Student engagement in – and from – knowledge exchange: Demonstrating what works for students

Time Limited Funding Call: Closing date 13 December 17:00

For proposals of between £250k and £1million

Research England and the Office for Students are seeking project proposals to demonstrate benefits to students through their involvement in knowledge exchange (KE) activities. We are interested in projects that can provide evidence of the effectiveness and impact to the student as well as the external partner, and exemplars of good practice, which can provide transferable insights across the HE sector. Together we are making up to £10 million available for this scheme. A minimum of £250k and a maximum of £1 million is available for the successful projects.

KE focuses on delivering economic and societal benefits to external partners. We also expect that students should benefit from their participation in KE activities. This could be through, for example, the development of specific skills and attributes that will improve employability, experience and contact gained in enterprise and exposure to people and communities with different backgrounds, identities and perspectives.

However, we have not focused to date on understanding, measuring and articulating the good practice in KE that delivers these positive student benefits. This makes it harder to identify the scale of their experience and contribution, the benefits they receive and mutual benefits with external partners, and how these benefits could be spread more widely across the HE sector through sharing good practices. Better evidence on the student benefits could demonstrate return on investment and optimise the future use of Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) funding, thereby improving value for money for public funds.


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