A merger between Praxis and UNICO, proposed at the recent Unico Conference in Brighton attended by Marc Dobson from the JISC Services BCE Team, has been approved by an overwhelming majority vote.
Unico is the UK’s leading representative body of professionals realising the potential of university and public sector research through commercialisation, and Praxis is a national training programme aimed at technology transfer professionals working in universities, research institutions and industry. Both are key stakeholders within the JISC BCE Programme, having been represented on the BCE Advisory Group through Dr. Alison Campbell, and Praxis have been involved in collaboration as part of the JISC Services BCE Project ‘Supporting CPD, Training and Staff Exchange for Business and Community Engagement’. This BCE project is developing a Training Support Package for BCE practitioners, building on the AURIL-CPD framework and other resources, combining online diagnostic tools and catalogued resources.
Unico Chair, Professor David Secher said, “This significant step will simplify the complex knowledge transfer landscape in the UK, improve the offering to members and enable us to strengthen international links with other similar organisations around the world. Universities and PSREs throughout the UK have shown tremendous support for this proposal.”
Praxis Chair, Dr Alison Campbell added, “Consolidating the strengths of two leading organisations is very sensible. The merged organisation will be in a stronger position to represent the views of its members. I look forward to working closely with Praxis and Unico colleagues to bring a diverse offering that better meets the networking and training needs of the profession, to Knowledge Transfer professionals in the UK and abroad.”
In response to the news, Simon Whittemore, JISC BCE Programme Manager said “This is excellent news and a significant step forward, which will further enhance the coherence of expert support and training for professionals and institutions alike in knowledge transfer and exchange – congratulations to Praxis and Unico”.