Professor Dame Jessica Corner’s research update: knowledge exchange and me


November 20th, 2020

A key pillar of the University’s strategy is knowledge exchange.

The importance of shared expertise is even more apparent in these challenging times: our researchers are informing a better understanding of the pandemic’s impact on so many aspects of our lives, while working with our partners to translate our discoveries will help drive economic recovery and build more resilient communities.

My own career has been shaped by the power of knowledge exchange. I trained as a nurse and specialised in cancer nursing at the Royal Marsden Hospital, which pioneered putting patients at the centre of care. My work with the Institute of Cancer Research and later with Macmillan Cancer Support further underpinned my belief that only by the sharing of knowledge – in this case between scientists and clinicians, and also by working in partnership with funding bodies and policymakers – can we bring about transformational change.

I learnt early in my career how to develop research that could shape government policy by the way I posed research questions, designed studies and worked in partnership with funding bodies and government departments from the very beginning. Also, by co-producing research with end-users, in my case, people living with cancer.

Today, I am thrilled to be part of a thriving ecosystem of knowledge exchange.

As the University prepares to bring its new strategy to life, I have written about what knowledge exchange means to me, and how our people are at the very heart of the collaboration and partnerships that drive this essential part of our mission.

Please find out more at an online town hall exploring the future of knowledge exchange on Wednesday 2 December. I will be joined by Professor Chris Gerada, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Industrial Strategy, Business Engagement and Impact, as we discuss with you the importance of knowledge exchange and how it aligns with the University strategy.

Read more on the Research Exchange blog.

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