Principle 5:

Capacity building

We ensure that our staff and students are developed and trained appropriately to understand and undertake their roles and responsibilities in the delivery of successful KE.


Institutions could provide evidence that:


Established institutional approaches are used to obtain full value from developing and fostering a diverse workforce in an inclusive environment.


Appropriately experienced and/or qualified and/or accredited KE professionals are recruited who demonstrate aptitude and the ability to broker and manage KE activities and an understanding of commercial and academic drivers.


There is a commitment to, and evidence of, continuous development of KE staff at all levels of their career through formal training, mentoring, sharing best practice and engagement in relevant networks and communities.


Regular reviews of performance take place, including feedback from external partners.


There is a clear and evidenced approach to ensuring the professional standards of staff members within professional KE teams, e.g through processes for accreditation, peer review and staff exchange.


KE policy and practice form part of new staff induction and ongoing staff development programmes.


Accessible and appropriate training supports KE activities, including due consideration of staff induction and formal academic practice development programmes.


There is accessible and appropriately promoted professional and administrative support to academic colleagues in furtherance of their KE activities.


There is accessible and appropriately promoted support for staff and students wanting to establish and grow new enterprises or activities.


Accessible and appropriately promoted skills training exists for students who are expected to engage with non-academic partners on behalf of the institution as part of their curricular or non-curricular activities.


Approaches for the development of KE and entrepreneurship skills in curricular and non-curricular student activities are clearly identified, for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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