Knowledge exchange

Knowledge exchange is a process that brings together academic staff, users of research and wider groups and communities to exchange ideas, evidence and expertise.

While knowledge exchange is often considered part of a university’s research activity, it includes a broad range of activities that share higher education knowledge and skills with those outside universities.

Those activities can include:

  • partnerships between universities and major manufacturers
  • industry-related curriculum development
  • work placements for students
  • graduate start-ups supported by incubator spaces at providers.

Our work on knowledge exchange

We are working with Research England to understand the impact of knowledge exchange activity at higher education providers.

This includes joint funding to explore the benefits to students and graduates of being involved in knowledge exchange activities.

Read more about the funded projects

Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF)

Research England have responsibility for distributing HEIF funding to providers which is used to support and develop knowledge exchange activities.

This funding is underpinned by the Higher Education Statistics Agency's Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey (HE-BCI) which is currently under review.

The OfS will be contributing to both the HE-BCI survey review and the HEIF review in 2020.

On 16 April 2020, Research England wrote to providers about HEIF allocations for 2020-21, and to update them on the timetable for new strategies in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Further information about the HEIF is available through the Research England website.

Published 31 January 2020
Last updated 16 April 2020
16 April 2020
Added link to a letter sent to providers from Research England about HEIF allocations for 2020-21

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