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Research England publishes KEF proposals

The forthcoming Knowledge Exchange Framework will not rank universities on a single overall score, according to proposals published today by Research England.

According to the plans, institutions will be measured on their performance in seven categories, or “perspectives”: research partnerships; working with business; working with the public and third sector; skills, enterprise and entrepreneurship; local growth and regeneration; intellectual property and commercialisation; and public and community engagement.

Proposed metrics within these categories will assess universities’ research co-authorship with non-academic partners as a proportion of total outputs, and their “contribution to collaborative research”. There are also metrics assessing “contract research income with businesses per academic”; graduate startup rates; research income per spinout; and the time academics spend on public and community engagement.

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