Knowledge Exchange is an umbrella term that encompasses a range of ways in which researchers engage with non-academic organisations. The ESRC defines Knowledge Exchange as:
The enabling of two-way exchange between researchers and research users to share ideas, research evidence, experiences and skills.
According to the University of Bath's key findings in response to the 2021 survey from CEDARS (Culture, Employment and Development of Academic Researchers Survey) over half of research staff want to engage in wider activities, such as knowledge exchange, citizen science, public engagement, and policy and decision making. Specifically, 67% said they wanted to get involved in knowledge exchange.
The University of Bath Strategy 2021 to 2026 outlines our mission to deliver world-class research and teaching, educating our students to become future leaders and innovators, and benefiting the wider population through our research, enterprise and influence.
This resource outlines some KE case studies, funding available for KE, training courses and the KE Community of Practice, which was established for people interested in KE to come together and ask questions. There is also information on why KE has gained in prominence recently, through the Knowledge Exchange Concordat and the Knowledge Exchange Framework.
Examples of KE activities include collaborative or contract research, consultancy services, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, training, commercialisation of research through start up and spin-out companies, and public engagement.
Support from RIS
Research and Innovation Services (RIS) at the University of Bath can support you with KE and impact. This includes:
- Business Partnerships and Knowledge Exchange - helping you build relationships with external partners, apply for funding and manage projects
- Supporting your research impact - helping you identifying and evidencing the impact of your research
- Consultancy Services - helping you to provide expert advice externally
- Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) - helping bring together academics, graduates and businesses on strategic projects
- Technology Transfer - helping you to commercialise your research outcomes
- SETsquared Bath Innovation Centre - supporting the growth and success of new business through world-leading incubation services, enterprise activities and investment networks
KE Community of Practice
Research and Innovation Services (RIS) has established a Knowledge Exchange Community of Practice in Teams. This is a forum for those interested in KE to share experiences and ask questions.
You can also get to know your faculty and departmental impact leads for support with your research impact.
Search for Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact funding through our Research Professional database. We also have an EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) which includes Open Call funding and a University Impact Fund to help you develop and evidence the impact of your research and inform your REF impact case study.
University courses and events
You can learn more about Knowledge Exchange and Public Engagement through the following University Moodle courses for University of Bath staff:
- Moodle: Knowledge Exchange Hub
- Moodle: Introduction to Knowledge Exchange (pdf download)
- Moodle: Public Engagement Knowledge Hub
Recordings and slides from previous University events:
- Lunch with Impact: Introduction to data visualisation - recording from 8 December 2021 event
- Lunch with Impact: Application of the RE:AIM framework (Part 1) - recording from 29 November 2021 event
- Lunch with Impact: Application of the RE:AIM framework (Part 2) - recording from 29 November 2021 event
- Lunch with Impact: Introducing Knowledge Exchange in Practice (Part 1) - recording from 17 November 2021 event
- Lunch with Impact: Introducing Knowledge Exchange in Practice (Part 2) - recording from 17 November 2021 event
- Lunch with Impact: Intellectual Property and Software - recording from 15 September 2021 event
- Knowledge Exchange: Introducing KE in practice - presentation as part of the 'lunch with impact' series on 28 July 2021
- Communicating Science for Impact: Experience from Parliament and industry - recording from the CSCT event with Dr Stephen Allen on 9 June 2021
- Introduction to Research Impact – slides from the presentation by the Research Impact team on 20 May 2021
- Lunch with Impact: IP and Commercialisation as a Route to Impact – recording of the presentation from the Technology Transfer team in RIS on 27 April 2021
The following University of Bath case studies demonstrate how you can work with external partners to achieve knowledge exchange and research impact:
Informing policy and practice through knowledge exchange: Professor Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis, Department of Psychology, led a project with the NSPCC to look into technology-assisted child sexual abuse.
Developing a Knowledge Exchange relationship: Dr Susanne Gebhard, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, and Professor Kevin Paine, Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, worked with start-up company Adaptavate to assess the feasibility of using bacteria for self-healing wall plaster
Involving Knowledge Exchange activities in a research project: Dr Stefanie Gustafsson, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Management and Co-Director of the Future of Work Research Centre, reflects on her experience involving knowledge exchange activities in her research about the career dynamics and work experiences of paralegals
Working in partnership with clinicians: Dr Andrew Cookson, Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been working in partnership with clinicians at the Royal United Hospitals Bath (RUH) to develop a software tool that will help with earlier diagnosis of Pulmonary Hypertension
Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF)
The Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) was introduced by the government in 2017 to increase efficiency and effectiveness in the use of public funding for Knowledge Exchange (KE) and to further a culture of continuous improvement in universities. Research England assumed responsibility of the KEF in 2018 and the first results were published in March 2021.
Knowledge Exchange Concordat
The University of Bath is a signatory to the Knowledge Exchange Concordat. In October 2020, Universities UK and GuildHE invited Higher Education Providers (HEPs) in the UK to sign up to the principles of the concordat and participate in the development year for England. Along with 126 higher education providers we are committed to developing our knowledge exchange activity to help drive economic, social and cultural recovery and growth. See the KE Concordat implementation plan.