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Knowledge Exchange

Our ambition is to be recognised as a force for good. We are passionate about transforming lives through academic and civic engagement and we work together with businesses and communities to tackle some of society’s toughest challenges.

What is ‘knowledge exchange’?

‘Knowledge exchange’ is a term used to describe to the transfer of ideas, expertise or skills, often as a result of collaboration between a university and a business, community, third sector organisation or government. This includes the delivery of teaching and learning that engages our local communities and provides opportunities for local people to access our campuses.

Knowledge exchange informs our thinking, enriches our work, and makes a demonstrable difference to people’s lives. Plus, it is a fundamental part of NTU’s strategy, University, reimagined, which was developed in consultation with local stakeholders.

Partnership is key to our mission. As a university, we have strategic partnerships with a broad range of UK organisations, including Santander, Fujitsu and Nottingham Castle Trust. We provide support to over 6,000 organisations, from local SMEs to multinational corporations. Together with the University of Nottingham and other local partners, we are also working to support our local communities through the Universities for Nottingham Civic Agreement.

Making a difference with business

We have strong and impactful relationships with leading employers all over the world. NTU also supports 700 local SMEs every year through a comprehensive programme of support from start-up to scale-up.

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Making a difference in our communities

By working together with communities and local authorities, we are supporting the needs and aspirations of people across Nottingham and the East Midlands. Our staff and students also make a significant contribution through volunteering.

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Making a difference through our students and graduates

Our students and graduates play an important role in transferring university knowledge to business and community organisations. They also help to establish important links with employers through student challenges, work placements and internships

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Making a difference through research

We are working hard to translate our research into impact. From treatments for cancer to sustainable farming we collaborate with partners around the world to tackle our most pressing challenges.

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Institute for Knowledge Exchange Practice

Through investment, CPD and evaluation, the Institute champions excellence in business, community and public engagement and we celebrate knowledge exchange that makes a difference to the economy and society.

Sustainability in Enterprise Case Study - Leonard Design

Click here to read more about the green architecture firm on track to reduce carbon emissions by almost 50% following sustainability support from NTU’s student consultants.

Knowledge Exchange Framework

The Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) has been developed by Research England to provide a range of information on the knowledge exchange activity that is delivered and facilitated by Higher Education Providers in England.

The KEF metrics illustrate knowledge exchange across seven perspectives. The benchmark scores are supplemented by narrative statements. Nottingham Trent University’s performance in KEF1 can be found on the Knowledge Exchange Framework website.

Knowledge Exchange Concordat

NTU is pleased to be one of 136 Higher Education providers who have signed up to the Knowledge Exchange Concordat. The Concordat demonstrates our commitment to growing and improving knowledge exchange at NTU.

The Concordat enables, staff, students and partners to see how we plan to further develop knowledge exchange at the University.  It has been developed by Universities UK and GuildHE and the National Centre for Universities and Business.

Information for staff

If you are employed at NTU and would like to find out more about knowledge exchange and how you can get involved, please contact the Knowledge Exchange team on +44 (0)115 848 8899 or via email at