The Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS), is delivered jointly by the Research and Information Service (RaISe) of the Northern Ireland Assembly, in partnership with all three universities located in Northern Ireland (NI) – Queen’s University of Belfast (QUB – co-founder in 2011), Ulster University (joined in 2012) and The Open University, joining as the third Northern Ireland university in 2013. In 2018, St Mary's College and Stranmillis University College joined the partnership.
The first of its kind in the UK, KESS aims to promote evidence-led policy and law-making through a programme of presentations and debates by academia to decision-makers such as MLAs (Members of Legislative Assembly). The series offers networking opportunities, attracting a broad spectrum of attendees including: MLAs and their staff; Assembly staff; public and private sector employees; academics; voluntary and community groups; and members of the public.
Seminars are free and are held on Wednesdays from October through to June at 1.30 p.m. in Parliament Buildings. The programmes have included a range of seminars by Open University academics and can be viewed here <provide link to specific KESS page with videos of seminars>. At present, due to ongoing political circumstances, KESS is temporarily suspended.For further information on The Open University’s involvement in KESS, please contact Dr Frances Morton.