The Oxford University National Trust Partnership has been named Knowledge Exchange Partnership of the Year at the PraxisAuril 2019 KE Awards. Coinciding with the Partnership’s first anniversary, the award is testament to the mutual benefit and close collaboration developed between Oxford and the National Trust over the past five years.
Working with colleagues across both institutions and beyond, the National Trust Partnership continues to test and develop new methods for successful, sustained and mutually beneficial collaboration between academia and the heritage sector. The cultural change driven by the Partnership is opening up new opportunities for impactful research and knowledge exchange and provides new ways of exploring the commercial value of research to the UK economy.
The KE Awards are a new initiative organised by PraxisAuril, the UK’s world-leading professional association for Knowledge Exchange (KE) practitioners, to celebrate the contribution of KE professionals in enabling and facilitating the societal and economic impact of research. Sponsored by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a new body creating the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish, the KE Awards aim to recognise and celebrate the people behind the best KE achievements.
Maxine Ficarra, CEO of PraxisAuril, said in a statement; “The KE Awards is an excellent platform to take stock and promote the excellent KE work already happening in the UK and internationally. It was a difficult task to shortlist all the nominations we received, which was the most submissions of any award we have organised. With the support of UKRI we are pleased to announce the finalists.”
“To echo the words from our Chair, Sean Fielding…, 'new collaborations and new ventures don’t just happen because of the great ideas of our academics but because of a creative blend of teamwork, expertise and experience which, when it works well, is the best in the world’. These finalists are the very embodiment of what can be achieved, and they have conducted some of the best KE activity in the world.”
Find out more about the awards here.