And the Winners are…

Thank you to all who joined us both online and in Liverpool for a dazzling ceremony at St. George’s Hall. Joined by our fantastic host, Suzannah Lipscomb, we witnessed the inspiring work from KTP projects and departments across the UK. 

With additional awards up for grabs at this year’s ceremony, we were treated to even more stories from across the KTP community. From Technical Excellence Award, Changing the World Award and Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership, each finalist and winner highlighted the best of KTP. 

For each of the finalists and winners, you should all be delighted with your hard work. Read on below outlining our winners for the Innovate UK KTP Awards 2022. 

If you missed the awards show, you can catch up here

Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership Award

The Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership Award recognises teams who demonstrate exceptional achievements across all three Partners: Business; Academic; and Associate.

The winners of this award were Cirdan Imaging, Queen’s University Belfast and Jonathan Armstrong who delivered a project to enhance pathology medical device products with clinical expert intelligence derived from an embedded deep learning system. 

The key objectives of the project were to develop and integrate an AI model, for the detection of calcification in mammograms, and to develop an AI model for tumour detection in colon polyp whole slide images.

To learn more about this project and the other finalists, check out our blog detailing their nominations. 

Technical Excellence Award

The Technical Excellence Award recognises partnerships which demonstrate excellence in the application of science, technology, engineering or maths.

The winning project was a KTP between South West Water (SWW), University of Exeter and Joshua Myrans.

The KTP aimed to develop and apply image processing and machine learning methods to automatically detect structural and serviceability faults in sewer pipes using standard CCTV surveys, and use this to develop a novel fault detection software. This fault detection technology would increase the reliability of the sewer network, helping SWW to proactively and effectively manage blockages, collapses and related issues. 

To learn more about the finalists, check out our blog detailing their nominations. 

Business Impact and Transformation Award

Finalists for this award have demonstrated a transformative commercial outlook and accessing academic knowledge to deepen expertise, companies are able to expand their commercial capabilities and exploit market opportunities.  

The winning project was SC Group-Global Limited, University of Exeter and Matthew Harvey for their work on an All-Terrain Mobility Platform (ATMP) hybrid drive vehicle. 

The project developed the expertise required for the propulsion, control and associated ancillary systems for a ‘go anywhere’ high mobility vehicle, for use in hazardous environments, including the defence and emergency services sector.

To learn more about the finalists, check out our blog detailing their nominations. 

Changing the World Award

The Changing The World Award recognises teams who have delivered a societal, social, or environmental impact.

The winners for this particular award were Network 2 Supplies (N2S), Coventry University and Mahsa Baniasadi for their project to develop an in-house bioleaching-based capability using bacteria for the recovery of precious metals from e-waste. This allowed the company to recover precious metals in-house, whilst preserving the environment and preventing health-related issues.

To learn more about the finalists, check out our blog detailing their nominations. 

Best Knowledge Base KTP Support Team

The Best Knowledge Base KTP Support Team Award recognises a team that has influenced and supported sustained high-quality performance in KTP.

The winners were the University of the West of Scotland with Stuart Mckay as the KTP Officer. 

The KTP Centre at UWS currently comprises five staff, providing both pre and post-award support to UWS academics, KTP Associates and business partners across the UK and overseas. As a comparatively small University with around 600 academic staff, UWS punch well above their weight in the UK league table for KTP, and it’s because of this we want to recognise their invaluable contribution to the programme by nominating them for this award. 

To learn more about the finalists, check out our blog detailing their nominations. 

KTP Academic of the Year

This award recognises the outstanding contribution made to KTP by a member of academic staff and the role that they have had in influencing the uptake of KTP throughout their institution.

The winner of the KTP Academic of the year was Dr Faiyaz Doctor from the University of Essex. The project attributed to Dr Faiyaz was with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) to develop a transformative data-driven simulation and deep machine learning capabilities for improving efficiencies in MSC’s shipping and haulage supply chain network in the face of global issues around demand, congestion and space limitations at ports.

To learn more about the finalists, check out our blog detailing their nominations. 

Future Leaders

The Future Leaders Award is for selected 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.

Catherine Campbell
Acheson & Glover Ltd
Queen’s University Belfast

Catherine joined a KTP between Acheson and Queen’s University Belfast which set out to develop a new range of concrete paving stones using surface treatments and additives to improve their performance. They aimed to reduce the tendency of these sites to become urban heat islands whilst also improving their appearance.

Harsh Shah
East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)
De Montfort University

The aim of the project was to develop a Regional Business Research & Intelligence unit to address economic competitiveness. Harsh demonstrated great skill in designing and creating the business model and the operational tasks needed and went on to showcase his strong leadership skills. The result is a new service of great value to the Region and impact for both the Chamber and its members. 

Matthew Holland
Innverva, Shapemaster Global Ltd 
Manchester Metropolitan University

Shapemaster design, manufacture, and sell power-assisted exercise equipment to the leisure and rehabilitation sectors in the UK and Scandinavia. By collaborating with Manchester Metropolitan University, they hoped to embed new-to-company design and modelling capabilities to facilitate the development of new-to-market products, driving significant sales growth in leisure and rehabilitation markets.

Tania Farhat
AV Unibrak
The University of Manchester

The KTP project which saw collaboration with The University of Manchester designed, developed and embedded an Industry 4.0-inspired data-driven business model and management information systems that will support the company’s strategic vision of expansion.

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Future Leaders pt. 2

In the second part of the Future Leaders finalists blog, we take a look at selected 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.

Lulu Qu,
Judge Sampson, University of Brighton

Lulu acted as an Associate during a KTP between the University of Brighton and the leading importer and producer of tourist products – Judge Sampson

The project aimed to implement cutting-edge digital transformation of marketing approaches, and redevelop new business processes that increase productivity, brand recognition and market share. The KTP hoped to attract new design clients, whilst maintaining flexible product customisation for customers.

Lulu was instrumental in directing and influencing the activities of the whole organisation, including implementing new management techniques among the senior leadership team to help keep priorities on track. This included instilling a no-blame culture and turning challenges into growth opportunities, revolutionising how the family business has operated from a process point of view. 

 

Matthew Ellison,
Arktis Endurance Textiles, University of Lincoln

In collaboration with the University of Lincoln, Arktis Endurance Textiles sought to enhance the understanding of load carriage and utilise scientific knowledge to modify designs to reduce musculoskeletal injuries. This KTP aimed to bring scientific principles and biomechanical analysis techniques to enhance the research and development process for police, military and outdoor load-bearing equipment. 

Despite the UK going into its first national lockdown on Matthew‘s first day, the first year of the KTP Workplan was completed within 9-months – a testament to Matthew’s hard work, perseverance and incredible skill set. His ability to communicate and work as part of a team has allowed him to exceed expectations from the beginning.

Within the first 9 months, the team captured motion data to quantify how operational police equipment alters running mechanics. Matthew worked tirelessly to analyse a vast dataset, and identify where vest fit potentially altered running mechanics linked with injury. Matthew led the writing of a patent for the new design, liaising with the patent attorney and only reaching out to the supervisory team to double-check his approach.

