NOTE This is the first iteration of the KEF website. Let us know if you have any feedback.
The Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) provides a range of information on the knowledge exchange activities of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in England. ‘Knowledge exchange’ is what we call the wide range of activities HEIs undertake with partners. You can use the KEF to explore data and explanations of the different ways they work with their external partners, from businesses to community groups, for the benefit of the economy and society.
The KEF aims to allow universities to better understand and improve their own performance in knowledge exchange, as well as provide businesses and other users with more information to help them access the world-class knowledge and expertise within English providers of higher education.
If you’re new to the KEF, take a look at the ‘About the KEF’ page for further background information and guidance on how to make the most of the data dashboards. Otherwise, head to the dashboards to start exploring.
It was developed by Research England - part of UK Research & Innovation - a public body who fund Higher Education Institutions to undertake research and knowledge exchange. You can find out more about Research England’s work on our main website.
Following a review of the KEF, Research England are currently seeking feedback on potential changes for the second iteration through a KEF Options survey. If you would like to provide input on the proposed changes for KEF2, please complete the KEF Options survey which will be open until 28 April 2022.