The development of the concordat has been led by UUK and GuildHE in partnership with Research England, NCUB and PraxisAURIL as well as other funders and stakeholders.
A cover note from Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of UUK and Gordon McKenzie, Chief Executive of Guild HE has also been published alongside the document:
"We appreciate the immense pressures on institutions at the current time. We are very proud of the way members have gone to great lengths to help the NHS at a time of crisis but also the ways in which universities and higher education providers have sought to help businesses, charities and wider communities."
Read the full cover note as a pdf.
Knowledge exchange (KE) refers to any action through which knowledge and research is shared between universities and partner organisations and turned into impact in society and the economy.
The commitment of the UK government to the 2.4% target for
research and development spending demonstrates the value of higher education
knowledge exchange. The concordat enables the sector to promote the many
different forms of KE, gives clear indicators of their approaches to
performance improvement, and provides a clarity of mission and support for the
KE activities they perform.
The knowledge exchange concordat is designed to:
As of 26 October 2020, institutions can sign up to the principles contained in the KE concordat and participate in the development year for England through completing a Letter of Commitment. Details of the self-evaluation and action plan exercises that form part of the development year have been released on the KE concordat portal for institutions to see what is involved.
Read the full statement about the launch.