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What is Knowledge Exchange?

Knowledge Exchange (KE) is all about how the university works with business and the wider community to share ideas, research and skills. Innovating new products and services, and helping people and businesses thrive and develop.

Here at Leeds Trinity, we use Research England's definition of Knowledge Exchange:

‘intellectual input from the institution through interaction with external partners, to achieve social and economic impact.’

In other words, KE conveys how knowledge and ideas move between the knowledge source (academics) and the potential users of that knowledge (the local community, businesses and other non-academics).

On this page you can find further information about:

Working with Leeds Trinity on Knowledge Exchange

How Knowledge Exchange is evaluated

Knowledge Exchange case studies

Contacting the Knowledge Exchange Team

What kind of projects does Leeds Trinity get involved in?

Our academic researchers have worked on growth, regeneration, and public and community engagement projects, such as:

  • Consultancy training with the Supply Chain Academy
  • The Schools History Project
  • Training courses with BAe Systems
  • Research and innovation with Tinnitus sufferers
  • And many more...

Our Knowledge Exchange Team are happy to discuss potential new partnerships.

Get in touch today

If you have an idea or project you'd like some help with, please contact us.

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Knowledge Exchange Evaluations

In October 2020, we submitted our first Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF), which is a formal assessment of how we, as a Higher Education Provider (HEP) serve the economy and society for the benefit of the local community, general public and businesses. We are currently awaiting our results.

In 2021 we are working towards submitting our first KE Concordat, which is an informal assessment which enables us to create an action plan for KE across the institution.

Knowledge Exchange Concordat

Leeds Trinity University will be taking part in the Knowledge Exchange Concordat this year (2021). It is a formative assessment that helps the university consider our KE performance whilst making a commitment to improvement in those areas that are consistent with our expertise. It will help to develop our Research and KE strategy which will underpin the University strategic plan 2021-2026.

The KE Concordat will aid LTU in growing and expanding our repertoire of KE activities, especially in income-generating areas such as CPD and business engagement. We are also aiming to develop our reputation and profile (across specific geographical area and sectors). Lastly, it will help us understand the way we evaluate our practice and activities.

Case studies

The Schools History Project

The Schools History Project has been helping history teachers to teach history better, and teach better history, since 1972. With Hodder Education, SHP has published more than 50 textbooks for students from KS3 to A Level and sells around 50,000 copies a year.

Over the last 12 months, COVID lockdowns have provided the SHP with challenges and opportunities. The annual conference (which is usually in person) was moved online in Summer 2020. Later in the summer, the SHP’s annual conference was moved online but this allowed us to reach new audiences and spread best practice teaching to more of this history-teaching community.

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We also ran a very successful New Teachers’ Conference in January featuring expert teachers and Marc Morris, a best-selling historian. SHP is planning to run its annual conference online again this July with a bigger and broader programme to reach as many history teachers as possible to strengthen and deepen the community and bring best practice to as many classrooms as possible.

Tickets are available from the Leeds Trinity University Online Store

Re:Tension case study

Ricardo Barker, Senior Lecturer in Film Production, wrote and produced the film ‘Re:Tension’ in 2019, working with a production team of Leeds Trinity students and staff.

This is now being offered to external institutions as part of a training package which includes the film screening, facilitated discussion and a training toolkit to assist you further. 

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The film follows a black male student at university experiencing racism and discrimination. It attempts to provide a real insight into unconscious racial harassment within the higher education system and micro-aggressions that often go unnoticed.

Following the film screening a discussion is facilitated for attendees to take part in. The accompanying ‘Resource Toolkit’, designed by Senior Teaching Fellow Syra Shakir, is used to encourage group discussion around accountability and responsibility. It uses a theoretical model titled ‘The Forced Silence’ and refers to two of the five principles of Critical Race Theory.

The team have delivered the session to Leeds Trinity staff and students, and external institutions. Here are some comments from participants:

“The film and toolkit have taught me that as an institution we need to think about colour and race separately by looking at the individual and what they need. Labelling students and staff is contentious and discussing how it is a wider problem helps with breaking down these labels.”

"I really enjoyed the session. Thanks Syra and Ric for giving me the space to talk safely."

“The session really made me think about how listening to the voices of people of colour is essential for starting this transition and unpicking instances of racism within students and staff.”

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Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the training toolkit is currently being delivered online through Microsoft Teams. The face-to-face toolkit will be available in the near future dependent on COVID-19 restrictions being lifted.

If you are interested in finding out more about the training toolkit, including availability and pricing, please get in touch with Sophie Jones-Tinsley (project coordinator) at s.jones-tinsley@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Supporting academics , researchers and partners

Knowledge Exchange Coordinator.

Sophie Jones-Tinsley

Knowledge Exchange Coordinator

Sophie supports academics in conducting, logging and evaluating Knowledge Exchange across the university. This information is used to inform the University's submissions to the Knowledge Exchange Framework and its KE action plan as part of the KE Concordat.

She presents opportunities from organisations to academics, to be considered and taken further; and, offers businesses and partners opportunities to work with academics to initiate new projects and partnerships.

If you are an academic or from potential partner organisation, please get in touch to discuss your needs at knowledgeexchange@leedstrinity.co.uk

For Knowledge Exchange ethics forms please see the KE Documents page.