Welcome to the Knowledge Exchange Awards


The Knowledge Exchange Awards 2024 will celebrate the best collaborations between University of Exeter researchers and external partners regionally, nationally, and globally.

The awards will see three shortlisted projects in each of seven categories, as judged by a panel of senior University staff and external reviewers. All shortlisted nominees will be invited to the award ceremony on Thursday 3 October 2024 at the Great Hall, Streatham Campus.

Judging for the Knowledge Exchange Awards has now taken place.
We were thrilled to receive numerous outstanding nominations, each showcasing remarkable knowledge exchange and innovative activity between our researchers and external organisations. Thank you to everyone who took the time to apply. 

A huge congratulations to our shortlisted nominees. All shortlisted candidates are now listed under their relevant category. 

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About the Knowledge Exchange Awards

Knowledge Exchange is the two-way exchange between researchers and research users of ideas, evidence, experiences and skills. These activities make it more likely that research and expertise will make a difference to the ways in which questions, events or problems are addressed around the world.

Each year, the University of Exeter works with partners on more than 2,000 projects across key sectors. With the Knowledge Exchange Awards, we want to champion this work, by celebrating the many ways our researchers and Professional Services teams are taking research into the wider world.

The awards will be led by our Exeter Innovation team. The team works across research and education to build links between our research and external partners, locally, nationally and globally, so that our research has meaningful, life-changing impact around the world.

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Award Categories & Shortlisted Projects

The Sustainable Futures Award recognises excellence in sustainability, environment and life sciences. Potential innovations can include products, policies, services and community partnerships.

Shortlisted Projects: 

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The Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences Award recognising innovations that lead us to better mental and physical wellbeing. Potential innovations can include products, policies, services and community partnerships.

Shortlisted Projects: 

    Nominated by Joanne Connell. Partnered with 11 organisations, including historic properties, National Parks, and other outdoor experience providers throughout England and Wales.
  • Nominated by Fleur Boyle. Partnered with 24 organisations, including Parent Carer Forums, Community Interest Companies and National Charities.
  • Nominated by Ben Temperton. Partnered with Environment Agency, Exeter Science Centre, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, and Westmead Institute of Medical Research.

The Fair, Just and Inclusive Society Award recognises innovations towards a more equitable, just and inclusive society. Potential innovations can include products, policies, services and community partnerships.

Shortlisted Projects: 

The Commercialisation Project of the Year award recognises a team that has delivered significant impact through licensing or venture development.

Shortlisted Projects: 

  • Nominated by Fabrizio Nevola. Partnered with 10 organisations, including Calvium Ltd and Apple, alongside universities and museums in the UK, EU and US.
  • Nominated by Lorna Harries. Partnered with SENISCA.
  • Watercress Research 
    Nominated by Paul Winyard and Kyle Stewart. Partnered with Watercress Research Limited, Qantx Ventures, Torbay Medical Research Fund, Advanced Development & Safety Laboratories, The Watercress Company.
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The Bright Future Award for Early Career Research Impact recognises excellent research and knowledge exchange delivered in a real-world context. This category is open to staff with less than three years' experience at the university (the activities must have been carried out whilst employed at the University).

Shortlisted Projects: 

The Bright Future Award for Student Innovation recognises excellent student projects and activities delivered in a real-world context. This category is open to current students and recent graduates (the activities must have been carried out whilst a student at the University).

Shortlisted Projects: 

The Knowledge Exchange Team of the Year award recognises excellence in Knowledge Exchange activities which encompass the practical application of new research and/or new ways of working to tackle real-world problems. This category is open to any teams who facilitate innovation and impact.

Shortlisted Projects: 


Congratulations to all shortlisted nominees!

We want to express our gratitude to all those who submitted their projects for consideration for a 2024 Knowledge Exchange Award. The diverse and innovative responses we've received truly reflect the outstanding collaborations taking place between University of Exeter researchers, external partners and communities. 

After careful deliberation, our esteemed judges have finalised the shortlist. All shortlisted projects are listed under their relevant category from the drop-down list above, here you can read about each project by clicking on the title. 

We now look forward to the gala awards dinner on 3rd October, where the winners of the awards will be announced. 

