Innovation & Enterprise


UCL’s leading role in knowledge exchange recognised in Knowledge Exchange Framework

31 March 2021

UCL performed strongly in the UK’s first Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF). The KEF results were announced by Research England today.

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KEF assesses how English higher education providers serve the economy and society, locally and nationally, for the benefit of the public, business and communities. It also measures how they commercialise research.

The KEF has placed UCL in the top 10% of English universities (the highest possible band) for research partnerships, public and community engagement, and intellectual property and commercialisation.

This reflects UCL’s strength in these areas and shows the importance UCL places on working in close collaboration with external partners to solve the big challenges of our time.

The evaluation highlights the quality and relevance of the technologies and innovations developed by UCL researchers. It also shows the university’s expertise at translating and applying its knowledge and ideas externally.

Dr Kathryn Walsh, Executive Director, Office of the Vice-Provost (Enterprise) at UCL, said: “Knowledge exchange has always been central to UCL’s mission, and is arguably more important than ever before. The pandemic has brought into sharp focus how vital it is for universities to translate their knowledge and ideas externally and work with business, government and others to address the very immediate challenges that society now faces.”

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