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Knowledge Exchange and Public Engagement

Since it’s inception as LCACE back in 2005, TCCE has been at the forefront of both developing and supporting ground-breaking work in Knowledge Exchange and Public Engagement. We have produced literally hundreds of events bringing together Higher Education and the arts, cultural and creative sectors and many of these have also been more widely and publicly facing.

Our conferences and fora create many opportunities for knowledge exchange and we have developed innovative methods to support research collaborations through programmes such as Creativeworks London and The Exchange.

We have also been at the leading edge of public engagement development and continue to support this work in a myriad of ways.

REF, Impact and KEF

The issue of research impact within the REF is one we have been working on with our members over many years. We first tackled the subject back in 2006 when it was still a nascent area, commissioning research on the impacts of some of the early LCACE Seed Fund projects. 

Since then we have programmed regular events on the topic including: 

Impact Narratives,

The Impact of Impact 

The Ref: How was it for You Research, 

Research, Creative Practice and Impact Roundtable 

REF 2021: Impact Guidance Workshop

As work around the proposed Knowledge Exchange Framework develops apace, we were pleased to be invited to talk at Westminster Higher Education’s Forum, ‘Developing the KEF: Collaboration, metrics and the effect on the sector’ (July 2019). We are developing plans for KEF workshops from Autumn 2019.

TCCE have a sustained track record of supporting knowledge exchange between universities and the creative industries. Their valuable work has opened out new areas of partnership to unlock benefit from academics for a sector which delivers economic and cultural value for us all.

David Sweeney,
Executive Chair,
Research England

Inside Out Festival

We established our Inside Out Festival in 2008 as a means of bringing research to wider publics.

The festival ran for almost a decade and it gave all TCCE network members the opportunity to collaborate with many cultural organisations in London to produce a wonderful series of talks, walks, workshops, debates, concerts, hackathons, exhibitions, installations and flash-mobs each year.

Some of those we collaborated with over those years included: Freud Museum, The British Academy, The National Portrait Gallery, RSA, Editorial Intelligence, Tate Britain and Somerset House. Times Higher Education was our regular media partner.

The Inside Out Archive can be found here.


Earlier this year I tweeted about some pilot research I had done on how going to a cultural event with other people can enhance the cultural experience. TCCE picked up on it, and before I knew it I had been offered their support to run a roundtable discussion during their Inside-Out Festival. The event attracted a very keen and engaged group of interlocutors. A great example of how TCCE nurtures productive academic-practitioner conversations around “growing shoots” and new ideas.

Professor John Sloboda,
Guildhall School of Music and Drama,

Walking the City

Our research communities are continually at the forefront of generating fresh and compelling knowledge about many facets of our city and urban life.

Walking the City is a TCCE initiative that aims to take that amazing research and knowledge beyond the academy, out of the lecture theatre and onto the streets, bringing to wider attention some of the outstanding work taking place in our universities.

Walks have taken place throughout the city in areas as diverse as: Harsleden, Mayfair, Bloomsbury, Shoreditch, Stepney Green and Stratford. We have taken a break whilst we have been delivering other projects Walking the City will be back soon.

Here are the Walking the City archives for 2016, 2015, 2014.


Dr @MarkGrayartfan asks where is knowledge exchange headed and reflects on the last years of policies around it. Read the blog here ->

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