Knowledge Exchange

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Dear De Montfort 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 for the years 2018/19 and 2019/20:

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,

Natalie Campion

Freedom Of Information, De Montfort University

Dear Natalie,

During the unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, while De Montfort University will make every effort to comply with the timescales of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the General Data Protection Regulation, and the Data Protection Act 2018, it may be necessary to temporarily divert resources to support the welfare and safety of staff and students, and away from the University’s compliance and information rights work, and this may impact our response times.

We apologise for any impact this may have, but this is a challenge many organisations will face at the moment and one the Information Commissioner’s Office have recognised. The Information Commissioner’s Office have advised:

We can’t extend statutory timescales, but we will tell people through our own communications channels that they may experience understandable delays when making information rights requests during the pandemic.

The Information Commissioner’s Office have provided additional information here

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

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Yours sincerely,

Paul Starkey

Information Governance Manager

Governance and Legal

DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY

Trinity House

The Gateway
Leicester
LE1 9BH
T: +44 (0)116 2577655
E: [email address]
W: dmu.ac.uk

Responsible for: Freedom of Information, Data Protection Act compliance and Records Management

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Freedom Of Information, De Montfort University

Dear Natalie,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000-INFORMATION REQUEST

During the unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, while De Montfort University is making every effort to comply with the timescales of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the General Data Protection Regulation, and the Data Protection Act 2018, it has been necessary to temporarily divert resources to support the welfare and safety of staff and students, and away from the University’s compliance and information rights work, and this has impacted our response times.

We apologise for any impact this may have, but this is a challenge many organisations will face at the moment and one the Information Commissioner’s Office have recognised. The Information Commissioner’s Office have advised:

We can’t extend statutory timescales, but we will tell people through our own communications channels that they may experience understandable delays when making information rights requests during the pandemic.

The Information Commissioner’s Office have provided additional information here

Your request for information has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our response is as follows:

1. What is the expenditure on KEF Staff salaries?

We have no dedicated KEF staff.

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

We have no dedicated KEF staff

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

The KEF requires evidence of public engagement and knowledge exchange (KE) activities to demonstrate how the university works with the business community on a local, regional and national scale, and the breadth of its public engagement.
Activities have included, but are not limited to: contract research, business support projects, exhibitions, events for schools and community groups, public festivals, media engagement, and working with partners to help the city better cope with the effects of Covid-19.

DMU will be publishing its KEF submission online later this year.

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

The impact depends upon the activity, its aim and the output. Measurements used in DMU’s KEF return include the amount of contract income from businesses; the number of CPD days booked by businesses; number of graduate start-ups, attendance figures from public engagement events and income from licensing and IP.

Many metric indicators are already collected and returned by universities each year in their Higher Education Business Community Interaction (HE-BCI) survey response
Public engagement activities are also assessed qualitatively via a self-assessment form provided by Research England.

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

We have no budgets specifically dedicated to tracking / reporting Knowledge Exchange activities

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

No expenditure on IT software directly relating to REF, TEF or KEF.

If you have any queries please get in touch with me to discuss them. You might like to know that the University’s website www.dmu.ac.uk contains a section on the Freedom of Information Act that lists other publications readily available from the University under its Publication Scheme.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Starkey

Information Governance Manager

Governance and Legal

DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY

Trinity House

The Gateway
Leicester
LE1 9BH
T: +44 (0)116 2577655
E: [email address]
W: dmu.ac.uk

Responsible for: Freedom of Information, Data Protection Act compliance and Records Management

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