Leeds-HKU Conference: Moving Beyond Research to Engagement and Impact

Leeds-HKU Conference: Moving Beyond Research to Engagement and Impact

Jointly organized by the University of Leeds and The University of Hong Kong, the "Leeds-HKU Conference: Moving Beyond Research to Engagement and Impact" was successfully held on April 17-18, 2015 at the Wang Gungwu Theatre, The University of Hong Kong.

Distinguished overseas speakers from the University of Leeds, Imperial College London, Isis Innovation of the University of Oxford, King's College London, Cardiff University, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) and the University of Surrey joined academics in Hong Kong to discuss and analyze the complexities of shaping an impact agenda in higher education. Speakers who were involved in the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, where for the first time "Impact" beyond academia carried a weighting of 20%, shared their first-hand experience in the preparation of impact case studies or in the REF Sub-panels' assessment process.

Professor Paul K. H. Tam, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) of The University of Hong Kong, and Professor Frank Finlay, Dean of Arts of the University of Leeds, officiated at the opening ceremony. Presentations and panel discussions at the Conference focused on the following themes:

  • Innovative Knowledge Engagement and Sustainable Partnerships
  • Articulating and Corroborating Research Impact
  • Impact Case Studies as Food for Thought in Shaping the Faculty or Institutional Impact Agenda
  • Evaluating Impact of Research Beyond Academia
  • Addressing the Unlikely Disciplines in Knowledge Exchange
  • What Next for Knowledge Exchange?

Presentations can be viewed at the conference website.

There was also a video showcase of selected impact projects of the University of Leeds and HKU during the conference. The videos are also available for viewing at the conference website.


Overseas speakers together with representatives of the organizers: 
(From left, back row) Professor Ian Holliday (HKU), Professor Paul Y. S. Cheung (HKU), Dr Matthew Boswell (University of Leeds), Professor Paul Cooke (Leeds), Professor Christopher Megone (Leeds), Professor Stephen Williamson (University of Surrey), Professor John Bacon-Shone (HKU), Mr Tom Hockaday (Isis Innovation of the University of Oxford)

(From left, front row) Professor Claire Honess (Leeds), Professor Peter Y. K. Cheung (Imperial College London), Professor Denise Lievesley (King’s College London), Professor Ole Petersen (Cardiff University), Professor Paul K. H. Tam (HKU), Professor Frank Finlay (Leeds), Dr Alex Bamji (Leeds), Professor Amy Shuen (China Europe International Business School), Dr Laura King (Leeds)