Matthew Holland,
Shapemaster, Manchester Metropolitan University

Shapemaster design, manufacture, and sell power-assisted exercise equipment to the leisure and rehabilitation sectors in the UK and Scandinavia. By collaborating with Manchester Metropolitan University, they hoped to embed new-to-company design and modelling capabilities to facilitate the development of new-to-market products, driving significant sales growth in leisure and rehabilitation markets.

The project was a complex, multidisciplinary challenge that required Matthew to synthesise user physiology and exercise and rehabilitation pathways to create a novel design approach that led to the development of industry-first machines. Matthew took ownership of this from day one and displayed exemplary leadership qualities throughout. 

Matthew represented the partnership at academic conferences, where his poster submission won an award and enhanced his, Shapemaster’s, and MMU’s reputation for innovation and impact on the international stage.

Matt Maufe,
Filament AI, University of Warwick

Filament’s collaboration with the University of Warwick aimed to build an intelligent question-answering system (chatbot) using Natural Language Processing. The system ingests a set of text documents and answers user questions, posed in natural language, benefitting clients in a variety of industries.

Matt had a strong positive impact on cohesion and process improvement within the data science team at Filament, having quickly built rapport and become a trusted advisor and mentor. Matt has a natural talent for engaging and building relationships with stakeholders outside his immediate team, which provided vital guidance and direction for the project in recent weeks.

During his short time with Filament so far, Matt has proven himself to be a very capable and dependable member of the team, able to combine his software engineering acumen and innate curiosity with a natural set of interpersonal and time management skills that put him firmly on a steep trajectory towards becoming a future technology leader.

Max Nentwich,
Cambridge Vacuum Engineering, Cranfield University

Laser welding of metallic components using high-powered discs and fibre lasers has become commonplace in the automotive and aerospace manufacturing industries. Laser welding gives very low heat input into a part compared with other welding techniques.

Cambridge Vacuum Engineering, in partnership with Cranfield University, sought to embed novel technical capabilities to commercialise innovative world-leading welding technology. The objectives of this KTP are to understand the key process fundamentals during the melting of metals in a vacuum and the effect of pressure on the stability of liquid metal, weld vapour generation and final joint quality.

Max understood the state of the market in power beam welding with little guidance. His reporting, along with his effective scientific testing methods, has enabled him to establish machine specifications and sales opportunities very early on. Upon finding a solution to a problem, Max is flawless in reporting and presenting the information to less scientifically experienced peers.

Max displays exceptional abilities in areas such as analysing a process to understand the fundamental physics and understanding market opportunities. He successfully took leadership in developing a solution to a problem whilst considering all of the wider factors that affect integrating a technical development from the laboratory onto a mass-production industrial machine.

Nour Rteil,
Techbuyer, University of East London

Techbuyer is a sustainable IT hardware solutions provider that specialises in product life extension for servers, storage and networking. It has an IT Asset Disposition division, which provides secure, environmentally friendly services for the removal and treatment of redundant ICT.

In collaboration with the University of East London and programming and research expert, Nour, this KTP aimed to create and embed sophisticated data centre modelling capabilities focused on driving the circular economy and the green environment agenda.

With a singular ability to carry out the highly technical front line, innovative research, direct research questions and methodology and finally report these in an easily digestible manner, Nour shows all the qualities of a top rate Head of Research. 

Qiong Bu,
Fitfactory Innovations Ltd, University of Liverpool

Qiong (also known as Amber Bu) worked on a KTP with Fitfactory Innovations Ltd. and the University of Liverpool. Fitfactory delivers supply chain management software for manufacturing companies to improve cost, delivery and quality by collaborating with their customers and suppliers. 

The objective of the KTP was the development of a secure digital platform for sharing and trading business intelligence using distributed ledger (blockchain) and privacy-preserving data processing technologies. 

Amber demonstrated an extraordinary ability to apply technologies to business settings, showing strong teamwork and leadership skills. This included leading company participation in the EFPF European-wide consortium for developing a digital European Connected Factory Platform for Agile Manufacturing. 

Amber showed a keen interest in working with students. She proposed and supervised an MSc group project at the University of Liverpool which was focused on exploring the areas directly relevant to the KTP. Amber was also awarded the Outstanding Employee Award by the company last year in reflection of her excellent contribution to Fitfactory Innovations.

Sara Bru Garcia,
The Together Agency, University of Nottingham

Dr Sara Bru Garcia joined a KTP with the University of Nottingham and The Together Agency. Together is a creative marketing agency based in Nottingham, providing services in digital, social media, brand and packaging design.

The KTP aimed to create and embed methodologies to provide behavioural psychology insights to the enhancement of the agency’s reputation, development of the communication/brand strategy and shape client campaigns and projects.

Sara was successful in applying these methodologies to a sophisticated model of behaviour change that synthesizes different psychological barriers (and ways to overcome them) and applied them to the company processes within the Together Agency. To embed this complex model into the Agency, Sara trained professionals new to behavioural science on how to use the models and approach clients’ briefs from a behavioural perspective, which posed several operational and cultural challenges within the company.

The result was a shift in the way Together Agency staff approach projects, including consideration of how behavioural science could impact the work from the early stages.

Sara also increased collaboration with academic groups, including a collaboration between the School of Psychology, the School of English, the Together Agency and Healthcare Research Worldwide. This resulted in an academic publication on the process of bringing together science and creative marketing and communications.

Sneha Parajuli,
SDG Construction Ltd, Queen’s University Belfast

This KTP between SDG, Queen’s University Belfast and Sneha as the Associate, aimed to develop a more strategic and proactive approach to understanding, managing, and engaging with customers and other key stakeholders within their supply chain. 

The KTP strove to restructure the business in an ambitious way. Notably, to improve accountability and create a culture of innovation, to identify opportunities to utilise data to drive activity and provide insights from data. 

Sneha’s role was a significant success possessing key leadership skills that drove the project and the company forward. Despite challenges during the Covid lockdown, Sneha quickly earned a reputation for being analytical, detailed, tenacious, innovative/disruptive, a completer, and a team player. She quickly achieved buy-in from the team by spotting inefficiencies and creating new processes. Additionally, the creation of an innovative knowledge hub, known as ‘SDG Academy’ reflected her commitment to going above and beyond for the KTP. 

Tania Farhat,
AV Unibrak, The University of Manchester

AV Unibrak is one of the UK’s largest independent ventilation companies, which has been providing ventilation solutions for over 20 years.

The KTP project which saw collaboration with The University of Manchester designed, developed and embedded an Industry 4.0-inspired data-driven business model and management information systems that will support the company’s strategic vision of expansion.

Tania demonstrated expertise in operational design, digital systems and change management which combined improved the business performance long term. Tania’s ability to take employees on a journey of change is exemplary.

Register for the KTP Awards 2022

The KTP Awards recognise the people and partnerships behind the UK’s most inspiring and successful KTP projects. Highlighting these outstanding partnerships is just the tip of the iceberg, with more than 800 inspiring collaborations currently happening across the country.

If you want to attend the awards virtually or apply to join us in person, you can register here.

Future Leaders pt.1

Once again, at the Innovate UK KTP Awards, we will be celebrating The Future Leaders Award, for selected 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.

