Knowledge Exchange at the University of Liverpool

The Higher Education sector is facing a shifting external environment and considerable uncertainty in the funding landscape, but the importance placed on knowledge exchange activity continues to grow.  The crucial role of knowledge exchange in responding to the COVID-19 crisis has been evident across the sector, and external policy drivers including the introduction of the Knowledge Exchange Framework and the Knowledge Exchange Concordat has renewed the focus on our own KE plans and priorities.

Knowledge Exchange at the University of Liverpool is a fundamental part of our mission. We have important relationships with a range of external partners that deliver significant impact to society and the economy in its broadest sense. In order to increase our contribution further, we have embedded KE objectives as part of our overall research and impact strategy and prioritise support for plans that help to drive growth in quality and scale of KE activity.

University KE strategy and ambitions

Our Research and impact strategy vision, which was produced in consultation with many groups and individuals across the University as part of the development of Strategy 2026, is to be world-leading in specific research areas and globally recognised in all our research and impact activities. Specific Knowledge Exchange ambitions are articulated in the strategy along with plans for achieving these ambitions. In particular, building on our distinctive track record and strengths in partnership working, we aim to create meaningful partnerships for impact and markedly increase the proportion of research leading to public benefit. We will partner with businesses, cultural organisations and a wide range of collaborators to carry out research with impact and public benefit. We also aim to embed impact in the research lifespan, becoming an impact-intensive University.

Our plans

We aim to achieve these objectives through:

  • Enhancing the environment though a number of activities, including:
  • Prioritising support for established and emerging disciplinary and thematic areas with the best chance of success in terms of research excellence and impact: we will invest in research leadership, thematic research development, partnerships and Intellectual Property exploitation, whilst continuing to focus on distinctive strengths in all disciplines
  • Developing our profile with focused support for areas of global knowledge leadership, interdisciplinarity, increasing external representation and influence, demonstrating our civic role, addressing societal challenges and delivering public benefit.

At the end of the strategic plan period, the University will be recognised as a leading research-intensive University, with global knowledge leadership in established and emerging strengths, strategic partnerships delivering impact and public benefit across our research disciplines, and a national and international profile for our leading research areas.

Research & Impact Committee

The Research & Impact Committee (RIC) is responsible for developing and promoting policies to enhance knowledge exchange at the University and for raising the profile of knowledge exchange as a core activity in line with Strategy 2026. A range of committees and groups with a knowledge exchange remit report through to RIC, including Faculty and School/Institute Research & Impact Committees which oversee activities in this area at a local level, and Research and Impact Strategy Group (RISC) and the Knowledge Exchange Framework Working Group.

Each Faculty has an Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (APVC) for Research and Impact and a Head of Research Development and Delivery (HRDD) responsible for driving the Knowledge Exchange in their Faculty.  Together, these roles work alongside Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellors, Faculty Directors of Operations and academic leads to develop, communicate and deliver the Faculties’ research, impact, KE and PGR strategies.

The roles also manage the Research Excellence Framework (REF) planning within faculties and are responsible for implementing institutional research and KE policies. In addition they have responsibility for analysing and monitoring research and KE performance at Faculty level, working closely with academic colleagues to help improve overall research performance.

Faculty Research & Impact Leads

Health & Life Sciences

APVC R&I - Professor Malcolm Jackson (Professor Claire Eyers from August 2021)
Head of Research Development & Delivery - Mrs Kate Jones

Science & Engineering

Head of Research Development & Delivery – Mrs Christine Campbell

Humanities & Social Sciences

Head of Research Development & Delivery - Mrs Nicky Schofield

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