialisation and Innovation Policy Evidence Unit (UCI) headed up by Tomas Coates Ulrichsen and based at the University of Cambridge. The report marks a significant step forward in our shared understanding of current practice in taking equity in university spinouts in the UK. Thank you to all the PraxisAuril members who took the time to speak to the UCI team about your spinout policies, typical practice and experience with the wide variety of stakeholders involved.  

Finalists for the PraxisAuril KE Awards 2022 Revealed

4 Nov 2022

We are delighted to announce the finalists for the PraxisAuril KE Awards 2022.

New Device for Early Detection of Gum Disease

18 Oct 2022

Researchers from the University of Birmingham are developing a rapid test for gum disease and expect the technology to play a pivotal role in early detection of heart or lung disease, type 2 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.

Therapeutic Games and Brain Stimulation Mitigates Cognitive Decline in Older Adults

12 Oct 2022

Scientists and clinicians from the University of Birmingham, UK, Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, and the University of Trento, Italy have devised a new technology to help older people boost their working memory with a new approach that couples online therapeutic games with a non-invasive brain stimulation technique.

Knowledge Exchange Framework Advances Following Positive Feedback

27 Sep 2022

Research England’s second iteration of new and enhanced KEF dashboards released and passes another major milestone as it builds on positive feedback on the first version.

Research Identifies New Treatment Target for CNS Injury and Neurological Disease

26 Sep 2022

Birmingham researchers have identified a potential target for drugs to treat long-term neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s Disease and foster nerve regeneration in central nervous system injuries.

Next Generation Water Pollution Solutions Revealed

20 Sep 2022

IN-PART campaign surfaces over 100 next-generation solutions to the water pollution crisis from academia

PraxisAuril’s CEO Maxine Ficarra Leaves on a High After 20 Years

16 Aug 2022

After 20 years of leading PraxisAuril and having steered the organisation through the last two very challenging years of the pandemic, Maxine Ficarra has now decided to seek new challenges.