A celebration of the very best KTP collaborations

The focal point of the year where we spotlight the most outstanding achievements in KTP, get ready to meet the Finalists of the KTP Best of the Best Awards 2020!

Once again, we celebrate and honour the outcomes of these unique collaborative partnerships, which bring together forward looking organisations, expert academic teams, and talented graduates in a three way partnership designed to drive innovation and create positive change – economic, environmental, social.

The KTP Best of the Best Awards reflect the diversity of the positive impacts KTPs can deliver, as well as the breadth of projects and organisations which can benefit from the transformative effects of KTP collaboration. This year there are six Awards categories including a new award for Societal Impact where we recognise KTP projects which have created social or environmental benefit.

The drop down menus below provide a list of the Finalists in that category with a link to more information about the project.

Winners of the KTP Best of the Best Awards 2020 will be revealed at a special “Virtual” Ceremony on Wednesday 9 September at 4pm. Do join us in an immersive experience to find out who has won each of the categories below. You can register for the ceremony here.

Meanwhile, you can keep up to speed with Awards news by following us on twitter @ktnuk_ktp




Download a copy of the Press Release highlighting some of this year's Finalists

Find out more about last year's winners and finalists profiled in our brochure.

This award honours the most outstanding overall partnership; that which has brought the most significant benefits to all three participants, and which best exemplifies innovation through collaboration.

Finalists are:

GAMA Healthcare + Cardiff University + KTP Associate Dr Maria Rubiano

SC-Group Global + University of Exeter + KTP Associate Matt Harvey

Aquacheck Engineering + Manchester Metropolitan University + KTP Associate Dario Chiantello



To be considered for the award, an organisation must be able to demonstrate substantial ongoing impact from their KTP beyond the expectations as set out in their Partnership’s original KTP proposal.


Viper Innovations + University of West of England + KTP Associate Kim Mahoney

Martec + University of Edinburgh + KTP Associate Keith Milne

SBS Insurance + Birmingham City University + KTP Associate Jade Watts

This award, supported by Ashorne Hill, is for Associates who have shown exceptional skills, above and beyond the normal expectations of a KTP Associate, in driving and delivering innovation strategy; demonstrating great teamwork and outstanding leadership potential.

Winners of this category will be announced in advance of the ceremony on 9 September. In the meantime, here are the Finalists:


Associate: Muddasar Anwar 

Company Partner FP McCann Limited

University Partner Queen’s University Belfast 

Project: Using optimisation techniques to develop sustainable drainage systems

Associate: Dmitry Bogachov 

Company Partner: Sandon Global Engraving Technology Limited

University Partner: University of Manchester

Project: Develop materials science and surface engineering for Anilox technology in the flexographic print industry

Associate: Declan Bryans 

Company Partner Mersen UK, Holytown

University Partner University of Strathclyde

Project: To activate Mersen’s material for use in flow batteries leading to enhanced energy storage capability and improved renewable energy management.

Associate: Laurence Foster

Company Partner Platinum Electrical Engineering

University Partner Northumbria University

Project Creating a Building Additive Manufacturing (BAM) capability which ‘prints’ a complete building structure

Associate: Mark Gilmore 

Company Partner Kilwaughter Minerals Ltd

University Partner Queen’s University Belfast

Project: Development of a new class of ionic liquid which is more environmentally friendly and with applications in sectors beyond the original scope 

Associate: Andrew Grounds

Company Partner Ashton Community Trust

University Partner Queen’s University Belfast

Project: Building the commercial resilience of this large social enterprise

Associate: George Harris

Company Partner GJD

University Partner Manchester Metropolitan University

Project: To develop intelligent, IP connected and highly sensitive laser scanner products with corresponding mobile phone application for set up and diagnostics. 

Associate: Dan Hicks 

Company Partner OSET 

University Partner University of Brighton

Project: To embed a scientifically informed design process to streamline and optimise electric trials bike design for adult market 

Associate: Harvey Kangley 

Company Partner Associated Utility Supplies

University Partner University of Huddersfield 

Project: Developing New Product Development strategies for design of novel products in the rail electrification sector.

