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Knowledge Exchange Team

Innovation and knowledge exchange opportunities for academics

Getting involved in innovation and knowledge exchange activities can be a rewarding experience and a gateway to many career enhancing prospects, such as:

  • Generating income for your faculty/department.
  • Achieving impact through your research, which could contribute to REF.
  • Applying knowledge and expertise to current business scenarios to validate your research.
  • Developing long term relationships with the business sector, which can help you identify new research themes.
  • Informing your teaching activities, including case studies and data for teaching and potentially projects for your undergraduate and/or postgraduate students.
  • Providing employment opportunities for your most promising graduates.
  • Networking opportunities.

What exactly is Knowledge Exchange?

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

Why do Knowledge Exchange?

Knowledge exchange activities can help you to increase the impact of your research in the future.

For general enquiries, you can also contact email the team: knowledge@anglia.ac.uk

Current programmes

As an academic, there are four programmes you can get involved in:

 

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are designed to help encourage growth and inject valuable knowledge and expertise into a company.

A partnership is a three-way collaboration between:

  • the organisation
  • a graduate employee, from any university (known as a KTP Associate) who transfers the knowledge your company is seeking into their organisation
  • us (Anglia Ruskin, known as the knowledge base). As the academic you will supervise the KTP Associate and offer your consulting support throughout the collaboration.

Together you work on a project central to the business' needs as it will require the injection of knowledge, expertise and financial assistance.

KTPs helps our University exploit its knowledge and increase the industrial and commercial relevance of our teaching and research.

KTPs are supported by a government grant of £38,000 per year, complemented by financial contributions made by the partner company of £19,000 per year. These funds support the employment of high calibre graduates, who work full time at the company on projects designed to realise strategic advances. The company will receive over 25 days of academic consultancy and support each year of the programme.

The graduates are supervised jointly by senior company personnel and an academic from the university. You will contribute half a day a week for the KTP project. In addition graduates receive formal training aimed at developing technical and managerial skills to develop them as business leaders for the future.

For more details about classic KTPs please contact the KT team.

 

KEEP+

The KEEP+ programme is led by Anglia Ruskin University and delivered in partnership with Norwich University of the Arts, University Campus Suffolk, University of Brighton, University of East Anglia, University of Essex, University of Greenwich, University of Hertfordshire, University of Kent and the East of England Local Government Association.

KEEP+ gives researchers the opportunity to apply their knowledge to real business problems. KEEP+ will leverage European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) against SME match to provide subsidised innovation support services, including knowledge transfer and consultancy to local SMEs. We’re aiming to increase companies’ profitability, create jobs, reduce costs and develop/adopt new products or services for businesses.

What are the benefits to you, the academic?

Getting involved with the kind of interventions supported by the KEEP+ Programme can support you to build your academic career by:

  • Generating income for your faculty/department.
  • Achieving impact through your research, which could contribute to REF.
  • Applying knowledge and expertise to current business scenarios to validate your research.
  • Developing long term relationships with the business sector, which can help you identify new research themes.
  • Informing your teaching activities, including case studies and data for teaching and potentially projects for your undergraduate and/or postgraduate students.
  • Providing employment opportunities for your most promising graduates.

What’s on offer?

There are three ways you can get involved in the Programme.

  • KEEPs (Knowledge Exchange and Embed Partnership) – The Knowledge Exchange Office will support you to develop a partnership with an SME to facilitate the transfer of your knowledge into the SME. You’ll supervise and mentor a graduate who’ll be specifically recruited to support the SME develop a new product and service, aided by your knowledge and expertise. There is a supporting capital grant available for those projects which need to make capital investment to realise their goals.
  • The KEEP R&I Collaborations (RICs) – You’ll work in collaboration with an SME and potentially a larger corporate or public sector organisation to develop a new product or service. RICs require a more intensive level of feasibility work and research support from academic and technical colleagues than the KEEPs.
  • Innovation Networks – You can attend a series of events (free to both you and SMEs) that bring public and private sector players together with universities enabling you to initiate discussions with potential research and innovation partners.

What will I need to do if I am interested?

Contact a member of the Knowledge Transfer team (details above) or send an email to knowledge@anglia.ac.uk.

 

Innovation Bridge

Innovation Bridge is a new three-year £3.896 million economic development project, running until summer 2019 offering free support to help small to medium sized businesses innovate and grow.

The programme is designed to help businesses access our specialist expertise and knowledge in order to help them develop an action plan that will support the introduction of a new product or service into the firm or to market. It will also enable access to a grant programme that will assist with the implementation of an innovation action plan.

We're looking academics to get involved in this project

Our Business Development Manager Tom Bates will help the business source an ARU academic who will help them develop an innovation action plan outlining potential support to develop a new product or service - at no cost to the company. The report you, the academic, produces will recommend a range of support activities and resources applicable to the businesses requirements. For example: identifying equipment; recommending prototyping and drawing on ARU's existing research.

Who is Innovation Bridge open to?

The programme is open to the following:

  • start-ups and existing businesses with fewer than 250 employees
  • businesses looking to grow and develop a new product or service with experts at the cutting edge of research.
  • businesses based in Aylesbury Vale, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Cherwell District, Milton Keynes, Norfolk and Suffolk covered by three Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs): South East Midlands LEP; Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough; New Anglia LEP.

Get in touch

If you're an academic and you would like to learn more about how you can get invovled, please contact our RIDO Business Development Manager Tom Bates (x5878).

 

Who are the Knowledge Transfer team?

The KT team are made up of Simon Daly, Tammy Au, Tom Hayward and Richard Allin. The below table explains who each team member is and how they can help you.

 

Simon Daly
Knowledge Transfer Manager

Simon provides leadership and direction to our University’s Knowledge Exchange programmes. If you are interested in finding out more about our programmes and how to get involved, please get in contact with Simon.


Abbeygate House, Cambridge
01245 68 3173
simon.daly@anglia.ac.uk

 

Tammy Au
Business Administration Knowledge Transfer Manager


Abbeygate House, Cambridge
01223 69 5057
tammy.au@anglia.ac.uk

 

Tom Hayward
Assistant Knowledge Transfer Manager

Tom has extensive experience in securing EC FP7 and H2020 research funding and Innovate UK collaborative R&D funding, where he managed and maintained key internal and external stakeholder collaboration. Tom will be involved in the Anglia Ruskin University’s Knowledge Exchange programmes. If you are interested in finding out more about the University’s programmes and how to get involved, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Abbeygate House, Cambridge
01223 69 5952
thomas.hayward@anglia.ac.uk

 

Richard Allin
Assistant Knowledge Transfer Manager

Richard has worked in a variety of sectors and developed a strong track record of delivering successful multi partner projects.  Working for both SME’s and charities has provided a key insight into how challenges can be overcome with Knowledge Transfer. Richard is involved in the Anglia Ruskin University’s Knowledge Exchange programmes. If you are interested in finding out more about the University’s programmes and how to get involved, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Abbeygate House, Cambridge
01223 69 2343
richard.allin@anglia.ac.uk