Knowledge Exchange Foundry

Continuing Professional Development, Short Courses, Bespoke Course Design and Consultancy

About us

The Knowledge Exchange Foundry is a new development that aims to provide a location for a variety of Continuing Professional Development, Short Courses, Bespoke Course Design and Consultancy in the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing. 

We currently offer courses in Mentoring (PCE), Post Graduate CPD (MA education), English Literature (PCE), Impact Evaluation, Theories of Change and Agile Project Management methods and Problem-based learning.

Help with planning your course

If you need to run your idea through, we can help to support its development. The business development team will assist with the business planning using lean canvas, costing of provision and marketing of courses. It will also assure the quality by suggesting a particular format prior to delivery and handle post-delivery customer satisfaction feedback.

Please contact the team on to set up an exploratory meeting or to get your idea set up.

Book onto a course

Access and participation planning: Developing a theory of change

This interactive webinar aims to explore the development of a theory of change relevant to your area of work that addresses aspects of the Access and Participation Plan. Participants will understand how to develop a theory of change, complete an outline logic model to support change towards the APP and consider an evaluation method of possible impacts.

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Access and participation planning: Impact evaluation

This interactive follow up session introduces several approaches to impact evaluation that you can use in your practice alongside a theory of change. These are all methods we have used on past research projects that we have found to be both participative and effective.

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Introduction to Agile

January 2022


Agile in Palestine

February 2022


Agile for school leadership 

February 2022

Problem-based learning 

February 2022

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Foundry Consultants

Dr Karl Royle is a Scrum Alliance certified Scrum Professional and Product Owner. His areas of specialism include: 

1. Agile - Scrum and Kanban - training and organisational implementation in the public sector

2. Digital learning and curriculum innovation

He has 10 years of experience working with various clients around 'agile' and 15 years of experience with 'learning design for print and screen based media'.

He can offer the following services:

  • Agile training and agile organisational transformation
  • Impact evaluation process and design including theories of change development
  • Learning design for collaborative and problem based learning
  • Research project design, development
  • Open space - facilitation organisational change process events events

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Meet the team

Dr Karl Royle is the Head of Enterprise, Innovation, Knowledge Transfer in the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing where he uses lean and agile approaches to project management, portfolio and business ideation and development. Karl is an agile practitioner with expertise in teacher education and post-digital learning design. He has experience of project direction using agile methods and research design and direction. He is particularly interested in problem and challenge-based learning, the mechanics of self-organisation, all things agile, organisational change and Capability and Actor Network Theory. 

Dr Sean Starr is the Head of Academic Business & Workforce Development in the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing. He is a senior lecturer in Education and Continuing Professional Development for schools. Prior to joining the university, he was a school improvement adviser for a local authority within the west midlands.

Sonia Goraya is the administrative assistant for the National Professional Qualification Programme in the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing. She is particularly interested in providing administration and marketing support for the Knowledge Exchange Foundry projects. 

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