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It is widely accepted that alongside training future talent, Higher Education Institutions play an important role in the prosperity of our economy and enrichment of society through collaborations and partnerships. Knowledge Exchange (KE) includes activities resulting from these collaborations and partnerships that increase the impact of research outside of academia and allow sharing of experience, ideas, skills and resources that bring mutual benefit.
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Working with our strategic partner the South London Partnership, Kingston University collaborates on a number of strategic projects including:
BIG (Business, Innovation and Growth) South London is a multi-million pound knowledge exchange programme providing both:
The programme develops an ecosystem of dynamic SME/university collaboration through a new sub-regional delivery partnership which aims to provide jobs, commercial space, early-stage and growth business research and development support, develop new products and services, joint ventures and investment opportunities.
The InnOvaTe Internet of Things programme utilises machine learning to bring technology and places together, to address the challenges facing communities. The programme is designed to improve service delivery quality for residents and businesses and deliver sustainable economic growth.
The South London Mayor's Construction Academy Hub is a two-year project operating across six London boroughs (Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Richmond upon Thames, Sutton and Wandsworth). It aims to help local residents develop the skills needed to gain employment in the construction industry to support local housing and infrastructure development.
Kingston University is committed to the creation and sharing of knowledge that impacts its diverse stakeholders through the following approaches:
Research conducted in partnership with business, charities, government bodies, other HEIs or research organisations that range from joint grants to complex multi-partner research programmes.
Training provision driven by industry skill needs which can be in the form of vocational courses, research-based studentships, degree apprenticeships and other business readiness training programmes. The training reflects knowledge gained through academic teaching and research.
Exchanges that range from joint ideation opportunities, access to student talent, set up of fellowships and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships to providing opportunities for connecting industry with academics who have the knowledge and experience they require to solve business and innovation problems.
Activities supporting academics and business partners in development of research ideas to a level that will lead to commercialisation and introduction to market for wider use and income generation.
Knowledge Exchange has mutual benefit both for the University and the partnering organisation, community members or participants.
Benefits for the external stakeholders are diverse. It can include access to knowledge, skills and facilities at a reduced fee or at times free, access to government funding that require HEI partners, access to cutting-edge research and laboratories that support business development and much more.
The benefits for the university include making a positive difference to society, testing research in practice, developing links with business and industry and gaining new ideas and insight that develop future research ideas and proposals.