KEF data

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Dear Royal Agricultural University,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from the University regarding Knowledge Exchange activities:

1. What is the expenditure on KEF Staff salaries?

2. How many staff members' role is directly linked to KEF? Has this number been increasing/decreasing?

3. What type of activities do you report to KEF?

4. What is the 'impact' of KEF activities? How do you quantify their 'impact'?

5. What is the annual expenditure on tracking/reporting Knowledge Exchange activities?

6. What is the annual expenditure on IT software relating to REF, TEF and KEF?

I look forward to your response within 20 working days, as stipulated by the Act.

If you have any further queries please don’t hesitate to contact me, and I will be happy to clarify what I am asking for.

Yours faithfully,

Miss Devonald

FOI, Royal Agricultural University

1 Atodiad

Dear Emily,

Thank you for your request for information (below). Your request has been considered under the Freedom of Information Act (2000).

You asked:

“1. What is the expenditure on KEF Staff salaries?
2. How many staff members' role is directly linked to KEF? Has this number been increasing/decreasing?
3. What type of activities do you report to KEF?
4. What is the 'impact' of KEF activities? How do you quantify their 'impact'?
5. What is the annual expenditure on tracking/reporting Knowledge Exchange activities?
6. What is the annual expenditure on IT software relating to REF, TEF and KEF?"

Answers as follows:

1. KEF staff salaries as reported in HEIF 2019/20 £151k
2. 6: To ensure prioritisation of the strategic development and operational oversight of KE across the institution, a new Director of Knowledge Exchange was appointed in July 2020. Two further dedicated KE roles support the on-going development and implementation of the strategy. A Head of Knowledge Exchange and Research Support was appointed in July 2019 and a Knowledge Exchange Event Coordinator in March 2019. Both roles focus on providing support to academics to develop their KE activities.
3. Our KE activities focus on four areas:
Thought Leadership: RAU academics are involved in KE activities focused on meeting the needs of public stakeholders and community groups around food safety and access to affordable, nutritious food for all. Innovation support: Activities have supported farm and land-based practitioner-led innovation and sharing of best practice. This has direct impact on food safety, animal welfare, environmental benefits and improving biodiversity - all social needs identified by public bodies and community groups. Rural Enterprise Acceleration: In 2016, Farm491 was set up to facilitate the launch of start-ups and growth of SMEs in farming, food production, land management and environmental sectors and is successfully implementing the “Inspiring Agritech Innovation” programme.
Skills and business acumen: This area lies at the heart of our KE activities to support public and community groups. The RAU has a strong reputation in providing world-leading professional training and development programmes and skills-based training run in collaboration with many charities and industry bodies. Our academics are also involved in a range of KE public engagement activities from providing public lectures and webinars, cascading knowledge through the RAU and Farm491 YouTube channels, and appearances on podcasts, television and radio programmes including global news and current affairs The RAU also has a long-standing history of working on international level. We also have an active programme working with local schools and colleges sharing knowledge on food and farming.
4. Our underpinning KE objective is: ‘To impact industry, government, employers & rural and urban communities by providing focused thought leadership, relevant research outputs and shaping policy through the development of dedicated interfaces with our stakeholders’. The impact of our KE activities and how they are measured varies per activity. For example the impact of our thought leadership activities on government policy and strategy is demonstrated on both a national and local level, for example providing input into the Gloucestershire Local Industrial Strategy in terms of its focus on advanced agri-technology and the work of several of our academic staff on national level strategies such as the national food strategy. In terms of rural enterprise acceleration the RAU Farm 491 programme has created 32 new jobs and helped members to bring their ideas to market and raise a total of £31.6 million in funding. The RAU Farm 491 “Inspiring Agritech Innovation” has to date the programme has worked with over 80 companies. And for example, in the year 18/19 there were over 1600 participants in our skills courses who as a result have developed skills and insights that could be applied into business settings.
5. The tracking and reporting of KEF activities is part of the tasks of the Head of Knowledge Exchange and Research Support and Knowledge Exchange Event Coordinator. Apart from staff time no other cost are incurred on tracking/reporting Knowledge Exchange activities
6. No IT cost relating to KEF.

I hope that this response is helpful to you. If you have any further queries related to this request details of our review procedure are attached.

Kind regards,
Thomas

Thomas Muddle
Royal Agricultural University FOI

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