PraxisAuril Policy Newsletter

Better evidence

Outcomes from the KEF consultation and pilot exercises were published by Research England in August, followed not long afterwards by the formal announcement of HESA’s review of the HE-BCI data. The Outcomes document usefully compares the (written) consultation with the focus-group approach of the pilots. It’s fair to say that there were no surprises in the outcomes and that there is a degree of acceptance in the sector around the KEF – at least until more detail on its implementation are released. But we agree that the process has been sound and has really benefited the sector’s own understanding of KE. Reflections on the visual presentation of KEF cluster data were useful and the acknowledgement that the KEF should be flexible in this respect, for different audiences, is a welcome conclusion.  Click here to learn more.

Good intentions

PraxisAuril’s training courses are all about self-improvement and we’re starting the new academic year with a new course: Foundations of Knowledge Exchange. This is an important training companion to our policy-led member-based conversations around the Knowledge Exchange Framework and the KE Concordat. My hope for this course is that it will attract people who haven’t met PraxisAuril before, who might not work fully in KE but have some interest or responsibilities therein and just want to have better understanding of what this KE agenda is all about anyway. As ever, non-members are welcome. Full details are on our website and bookings are open.

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About CCCU Research Development

Research Development (RD) is part of the Department of Enterprise, Employability and Research Development. RD is responsible for ensuring that Research and Enterprise is of the highest quality and meets all required internal and external standards, including managing the institutional submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). RD leads on development and implementation of the institutional research and enterprise integrity policies, processes and best practice. It also hosts the institutional Staff Researcher Development Programme and the Early Career Researcher Programme SPARC, and is responsible for the annual Research Internship programme. RD provides strategic and targeted support for academic staff to seek and secure funding for their research and innovation activities. This includes identification of core funding opportunities and support for proposal development, alongside strategic advice and support for faculties to develop their research portfolio and capacity.

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