AURIL2017 Annual Conference
5th and 6th October 2017


Bristol Marriott Royal
College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TA 

  01223 659950

Breakout Sessions

Session 1: 14:30 - 15:30, Thursday 10th October

Hurdling the 5 'C's of Knowledge Exchange
Led by Geoff Archer, Teesside University
In last year’s report by CIHE entitled Key Attributes for Successful Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, the concept of the 5 “C”s was introduced to categorise the main challenges which have to be overcome in order to develop effective University – Business innovation partnerships. It went on to describe how the KTP model effectively overcame these barriers. Unfortunately KTP is not always appropriate and in this interactive workshop we will explore these challenges and the variety of  ways in which different institutions tackle them.

Student Employability – A Knowledge Exchange Perspective
Led by Carole Barron, University of Kent
Knowledge exchange professionals are increasingly being asked to support their institutional Employability Strategy using their close relationships with the business community.  This workshop will present the University of Kent’s innovative Employability Points scheme which encourages students to undertake extracurricular activities to enhance their transferrable skills. Prizes are sponsored by employers offering internships, work experience, training or leadership sessions. EP has been featured by BIS as best practice for university-industry collaboration and was shortlisted for ‘Outstanding Support to Students’ in the prestigious Times Higher Education Awards.   The workshop will provide a case study of how student employability operates within a University’s dedicated business development centre.

Doing things differently: Knowledge Exchange between Arts and Humanities and the creative economy
Led by Simon Moreton, AHRC KE Hub REACT
Knowledge Exchange (KE) involving Arts & Humanities scholars is an emerging field, involving processes, practices and outcomes that differ from traditional models of knowledge transfer and technology transfer. This workshop will ask: What constitutes knowledge in the arts and humanities and what is its value? What expertise do Arts and Humanities scholars offer KE collaborations? What do HEIs need to do differently to best support them? We draw on the research and case studies from the AHRC KE Hubs for the Creative Economy, established specifically to pioneer new models for A&H KE, to compel participants to consider more critically how they approach Arts and Humanities contributions to KE. Friday’s session on AHRC KE Hub REACT will offer in-depth insights into the possibilities of collaborative R&D in this field from the perspective of business.

Case Study: Wessex Water and University of Bath’s strategic research collaboration
Led by Dr Jon Hunt, University of Bath
This session will cover insights into how Wessex Water and the University of Bath prepared for the formation of a strategic research collaboration.
From Wessex Water, the simultaneous development of "the culture of innovation" i.e. top down big strategic/corporate challenges versus the bottom up process that captures all the hundreds of little improvements that can be made to improve efficiency and service. The approach led to the need for a multidisciplinary approach, with academic rigour, to develop a research partnership.
For the University of Bath, how the simultaneous development of strategies, plans and engaging with senior management, with the development of a proposal with University investments, led to the formation of a strategic relationship.

EU Structural funds and regional innovation funding – latest developments
Led by Dr Martin Davies, University of Greenwich
This session will cover latest developments on the UK’s EU structural funds programme and how UK universities have been involved in the development of regional innovation programmes. It follows on from the successful AURIL/UUK EU funds seminar in July 2013. The session will be an open discussion forum for sharing of views and experiences amongst AURIL members with interests in the EU funding area.


Session 2: 16:00 - 17:00, Thursday 10th October

Recognising the value of KE offices
Led by Dr David McBeth, University of Strathclyde
KE Offices have existed in one form or another in most HEIs and PSREs for the best part of 20 years and in many places far longer. While there are tons of anecdotes (good and bad) in relation to KE Offices and their practices, why has there not been a sustained attempt to provide more objective evidence about the value that well-run KE Offices provide to their institutions, their customers internal and external, the economy and society? As UK HEIs prepare to submit waves of impact case studies to the REF have we missed a trick in promoting KE Offices and their value-add?? 

Knowledge Exchange in Business schools
Led by Prof James O'Kane, Staffordshire University
Over the last 12 months there has been a number of key reports outlining the impact that Business Schools can have in relation to Knowledge Exchange (KE) with industry and commerce (e.g. “Business School MSB Task Force” and ABS report “Business Schools seizing the Future”).  The recent ‘Witty Review’ preliminary findings suggest that the Business School sector has a major role to play in contributing to University-Business engagement now and in the future.
This session will offer views and insights into the enormous potential for Business School KE and highlight good practice and lessons learnt from different projects that bridge the theory/business world interface.

Adding Value: How Design Can Turn Research Into Innovation
Led by Neil Gridley, Design Council
Creativity can be thought of as the generation of new ideas (and IP) whilst innovation is the exploitation of those ideas. The Design Council’s role is to link creativity and innovation - it can shape ideas to become practical attractive propositions for people and build profitable markets. It can also identify opportunities within complex social problems and meet the need, aspirations and motivations of people and communities.
In this session, Design Council mentor Neil Gridley will demonstrate how a design-led approach to research can create social impact as well adding value to your IP, attracting investment and accelerating the university commercialisation process.

Catapult Centres - Opportunities for Engagement with the Research Base
Led by Rob Heathman, Technology Strategy Board
This session will address the formation of a number of Catapults Centres, and discuss the key mechanisms for engagement between the Catapults and research organisations. 

Universities and  Local Enterprise Partnerships  – Ever Changing Times
Led by Lloyd Snellgrove, Sheffield Hallam University
There are 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) across England in some ways replicating the famous '57 varieties' of Heinz. Nevertheless there is no mistaking the fact that LEPs are here to stay and whatever government is in power, they represent a fulcrum of growth and wealth creation. The questions are many - LEPs are local, universities are global, private sector representation is passionate but self-selective, what does post-Heseltine really mean? This workshop will look at the experiences of universities in the Sheffield City Region and south-east LEPs, two very different regions, and use that to help explore key questions within the workshop and its participants.