2 Dec 2021
I’m sure you are all looking forward to a break as we approach the festive season and I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those who have worked so hard to support PraxisAuril activities this year, volunteer and exec team alike – and to all of you who have participated in them.
18 Nov 2021
Winners of this year’s PraxisAuril KE Awards have been announced across six categories, recognising the achievements in knowledge exchange of both individuals and teams across the UK and internationally. The Awards were once again sponsored by UKRI, the UK’s research and innovation funding body.
11 Nov 2021
As part of our regular rotation schedule, a Directorship on the PraxisAuril Board will become available on 1 January 2022. Applications are invited from PraxisAuril members for appointment to the Board for a 4-year term.
1 Nov 2021
Research England has released a report detailing IP-related and commercialisation activities submitted as part of the HE-BCI survey for the academic year 2019/20. It focusses on activities in England but also includes an international comparison with similar data collected in the US by the AUTM for the financial year 2019.
29 Oct 2021
It’s been a few months since that hugely powerful session at this year’s PraxisAuril Conference when we gave the prime plenary slot on the final day over to a discussion on Diversity in KE. It was a real privilege to Chair a session in which four brilliant speakers spoke so candidly from the heart about their own experiences - and which then quickly developed into one of the most fast and furious Zoom chats I’ve ever experienced, with a very large audience participating enthusiastically in the discussion! [You can still watch that recording HERE]. Such energy from PraxisAuril members and the KE sector at large to get involved and support the EDI agenda - truly inspiring.
15 Oct 2021
Friday 15th October 2021: Each year PraxisAuril celebrates the achievements, innovations, and sector stories from the world of Knowledge Exchange, and this year we are as pleased as always to announce our finalists.
7 Oct 2021
A new company developing medicines for patients with debilitating chronic conditions; an innovative digital platform bringing the craft of knitting into the 21st century; a lightweight robotic glove empowering patients with hand weakness - these are just some of the ideas that triumphed at the 2021 Converge Awards, Scotland’s annual celebration of academic innovation and entrepreneurship.
17 Sep 2021
We are thrilled to introduce a new member organisation to the PraxisAuril community, the Royal Agricultural University, joining over 180 organisation (and over 5000 individual) members in the ever-growing network of Knowledge Exchanges professionals, to benefit from the PraxisAuril mission to Develop, Promote and Connect practitioners across the UK, and the world.
9 Sep 2021
Edinburgh; Wednesday 8 September 2021: The finalists for Converge 2021, Scotland’s largest entrepreneurial development programme for the university sector, have been revealed. Exemplifying the cream of Scotland’s innovation pool, and hailing from institutions across the nation, 28 academic entrepreneurs are now through to the Converge Awards Final which takes place on 30 September 2021.
1 Sep 2021
A warm welcome back to the world of work after the summer break! As we look ahead to Autumn and 2022, I thought this would be a good time to give you a flavour of all the things that we have been working on behind the scenes and have planned for you in the months ahead.
27 Aug 2021
We are thrilled to introduce a new member organisation to the PraxisAuril community, Ship Shape Search Ltd. Ship Shape are joining over 180 organisation (and over 5000 individual) members in the ever-growing network of Knowledge Exchanges professionals
10 Aug 2021
Last month we had the great pleasure of welcoming Dr Tim Fishlock to the team as our new Head of Professional and Community Development. Tim joins us from Health Enterprise East where he served as Head of Technology Transfer in the Innovation Team for over 3 years, helping to commercialise IP developed within their NHS member Trusts.
30 Jul 2021
The Engage Unconference will take place online from Monday 11th October to Friday 12th November and includes the Engage Exhibition, an opportunity to share engagement practice – the good, the bad and the ugly. This call for contributions is an invitation to help create conversations and actions that will support the sector to enact meaningful change over the years to come.
30 Jul 2021
PraxisAuril welcomes the government’s Innovation Strategy, launched on 22nd July by Secretary of State, Kwasi Kwarteng. The importance of Knowledge Exchange was demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic – notably in the vaccine development – and we are excited about the potential for growth and increased recognition of our community, building on the UK’s global reputation for KE.
23 Jul 2021
Last month saw nearly 500 KE professionals from across the UK sign up to attend the second all-virtual PraxisAuril conference, again held online due to COVID-19 restrictions. Four hundred and sixty delegates from 118 organisations signed up for the three-day event, that comprised of shared insights from those at the frontline of vaccine and healthcare, interactive workshops, case-studies and stakeholder interactions.
7 Jul 2021
YES21 has been devised for you to understand the processes involved in bringing an idea to market but also nurture a positive, effective team environment to develop a presentation that shows the business could be viable, investable and ultimately successful.
9 Jun 2021
This year’s Knowledge Exchange (KE) Awards are open for nominations from 9th June to 21st July 2021. The awards were launched at PraxisAuril’s 2021 conference ‘Review, Regroup, Revolution’ by PraxisAuril CEO, Maxine Ficarra, and PraxisAuril founder and Patron, Dr David Secher.
18 May 2021
New ideas to help tackle Covid-19 or prepare for future pandemics are set to get a major boost from the medical research charity, LifeArc.
12 May 2021
Academic entrepreneurs from across Scotland’s university sector are now through to the next stage of the Converge programme. Split across four challenge categories – Converge, Creative, Impact and KickStart – all 18 of Scotland’s universities are represented in the final shortlist.
