PraxisAuril’s programme development and delivery work in the UK is led and governed by expert volunteers, who are all passionate advocates for professional knowledge exchange.
PraxisAuril volunteers are all experienced knowledge exchange practitioners, working full-time in a broad range of UK universities and supporting organisations. Many of these individuals are extremely influential and well-connected to our key stakeholders, nationally and internationally, in government and in industry.
PraxisAuril works with, and learns from, other like-minded volunteer organisations around the world to ensure that we are developing and representing the KE sector with consistent standards and messages - and sourcing ideas and best practice, wherever they originate.
We’re always looking for new individuals and organisations to work with us, and there are many ways that you can get involved. To help us find what’s best for you, please tell us how you’d like to volunteer with us by completing the form below. We will contact you as relevant opportunities become available.
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PraxisAuril volunteer Board and Committees are populated by expert knowledge exchange and technology transfer practitioners who are passionate about sharing best practice to shape the profession.
The enthusiasm and energy of these expert practitioners, supported by PraxisAuril's office team, drives and informs a broad range of activities in policy, training and conference programme development.
PraxisAuril encourages volunteer engagement from across its membership, including experienced practitioners with a significant track record, as well as relative newcomers. Members interested in volunteering will usually have attended PraxisAuril training and conference events and will be RTTP qualified, or in the process of qualifying.
With practical training and support provided, volunteering at PraxisAuril is a fantastic opportunity for professional development and profile-raising while making a real contribution to the sector.
“I find it rewarding to inspire members of our profession to bigger and better things; PraxisAuril's training courses enable people at various stages in their careers to learn new skills and expertise to deliver their aspirations. Working with such a broad variety of volunteer and attendee colleagues gives me a broader, wiser perspective on the issues facing our sector on a daily basis.”
Iain Thomas, Head of Life Sciences team at Cambridge Enterprise and formerly Chair of the PraxisAuril Training Committee
"I really enjoy interacting with all of the people on the conference committee who come from a wide variety of organisations. This also means that I have a great network of peers that I can call on if I need advice or to sense check anything. It is also great to see all of the hard work that goes into the conference coming together and providing a fantastic experience for the delegates."
Angela Kukula, Director of Enterprise at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and formerly the Chair of PraxisAuril
Become a PraxisAuril Trainer
Our trainers also volunteer their time to support us, and we welcome enquiries of this nature also.
Applications for Board Membership will be reviewed by the PraxisAuril Appointments sub-group as vacancies arise, before submission to the PraxisAuril Board for approval and ratification by members at the AGM. Applications to join the Conference, Professional Development or Advocacy Committees will be reviewed by the Executive Director and the Committee Chair throughout the calendar year, and new appointments made as opportunities arise.
How much time do I need to volunteer?
Different roles require different time investments. Some such as the Conference Committee require a sustained input which increases towards the time of the Conference in June. Others, such as Advocacy, are more ad hoc in nature. If you have some time available and want to get involved, there are always opportunities available - please get in touch.
How long do I have to commit to, to be a volunteer?
The term of office for Committee Chairs is two years, and we encourage Committee members to view their involvement in similar timescales. Often we will encourage new members to shadow current members for their first year in the role, and many volunteers remain involved for many years beyond that - but it is, of course, entirely up to you.
When does PraxisAuril recruit volunteers?
We are always keen to hear from new volunteers! Applications to join the Conference, Professional Development or Advocacy Committees will be reviewed by the Executive Director and the Committee Chair throughout the calendar year, and new appointments made as opportunities arise.