University Of Edinburgh Knowledge Exchange
Knowledge exchange (KE) is a process which brings together academic staff, users of research and wider groups and communities to exchange ideas, evidence and expertise.
Why do knowledge exchange?
Knowledge exchange activities can help you to increase the impact of your research. Impact is defined as “the demonstrable contribution of research to changes that bring benefits to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life”.
In the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS), we aim to contribute economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits to society.
What does knowledge exchange look like in practice?
Industry, policy, practice and the public are our main target groups for activity. In practice, a lot of knowledge exchange engages across these audiences. Through mutual exchange and collaboration, the process also benefits academic teaching and research.
Examples of activities include (but are not limited to):
- Collaborative research and other projects
- Consultancy services and commissioned research
- Secondment and placement positions
- Training and continuing professional development (CPD)
- Licensing technologies, tools or training material
- Briefings and other ways of communicating research
- Events with external audiences.
Need some help to get started?
Our short how to guides provide an introduction to topics including how to write a knowledge exchange and impact strategy, design KE events, connect with policymakers, commercialise your research, write a research briefing, and use social media to connect with knowledge users.
Our KE learning lunches provide a space to explore and learn about knowledge exchange and impact combined with the opportunity to network over lunch. Colleagues and external speakers will share their experiences, with plenty of time for questions and discussion.
We offer an Impact Mentoring Scheme which matches academics who would like support on how to generate impact from their research with colleagues who have experience of engaging research users in policy, practice and industry.
Funding is available for knowledge exchange activities. Our main grants are the CAHSS KE and Impact Grant and the ESRC Impact Grant.
Learn from KE projects that colleagues have undertaken in these short project summaries.
We are happy to help. For information and support, please contact the Knowledge Exchange team via the “Contact us” button at the top right of this page.