Innovation projects made possible by UK universities are finalists in the government-funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership Awards.
The 33 Knowledge Transfer Partnership Awards finalists have been picked from over 800 innovation projects nationwide.
A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) connects a business with the university expertise it needs to deliver new projects, and a graduate who is hired as a project manager, or KTP Associate.
KTPs are funded by UKRI through Innovate UK – with the support of co-funders, including the Scottish Funding Council, Welsh Government, Invest Northern Ireland, Defra and BEIS. There is now also a Management KTP (mKTP), which forges collaborations between companies and UK business schools.
‘Academic knowledge to solve real-world challenges’
Universities working on the shortlisted projects include:
- Birmingham City University, whose researchers worked with an insurance company to enable 3D printing of heirloom jewellery for insurance claims
- Manchester Metropolitan University, who created a new framework of youth justice, the first of its kind in the UK, with the help of young people in the criminal justice system
- University of Strathclyde – its academics worked with manufacturers to improve energy storage for flow batteries in the renewables sector, an innovation that could have applications across the national grid and the automotive industry, amongst others.
- University of Reading, whose work with an online medical learning provider helped transform online training for GPs and enabled the company to train over 15,000 primary care clinicians every year.
- The University of Exeter – researchers there helped develop a world-first hybrid/electric off-road green military machine, that will also benefit the emergency services and utilities sectors, particularly in challenging terrain.
“Over the last 45 years, KTPs have spearheaded transformation in over 12,000 organisations across every sector of the UK economy,” said Dr Steve Welch, Director, Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), which helps deliver the KTP programme for Innovate UK.
“A strong contributor to the success of the programme is the way that it introduces a different way of thinking and a new culture of innovation, enabling companies to apply and embed academic knowledge to solve real-world challenges. From Belfast to Bradford, Cardiff to Crewe, Strathclyde to Southampton, KTPs are driving innovation and providing talented graduates with a fantastic career platform leading projects that help create positive change – for individuals, organisations and society – throughout the UK”.
Winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony on 9 September.
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