Knowledge exchange

About Knowledge Exchange

Knowledge Exchange (or KE) is a process through which the University collaborates with external partners to deliver mutual benefits to all parties. KE brings together academia (researchers, students, technical and professional services staff) with communities, organisations, businesses and the self-employed in order to exchange ideas and expertise.

KE can help University staff to develop new interdisciplinary projects and collaborations, increase the visibility, profile and impact of their research, deliver new and innovative modes of teaching and learning, enhance the student experience and increase student employability and graduate outcomes. KE can support industry to develop new products, services and experiences, connect external partners to the University’s skills, talent and resources, and enable access to our network and funding opportunities. Students can benefit directly from KE by accessing placement, live project and employment opportunities, showcasing their work and building their professional networks.

Work with us

The Bridge is a joint venture between the University’s Research and Innovation Directorate and the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business. The Bridge is a vehicle for driving inclusive KE initiatives and a team of people working at the interface between the Faculty and the outside world. The Bridge brings together staff, including KE Leads within each School, our students and strategic partners to fuse the region’s creative talent and digital resources, with a focus on maximising the value and outcomes from KE interactions; unlocking the power of the University and making it work for people. 
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Research, Impact and KE

KE and research activities are strongly interconnected. Support from The Bridge and R&I can help academics to: 
  • understand how to integrate KE activities within their research project plans to drive impact
  • develop new partnerships and collaborations
  • develop their approach to making meaningful change from their research
  • translate their research and KE activities into REF Impact and vice versa
  • identify funding opportunities
  • develop high quality funding applications.