For any questions around the awards, please don't hesitate to get in touch on ke-awards-nominations@exeter.ac.uk.

- The Knowledge Exchange Awards Team

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Are you an academic who wants to learn more about how you can get involved in knowledge exchange activities? 

Explore knowledge exchange tools and opportunities in the Ideas Hub, your go-to resource for support in engaging with businesses, industries, governments, charities, and NGOs. Tailored for academics at any career stage, this site facilitates the safe and effective application of research beyond academia.

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Stuart Brocklehurst, Host 

Stuart Brocklehurst is Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Business Engagement and Innovation, leading the University of Exeter’s collaboration with business and our drive to deliver innovation through our research and education. He also leads the translation of our work on climate and the environment as Director of Green Futures Solutions. 

Stuart started his career in banking, holding a number of roles with Barclays in the UK and Africa, including as Head of Internet Strategy. As Senior Vice President for Digital Commerce at Visa International CEMEA he led the adoption of new forms of technology and business models, including eCommerce authentication, chip and contactless payments and national payment networks. Following a period as a Partner at consultancy Carbon, Stuart joined Amadeus in support of its IPO and served as Group Communications Director after the flotation. He went on to run his own business up to its sale to the Troy Group, where he remains a Non-Executive Director. 

Stuart is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, a Chartered IT Professional, a Chartered Manager, and holds a degree in theology from Oxford. 

He has served on numerous company boards, on the synod and Bishop’s Council of the Diocese of Exeter, as a Governor of Petroc College in North Devon and as a Leadership Fellow of Exeter Business School. He is a Director of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, the Exeter Liveable Place Board and the Great South West Pan Regional Partnership, Chair of the region’s Innovation Board and Chair of the Exeter Science Centre Advisory Board. He sits on the boards of the GW4 and SETsquared university partnerships, the South West Nuclear Hub, the Centre for Resilience in Environment Water and Waste, the UK COP28 Alignment Group, the Zayed Sustainability Prize selection committee, the executive committee of parliament’s Rural Economy Group, and chairs the Devon and Cornwall Military Education Committee. 

David Sheppard, compere for the University of Exeter Knowledge Exchange Awards 2024

David Sheppard, Compere

David is a popular and well-known voice in the West Country, having presented radio shows across the region for more than a decade. His work for BBC South West has included breakfast news and drivetime entertainment shows at Radio Devon, alongside a regular presence on no fewer than 14 BBC radio stations during his career. His long-running programme Late Night Shep gained a national following to become one of the BBC’s top downloads on Sounds.

As a freelance broadcaster and voiceover, David is a prolific voice on the UK public transport network, providing the on-board voices for Great Western Railway (“Mind The Gap!”), Heathrow Airport’s ‘Flightline’ coaches, Reading Buses and many others. He has also voiced imaging for national BBC television, comedy lines for Radio 1 and Radio 4's  I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.

With a strong interest in social history, particularly transport heritage, David has recently launched The Bus Inspectors podcast on behalf of the National Association of Road Transport Museums, following their project to list and grade the nation’s 10,000 historic buses and coaches. He is also Trustee of an educational charity which provides more than 25,000 free vintage transport rides to the public each year.

David studied at the University of Bristol, where he remains involved in encouraging and mentoring students with ambitions in broadcasting. He also offers consultancy services in media and communications, and is an accomplished stage host for events all over the country - as we hope you will see this evening!

Andy Stanford-Clark

Andy Stanford-Clark, Keynote Speaker

Professor Andy Stanford-Clark is an esteemed innovation leader at IBM Research. Holding the title of IBM Distinguished Engineer, he is recognised as a Master Inventor with an impressive portfolio of more than 40 patents. His leadership extends to heading IBM's Quantum Ambassador team in the UK.

Andy is based at IBM’s Hursley Park laboratories near Winchester, and has been working in the area we now call the Internet of Things for more than 25 years.

With a BSc in Computing and Mathematics and a PhD in Computer Science, he has established himself as an Honorary Professor at the University of East Anglia, a Visiting Professor at the University of Newcastle, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southampton, and a Fellow of the British Computer Society. This wide range of affiliations is a testament to his broad expertise and influence in the field.


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