6th & 7th October 2016, Edinburgh

2016's AURIL Annual Conference took place on the 6th and 7th October at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Edinburgh. The conference covered a wide variety of topics through a mixture of plenary and breakout sessions.

The AURIL Conference is a key event in the KE calendar and provides an unparalleled opportunity to network with the community.

Please click on this link to view the conference programme.



Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG
Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property
Local Growth Champion


Quintin McKellar CBE
University of Hertfordshire

Professor Tom Inns
The Glasgow School of Art

Hugh Aitken CBE
CBI Scotland

Mike Biddle
Deputy Director-

Fund Portfolio

Innovate UK


  • How can your University help the local economy? This conference theme explored the different ways UK Universities are embedded within, and are contributing to, their local economies. The breakout sessions covered topics such as: devolution and regeneration funds; research impact in local economies; and degree apprenticeships.  Click here to find out about our breakout sessions.
  • Organising your University.  This conference theme explored different methods for coordinating and maximising the knowledge exchange activity undertaken within your University. The breakout sessions covered topics such as: careers and student enterprise; working together and maximising corporate engagement; and strategies for organising your university and getting academics engaged in knowledge exchange. Click here to find out about our breakout sessions.
  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. This conference theme built on work AURIL has been undertaking with ESRC and AHRC to better understand the role and value of knowledge exchange within the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The breakout sessions covered: different approaches to knowledge exchange in this area; the unique challenges that exist and how to overcome them; and how to ensure you are leveraging the maximum value.  Click here to find out about our breakout sessions.
  • Selling your University. This conference theme looked at the different ways Universities have marketed themselves in order to undertake more knowledge exchange activities with business. The breakout sessions covered: getting your academics media-ready; developing a smart marketing campaign; and creating the right demand for academic expertise. Click here to find out about our breakout sessions.