In this first blog post, see who is in contention for this award at the Innovate UK KTP Awards, happening in Liverpool on 12th October (register here). Stay tuned for the second part of this blog to be posted tomorrow. 

Beth Wilson,
Harris Tweed Hebrides, Robert Gordon University

During Covid 19 lockdown, Beth Wilson moved to the isles of Lewis and Harris to embark on a KTP to explore new product developments and new international markets. The KTP’s aim was to provide year-round and sustainable business demand for Harris Tweed Hebrides and the home weaver industry.

In collaboration with Robert Gordon University, Beth developed a first-of-its-kind range of natural, undyed yarns within the Harris Tweed industry. Additionally, Beth identified a significant research gap in the global wool industry with regard to the composability of dyed wool.

Not only did Beth’s design skills significantly reduce design lead time and environmental impact, but her input as a sustainability champion also allowed the business to focus more on its sustainability plans with Beth leading a cross-department working group to implement changes at every stage of production. 

Beth’s extensive research into product development demonstrated the long-term benefits of reducing issues around seasonality, as well as benefits to rural communities’ economy through the numerous improvements instigated across the mill site.

Calum McCormack,
Aggreko, Glasgow Caledonian University

Calum’s KTP with Glasgow Caledonian University enabled the development of an Internet of Things (IoT) device and a strategy for deploying Aggreko‘s advanced analytics suite from the cloud to the Edge, allowing sites in remote locations to benefit from their robust machine learning analytics. 

Having undertaken the anticipated project activities, Calum exceeded expectations by taking a leading role in a number of aspects of the research and development during the KTP. Not only did Calum procure hardware for testing and evaluation, towards selecting a general Edge hardware specification, but he also built, managed and improved plans and system designs for software and hardware solutions. 

Calum successfully developed software infrastructure to allow integration with existing physical assets, monitoring and analysing capabilities whilst utilising proven Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) hardware and software as much as possible to reduce overhead costs.

Catherine Campbell,
Acheson and Glover, Queen’s University Belfast

Acheson and Glover Limited is a renowned and respected designer, developer, manufacturer and distributor of best-in-class walling, paving and facing brick. They operate in commercial and domestic markets across the UK and Ireland. 

Catherine joined a KTP between Acheson and Queen’s University Belfast which set out to develop a new range of concrete paving stones using surface treatments and additives to improve their performance. They aimed to reduce the tendency of these sites to become urban heat islands whilst also improving their appearance.

Catherine brought advanced technical knowledge to the project and showed her abilities in fostering collaboration across multiple stakeholders and leading the team to the successful design of innovative new products. This new product was brought to market ahead of schedule with the critical thinking behind it so successful that Catherine was invited to present at the “4th International Conference on Bio-Based Building Materials”, alongside her findings being published in the journal “Construction Technologies and Architecture.”

In addition to these achievements, Catherine leads the Environmental section of the team, coordinating waste reduction activity and developing and driving the use of the carbon footprint calculator.

Chuan Liu,
Motor Design Limited, University of Nottingham

Chuan Liu was the Associate on a KTP with Motor Design Limited and the University of Nottingham which aimed to develop a fast and accurate modelling capability to simulate and design oil spray cooling systems for the next generation of electric traction motors. 

The project sought to transfer knowledge from real-world testing and academic research to develop practical modelling capabilities for motor design engineers.

Chuan’s hard work on this KTP led to Motor Design’s Motor-CAD capabilities, which will make it a globally leading product. Additionally, the KTP generated a new understanding of spray cooling and directly contributed to the UK’s aerospace electrical machine technology roadmaps published by the University’s Aerospace Technologies Institute. Chuan presented this work at the Motor-CAD Global Summit in 2021 and also presented a paper at IEEE- Energy Conversion Congress and Expo (ECCE) 2021.

Edward Blissitt,
Motive Offshore Group, The University of Aberdeen

Edward embarked on a KTP with the University of Aberdeen to use new data capturing and analysis techniques to digitalise both processes and equipment currently used by Motive Offshore Group

Throughout his placement, Edward was responsible for the creation of a wire monitoring system in terms of its design, manufacture, coding, testing and production. This system is a non-intrusive data acquisition and monitoring device, designed to be retrofitted onto existing pieces of rental fleet equipment, transforming the previously inanimate machine into a form of a data stream.

Edward became the focal point for technology and new developments within the company,  which saw the development and deployment of a new route-to-market strategy whereby all pieces of Motive rental equipment are fitted with a new system. The leadership skills Edward showed in this role resulted in Motive offering him the role of R&D Lead once the KTP project concludes. Here, he will be responsible for developing and managing the company’s new R&D department, creating new technologies and further driving change within the business.

Emmanuel I. Epelle,
ACS Clothing Limited, University of the West of Scotland

Emmanuel worked on a KTP project with ACS Clothing and the University of the West of Scotland to develop an improved, scalable and environmentally friendly means of continuous garment sanitisation using ozone technology. 

The project aimed to increase the operational efficiency of the company by embedding chemical photochemistry, microbiology and automation expertise in the development of this sanitisation system.

The work from the KTP resulted in the successfully developed design of the novel automated system, a patent for the invention, a novel PhD research proposal, and the development of a new funding proposal to Scottish Enterprise. Emmanuel is also now a registered member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). 

Harsh Shah,
East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), De Montfort University

The East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) is a non-profit, leading business organisation representing more than 4,100 businesses – small to large, local to international.  The Chamber is renowned across the region for enhancing East Midlands businesses.

The aim of the project was to develop a Regional Business Research & Intelligence unit to address economic competitiveness. Harsh demonstrated great skill in designing and creating the business model and the operational tasks needed and went on to showcase his strong leadership skills. The result is a new service of great value to the Region and impact for both the Chamber and its members. 

Harsh has been recognised for both his technical and leadership abilities through awards. After a successful application, he took part in the Alan Turing Institute’s Data Study Group resolving challenges for Siemens and Rolls-Royce and won the “Data Driven Approach” award for his enthusiasm and determination; he has also been invited to join their Data Skills Taskforce. He has also been shortlisted as a finalist for the Excellence in Innovation and Technology Award at the Generation Next Awards. 

Jacob Mitchell,
SPTS Technologies Ltd, Swansea University

Jacob joined the KTP project between SPTS Technologies and Swansea University to develop new capabilities on a completely new tool platform (Molecular Deposition System). The aim was to create an exemplary process and application-driven innovation, develop a joint demo facility, showcase SPTS tools, and embed design, fabrication and systems knowledge within SPTS.

During the project, Jacob went above and beyond by highlighting new market areas and potential customers within the medical and energy storage sectors providing significant areas of growth for the company. He also supported the development of, and

lectured on, an MSc programme for compound semiconductor technology. 

With the success of his work, the project captured the attention of SPTS’ parent company – US-based KLA. As a result, KLA wants to encourage more collaboration with universities and support a continued focus on KTPs.

Joshua Green,
James Robinson Specialty Ingredients, University of Manchester

In collaboration with the University of Manchester, Joshua aimed to develop, embed and exploit expertise and capabilities in the synthesis and design of Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence materials in order to expand James Robinson‘s product portfolio in advanced materials chemistry.

