Knowledge Exchange Framework

Update on Knowledge Exchange Framework deadline


KEF has been postponed by Research England due to circumstances related to coronavirus response and containment. 

The new deadline is 5pm on Friday 16 October 2020 for submission of KEF narratives and the self-assessment metric of the ‘Public and community engagement’ ('PCE') perspective. Research Services is collating the PCE self-assessment metric.

Other KEF metrics are unaffected as they are derived from HESA data and other external data sources, and no new information is required. Details are in Research England’s April 2020 ‘Circular Letter: Knowledge Exchange accountability and funding: revised timetable due to coronavirus (covid-19)’.

The narrative statements

The narrative statements will include an overarching ‘Institutional context’ statement, as well as narratives for PCE, and for Local Growth and Regeneration ('LGR'), as outlined in the January report, and described in detail in Research England’s March 2020 ‘Clustering and narrative templates’ publication.

Research Services  will collate the 3 narrative statements and the PCE self-assessment metric.


The 'clusters', of reasonably similar and comparable institutions, were amended in Research England’s March 2020 ‘Clustering and narrative templates’ publication.

The University of Oxford remains in Cluster V and the London Business School was added to this cluster which now comprises 17 higher education providers.

The metrics

In January 2020 Research England published the KEF decisions report setting out implementation of the first iteration of the KEF.  The normalisation of each institution’s performance relative to its size and specialisms has been changed from staff FTE to institutional income.

The ‘Public and community engagement’ ('PCE') KEF perspective is described for the first time in the report. Rather than using HESA/HE-BCI based metrics, the PCE perspective is a provisional score based on self-assessment developed with NCCPE.

Details about the metrics can be found in the report, and in the KEF metrics – data sources table.

For further information contact Matt Smart.

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