Strategies for knowledge exchange in a changing higher education landscape

Monday September 9th, 11:00-5pm

The Society for Research in Higher Education

73 Collier Street, London, N1 9BE, United Kingdom

Universities in the UK continue to face uncertainties and challenges as a result of shifts in the broader economy. While many universities are concerned about their financial viability, the sector continues to see high standards of research and rising incomes from research and Knowledge Exchange (KE) activities. More and more universities are focussing on KE as a viable route, not just to demonstrate impact of their research, but also as a source of additional income.

This shifting landscape, both of the broader economy and of the HE financial portfolio, raises interesting questions for researchers and practitioners, which this workshop will try to address with new evidence and arguments.

Firstly, as KE income becomes increasingly important within the universities’ financial portfolio, and as the nature of engaged stakeholders evolves (notably with the increased participation of SMEs and the public sector), do universities’ strategies towards KE change, and if so how?

Second, what are the implications of universities’ increasing KE engagement for how KTOs function, the nature of their business models, and the relationships between academic researchers and university managers?

Finally, what kind of competences are needed within universities in order to facilitate the transition towards the ‘entrepreneurial university’ model where KE is not just a third mission alongside the traditional teaching and research mission, but permeates universities’ overall engagement?

A range of talks and discussions featuring academics and policy makers will attempt to address these challenges and provide concrete directions for further research and policy within the Higher Education sector in the UK and elsewhere.

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Dr Abhijit Sengupta (

Dr Federica Rossi (


10:30 – 11:00 Coffee, tea and refreshments

11:00 – 11:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Dr Tatiana Fumasoli (UCL, Editor of Higher Education Quarterly)
  • Mr Rob Gresham (Society for Research in Higher Education)

Session I – Knowledge exchange strategies and their impact within a changing Higher Education landscape

Chair: Dr Tatiana Fumasoli


  • Dr Federica Rossi (Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Dr Abhijit Sengupta (University of Kent)

Does dependency on private income lead to diversification of KE strategies?Podcast 1; Podcast 2


  • Professor Markus Perkmann (Imperial College London)

The impact of academic entrepreneurship on public sciencePodcast


  • Professor Suma Athreye (University of Essex)

Perceptions and motivations for knowledge exchange in middle income countries: the case of NigeriaPodcast

12:45-13:45 Lunch

Session II – Drivers of the entrepreneurial university in a changing higher education landscape

Chair: Dr Muthu De-Silva

13:45 – 14:15

  • Dr Fumi Kitagawa (University of Edinburgh)
  • Dr Mabel Sanchez-Barrioluengo (University of Manchester)
  • Dr Elvira Uyarra (University of Manchester)

Understanding the evolution of the entrepreneurial university. The case of English higher education institutionsPodcast


  • Dr Chiara Marzocchi (University of Manchester)
  • Dr Mabel Sanchez-Barrioluengo (University of Manchester)
  • Dr Fumi Kitagawa (University of Edinburgh)

Contextualising entrepreneurship capital for graduate start-ups: The interplay between university, region and general economic conditionsPodcast

14:45 – 15:15

  • Dr Ainurul Rosli (Brunel University)

University entrepreneurial capacity development: what have we learnt from university knowledge exchange strategies so far?Podcast

15:15-15:30 Coffee, tea break


Panel discussion: Challenges and opportunities for universities’ KE in a changing higher education landscape

  • Mr Adrian Day (Consultant)
  • Dr Muthu De-Silva (Birkbeck)
  • Dr Rosa Fernandez (BEIS)
  • Dr Tatiana Fumasoli (UCL)
  • Ms Helen Perkins (SHRE)
  • Chair: Dr Federica Rossi

16:30-16:45 Closing remarks – Dr Abhijit Sengupta