Alice Frost

Director of Knowledge Exchange – Research England

Alice Frost is responsible for knowledge exchange (KE) policy and funding at Research England, having previously had this responsibility at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

About Alice

After studying politics at Oxford University at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, Alice began her career in national policy. She was an adviser at The Leverhulme Trust and Universities UK, working on research policy and funding. She also worked as a researcher with the House of Commons Select Committee covering education and research, before joining the Advisory Board for the Research Councils (ABRC). At ABRC her responsibilities included liaison between the research councils and the then universities funding body and research into science and innovation policy.

At HEFCE, Alice had a wide-ranging set of policy roles, heading, at different times, policy, funding and quality assessment for research, learning and teaching and KE.

On secondment from HEFCE, she experienced research strategy in a university and led a local or regional university collaboration.

Over many years, Alice has advised countries across Europe and Asia on following the UK model of a third stream of funding for knowledge exchange. Recently, she has specialised in commercialisation policy.

Last updated: 10 January 2022

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