19 Apr 2021
As part of ARMA’s continuing commitment to providing professional development opportunities to our members, we are seeking to appoint two new Board Members/ Directors to replace Linsey Dickson and John Rogers, who stand down this summer.
19 Apr 2021
Following the invitation to the broader community for nominations to the PraxisAuril board earlier this year, I am delighted to announce that we have three new members.
1 Apr 2021
31 March 2021 Information about the ways universities help level up their local areas is one of the highlights of the data released in the first iteration of Research England’s Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) at midday today (31 March 2021).
26 Mar 2021
Leaders from across the university-sector have expressed concern of the significant risk to UK research funding firstly as a consequence of cuts to overseas development aid and, more recently, in response to reports that the UK’s association to Horizon Europe will be met from existing research budgets. We whole heartedly concur with these concerns and urge the Government to protect the UK’s world-class research base and innovation environment.
11 Mar 2021
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.
5 Mar 2021
The latest KEC progress statement has been released today, including a supportive statement on behalf of PraxisAuril from our Chair Dr Iain Thomas.
15 Feb 2021
Dear PraxisAuril friends and colleagues, We have an exciting time ahead at PraxisAuril as we exploit digital channels, develop our offering in response to the changing needs of the many differing segments of the KE community and seek to grow our wonderful and committed volunteer base. We are keen to have as broad a group of people as possible participating as volunteer trainers, board members, conference contributors and much more. I hope you consider getting involved in a way that interests and suits you.
1 Feb 2021
Anjuu Trevedi, Head of Regional Business Engagement at the University of Leicester, has been awarded an MBE in the 2021 New Year’s honours list, for services to business innovation and to the economy in Leicestershire.
28 Jan 2021
A new programme of support for businesses in South London, was launched today by Councillor Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council and Chair of the South London Partnership, a sub-regional collaboration of five London boroughs; Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Richmond upon Thames and Sutton.
28 Jan 2021
Welcome to 2021 – a year that starts with as many, but different, challenges as 2020 ended on because of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic. However, thanks to the combined efforts of academic research and industry partners there is light at the end of this particular tunnel.
15 Jan 2021
As some of you may know, Alasdair Cameron, Director of Strategic Engagement will be moving on from PraxisAuril in the next few months.
18 Dec 2020
A BBSRC funded RSE Enterprise Fellowship can be taken on a full time or part time (maximum 2 years) basis; please see the RSE terms and conditions and application guidelines document’s available on the RSE website or contact David Hendry if you would like to discuss.
26 Oct 2020
Universities UK (UUK) and GuildHE have released documents detailing how HEIs in England can sign-up to the eight KE Concordat principles and participate in the KEC development year. The KE Concordat is a UK-wide initiative with different arrangements in different nations of the UK, however institutions from across the UK can participate in the development year.
20 Oct 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’
17 Oct 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.
12 Oct 2020
The Trinity Challenge is a global coalition comprising business, academia, and the social sector. The Founding Members are united by the common aim of ensuring the destruction and devastation to lives and livelihoods caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, never happens again.
17 Sep 2020
ATTP, the global alliance of national peak professional bodies for commercialisation, industry engagement and entrepreneurship, has a new chair – Dr Tim Boyle, Director of Innovation & Commercialisation at ANSTO, Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. At ANSTO, Dr Boyle leads nandin, ANSTO’s Innovation Centre and drives strategic initiatives towards challenge-based innovation, research commercialisation and economic development.
10 Sep 2020
In-Part and PraxisAuril have teamed up to bring our members fresh insight into university-research collaboration, bringing UK and US R&D professionals together for an online discussion. This webinar will bring together a panel of thought-leaders from industry to share their outlook on collaborating with universities and research institutes. The aim will be to establish what R&D teams look for in new potential academic partners; how they evaluate opportunities to collaborate; and what their current priorities are in terms of commercialising academic research.
12 Aug 2020
PraxisAuril has responded to the UK government's R&D roadmap. The Roadmap sets out government objectives for R&D across Parliament (2024-25) alongside the previously announced £22 million budget. PrA members need to understand how these will affect knowledge exchange, not least because there are intentions to create a new funding agency (based on the USA's ARPA) and shake up research funding structures more generally.
25 Jun 2020
PraxisAuril and UKRI announce the 2020 KE Award Winners. Our seven winners embody the high standards of UK Knowledge Exchange and recognise the people, partnerships, deals and initiatives that generate this world-class activity.
3 Jun 2020
The KE Awards (previously known as the ‘Impact Awards’) is an initiative organised by PraxisAuril, the UK’s world-leading professional association for Knowledge Exchange (KE) practitioners. The Awards celebrate the contribution of KE professionals to generating societal and economic impact from research. Celebrating the impact of our research base regionally, nationally and internationally is more relevant than ever today, as UK universities and research organisations mobilise incredible activities and projects to fight the COVID-19 crisis. Some of these initiatives are represented among the finalists below. Sponsored by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), an organisation working in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish, the KE Awards will recognise and celebrate the people behind outstanding KE achievements, in all areas of research. Celebrating the impact of our research base regionally, nationally and internationally is more relevant than ever today, as UK universities and research organisations mobilise incredible activities and projects to fight the COVID-19 crisis. Some of these initiatives are represented among the finalists below.