Imperial scores top marks in four out of seven categories in Research England’s new Knowledge Exchange Framework.
The Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) focuses on the wide range of activities that higher education institutions undertake with external partners for the benefit of the economy and society. These can include partnerships with business, running public events or licensing intellectual property so that others can use it.
Each of the institutions taking part in the KEF was put into a cluster alongside similar institutions. Imperial was grouped with other institutions that are ‘very large, very high research-intensive, undertaking significant amounts of excellent research’.
Strong Imperial performance
The KEF examines performance in seven categories, with the score being determined using metrics and evidence from the institution.
The College was in the top ten percent (the top score available) for four categories assessed – public and community engagement, research partnerships, working with business and working with the public and third sector.
Professor Nick Jennings, Vice Provost (Research and Enterprise) said: “Creating real world benefits is a core part of Imperial’s mission and it is something that we have focused on since we were founded in 1907. I am delighted to see our efforts in this area recognised in Research England’s first Knowledge Exchange Framework.
“The publication of the Knowledge Exchange Framework is a welcome step. Enabling UK higher education institutions to share and compare their efforts in knowledge exchange will ultimately benefit the wider community as greater focus is placed on this aspect of our work.