Associate: Alex Komninos

Company Partner IBM

University Partner University of York

Project: To implement model-based and machine learning methods and tools which transform spreadsheets in to cognitive models

Associate: Xi Liu

Company Partner Kennedys Law LLP

University Partner University of Manchester

Project: To develop and embed an intelligent data driven fraud prevention and detection service to support insurance claim handling utilising ML

Associate: Blessing Mbipom

Company Partner Red Whale (GP Update)

University Partner University of Reading

Project: To develop online training for GPs and other medical staff that is available 24/7 to support CPD and provide alternative/supplement to F2F training

Associate: Leona McGirr

Company Partner Fusion Antibodies plc

University Partner Queen’s University Belfast 

Project: To develop innovative processes to transform the generation and maturation of fully human antibodies for rapid clinical development. 

Associate: Lyndsey McKirdy

Company Partner Aggreko

University Partner University of Strathclyde

Project: Supporting the application of advanced analytics and machine learning to inform development of the next generation of mobile power platforms.

Associate: Swapnil Khadke

Company Partner LONZA

University Partner University of Strathclyde

Project:  To investigate the application of liposome formulations to improve the efficacy of drugs delivered via Lonza’s liquid-filled capsules.

Associate: Khai D Q Nguyen 

Company Partner FormFormForm Ltd

University Partner Queen Mary University of London 

Project: Developing better formulation for silicone composite to extend market for consumer “fixing” brand, Sugru 

Associate: Elle Perschke 

Company Partner British Salt

University Partner The University of Manchester

Project: To create and adopt a B2C marketing strategy for a B2B business, launching a new product in to the consumer market

Associate: Jack Tallant

Company Partner Ace Centre

University Partner Manchester Metropolitan University

Project: Embed advanced data analytics and visualisation to inform strategy and business performance for these support centres for people with disabilities.



Most effective initiative from a KTP Office team, inspired by David Woollard and supported by PraxisAuril


Aston University

North of Scotland KTP Centre



This award is for the team which has introduced an innovative new approach or initiative to any aspect of  KTP promotion, management or delivery, achieving significant benefit in terms of innovation or impact; and in so doing provides a model of best practice for KTP offices. 

About PraxisAuril

PraxisAuril is a world-leading professional association for Knowledge Exchange practitioners PraxisAuril facilitates effective interactions between universities, public sector research organisations, industry partners and government. Our goal is to create the world’s most effective and best-informed Knowledge Exchange practitioners. We do this by focusing on three key areas: DEVELOP, PROMOTE and CONNECT.

We provide training programmes, discussion fora and information resources to help our members DEVELOP.

We PROMOTE the impact of Knowledge Exchange through our policy activity.

We organise conferences and provide communications channels to help CONNECT our community.

PraxisAuril is part of a wider global community of partner organisations and key stakeholders that support Knowledge Exchange.

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".   Agnieszka Bachleda-Baca, MSc Sustainable Engineering - Renewable Energy Systems, KTP Associate    

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 Hermann

"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.” 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
Phil Goddard

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships were not really on my radar but when I found out more about them I realized it was the precise mechanism we needed to realize our innovation goals.  It has transformed our business, taking us in to new markets and bringing in fresh thinking and capability which has made us much better able to develop the kind of ideas which will expand our business for years to come.” 

CEO, CSols Ltd
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


31 July,

KTP Associate saves six weeks in New Product Development cycle

Outstanding engineering skills lead to significant performance enhancements and cost savings on advanced intruder detection products KTP Associate: George Harris Company: GJD University: Manchester Metropolitan…

30 July,

KTP Associate is the go-to person for innovative thinking.

Transforming product design methodology, Harvey Langley exceeds project's financial target by a factor of 4! KTP Associate: Harvey Langley  Company: AUS University: University of Huddersfield…

28 July,

KTP Associate's innovations lead to four patents

Innovative machine learning methods and tools transform spreadsheets into Cognitive models. KTP Associate: Alex Komninos Company: IBM University: University of York About the Project: IBM…

28 July,

Management KTP - recording of Webinar Briefing now available

A recording of the recent Webinar Briefing for Management KTP is now available here. You can download the presentation here. Management Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are…

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