Having conducted synthetic chemistry research into new materials for OLED applications, Joshua demonstrated excellent technical expertise which led him to successfully orchestrate the coordination of academic, industrial, and funding stakeholders under challenging circumstances.

Joshua’s work as a researcher led to the writing of a patent covering highly novel materials within an incredibly crowded intellectual property space. He helped install several crucial pieces of equipment for his project and others, in the absence of engineers due to the COVID pandemic.

Juliette Farrell,
Elite Bedding Company Ltd, University of Strathclyde

The aim of this KTP was to develop knowledge and capabilities in New Product Development in retail and eCommerce at Elite Bedding Company Ltd.  The KTP aimed to embed new technologies within the core business to increase operational productivity, whilst producing an alternative income stream.

During Juliette’s KTP, she worked on product development, website development, brand development, finance, production management and sales. Juliette has shown aptitude in many skills over the last 2 years. She kept the KTP progressing by managing the

communication and ongoing work between Strathclyde University and Elite during a pandemic which required her to keep motivated and showed real drive. 

Juliette successfully managed to sell Elite’s first-ever products online (under the Poco brand) and is now applying the knowledge she has to Elite Contract Furniture giving the business a new lease of life and bringing them into the 21st century.

Without Juliette, there would be no Poco Dog Beds. Juliette single-handedly designed and brought to life the brand and products, creating all the sales channels and marketing.

Kate Turley,
Chroma Lighting, Ulster University

In collaboration with Ulster University and Chroma Lighting, Kate helped develop a computing platform to support people with dementia. This platform has the goal to sense behavioural expressions and alter environmental factors in order to reduce stress and increase overall well-being.

Kate’s self-directed, professional, manner along with her effective approach, led to the timely development of the solution; notably incorporating effective management and mitigation of the slippages/issues which typically affect complex software and hardware development projects such as this one.

Crucially, Kate effectively navigated ethical and clinical processes related to operating a trial. This is a truly multidisciplinary project which required a deep understanding of a range of domains such as software development, systems architecture, clinical studies, research governance, ethics, product design and data science. 

In all these domains, Kate exceeded the needs of the project. This project would not have progressed as well as it has done without Kate driving this forward

Register for the KTP Awards 2022

The KTP Awards recognise the people and partnerships behind the UK’s most inspiring and successful KTP projects. Highlighting these outstanding partnerships is just the tip of the iceberg, with more than 800 inspiring collaborations currently happening across the country.

If you want to attend the awards virtually or apply to join us in person, you can register here.

Technical Excellence Award

This year’s KTP Awards are celebrating the hard work of KTP support teams across the country. The Technical Excellence Award recognises partnerships which demonstrate excellence in the application of science, technology, engineering or maths.

 Read on to see who is in contention for this award at the Innovate UK KTP Awards, happening in Liverpool on 12th October (register here).

 

inov-8
The University of Manchester
Dr Nadiim Domun as the Associate

The need to prolong the lifespan of a shoe both from an environmental and financial point of view for committed trail and ultra runners, adventure-seeking hikers and fitness athletes is increasingly growing. 

inov-8 is one of the world’s leading in all-terrain footwear, clothing, and equipment brands. Operating in over 60 countries, inov-8 pride itself in designing high-quality, innovative products in both running, hiking and fitness sectors.

 The objectives of this KTP were to develop, embed and exploit graphene-rubber and graphene-PU foam formulations for new footwear ranges, by drawing from the University of Manchester’s world-leading graphene technology. 

inov-8 is the first-ever sports footwear company to introduce graphene into sports shoes. Graphene, the world’s most robust material, has been infused in the rubber outsoles of their shoes, making them tougher and more durable than any other soft rubber outsoles on the market. 

The graphene-enhanced rubber outsoles and foam-cushioned midsoles increase the elastic and hard-wearing properties by properties by 50%, and subsequently increase the lifespan of their shoes. 

 Significant media coverage associated with the project enhanced the university’s reputation, consolidating its position as a world leader in materials science.

In leading this project, Dr Domun gained a wealth of commercial and management skills. After accepting a role at inov-8 as Senior Materials Engineer, they continue to support product innovation and collaboration with the knowledge base.

The KTP has been a catalyst in providing growth, increase in global revenue as well as delivering product innovation to a niche market. The incorporation of graphene in footwear has enabled inov-8 to excel and deliver significant performance advantages over competitors.  

IGS
James Hutton Institute / Scotland’s Rural College
Dr Elliot Erskine as the Associate

The importance of food safety and security cannot be overstated, and interest in vertical farming has increased in the last 2 years. 

IGS provides Vertical Farm solutions as well as designs, manufactures, and instals and supports their global customer base with their innovative Growth Tower product. 

 The KTP intended to incorporate James Hutton Institute’s (and later, SRUC’s) microbiological expertise into IGS’s controlled environment agriculture Growth Tower, to understand the impact of the novel vertical farming technology on food safety. 

To accomplish the above, the objectives were to identify the potential microbial hazards for single target crop species, incorporate next-generation sequencing and taxonomic identification, and develop a risk framework examining the hazards through the crop production process.

 The risk framework completed went beyond a single crop species to look at the hazards across multiple compartments of IGS’s Growth Tower and spanned the air, water, substrate, and seeds of both short- and long-term crops.

The value of a comprehensive microbial risk assessment is in the assurance that it

provides to customers – that the Growth Tower can achieve (and exceed) food safety standards in their chosen markets. This improved competitiveness over other controlled environment technology providers.

Complexities surrounding predicting bacterial contamination of leafy greens eliminate the possibility of using end-product testing to ensure food safety. Dr Erskine built a model examining the probabilities of contamination within the irrigation system causing foodborne illness in a consumer.

Using mathematical models, Dr Erkine undertook an initial prototype design and deployment of a web-based application that allows customers and IGS employees to interact with the risk register and select inputs based on their situation, giving them the ability to assess modifications to processes and procedures. 

An additional outcome was the development; of a bespoke management plan which supported the donation of perishable food to communities throughout the pandemic.

 The KTP has raised the profile of IGS in the food safety field and is helping to establish the reputation of IGS as a leader in vertical farming technology. The scientific content of the project built on James Hutton Institute’s previous work to understand the risks associated with the transmission of harmful pathogens via leafy vegetables, and provided the institute with further recognition within the scientific community.

 The Partnership brought together all 4 areas of STEM, using synergies across the partnership to build an academic and industrial understanding of food safety in vertical farming.

 

South West Water Limited
University of Exeter
Joshua Myrans as the Associate

South West Water (SWW) provides reliable, efficient and high-quality drinking water and wastewater services to a population of roughly 2.2 million. When the water industry moved out of the public sector, SWW inherited outdated infrastructure which had been outgrown by the populations they served. Consequently, they have invested heavily in modernisation, aligning them with stringent environmental standards and regulations.

 The inspection and maintenance of SWW’s infrastructure are key to maintaining optimal services. These networks are the core of SWW’s business model as they provide vital resources to communities, safely manage effluent to prevent pollution and protect the surrounding environment.

