High quality of LSHTM’s engagement with partners recognised in latest Knowledge Exchange Framework

Research partnerships and work with the public and third sector awarded highest scores in assessment of English higher education institutes
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The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has received its best ever results in the third iteration of the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF3).

Knowledge exchange covers the wide range of activities higher education institutions carry out with partners for the benefit of society and the economy. 

The KEF3 results, which are published by Research England, are presented across seven categories including working with research partners, businesses, the public and the third sector, public and community engagement, and commercialisation of research.

Based on data covering 2019/20-2021/22, LSHTM was rated as having very high engagement – the highest possible grade – for research partnerships and working with the public and third sector, maintaining strong performance in those categories compared with the previous KEF.

In addition, public and community engagement scored higher than in the last KEF results, moving up to high engagement.

Although the KEF does not contribute directly to funding for the institution, it provides a route to showcase the breadth of knowledge exchange including activities supported through LSHTM's annual Higher Education Innovation Funding from Research England.

Professor Liam Smeeth, Director of LSHTM, said: “I am very pleased that LSHTM has continued to perform strongly in the Knowledge Exchange Framework, in particular with very high levels of engagement in research partnerships and working with the public and third sector. This reflects our institutional strengths and mission where working in partnership underpins everything we do. Our engagement with wonderful partners in the UK and around the world means we can carry out excellent public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice.”

Read more about KEF3 on the Research England website.


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