UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership Awards 2009

Published on 17 April 2009

Businesses and HEIs from across the UK celebrated a year of outstanding achievements in innovation at the annual UK KTP Awards in London on 5 March 2009.

The awards recognised the most successful KTP partnerships. In total nine partnerships were presented with the Winning Partnership Award, selected from a list of over 204 eligible nominations.

The award winners were congratulated by Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board, Lord Paul, Chancellor of the Universities of Westminster and Wolverhampton and Graham Spittle, Chairman of the Technology Strategy Board and IBM’s Vice President of Software for UK, Ireland and South Africa.

Commenting at the awards Graham Spittle said, “This event has provided a welcome indication that the UK economy is equipped to meet the challenging demands of a tough economic climate and increasing global competition.

Nominations were made on a regional basis across the UK and celebrated five winners from the English regions, two from Scotland and one each from Wales and Northern Ireland. One of the two Award winning partnerships from Scotland was Crawford Scientific Ltd and University of the West of Scotland. The KTP helped the company to develop a fully online eLearning system which brought new knowledge and capabilities with annual profit expected to rise to £100,000.

An Academic Excellence Award was also presented to Professor Umit Bititci, Director of the Strathclyde Institute for Operations Management at the University of Strathclyde, for his outstanding contribution to KTP and the role that he has had on influencing the uptake of KTP throughout the University of Strathclyde. Since 1987 he has been involved in more than 30 projects including several award winning KTPs.

An Adviser Award for Excellence was presented to Dr Gerry Black, Senior Adviser for Scotland and Northern Ireland, for his exceptional commitment to ensuring that KTP continues to meet the needs of businesses in those regions, as well as developing and strengthening the organisational structures in place to support growth.

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