A celebration of the very best KTP collaborations

After a year like no other, it’s time to celebrate with the ‘KTP Best of the Best Awards 2021.’

Collaboration is at the heart of every KTP; uniting teams around a common purpose for the benefit of everyone. This is what makes the programme such a fruitful, and effective innovation engine.

Over the last year exceptional circumstances felt by all have demanded collaboration on an epic scale.

With this in mind, this years’ awards celebrate ‘The Spirit of Collaboration’ by launching a showcase dedicated to Knowledge Base teams, highlighting outstanding feats during the pandemic.

Find out more about the other award categories and the nominated finalists in the expandable menus below.

See us on Thursday 23rd September between 16:00 – 18:00  by registering your details here.


The most outstanding overall partnership; the KTP which has brought the most significant benefits to all three participants, and which best exemplifies innovation through collaboration.



  • GP-Update Red Whale | University of Reading | Dr Blessing Mbipom, KTP Associate
  • Mersen UK Holytown | University of Strathclyde | Declan Bryans, KTP Associate
  • SureScreen Diagnostics | University of Nottingham | Dr Yasin Kurmoo | KTP Associate


We celebrate excellence in the application of engineering skills – interpreted in the broadest sense – to recognise the continuing evolution of this field.



  • Biocatalysts Limited | University College London | David Rowan, KTP Associate
  • JFD | University of Strathclyde | Fraser Stewart, KTP Associate
  • Novosound | The University of the West of Scotland | Mhairi Rogan, KTP Associate

This award celebrates the business that has demonstrated substantial impact from its KTP.



  • Bobst Manchester Ltd | Manchester Metropolitan University | Dr Carolin Struller, KTP Associate
  • IG Masonry Support Systems | Queen’s University Belfast | Emanuele Scarabino, KTP Associate
  • Kingston University | Family Law Partners | Samashwin Paul, KTP Associate


These awards are for the KTP Associates who have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, above and beyond expectations. 



  • Adrián Rodríguez-Bazaga, KTP Associate |  University of Cambridge | STORM Therapeutics
  • Avinash Majji, KTP Associate | Cardiff Business School | WJEC CBAC 
  • Barbara Pedo, KTP Associate | University of Huddersfield | Arcadis Consulting 
  • Carla Resendiz Villasenor, KTP Associate | Teeside University | Norscot Joinery 
  • David Beattie, KTP Associate | The James Hutton Institute | Davidsons Animal Feeds
  • Dimitar Marinov, KTP Associate | The University of Manchester | Madgex
  • Dr Huidong Wei, KTP Associate | Aston University | Rayner Intraocular Lenses 
  • Dr Rachel Brown, KTP Associate | University of Stirling | Pulcea Ltd
  • Konstantinos Tsitsilonis, KTP Associate | University Strathclyde | Datum Electronics
  • James Madge, KTP Associate | University of Essex | Preqin 
  • Jonny Reader, KTP Associate | University of Nottingham | Hydrogarden
  • Justin McHenry, KTP Associate | Queen’s University Belfast | VuCity 
  • Louis Williams, KTP Associate | University of Reading | Distribution Technology
  • Meghna De, KTP Associate | University of Nottingham) – IXYS UK Westcode 
  • Mohamad Saada, KTP Associate | Loughborough University | Millitec Food Systems
  • Nadim Domun, KTP Associate | The University of Manchester | Inov8 Limited
  • Natasha Lewis, KTP Associate | University of Glasgow | Cell Guidance Systems
  • Olivia Greenhalgh KTP Associate | Manchester Metropolitan University | Swellaway Limited
  • Ben Roullier, KTP Associate | University of Derby | Bloc Graphics
  • Verity Moorhouse, KTP Associate, Cardiff Metropolitan University | So Modular


First introduced in 2020, this award recognises the wider impacts of KTP, including projects who have delivered a societal, social, or environmental benefit.



  • Trelleborg | Loughborough University  | Adam Nevin, KTP Associate
  • GP-Update Red Whale | University of Reading | Dr Blessing Mbipom, KTP Associate
  • St David’s Children Society | Cardiff University | Coralie Merchant, KTP Associate  


what they say

Agnieszka Bachleda-Baca

"My KTP was challenging but very rewarding at the same time. I have received an unique opportunity to work in the industry and academia at the same time, which is very advantageous. I became a better researcher and worked with different departments at the company, which gave me a great idea of how I want to shape my career path". Find out more about Agneiska's experience in this longer profile piece here.    

arbnco / University of Strathclyde
Emily Mason (BSc Hons, Biopharmaceutical Science)

"For me, the KTP role has really been a life changing opportunity.... I hadn’t heard of KTP until I applied for my role, however after the experience I have had I recommend it to anyone - especially graduates as it’s a great bridge between university and ‘real life’. It is certainly a decision I will never regret". Emily Mason, KTP Associate

Northumbria Pharma / University of Sunderland
Melanie Herrmann

"I am privileged to work both with gifted academics at the University of Cambridge, and bright minds at Vizzuality, a change agency for a sustainable and fair future. I am grateful for this unique opportunity to work in a job that I love and believe in." Melanie Herrmann, KTP Associate

Vizzuality/University of Cambridge
Dr Shirley Ann Hazlett, Senior Lecturer, Queen's University Belfast Management School

The Management KTP initiative is fantastic for any growth-oriented SME, such as RBP, and we cannot recommend this programme highly enough”.  

David Beattie

“Through KTP, I’ve found a graduate role which offers both academic and industry experience in equal measure. My role is intensely immersive, which I put down to the considerable degree of autonomy the KTP framework affords. Our project is a win-win for its stakeholders, may lead to job creation and will reduce our Carbon footprint. That’s satisfying.” See a longer profile piece about David Beattie's KTP here. David Beattie, KTP Associate

Davidsons Feeds/James Hutton Institute
Neha Sharma

"KTP is like a beautiful interwoven fabric of academia and industry"

KTP Associate, Cosmotec Ltd and University of Salford
Professor Yvonne Perrie

"KTP provides a superb pathway for knowledge transfer, enabling academic research to be applied to deliver impact to real world solutions".

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
Paul Graham

"The KTP has been a revolutionary programme, enabling the business to completely standardise the design process with the added luxury of achieving high accuracy at a high speed.” 

IG Masonry Support Systems General Manager
Georgiana Nica-Avram

Working with OLIO and the University of Nottingham has helped me develop personally and professionally. It has helped me contribute the skills and knowledge I have gained so far, as well as develop new skills in the fast-paced domain of data science. OLIO is dedicated to addressing one of today’s greatest challenges- food waste, and I am grateful to be part of this solution. Georgian Nica-Avram, KTP Associate

University of Nottingham / OLIO


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