Principle 6:

Recognition and rewards

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 :


Clear indicators of what is considered high-quality KE within the context of the institution’s strategy and good practice standards.


Defined approaches to recognising and rewarding successful and innovative KE activities and outcomes within promotions criteria and reward processes for academic and professional services staff.


Defined approaches to institutional recognition of successful KE by academic staff and students via processes other than formal promotion and reward, such as revenue-sharing policies, staff prizes and the celebration of success stories.


A published approach to how KE activities are recognised within workloads and rewarded with time allocations appropriately.


Clear reporting processes allow the institution to know whether its policies are being followed.


Approaches towards recognition and rewards that celebrate institutional achievements as well as those of individuals.

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