Knowledge Exchange Concordat Consultation

Knowledge Exchange Concordat Consultation

The National Centre for Universities and Business is inviting member views to inform a written response to an open consultation on the Knowledge Exchange Concordat.

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The Knowledge Exchange Concordat, co-developed by a Research England and Universities UK working group, proposes eight high-level principles which should underlie Knowledge Exchange (KE) activities.

It also sets out the aims and enablers to help universities make informed decisions and develop their own strategies around KE.

The Concordat aims to:

  • Help universities and their staff and students enhance clarity of mission;
  • Support their development;
  • Give partners an accurate representation of the approaches and strengths of individual universities;
  • Provide clear indicators of their approaches in developing and improving performance;
  • Give governing bodies and funders broad confidence in the activity that is taking place in universities.

The Concordat consultation is open until 1 July 2019 and its final version will be created in Autumn 2019.

Input from NCUB membership

NCUB will be submitting a response to this consultation, drawing on member perspectives – specifically those of Higher Education members, though NCUB would value insights from business members on the implications of the Concordat for corporate partners.

The Concordat is currently applicable to institutions in England, but responses are also welcomed from the sector in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A headline draft setting out current thinking will be added below for your comments. Alongside comments on this, we would be particularly interested in your assessment of:

  • The value of the aims set out in the Concordat at present;
  • Your assessment of the suitability and viability of the eight proposed guiding principles;
  • The potential effectiveness of the enablers set out;
  • Your view on the extent to which the Concordat at present reflects the diversity of KE activity, and its ability to absorb and support evolutions in that diversity.

Input to our response is invited until close of play 26 June 2019.


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