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Published: 31 March 2021

Surrey marks strong performance as part of the first Knowledge Exchange Framework dashboards

The first Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) dashboard has been announced this week, and we are proud it illustrates our strengths, and commitment to creating real world impact from the excellent research we do at the University of Surrey.

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We are very pleased that we’ve been recognised in the top 10 per cent nationally for our work with business, and in the top third for our work with the public and third-party sectors and our research partnerships. This is evidence of the broad range of engagement opportunities that we facilitate, allowing any size of organisation to gain advantage from our knowledge, facilities and networks.

Our strong top 20 per cent rating for our work on intellectual property and commercialisation demonstrates the inventiveness of our academics and the strength of our tech transfer and start-up support and investment networks, such as Surrey Research Park, which benefits researchers, students and local growth companies alike.

We can see opportunity in developing our programme of Continued Professional Development to bring further growth in skills and to allow new audiences to access our academic knowledge through these programmes and through new public engagement routes.  

Professor David Sampson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation, said: “I’m delighted that our very first KEF outcome has placed so much of our innovation work within the top ranges for the sector, and well above the average within our cluster.

“This recognises the truly great work we do on sharing and imparting knowledge, particularly around business and commercialisation of our research. The KEF provides us with a valuable framework within which we can readily map our whole innovation ecosystem and so clearly target the areas for growth. We aspire to make innovation mainstream at Surrey.”

Find out more about those we support through our innovation partnerships.

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About KEF:

The aim of the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) is 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. Based on data from 2018/19, it will allow universities to better understand and improve their own performance, as well as provide businesses and other users with more information to help them access the world-class knowledge and expertise embedded in English HEPs.

This is the first iteration of the use of the results Dashboard.

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