Today (03 May 2019), a joint Universities UK (UUK) and GuildHE consultation on the Knowledge Exchange Concordat has been launched.

A joint UUK/Research England working group has developed a Knowledge Exchange Concordat for universities and colleges in England. The draft Concordat is open for consultation with the higher education sector until 01 July 2019.

The Concordat aims to:

  • help higher education institutions and their staff and students enhance clarity of mission
  • give partners an accurate representation of the approaches and strengths of individual higher education institutions
  • provide clear indicators of their approaches to developing and improving performance
  • give governing bodies and government broad confidence in the activity that is taking place in higher education institutions

This work has been carried out by the working group in concert with the launch of the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) pilot and metrics consultation. Together, the outputs will equip higher education institutions to effectively demonstrate their diverse strengths and successes in working with business and community partners to generate real economic and societal impact.


Responses to the consultation questions (which can be found in the consultation document) and any additional comments can be sent via the online survey (hosted by UUK) by 01 July 2019.

The final version of the Concordat will be created by autumn 2019.


The Concordat is currently applicable to higher education institutions in England only, but responses from the higher education sector in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are welcomed.

Further information:

  • Download a copy of the consultation (.docx) here.
  • Respond to the consultation using the online survey by 01 July 2019.
  • GuildHE members should contact Matthew Guest if they would like to discuss the Concordat or have any questions.