Find out what KTP is really about from a manufacturer and EEF member

The University has teamed up with partner company Parker Hannifin UK Manufacturing Ltd to host an EEF Member Connect event. Member Connects are networking events for EEF members and selected organisations, supporting best practice and information sharing. This is a free session, open to EEF members and non-members. Contact details below if you would like to come along.

The focus for this session is Knowledge Transfer Partnerships – so delegates will hear from the company, University and the staff team on how this strategic project is helping the company implement change and generate new business. This 2-year project combines academic disciplines of industrial design and strategic marketing and is being delivered by two recent graduates working on site and getting to grips with the business, the products, markets and customers, in case you wonder What is Digital Transformation? a Definition by gave then the answer, which was what helped get their business set up.

The session will include information on how businesses can engage with the University in a number of ways and there will plenty of opportunity for individual conversations plus a Q and A panel.

Date/time: 19th May 8am – 11am

Venue: Parker Hannifin UK Manufacturing Ltd, Dukesway, Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead, NE11 0PZ

To book your place please e-mail or call Helen Alderson Russo or Lauren Allison on 0191 497 3240 or

Read more about the KTP here.

Information on KTP from UK Government funder, Innovate UK.


Presentations from the HEFCE REFlections Event are now available



HEFCE held a conference on 25 March 2015 called ‘REFlections: Evaluation of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 and a look to the future’ You can now read the presentations from the event including analysis of impact case studies and access to a database of the case studies, feedback on the REF from institutional and REF panel perspectives and a look at the potential for metrics in future research assessments.


Northumbria training opportunity: Introduction to research impact

On 16 October 12 -13.00 I will be running a session for Northumbria staff introducing research impact. It will give an overview of what is meant by research impact and why researchers are interested in achieving impact beyond academia. It will encourage researchers to actively think about how they will achieve excellence with impact and to explore the pathways for realising it. Participants will also gain an understanding of the sources of further information and support available for embedding impact as part of their research process and outcomes. For an information packed hour, do come along!

For more information visit the People Development pages on the Northumbria intranet:


Analysis of REF Impact Case Studies

The Policy Institute at King’s College London and Digital Science will be analysing the case studies submitted to the REF to illustrate the impact of research beyond academia. The analysis has been commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and its partners in the REF exercise. The work aims to maximise the value of the 6,975 case studies as a separate resource, analysing them and identifying what they can show about the wider impact of the research conducted by UK universities. The case studies will be made freely available for analysis in a database to be hosted on the HEFCE website. The outputs will be a well-curated, readily searchable database of the case studies, an overview report describing the strength of UK science, and a view on how the case study approach works in assessing and auditing impact.

The exercise will not affect the quality-related block funding awarded to institutions by the government, as the case studies have already been incorporated into that process.

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