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UKSPA Directory 2017 England | Affiliate Members 309 PraxisUnico keeps members informed of key information relevant to the profession PraxisUnico Locati on 168 Cowley Road Cambridge CB4 ODL Contact detai l s Charlotte Ridley T: 01223 659950 E: 2017 saw PraxisUnico and AURIL join forces to form one organisation representing the Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) profession in the UK. After a year of consultation and discussion, a transition period with a new Board will set the strategic direction of the new organisation, and explore new partnership and collaboration opportunities. PraxisUnico is the UK’s leading organisation for knowledge exchange and research commercialisation professionals. It plays a key role in training, developing, and representing our profession. As an educational not-for-profit organisation, PraxisUnico encourages innovation and acts as a voice for the knowledge exchange and research commercialisation profession, facilitating the interaction between the public sector research base, business, and government, for social and economic impact. PraxisUnico provides a forum for best practice exchange, underpinned by first-class training and development programmes in the UK and internationally. PraxisUnico facilitates events that address sector-critical issues, often with collaborators that allow our membership to network with high-level representatives and important stakeholders. The PraxisUnico annual conference is a powerful networking event, providing delegates with an opportunity to connect directly with professionals from academia, business and government, from all around the world. PraxisUnico members represent higher education, public sector research establishments, law firms, venture capital organisations, and industry. Impact Awards The PraxisUnico Impact Awards were established in 2009 to recognise and celebrate the process of exchanging knowledge, expertise, and intellectual assets beyond higher education institutions, charities, and public sector research establishments for the wider benefit of the economy and society. In 2015, PraxisUnico and Research Councils UK (RCUK) delivered a joint competition to raise awareness and celebrate the activities of successful Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) Teams Se c tor s (or individuals) that make an essential contribution to delivering impact from excellent research and capabilities. The Impact Awards for KEC Professionals continue to celebrate the achievements of KEC professionals and its volunteer community in delivering and developing best practice across the sector. PraxisUnico: • Keeps members informed of key information relevant to the profession • Helps members build new networks within the profession and industry • Drives professional development and recognition • Provides members with practical tools and resources • Disseminates best practice across the profession • Influences policy-makers in support of the knowledge economy • Acts as the voice of the membership. ■ Se r vi ce s University/FE Knowledge Exchange Research Policy/Advocacy Training and Development Best Practice Exchange