 For the University of Exeter’s academic team, the KTP would provide an industry-focused, real-world application of machine learning and image processing techniques. Their team would be exposed to the most up-to-date engineering practices in detecting sewer faults and running wastewater systems.

 The KTP aimed to develop and apply image processing and machine learning methods to automatically detect structural and serviceability faults in sewer pipes using standard CCTV surveys, and use this to develop a novel fault detection software. This fault detection technology would increase the reliability of the sewer network, helping SWW to proactively and effectively manage blockages, collapses and related issues. 

Expected results include a reduction in pollution and negative impacts on customers, an increased business cost efficiency, avoidance of regulatory penalties and a new income stream to SWW through software commercialisation.

 The project aims were achieved by developing, testing, validating and demonstrating the new fault detection technology. The suite of tools developed utilises powerful machine learning and computer vision techniques to identify the presence, type 

and details of a sewer fault, making it possible to automate the identification of sewer defects from CCTV surveys for the first time in the UK water industry. 

The KTP played a pivotal role in increasing the company’s capability to process historical and new survey data, predicting a reduction of up to 30% in the time taken to produce a sewer survey. Myrans was awarded a prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship to fully flesh out this fledgling technology for the needs of the water industry.

SWW hopes that the findings of this KTP will enable the automatic identification and coding of sewer faults to all UK water and sewerage companies.

Register for the KTP Awards 2022

The KTP Awards recognise the people and partnerships behind the UK’s most inspiring and successful KTP projects. Highlighting these outstanding partnerships is just the tip of the iceberg, with more than 800 inspiring collaborations currently happening across the country.

If you want to attend the awards virtually or join us in person, you can register here.

The Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership Award

This year’s KTP Awards are celebrating the outstanding work of KTP projects across the country. The Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership Award recognises teams who demonstrate exceptional achievements across all three Partners: Business; Academic; and Associate.

 Read on to see who is in contention for this award at the Innovate UK KTP Awards, happening in Liverpool on 12th October (register here).

Cirdan Imaging Ltd
Queen’s University Belfast
Jonathan Armstrong as the Associate

Globally, there is a dwindling number of pathologists and biomedical scientists. A reduced workforce, early detection testing and an ageing population are increasing pathologists’ workload, which in turn can lead to delays in patient treatment leading to poorer patient outcomes. To solve this crisis, a solution to increase productivity is required.

Cirdan designs, manufactures and supplies innovative imaging solutions that enhance and speed-up clinical diagnostic processes by streamlining operations in clinical laboratories worldwide. The company’s vision is to improve well-being through innovation, with a focus on intelligent solutions for pathology.

Collaborating with Queen’s University Belfast allowed the academic team to apply their knowledge to the medical image-based diagnosis sector to create a real-world impact.

The overall aim of the project was to enhance pathology medical device products with clinical expert intelligence derived from an embedded deep learning system. The major objectives of the project were to develop and integrate an AI model, for the detection of calcification in mammograms, and to develop an AI model for tumour detection in colon polyp whole slide images.

As the KTP progressed, and the technology advanced, an additional objective was included. The KTP wanted to maximise impact and reach by providing AI classifications and algorithm execution as Azure cloud deployment, to tie into the company’s move to the cloud.

Jonathan developed two AI products, firstly an AI algorithm for Cirdan’s CoreLite x-ray product. This allows customers worldwide to send a secure image and receive an annotated result. Secondly, in collaboration with a consultant pathologist from the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast, a 95% accuracy cloud-based AI algorithm for detecting tumours in any polyp image.

With support from leading academics and the motivated and dynamic Associate, this project has been central in helping Cirdan define a data analytics vision, taking the original AI concept for the business and working with key stakeholders to develop machine learning solutions.

Due to the success of the KTP’s collaborations, Cirdan has evolved into the Pathology Data Analytics and AI sphere. The knowledge transferred in this partnership embedded invaluable expertise in deep learning and cloud base AI solutions, allowing Cirdan to offer AI-enabled products and software to their global healthcare partners.

 

Partnership Medical Ltd
Aston University
Thien Duong as the Associate

Endoscopes are multi-use medical devices that can’t be sterilised in an autoclave because of sensitive materials and electronics. The potential for cross-infection occurring due to inadequate/improper cleaning and disinfection procedures is high.

Contaminated scopes represent a significant risk to patients who often have compromised immune systems. In the US, deaths have been reported due to endoscopy-acquired
infection which led to a tightening of legislation, increasing costs and decreasing the availability of endoscopy-related provisions.

Partnership Medical is a medical device manufacturer which distributes low-cost consumable products. The primary KTP objective was to replace inconsistent manual cleaning with an automated, consistent, controllable process to improve cleanliness and deliver high-level disinfection to minimise/eradicate cross-infection. By collaborating with Aston University, Aston benefited from a new avenue of research into biologically-active nanoparticles

The formulation created by Thien along with the newly created automated endoscope-washing machine transpired into the ability to completely clean an endoscope, direct from the clinic, in just five minutes. The hygiene levels achieved far surpassed those currently possible using conventional manual procedures employed worldwide today.

This KTP played a pivotal role in the way endoscopes will be cleaned in hospitals and clinics in future. The process is quick, cheap, and easy to perform with automation ensuring complete and reproducible cleaning. The outcomes of this KTP will enable more scope-based procedures to be completed each day, and at the same time, prevent people from dying from infections caused by contaminated scopes.

 

Techbuyer
University of East London
Nour Rteil as the Associate

The digital sector appears as part of the solution in each of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, resulting in data centre expansion predicted to increase 500% globally by 2030. Finding solutions that reuse and reconfigure servers is essential to achieve development goals.

Techbuyer is a sustainable IT hardware solutions provider that specialises in product life extension for servers, storage and networking. It has an IT Asset Disposition division, which provides secure, environmentally friendly services for the removal and treatment of redundant ICT.

In collaboration with the University of East London and programming and research expert, Nour, this KTP aimed to create and embed sophisticated data centre modelling capabilities focused on driving the circular economy and the green environment agenda.

The focus was to quantifiably demonstrate where data centre IT systems could save money without compromising on quality or service in terms of computing power, by deploying optimally refurbished computer systems rather than buying new and scrapping the old.

The KTP changed the understanding of how servers work and the decision-making processes data centre managers go through when refreshing hardware. Its results have informed other research projects, and government policy and created a first-to-market tool for businesses to use in their carbon and energy reporting.

This benchmark testing was the first worldwide to prove that there is no performance degradation in refurbished servers compared to the same make and model of new. It was also the first to compare performance and energy efficiency on different generations of machines with appropriate component-level upgrades.

The KTP demonstrated clearly that central processing units no longer double in performance every two years, that many performance increases can be achieved by upgrading other components such as storage and RAM, and that there is now a very real case for upgrading older machines with immediate past generations rather than new ones.

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The Changing The World Award

This year’s KTP Awards are celebrating the hard work of KTP teams across the country. The Changing The World Award recognises teams who have delivered a societal, social, or environmental impact.

 Read on to see who is in contention for this award at the Innovate UK KTP Awards, happening in Liverpool on 12th October (register here).

