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ARMA Seeking Board Members/Directors

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.

New PraxisAuril Board Directors Appointed

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.

First KEF release shows diverse contributions of universities and helps drive improvement

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).

PraxisAuril adds voice to calls for clarity on future research funding for UK universities

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.

Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship Programme

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.

KEC: Latest Progress Statement

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.

PraxisAuril Board Election - Members Only

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.

PraxisAuril ‘Impact Award’ member recognised with an MBE in new year honours

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.

University business support gets BIG in South London

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.

Dr Iain Thomas welcomes members to 2021 as he begins his 2-year term as Chair of PraxisAuril

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.

Alasdair Cameron moving on from PraxisAuril

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.

RSE Enterprise Fellowships: Open for Applications

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.

KE Concordat (KEC) development year initiated

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.

UK SPINE 2020 Conference - Online 11-20 November 2020

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’

Knowledge Exchange Concordat is launched

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.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Trinity Challenge

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.

Tim Boyle takes the Chair at ATTP, the Global Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals.

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.

In-Part delivering fresh insight into university-research collaboration

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.

PraxisAuril responds to the R&D Roadmap

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.

Leading lights in knowledge exchange celebrated for contribution to UK innovation

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.

PraxisAuril and UKRI announce the finalists of the 2020 KE Awards

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. 

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.

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.