Knowledge Exchange

Knowledge Exchange (KE) is about sharing Goldsmiths’ research and expertise with the wider world.

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KE activity can take many forms, and generally can be categorised as:

  • Research partnerships
  • Working with business
  • Working with the public and third sector
  • Skills, enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Local growth and regeneration
  • Intellectual Property (IP) and commercialisation
  • Public and community engagement

Knowledge Exchange at Goldsmiths

Goldsmiths’ approach to KE reflects the creative, radical and intellectually rigorous nature of our research. As an arts, humanities and social sciences university we aim to address the challenges that face society and lay the foundations for societal, economic and cultural benefit.

From cutting-edge research collaborations and our portfolio of short courses to support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and access to our specialist facilities, Goldsmiths prides itself on two-way collaborations with partners across the Private, Public and Third sectors and our local community; who in turn inform, enhance and enrich our research.

Goldsmiths receives funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), which is designed to support and develop a broad range of knowledge-based interactions between higher education and the wider world, which result in economic and societal benefit to the UK.

At Goldsmiths, we use our HEIF funding to support KE activity through our Research and Enterprise team, who work with academic and professional services staff across the institution.

KE activity is measured annually by HESA through the Higher Education Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) survey. HE-BCI data is also used to benchmark higher education institutions via the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF).

Goldsmiths is a signatory to the Knowledge Exchange Concordat (KEC), a series of high-level principles which cover the range of necessary underpinning activities for effective knowledge exchange.

Strategy and Policies

Making a difference through research and knowledge exchange is one of the four strategic priorities in Goldsmiths’ institutional strategy. Relevant themes within our institutional strategy include strengthening our international relationships and profile (4.4, 4.6 & 4.7), civic engagement for mutual benefit and active partnership with our community (5.1 - 5.6).

Our Public Engagement Strategy includes a focus on developing a sector leading, sustainable culture of public engagement.

As outlined in its HEIF statement 2021-25, Goldsmiths has three specific Knowledge Exchange objectives developed to further enhance Goldsmiths’ existing strengths in KE, enabling Goldsmiths to make a difference locally and globally. These are:

  • Economic growth, jobs and prosperity - focused on local growth, supporting SMEs, and enabling student enterprise activity
  • Creativity, ideas and innovation - focused on engaging academics in more KE, building on our Research Themes, and supporting more spin-outs
  • Skills - focused on flexible access to learning and training for the local community, engagement with local FE providers, and development of a higher level skills programme

Support for Knowledge Exchange

Staff

Support for KE is provided by the Research and Enterprise Office. Goldsmiths staff can contact the team for support with:

  • Consultancy and contract research projects
  • Commercialisation of Intellectual Property, including spin-outs
  • Delivering short courses and executive training
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Students

Student involvement in KE is key to Goldsmiths’ approach.

We have worked with students to deliver contract research and consultancy projects, to deliver regeneration projects including the Dek business growth programme, and by offering placements and internships to a range of private, public and third sector organisations.

Goldsmiths students should contact the Careers Service for information on student enterprise, entrepreneurship and employability.

Governance

Knowledge Exchange activity is overseen by Research and Enterprise Committee and led by:

  • David Oswell - Pro-Warden for Research, Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange
  • Professor Jonathan Freeman - Academic Lead for Knowledge Exchange
  • Sian Prime - Academic Lead for Enterprise
  • John Price - Academic Lead for Public Engagement

Team and contact information

  • Vivienne Hurley - Director of Research, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange
  • Desislava Stoitchkova - Deputy Director of Research, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange
  • Michael Eades - Head of Civic Engagement
  • David Kuper - Head of Contracts and IP
  • Essi Niittymaki - Business Engagement Manager
  • Tom Steer - Knowledge Exchange Manager
  • Anthony Crowther - NX Hub Manager
  • Majidur Rahman - Business Engagement Officer
  • Jamie Inkles - Policy Officer
  • Nicola Benford – Short Course and Executive Training Officer
  • Annie Watkins – Short Course and Executive Training Officer

Contact us at enterprise (@gold.ac.uk) and your email will be directed to the best person to help.

How Goldsmiths responds to enquiries

  1. Goldsmiths' Research and Enterprise Office (REO) receives an enquiry
    Via website, email, phone call, social media, or internal redirect.

  2. Respond within 7 working days
    Request further information, organise a follow-up meeting or pass the opportunity on. If Goldsmiths can’t help, our repository of organisations will help you find somewhere else to progress your enquiry.

  3. Work with academic departments to identify who could deliver the project
    1-3 weeks depending on the size and scale of the project.

  4. All parties work together to set project parameters and timescales
    Deliverables, start and end dates, reporting dates, etc.

  5. REO team supports project setup
    Letters of agreement (including IP arrangements), financial arrangements, etc.

  6. REO team supports the delivery of the project
    Administration, points of contact, etc.

  7. Project wrap-up
    Confirming deliverables and project outputs, opportunities for feedback and case studies.