The THiNK Network developed out of an informal group that met to discuss Knowledge Transfer in the Humanities: the Humanities KT Network  was branded as THiNK in 2009.

Its aim was to be recognised and used as a way to inform KE policy for the Humanities by sharing experience, holding events and providing advice. It was agreed that the network would meet at least  twice a year, with venues and hosting to be shared among the group institutions. Research sponsors were to be invited to each meeting in order to improve communication with funders.

The general objectives of THiNK meetings are:

  • to discuss the role that Knowledge Exchange plays in Humanities Departments
  • to provide a policy context for Knowledge Exchange work
  • to identify case studies of Knowledge Exchange activities for Humanities departments that are outside the creative sector
  • to understand what the impact of these activities are or could be and how they are to be measured
  • to understand the role(s) of University Knowledge Exchange brokers
  • to identify follow up activities and ways of supporting the THiNK network

 In order to Promote KE within HEIs-THiNK has a role in:

  • explaining to academics what Knowledge Exchange is and what the benefits are
  • emphasising to academics the increasing role that research impact will play in research council funding and in the REF
  • identifying what Knowledge Exchange activities are already being undertaken, especially since this might appear under a different name
  • encouraging academics to engage more with Knowledge Exchange programmes and to promote greater consideration of impact or potential impact and the scope of the impact
  • identifying new ways of promoting knowledge transfer initiatives, encouraging
  • inter-disciplinary activities
  • institutional incentives
  • securing greater support from Departmental Heads and Senior Management and ensuring that KE is enshrined in research strategy 

In order to promote KE outside, HEIs, THiNK has a role in:

  • identifying a greater number and broader range of beneficiaries and user communities for Humanities KE
  • moving away from the focus on creative industries
  • raising awareness in user communities about potential input from the Humanities
  • disseminating case studies
  • explaining the benefits of KE to external beneficiaries
  • identifying financial and non-financial impact 

In Supporting Policy HEIs should:

  • provide the evidence base for policy making
  • support development of models for identifying and measuring impact
  • this is especially so given that  impact may be significant but indirect and very long term
  • support development of business models and the best language to use to foster greater engagement with user communities
  • support identification of case studies that may lie outside RCUK funded projects

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