Network 2 Supplies
Coventry University
Mahsa Baniasadi as the Associate

 Over 50 million tons of electronic waste are generated globally each year. With only 20% formerly recycled, e-waste is routinely shipped overseas for disposal where it is burned through inefficient extraction processes, exposing workers and ecosystems to toxic by-products. 

Worldwide, rare metals including gold, silver, copper and platinum worth an estimated €55bn, are lost annually. Not only is this a major issue for the planet, but also for society who is running out of critical materials.

This KTP, in collaboration with Coventry University, aimed to develop an in-house bioleaching-based capability using bacteria for the recovery of precious metals from e-waste, allowing the company to recover precious metals in-house, whilst preserving the environment and preventing health-related issues.

Mahsa played a key role in the delivery and evolution of this project as the Senior Biotechnologist/Laboratory Manager. 

The development of a sustainable solution for the recovery of precious metals from Printed Circuit Boards has allowed Network 2 Supplies to become one of the first companies in the UK to use processes that don’t include incineration, large quantities of chemicals and acids to recover these metallic elements. 

As a result of this KTP, their staff are now able to test printed circuit boards recovered from e-waste and assess composition and value. This has allowed them to pave the way for sustainable processes for the recycling and recovery of valuable metals and elements, using methods and techniques acquired as part of the KTP.

 

Royal Horticultural Society
Cranfield University
Janet Manning as the Associate

A changing climate, population growth, urbanisation and rising competition for water supplies are all concerns of the climate crisis. The Royal Horticultural Society collaborated with Cranfield University and water management specialist, Janet, to try and tackle the water challenges facing horticulture and gardeners today in which water demand is greatest at times of least water supply.

RHS is the UK’s leading gardening charity that provides advice and services to its 620,000+ members. They receive 2.9 million visitors to their gardens and over half a million visitors to their high profile RHS Shows each year. 

This KTP addressed the risks associated with the dependence of ornamental horticulture, including gardening, on water, while promoting the role of improved water management in sustainable gardening, and in protecting the environment and building resilience to climatic changes and extremes.

Their interactive Mains2Rains website has encouraged gardeners, new and old, from those with only a balcony to allotments and gardens, to pledge to adopt simple measures to save water.

By the end of the project, gardeners had committed to an average annual saving of over 10.6 million litres of mains water, a saving that has continued to increase since the KTP with pledges to save a total of 34.73 million litres of mains water in an average year made on the Mains2Rains site. This had multiple benefits for people, the environment and society including improved well-being, reduced flood risk, biodiversity benefits, deferred investment and climate change mitigation.

The project appealed to a diverse audience and proved to be inclusive as over 25% of Mains2Rains users were “novice gardeners”, and almost 50% were aged between 18-44. The results of the KTP increased attractiveness to the new generation of gardeners who are increasingly looking to adopt sustainable practices as they recognise the mental health and well-being benefits of gardening.

This could in hand be down to the phenomenal reach at scale demonstrated through the KTP promoting its findings across 7 national/regional TV programmes, 27 radio broadcasts and 12 national newspaper articles in addition to a water management garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021 and other high profile gardening exhibitions.

Cranfield University and the RHS continue to collaborate to promote improved water management in gardening and wider horticulture, including on the ongoing Mains2Rains campaign (www.mains2rains.uk), researching rainwater harvesting opportunities within both the RHS and nationally to help deliver improved drought resilience and reduced mains water consumption; and in seeking further research and funding opportunities.

 

W & J Knox Ltd
Abertay University
Ryan Ganfield as the Associate

W & J Knox has a 240-year history as a manufacturer of netting products. They provide customised nets for sports, aquaculture, and bespoke situations. They are both a leading supplier of nets and a provider of a range of net products and services for the UK aquaculture industry.

They aimed to develop processes to extract high-value commercial products from aquatic waste materials which are retrieved during net servicing to align with Zero Waste Scotland’s pledge to reduce waste sent to landfill while generating innovative new business opportunities.

Providing sustainable growth to Scottish aquaculture is the primary focus of W & J Knox. Over the last decade, they have been the leader in innovative predator-resistant netting to reduce breaches and escapes. 

 The purpose of the partnership with Abertay University was to assess the commercial viability of potential by-products from the aquatic waste materials which are retrieved during aquaculture net servicing. The KTP aimed to valorise the organic fraction of net service waste generated by the net washing process. 

 Their service site is the largest in the UK typically handling 1000 nets per year. When operational, the processes developed during the KTP resulted in the diversion of roughly 30% of net service waste and provided an income stream to the company. 

This KTP has been the turning point for the academics involved, as it showed proof of concept, increased the scalability of the process and provided a niche for the academic team to exploit within the sector.

W & J Knox was purchased by Selstad in 2021 as they saw innovation embedded into the business through this KTP. This acquisition means that the redirection of waste (organic, inorganic and plastic) is now being embedded throughout the aquaculture sector from Scotland to Iceland, Norway, and South Africa. But more importantly, it is now being applied to other sectors as well, such as fisheries and offshore oil rigs/gas and is sustainable within our oceans through their parent company.

This KTP has led to a change in prioritising the reduction in, and reuse of, waste. With thanks to Ryan, recycling of waste has driven a reduction in dependency on landfill as it’s redirected into several different streams, organic waste that can be utilised as fertiliser and plastic waste which can be further reused.

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The KTP Awards recognise the people and partnerships behind the UK’s most inspiring and successful KTP projects. Highlighting these outstanding partnerships is just the tip of the iceberg, with more than 800 inspiring collaborations currently happening across the country.

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Business Impact and Transformation Award

At the 2022 Innovate UK KTP Awards, we’ll be recognising the partnerships that have continued to demonstrate outstanding impact with the Business Impact and Transformation Award. Finalists for this award have demonstrated a transformative commercial outlook and accessing academic knowledge to deepen expertise, companies are able to expand their commercial capabilities and exploit market opportunities.  

Read on to see who is in contention for this award at the Innovate UK KTP Awards, happening in Liverpool on 12th October (register here).

Axial3D,
Ulster University,
Luke Donnelly

Axial3D specializes in patient-specific medical 3D imaging and modelling to enhance surgical planning, save time and costs, and improve patient outcomes.

The aim of the KTP, with Ulster University and Luke Donnelly, was to develop a 3D web-based visualisation system, for use by medical professionals, enabling realistic and accurate representation of anatomy at a pre-production stage.

During the KTP, Axial3D increased employment and revenues, with the company’s case study presented at SXSW2019. This was cited as the world’s first renal operation using 3D printing, with the consultant hailing the technology as “invaluable” in pre-operative planning. The company’s solutions are now used in approximately 350 hospitals aiming to add another 300 hospitals in 2022. 

The UK Government Health Secretary exemplified Axial3D as 

“helping to transform surgery by providing 3D-printed models of specific parts of a patient’s own body. Axial3D uses machine learning-based segmentation algorithms to automatically produce patient-specific 3D anatomical models within 24 to 48 hours.”

