By press office 09 November 2020

Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh is one of the first universities to sign up to a new national agreement in which UK institutions commit to develop their knowledge exchange activities.   

The KE Concordat seeks to enhance knowledge exchange within universities through the exchange of good practice and act as a catalyst for collaboration between universities, industry and wider society.  

Kim Stewart, Director of Research & Innovation, Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Unit at QMU, explained: “This comes at a vital time as the sector responds to  COVID-19 and as QMU continues to demonstrate the importance of knowledge exchange to local and national economic and social outcomes. The concordat will provide us with a better structure for the sharing and development of research and in-demand skills by outlining good practice and showing what works, helping the UK economy prosper and enhancing society.” 

The UK government has committed to increase public spending in research and development by £22 billion by 2024/25, putting the UK on track to reach 2.4% of GDP being spent on R&D across the UK economy by 2027.

Find out more about the concordat

Notes to Editor

For further media information please contact Lynne Russell, Communications Manager at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh on E: lrussell@qmu.ac.uk, M: 07711 011239.

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