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2nd April, 2019

Central joins Research England’s Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) Pilot Group


Central is pleased to announce that it has been selected by Research England as one of 21 Higher Education Institutions in England to take part in the new Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) pilot group.

Central is the smallest specialist arts institution involved in the pilot group which also includes the University of Oxford, London School of Economics and Political Science and Imperial College London, as well as fellow arts institutions University of the Arts London and Arts University Bournemouth.

The pilot exercise will feed into a raft of evidence, including from a sector-wide written consultation, on how the KEF will operate in England.  Representatives from the devolved funding bodies in Scotland and Wales are also attending.

The 21 universities selected are drawn from all of the proposed KEF clusters, and represent a diverse range of English Higher Education Institutions, with a good geographical cross-section of institutions from across the country.

The KEF aims to provide institutions with new ways to understand, benchmark and improve their performance, and to provide business and other users of HEI knowledge with another source of potentially useful information.

Research England will work with the pilot group to test the specific metrics and proposed narrative statements, as well as the cluster membership, and how results should be presented, during a series of workshops between February and May 2019.

The outcomes of these workshops will be published in a report evaluating the pilot, alongside an analysis of consultation responses. Research England anticipates publishing these documents in early summer 2019, with final decisions on how the KEF should progress in late summer 2019.

More information about the KEF pilot programme can be found on Research England’s website.

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