Roger Johnston, CEO of Axial3D said:  

“We have an opportunity in front of us to fundamentally change patient-specific care around the world. We believe that traditional 2D imaging will be replaced by 3D imaging as the basis for new standards of care over the next few years.” 

 

Johnson Test Papers,
University of Wolverhampton,
Caitlin Forster

Johnson Test Papers has been manufacturing easy-to-use rapid tests since 1938 providing fast and accurate results. Their broad range of products covers everything from simple pH testing, water analysis, production processes and measurements of special food parameters.

The KTP worked with the University of Wolverhampton and Caitlin Forster to research, develop and manufacture a novel portable reagent test kit for testing for pollutants in water, sewage, soils and gases.

The project has made a significant impact within the industry by introducing fast, easy-to-use and economically priced test kits for parameters which have long been slow and cumbersome procedures. This new method of analysis has made it more accessible and user-friendly allowing even those not skilled in Chemistry to be able to perform such tests and implement improvements and in turn improve the quality of life for others in regions where it is needed most, in particular for water and environmental analysis.

Additionally, one of the biggest outcomes of the KTP, coupled with the KTP that was completed at Johnson Test Papers previously (2014-2016), is that it directly led to the start of a third KTP which further improves and introduces novel test kits to this industry.

SC Group-Global Limited,
University of Exeter,
Matthew Harvey

SC Group’s (SC) principal activity is research and development, design, prototyping, manufacturing, sale and support of high mobility vehicles and other systems across the defence, emergency services and energy sectors. 

The All-Terrain Mobility Platform (ATMP) hybrid drive KTP project with the University of Exeter and Matthew Harvey developed the expertise required for the propulsion, control and associated ancillary systems for a ‘go anywhere’ high mobility vehicle, for use in hazardous environments, including the defence and emergency services sector.

Throughout the project, SC Group has had to upskill enabling them to undertake electric vehicle activities. The team has now established the necessary infrastructure to develop and manufacture high-performance off-road vehicles, to cross a variety of terrains and SC has gained significant contemporary expertise on hybrid electric powertrains. These new capabilities can be adapted for a variety of situations and retrofitted to off-road vehicles. Various sectors can utilise this technology to improve operational capability whilst protecting the planet. 

These outcomes have been transformative to the SC Group, the academic team and increasingly for the defence sector, with SC shifting from ‘not knowing what it didn’t know’ about hybrid and electric vehicles and is now recognised as a leader in hybrid and electric drive in defence and other sectors.

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The KTP Awards recognise the people and partnerships behind the UK’s most inspiring and successful KTP projects. Highlighting these outstanding partnerships is just the tip of the iceberg, with more than 800 inspiring collaborations currently happening across the country.

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KTP Academic of the Year Award

At the 2022 Innovate UK KTP Awards, we have introduced a new category: KTP Academic of the Year Award. This award recognises the outstanding contribution made to KTP by a member of academic staff and the role that they have had in influencing the uptake of KTP throughout their institution.

Read on to see who is in contention for this award at the Innovate UK KTP Awards, happening in Liverpool on 12th October (register here).

Professor Berthold Lausen, University of Essex,
Profusion Media Ltd,
Juan Pablo Equihua Linares as the Associate

Profusion is a data agency that specialises in predictive modelling, email marketing, business intelligence and customer satisfaction. At their core, they help their clients to monetise their data – whether that involves increasing customer engagement and sales, optimising their operations or simply learning about their customer’s business needs.

The vision of the company and a key objective of the KTP was to build a product that will help democratise the use of AI for digital marketers so that they are liberated to be more creative – which in this KTP applies to charities and foundations.

The academic working on this KTP was Professor Lausen who has over 35 years of experience as a medical and trial statistician and data scientist. During the highly successful first KTP project between Profusion Data Science and the University of Essex, Professor Berthold Lausen encouraged Profusion to engage with Masters Data Science students and acted as the University supervisor of former students now working for Profusion. 

Juan Equihua, the KTP Associate, received highly encouraging support from all members of the interdisciplinary academic team. Berthold encouraged Juan to start a PhD in Data Science in parallel to his role as KTP Associate. 

The two have co-supervised several placement students of the Profusion Data Academy, and Juan took a leading role in recruiting and managing the Essex students at Profusion. The Data Academy placement and KTP resulted in an industry-funded PhD studentship supervised by Berthold at the University of Essex.

Dr Faiyaz Doctor, University of Essex
Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
Ahmad Khaliq as the Associate

Dr Faiyaz Doctor is an academic, innovator and applied technology specialist with over 15 years of experience in the development and application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques in research and commercial areas.

Mediterranean Shipping Group is a world leader in global container shipping, the second largest shipping company in the world by capacity (2019), offering global service with local knowledge. MSC (UK) delivers a professional, efficient service tailored to the specific needs of its clients.

Faiyaz has extensive experience in working with Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and has led projects across several sectors, including healthcare, property, digital marketing and facilities management. His expertise in knowledge transfer and effective partnership-building has been fundamental to the development of the University of Essex’s relationship with MSC (UK). 

A former KTP Associate himself, Faiyaz’s contribution to the KTP with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has been exceptional, from successfully leading a cross-discipline project working across faculty with other academics from the Department of Mathematics to mentoring the KTP Associate -Ahmad Khaliq.

The project is developing transformative data-driven simulation and deep machine learning capabilities for improving efficiencies in MSC’s shipping and haulage supply chain network in the face of global issues around demand, congestion and space limitations at ports.

Dr Mohammed Yaseen, University of the West of Scotland
ACS Clothing Limited
Dr Emmanuel I. Epelle as the Associate

Dr Mohammed Yaseen the lead academic has shown multi-disciplinary skills & leadership leading to knowledge translation, a new capability in the business, and enhancing KTP Associate personal development.

For 25 years ACS Clothing has specialised in rental fulfilment and clothing renewal for fashion brands & high-street retailers. ACS manages the transport to/from customers, sanitisation, cleaning, repairs, storage and picking of garments. After defining and perfecting their innovative and scalable fulfilment solution for the traditional men’s formal hire market, they have recently expanded into new markets within the fashion industry (womenswear, babywear and PPE) and are proud to have enabled the shift from clothing ownership to access. 

The project between ACS Clothing and the University of the West of Scotland aimed to embed automation, physical chemistry, and microbiological expertise, in the design, development and implementation of a novel in-line garment decontamination process (using ozone); addressing existing batch process constraints and unlocking the capacity for accelerated growth within ACS Clothing.

From the start of KTP Dr Yaseen directed the KTP associate & fellow team members & industry harmonious toward set criteria leading to the successful development of a lab-scale ozone sterilisation system & testing of microbiota on materials leading to 6 publications as lead, a patent, installation of the large-scale system, Scottish Enterprise (£100k) funding, a new studentship £70K and potential new KTP as lead academic.

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Best Knowledge Base KTP Support Team Award 

At this year’s KTP Awards, we’re recognising the hard work of KTP support teams based in universities across the country. The Best Knowledge Base KTP Support Team Award recognises a team that has influenced and supported sustained high-quality performance in KTP. 

Read on to see who is in contention for this award at the Innovate UK KTP Awards, happening in Liverpool on 12th October (register here).

