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KE Awards 2021 Finalists Announced

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.

ACADEMIC INNOVATION TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT THE 2021 CONVERGE AWARDS

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.

PraxisAuril Welcomes New Member, Royal Agricultural University

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.

Scotland’s Got Talent: Top Academic Innovators Reach the Finals of Converge 2021

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.

CEO Update – 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.

PraxisAuril Welcomes New Member, Ship Shape

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

Tim Fishlock Joins PraxisAuril Exec Team

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.

Engage 2021: Call for contributions to the Engage Unconference

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. 

PraxisAuril welcomes ambition and scale for Innovation Strategy

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.

Record number of delegates for KE conference

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.

Young Entrepreneurs Scheme 21 Open

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.

PraxisAuril Knowledge Exchange Awards 2021 are open for entries

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.

Expertise and funding on offer to help tackle COVID-19

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.

New inventions emerging from Scotland's universities could change life as we know it

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.

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.

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!