In England, Research England (RE) will expect all HEPs in
receipt of HEIF to commit to the concordat. This is set out in the Spring 2020
HEIF guidance. RE will provide information on long-term institutional HEIF
allocations, and to publish first-year results, prior to preparation and
submission of action plans.
A competitive small grants scheme is being developed in
relation to the concordat to reward HEPs for commitment to continuous improvement
and to support HEPs in further developing and sharing good practice. The grants scheme will only be available in England. Details will be confirmed later in 2020.
In Scotland, the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) expects to
encourage universities to commit to the principles of the KE concordat. SFC
will use the development year to decide what formal arrangements it may wish to
put in place for subsequent years.
SFC is currently reviewing the University Innovation Fund
(UIF). SFC expects to consult with the sector on proposed changes to UIF and
make recommendations to its Board in due course. The potential
relationship between UIF and the KE concordat will form part of this
conversation. SFC will also need to consider, in due course, the relevance
and appropriateness of linking the KE concordat with university outcome
agreements. In both cases, SFC is unable to confirm timing as it has
committed to not take forward any new consultations or significant
changes at this time as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Institutions in Wales in receipt of Research Wales
Innovation Funding are required to submit, and have approved, three-year
strategies 2020/21 - 2022/23. HEFCW will require that RWIF strategies confirm
commitment to the principles of the KE concordat, and outline processes for
self-assessment and benchmarking.
In Northern Ireland, HEIs in
receipt of NI HEIF allocations are currently required to submit, and have
approved, KE strategies, which are usually of three years’ duration to coincide
with the usual NI HEIF funding interval. In NI institutions will be asked to
commit to the KE concordat through their future KE concordat strategies, the
next of which is due for submission to the Department for the Economy in