Principle 3:


Knowledge exchange is a recognised part of the overall university strategy. We have a clear understanding of the institutional role and the purpose of KE and whom the intended beneficiaries are.

Clarity of mission is essential for efficient and effective knowledge exchange. University staff, students and external organisations need to understand the aims and priorities of senior university leaders and governors in relation to the whole range of knowledge exchange activities undertaken by the institution.


Key enablers could include :


A clear route for external parties to access a defined point of initial contact.


Published guidance is available on how formal enquiries are triaged and responded to within effective timescales.


Published guidance is available on how informal relationships should be managed in the context of internal policies, including when formal agreements should be explored.


Published guidance is available on how relationships with external parties are managed to professionally accepted standards in order to deliver high levels of partner confidence.


Formal agreements (in plain language) to cover any substantive KE work undertaken to ensure that everyone’s rights and responsibilities are clear, and everyone is clear about what to expect from each other.


Formal arrangements for timely and efficient execution of agreements and mechanisms to monitor this to inform improved service delivery.


A formal approach exists to understanding and growing the depth and breadth of relationships with particular partners, sectors and stakeholder groups, and the management of relationships with multiple institutional touch points.


Support systems are in place to ensure that arrangements are used effectively.

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