University of Brighton

The KTP Centre at the University of Brighton, established in 1993, has a long track record of engaging and collaborating with businesses and communities, fostering strong relationships with diverse industries to generate impact from our research. 

The University of Brighton KTP Centre is recognised this year with a finalist Award due to the fantastic work the team have achieved. The team overcame significant challenges in the last five years with cutbacks and particularly when the pandemic hit.

During this time, project numbers at Brighton dropped to two as projects ended (the lowest ever). But, with some prudent management and attention, UoB pushed out the message for companies to ‘innovate out of crisis’ and to use their expertise to do so by utilising KTPs. 

The messaging worked and 2020/21 submissions quickly went from famine to feast. Recognition from this Award supports that ambition fully, as well as the hard work and achievements of recent years.

Recent data on the quality and volume of KTP submissions in 2021/22 showed that only 4 universities featured in both lists – Brighton is one of them, ranking highest for quality. 

“I want to congratulate the University of Brighton on being shortlisted for the Knowledge Base KTP Support Team Award. Having worked with >30% of all KBs that have participated in KTP over the past 16 years and ~64% of those KBs that are currently active in KTP, I wholeheartedly support their application as the Brighton KTP team is unsurpassed in their knowledge, enthusiasm, and support of all aspects of KTP.”

Knowledge Transfer Adviser – Terry Corner 

University of Essex 

The KTP Team at the University of Essex has 40 KTPs across eight academic departments and a KTP portfolio worth £10 million, making the university number one in the UK for Innovate UK-funded KTPs. 

This team has grown the KTP portfolio at Essex from 8 projects in 2017 to 40 projects in 2022 (+400%), all whilst delivering an application success rate that sits consistently and comfortably above 90%. 

Whilst consistently delivering these successful results, the Essex team doesn’t sit still, with innovations being rolled out consistently such as Formalised Associate induction programme, and an Associate Slack group and they’re trialling an Associate buddy scheme.

Alongside this work, the KTP team has begun a brand-awareness campaign which centres on our inspirational new video, designed to grab attention across digital channels. 

University of West Scotland

The KTP Centre at UWS currently comprises five staff, providing both pre and post-award support to UWS academics, KTP Associates and business partners across the UK and overseas. As a comparatively small University with around 600 academic staff, UWS punch well above their weight in the UK league table for KTP, and it’s because of this we want to recognise their invaluable contribution to the programme by nominating them for this award. 

The KTP centre has a high success rate in bids (100% over the last 2 years) with academic colleagues, company partners and referring intermediaries assured of both excellence of service and good return on investment in terms of bid development. 

The quality of service is maintained post-award, which was demonstrated most vividly by the KTP Centre and UWS’s assistance during the pandemic, particularly by offering a range of support from payment holidays to project breaks, supporting associates and businesses at a time when they were under exceptional financial stress and worry.

Several of the businesses supported during this period have gone on to secure A-graded projects as well as industry awards.

“The UWS KTP team have made their KTP Associates a community, sustained numerous support initiatives throughout the pandemic, helping their well-being and effectiveness. Every business partner feels the weight of the whole university supporting them and in return becomes champions helping to drive the portfolio. Overall the team have operationalised the University’s strategic commitment to KTP, shown great initiative and achieved great success.”

Senior Knowledge Transfer Adviser – Gerry Black

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The KTP Awards recognise the people and partnerships behind the UK’s most inspiring and successful KTP projects. Highlighting these outstanding partnerships is just the tip of the iceberg, with more than 800 inspiring collaborations currently happening across the country.

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The KTP Awards 2022 Finalists are announced

We’re delighted to announce the finalists for this year’s Innovate UK KTP Awards.

This year we’ll shine a light on the tremendous impact of the programme, not only on the people and organisations involved but at the broader societal level. In an effort to promote more of KTP, we have also decided to expand the award categories to seven, meaning there will be more opportunities to shine at the 2022 awards ceremony.

The KTP Awards recognise the people and partnerships behind the UK’s most inspiring and successful KTP projects. Highlighting these outstanding partnerships is just the tip of the iceberg, with more than 800 inspiring collaborations currently happening across the country.

If you want to attend the awards virtually or apply to join us in person, you can register here.

Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership Award

  • Cirdan Ltd – Queen’s University Belfast – Jonathan Armstrong
  • Partnership Medical Ltd – Aston University – Thien Duong
  • Techbuyer – University of East London – Nour Rteil

Technical Excellence Award

  • IGS Ltd – James Hutton Institute – Elliot Erskin
  • inov-8 – The University of Manchester – Nadiim Domun
  • South West Water – University of Exeter – Joshua Myrans

Business Impact and Transformation Award

  • Axial3D – Ulster University – Luke Donnelly
  • Johnson Test Papers Ltd – University of Wolverhampton – Caitlin Forster
  • SC Group-Global – University of Exeter – Matthew Harvey

Changing The World Award

  • Network 2 Supplies – Coventry University – Mahsa Baniasadi
  • Royal Horticultural Society – Cranfield University – Janet Manning
  • W & J Knox Ltd – Abertay University – Ryan Ganfield

KTP Academic of the Year

  • Dr Mohammed Yaseen, ACS Clothing Limited, University of the West of Scotland
  • Dr Faiyaz Doctor, Mediterranean Shipping Company, University of Essex
  • Professor Berthold Lausen, Profusion Media Ltd, University of Essex

Best Knowledge Base KTP Support Team

  • University of Brighton
  • University of Essex
  • University of West of Scotland

Future Leader Award

  • Beth Wilson, Harris Tweed Hebrides, Robert Gordon University
  • Calum McCormack, Aggreko, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Catherine Campbell, Acheson & Glover, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Chuan Liu, Motor Design Limited, University of Nottingham
  • Edward Blissitt, Motive Offshore Group, The University of Aberdeen
  • Emmanuel I. Epelle, ACS Clothing Limited, University of the West of Scotland
  • Harsh Shah, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), De Montfort University
  • Jacob Mitchell, SPTS Technologies Ltd, Swansea University
  • Joshua Green, James Robinson Specialty Ingredients, University of Manchester
  • Juliette Farrell, Elite Bedding Company Ltd , University of Strathclyde
  • Kate Turley, Chroma Lighting, Ulster University
  • Lulu Qu, Judge Sampson, University of Brighton
  • Matthew Ellison, Arktis Endurance Textiles, University of Lincoln
  • Matthew Holland, Innerva, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Matt Maufe, Filament AI, University of Warwick
  • Max Nentwich, Cambridge Vacuum Engineering, Cranfield University
  • Nour Rteil, Techbuyer, University of East London
  • Qiong Bu, Fitfactory Innovations Ltd, University of Liverpool
  • Sara Bru Garcia, The Together Agency, University of Nottingham
  • Sneha Parajuli, SDG Construction Ltd, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Tania Farhat, Unibrak Limited – Trading as AV Unibrak, The University of Manchester

Innovate UK KTP Awards 2022

The ceremony will happen on Wednesday the 12th of October, in-person (in Liverpool) and online. If you do wish to attend in person and network with other attendees, please express your interest to do so when you register, and the team will be in touch.