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Introduction to the KE fellowship

Knowledge exchange is becoming a more important part of academic research. The aim is to increase the impact of the research, therefore creating benefits to the economy, society, culture, public policy, health, the environment or quality of life.


In short - it's to make academic research useful and available.

Kat Raines on field work in Pripyat, Ukraine


Knowledge exchange is the process by which partners in industry, policy, practice and the public are brought together with academic researchers to exchange knowledge and collaborate. It's not just one group telling the other what they do or what they have found.

My fellowship is funded by Natural Environment Research Council, Environment Agency and Radioactive Waste Management Ltd and I will be in post for two years.

I really encourage anybody who has an interest in radiation and the environment to get in touch via the details on this website and get involved with the fellowship. Either by influencing the direction to make this vast academic knowledge useful, or by receiving the outcomes at the end of the fellowship.


The overall scope of the fellowship is to:

1. Communicate and apply the science delivered from the RATE research programme to a variety of users, including policy makers, government agencies and industry.

2. Build on the legacy of RATE by fostering collaborative working both nationally and internationally to ensure the science can have the greatest impact.

3. Share best practice across the research consortia in areas such as data integration, methodology and policy linkage.

4. Link and draw on the common areas of the research consortia to use RATE as the lens through which to focus lessons for further research on radioactivity and the environment.


This website will become a hub to communicate the work conducted within the knowledge exchange fellowship.

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