Engagement and impact

Vice-Chancellor Professor Trevor McMillan "Effective knowledge exchange activities increase the impact of university research and education, and our responsibilities to social development and economic growth.

"The Knowledge Exchange Concordat provides a framework in which our universities can have the approaches in place to facilitate our staff and students to continue to have a major impact."

Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice-Chancellor of Keele University and Chair of the Universities UK and Research England Knowledge Exchange Concordat Task and Finish Group

The outcomes of engaging with people and organisations outside the University can be profound - transforming the lives of communities, changing attitudes and behaviour, influencing public policy, practice and regulatory environments, enabling important scientific and technological advances to reach those who can benefit from them, improving environmental outcomes, stimulating business innovation, jobs and economic growth, promoting creativity and enhancing cultural life, building the knowledge, skills and capacity of communities, and helping to shape the important debates of our time.

Encouraging external engagement is central to Keele University’s Strategic Plan and Mission, embedded in our education and research, and our organisational support frameworks.

The University has played a leading role in this area nationally, with Keele's Vice-Chancellor Professor Trevor McMillan leading both a national review of best practice in the Commercialisation of University IP and the Sector-Wide Knowledge Exchange Concordat.