Student Engagement in Knowledge Exchange for Civic Good

Student Engagement in Knowledge Exchange for Civic Good

  • 08 July 2022
  • 09:30 - 15:30
  • Richmond Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3DE
  • FREE
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Collaborative student projects play a key role in the Civic University agenda. Find out more at this one-day conference for the HE sector.

How can student collaboration with local organisations help universities be part of a more diverse and impactful ecosystem for civic good?

Open to academic and professional staff across the HE sector, and the businesses who are interested in collaborating with them, this one-day conference puts Student Engagement in Knowledge Exchange (SEKE) and the Civic University agenda centre stage.

Throughout the day we will explore the importance of SEKE, the role of universities and students in achieving civic goals, and examples of specific projects already making a difference.

This conference is brought to you by the Creative Students Creating Business project, funded by The Office for Students and UK Research and Innovation.


9:30 - Arrival & Refreshments

10:00 - 12:00 - Morning Session

  • Welcome &Introductions
  • The Creative Students Creating Business Project
  • The Civic University Agenda
  • Keynote Address: Richard Brabner, Director of UPP Foundation


13:00 - 15:30 - Afternoon Session

  • Parallel sessions with leading academics: Round-table discussions, practical activities and opportunities to reflect, these sessions are designed to support practice improvement in knowledge exchange involving students.
  • Closing Remarks & Thanks

15:30 - Event close followed by an afternoon tea reception

Keynote: Richard Brabner, Director of UPP Foundation

We are delighted to welcome Richard Brabner as our Keynote Speaker.

Richard was appointed Head of UPP Foundation in July 2016 and was promoted to Director in 2018.

The UPP Foundation is a registered charity that offers grants to universities, charities and other higher education bodies. In recent years, as higher education has expanded, the burden of paying for a degree has shifted towards the individual.

This presents difficulties in maintaining the ‘University for the Public Good’, as well as ensuring there is greater equity in going to, succeeding at and benefiting from the university experience. The UPP Foundation helps universities and the wider higher education sector overcome these challenges.

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Creative Students Creating Business (CSCB)

The CSCB Project is a collaboration between the Faculty of Business and Law and the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth.

Funded by the Office for Students and UK Research and Innovation, we’re researching what makes effective SEKE activity, and launching a brand new interactive toolkit for the Higher Education sector to improve support for SEKE actors, be they academics, students or external organisations.

What is Student Engagement in Knowledge Exchange?

Student Engagement in Knowledge Exchange (SEKE) brings together external businesses and organisations with universities and their students to work on collaborative projects that lead to an exchange of knowledge, skills, and ideas.

Businesses get new insight into issues they face, support with special projects, and access to the latest academic thinking in their area. Students get to apply their learning to real-world situations, giving them invaluable experience that boosts their CV, better preparing them for the world of work after graduation.

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