The Knowledge Exchange in Design (KED) scheme, funded by the AHRC, provided research students and Early Career Researchers career development opportunities outside the academy.
Design has a significant contribution to make to all organisations – and academic research can benefit greatly from engagement with real world projects and perspectives. KED was a two year project that partnered researchers with external organisations, bringing benefits to both partners and the research community.
How KED worked
Project briefs, sourced from a range of partner organisations, were advertised to the researchers, who were invited to apply for a particular project. if successful, they then had the opportunity to negotiate and shape the final brief with the host organisation before starting their project, known as a residency.
Projects were designed to be completed in a period of three to five days. They might be a small self contained project, a problem-solving exercise, contribution to the planning or delivery of specific projects, or the development of a future strategy for the partner organisation. At the end of their residency, researchers were expected to report back to the partner organisation, with a presentation or written report, and in some cases, to write a short case study to share on this website.
Take a look at the KED film for an introduction to the scheme:
and find out more about individual projects by reading the case studies.