AURIL2017 Annual Conference
5th and 6th October 2017


Bristol Marriott Royal
College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TA 

  01223 659950

This year we organised the breakout sessions slightly differently. We selected 4 main topics that each formed a stream running through the breakout sessions. These topics were:

The Role of KE within the Institution

Recent years has seen the importance of KE in Universities rise driven by policy changes and the impact agenda. However amongst our institutions across the UK there is a diversity of approaches to KE and this workshop will explore some of those approaches as well some of the different roles KE offices can play in delivering institutional missions in a changing operating environment.
One of the biggest challenges facing the HEI sector in terms of Knowledge Exchange is how to maximise the intellectual capital of staff at all levels to drive innovation and make a University more Entrepreneurial. Key to this is the relationships and collaborative working practices between KE Offices and academic units. These workshops will explore many facets of the interface between academic units and KE Offices and highlight examples of good practice.

What does Knowledge Exchange mean to different universities and sectors?

Collaborative Knowledge Exchange

Working with Business Schools – examples of how KE offices and Business Schools have worked together to increase KE activity

Working with LEPs - getting the University voice heard: squaring the circle

We are often being told Universities are at the heart of, and central to, LEPs delivering their innovation and economic growth, although engagement is still a mixed picture across the English LEPs. HEFCE are likely to ask universities (in England) to address this in future HEIF strategies – these sessions will look at what strategies have worked well to date in this area and what more needs to be done to prepare for this. What are the critical success factors and how will we know what ‘success’ looks like?

Policy/Government view on the importance of Universities to LEPs

The Secret of Success: A case study of a successful University LEP relationship

A Business View of LEPs and Universities

Partnering for Impact

In recent times a number of new mechanisms to help businesses connect with the research and academic communities have established themselves as components of the UK innovation system.  The Government’s Catapult Centres, delivered by the TSB, have received a significant level of investment and are actively looking to work with universities. Fraunhofer Centres operate on a not dissimilar model to the Catapults, and the UK’s first Fraunhofer was established in 2012. There are now opportunities to grow the Fraunhofer network across the UK. Other partnering approaches to commercialising research are starting to appear and one of the most exciting is crowdfunding. The workshops in this stream will help improve your understanding of these mechanisms and provide you with ideas on how your institution can engage with them.

Fraunhofer in the UK

Catapult Centres


Making connections: creating, developing and sustaining relationships

The days of the 'ivory tower' have long gone and most academics and certainly knowledge exchange professionals and practitioners are absorbed in external partnerships and relationships whether transactionally based or not, as a key part of their work whether strategic or operational. Governments at all levels and funding agencies continually exhort universities to work with and support  businesses, agencies  and communities to help transform the economic and social well-being of  localities and nations and their constituent  individuals,  firms, communities and public support agencies.

Well we all know it's easier said than done and with around 130,000 academics in the UK and 4.8 million businesses, someone may well miss out on business innovation. So how does the sector make best use of developing and optimising its connectivity with business, the NHS and health sector and communities and the voluntary sector? These workshops will explore strategic and operational approaches to making connections.

Connecting with Innovative Companies

Effective Connectivity with the Public Healthcare

Effective Connectivity with the Voluntary and Third Sectors