Knowledge Transfer and Knowledge Brokerage

Knowledge Transfer and Knowledge Brokerage in Scotland: the map, the model and the territory 2005 - 2010

The above brochure was published in December 2010 and can be downloaded from the ESRC website.

The brochure was written from a Government perspective at the request of academics and Other Government Departments (OGDs) and includes contributions from academics engaged in the schemes. The brochure does not attempt to map the full depth and range of ongoing engagement between Scottish Government and the academic community, or Scotland's wider analytical capacity in the public sector. Instead, the brochure and information shared provides practical process information; flags key administrative and security issues which must be addressed in KT; and points to the resource investments required and costs for KT activity.

The brochure also highlights the potentially positive KT opportunities arising through the development of the 'impact' and emerging 'public value' agendas across Scottish and UK Research Councils. Although Scotland has probably benefited from the 'small nation effect' in leading the way on these schemes, the brochure will hopefully encourage others in Government in the UK and further afield to engage in similar activity in the future.

  • Section 1 provides background to the development of KT in Scotland, explains what the 'Scottish Model' is and how it works
  • Section 2 summarises and illustrates different components of the 'Scottish Model'
  • Section 3 considers some of the sustainable benefits from KE activity for those involved and reflects on what the current economic climate means for the future of KT
  • Section 4 provides further information and contact details for contributors to this brochure.

Included in the brochure is reference to the importance of 'administrative paperwork'. As noted in the Brochure an illustrative sample 'pack' of administrative paperwork is provided below in the form of pdf documents. The example pack illustrates the importance of setting out areas of agreement between those involved in the schemes, and the issues which participants wished to seek clarification on prior to engagement in the schemes (ranging from security clearance to dress code in Government buildings and IPR). The pack provides an illustrative set of templates relating to the now concluded ESRC and SG PhD scheme - subsequent paperwork built on the comprehensive guidance developed in relation to the PhD scheme and covered the same issues tailored to the needs of scheme Government sponsors and academic participants.

If you wish to contact Scottish Government about this publication or the ESRC and SG Knowledge Transfer schemes please email: gill.clark@scotland.gsi.gov.uk