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University Consolidates Its Position in Second Knowledge Exchange Framework

27 Sep 2022 5:00PM

The University of Suffolk continues to grow its knowledge exchange profile, consolidating its position in the second iteration of the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF), published today (27 September 2022).

The KEF is published by Research England and compares institutions based on their ability to translate knowledge into their work with various partners, such as local businesses and community groups, for the benefit of the economy and society.

The Framework groups institutions into ‘clusters’ of peers – institutions with similar characteristics such as how much research they do and in what subject areas - allowing like-for-like comparisons within the sector. The institutions are then compared in seven areas:

  • Research partnerships
  • Working with businesses
  • Working with the public and third sectors
  • Skills, enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Local growth and regeneration
  • Intellectual property (IP) and commercialisation
  • Public and community engagement.

The University of Suffolk is currently within ‘cluster M’, which includes 18 other institutions, and has shown significant improvement within the areas of public and community engagement and research partnerships when compared with last year’s inaugural KEF.

Professor Gurpreet Jagpal, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Suffolk said “The University of Suffolk has an ambitious strategy to be one of the key business support agencies in the region and the provider of choice for knowledge exchange, innovation and entrepreneurship as well as the state-of-the-art training provider for the region.  

“Today’s KEF results show the progress we are making towards achieving this and supports the additional 2021/22 investment in our Directorate of Business Engagement, Careers and Employability.  

“Growing and strengthening our team provides the foundations for engaging with businesses, and we are already beginning to see the benefits of that with initiatives such as the Innovation Labs at Suffolk, our close collaboration with BT to develop and launch the Digitech Centre, the launch of our new Health and Wellbeing Building in September 2022 and our ICET Programme”.

Building on the successes first iteration of the KEF, KEF2 used an evolved methodology to provide a more accurate picture of how universities perform across the sector. These changes were implemented following a review of last year’s KEF with the sector to further improve the robustness of the results.

The Executive Chair of Research England, David Sweeney CBE, commented: “Knowledge exchange is integral to the mission and purpose of our universities, and its importance in contributing to societal and economic prosperity is strongly supported by the Government.  

“Today’s new version of the Knowledge Exchange Framework takes further forward the vision and potential of KE activity, providing richer evidence to demonstrate universities’ strengths in different areas when set alongside their peers.” 


University of Suffolk Press Office