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Queen Mary University of London confirmed as a leader in Research England’s second Knowledge Exchange Framework

Strong results show Queen Mary’s commitment to collaboration between researchers and external partners for the benefit of the economy and society.

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The publication of Research England’s second Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF2) on 27 September shows that Queen Mary has retained its position as a leader in knowledge exchange.

Queen Mary is among the top 20% of English universities in the categories public and community engagement, research partnerships, and IP and commercialisation, and has made strong progress in the categories of working with business, and working with the public and third sector.

This performance reflects Queen Mary’s commitment to and strength in the sharing of knowledge, ideas and experience to benefit communities, business, and public and third sectors. These results also underline Queen Mary’s ambition, set out in its Strategy 2030, to be the most inclusive research-intensive University in the world, recognised for distinctive, world-leading, curiosity-driven and applied research.

Professor Andrew Livingston, Queen Mary’s Vice-Principal for Research and Innovation said: “These latest results recognise our commitment to working with our many communities – local and global – to make a difference to the way questions, events and problems are understood and addressed across the world.

“For example, our Research Highways give tangible examples of the power and impact of our research, illustrating how our researchers work in partnership with our communities to tackle issues that affect us all.”

Queen Mary’s expertise in public and community engagement is exemplified in its investment in the local community, most recently with the opening of The London City Institute of Technology, its collaboration with Newham College and a wide range of employers, to provide the skills and knowledge the country’s workforce needs to be internationally competitive.

Research partnerships for Queen Mary include working with diverse and varied partners, ranging from the Royal Ballet School to farmers in rural Ethiopia, from global pharmaceutical companies to the United Nations Population Fund. The University’s approach is characterised by its commitment to intellectual ambition in the framework of ethical and equal partnerships, recognising and valuing the knowledge its partners bring to identify solutions together.

Queen Mary’s success in IP and commercialisation builds on the University’s top four ranking in the Octopus Ventures Entrepreneurial Rankings (2020), and show the University’s track record in creating spin-out companies that survive and thrive. Another recent example includes the BioMoti cancer therapeutic platform which seeks to transform the treatment of cancer by targeted delivery of therapies.

More details about Queen Mary’s research partnerships can be found here.

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