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August 23, 2011

Professionalising business and community engagement

by Linda Baines

The Chair of the CPD Steering Group, AURIL (Association for University Research and Industry Links) explains how collaborating with JISC and a wide range of stakeholders will help individuals, academics and organisations involved in BCE to develop the skills and secure broader recognition for what they do.

What do you think of when someone refers to “BCE”? ‘Business Continuity employers’ perhaps or some kind of quango?

While there are not any big prizes, the right answer is “Business and Community Engagement”. It is a term that HEFCE, JISC and the FE sector use to describe individuals in universities, PSREs (public sector research establishments) and FE Colleges involved in activities such as knowledge transfer/exchange, public engagement, employer engagement and lifelong learning.   

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Linda Baines

Linda Baines

Linda Baines is Secretary and Treasurer of AURIL, and a member of AURIL Council. Linda is AURIL’s project manager on AURIL’s collaboration with JISC and other organisations across the BCE sector looking at what BCE practitioners do, how and why they do it, and the knowledge and skills they need to keep up to date.

Outside AURIL, Linda is Head of Corporate Development, Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), involved in strategic and business planning and policy development, and briefing BIS (Department for Business Innovation and Skills) on STFC issues.

Linda has been involved in KE for some 15 years, across a wide range of activities including commercial and project management, contracts, intellectual property, joint ventures, procurement, setting up spin-outs, and governance.

Until July 2010, she was a director and Head of Membership Services at the Institute of Knowledge Transfer (IKT), where she conceived and developed ‘Research into KT Practice’, bringing academic researchers and KT practitioners together to explore how theory and practical experience can interact. She was appointed a Fellow of IKT in October 2010.

She is researching the nature of the interactions between organisations and individuals involved in KE via a just completed MSc and a PhD that she is starting in September 2011.