Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF)

The Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) provides information on the knowledge exchange activities of higher education providers in England. "Knowledge exchange" is what we call the wide range of activities universities undertake with partners.

Universities across the country provide a wide range of services intended to help businesses and the community. These services are described as 'knowledge exchange'. They take many different forms – from licensing intellectual property to providing cultural events for the community, and from continuing professional development programmes to working with local authorities on regeneration schemes.

To help businesses, local government, charities and community groups find universities with particular strengths in these areas of knowledge exchange has developed the Knowledge Exchange Framework – a part metrics, part narrative based survey of where the strengths of individual universities lie.

The KEF is not a ranking, and it assesses relative strengths in relation to other institutions of the same broad type by analysing clusters of institutions. is in Cluster E.

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What are ’s strengths?

’s KEF profile points to areas of real strength.

  • In the top 20% for skills, enterprise and entrepreneurship support
  • In the top 20% for IP and commercialisation
  • In the top 30% for local growth and regeneration support.

How can I find out more about ’s strengths in knowledge exchange?

A dedicated allows you to find out more about ’s knowledge exchange work. It gives access to detailed narratives – statements about how we do this work, who to contact and what to expect.