Grand Challenges lecture series Grand Challenges 2018-2019 - Page 5

Professor Trevor McMillan INNOVATION AND KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE IN UNIVERSITIES: THE DEVELOPMENT OF A KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE FRAMEWORK 07 NOVEMBER 2018 6.00PM-7.00PM KEELE HALL, THE BALLROOM Universities play a key societal role in supporting and enhancing the performance of a wide range of communities and organisations at local, regional, national and global scales. The nature of this, however, depends on the characteristics and strategies of individual universities. Academic strengths, portfolio and local environment all play a role in determining the nature and level of interaction with outside bodies. The importance of this has been recognised for some time by government in different ways and it is critical that we can demonstrate the extent and success of knowledge exchange in universities and commit to getting better at it. A Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) should provide a mechanism for assessing performance and approaches to improvement, against the backdrop of the enormous variety of activities carried out in universities, and the variation between universities, in terms of what is appropriate for them to focus on. This lecture will consider the current proposed approaches to a Knowledge Exchange Framework. Professor Trevor McMillan became Vice-Chancellor of Keele University in August 2015. Before moving to Keele as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost in January 2014, he was at Lancaster University where he was Head of the Department of Biological Sciences, Dean of the Institute of Environmental and Natural Sciences and then Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research. Trevor is a radiation biologist and has published widely on the use of X-rays in radiotherapy and the harmful effects of long wavelength UV radiation in sunlight. Currently, he has a national role as Knowledge Exchange Champion for Research England and has recently published a report on technology transfer from universities, the recommendations of which are to be implemented by government. 5