The University of Strathclyde has secured a double win in Scotland-wide awards recognising success in partnerships between academia and business.
Following their success at the recent Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards, organised by Interface, University of Strathclyde issued this release:
The Multi-Party Collaboration award in the inaugural Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards was won jointly by a partnership between Strathclyde researchers, ScottishPower and SSE, delivered at the University’s Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC).
The collaboration is a multi-disciplinary programme covering five Strathclyde departments: Electronic & Electrical Engineering; Civil & Environmental Engineering; Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering, Management Science and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.
Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate Laura Kreiling, of Strathclyde’s Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management (DMEM), was the winner of the Building Skills Award.
The awards are organised by Interface, an organisation which acts as a central contact connecting businesses from all sectors to Scotland’s 23 higher education and research institutes.
Professor Tim Bedford, Associate Deputy Principal Research & Knowledge Exchange at Strathclyde, said:
“It is a fantastic achievement for us to be a double winner in the inaugural Scottish Knowledge Exchange awards. It is a testament to the innovation and hard work of Laura, staff at TIC and all our business partners.
“Engagement with external partners is essential to all our work at Strathclyde. It enhances the impact of our research and provides invaluable experience to our staff and students. It also delivers tangible benefits not only to the University and our partners but also to wider society.”
The Multi–Party Collaboration Award recognises groups and consortia across all industry sectors that demonstrate innovation and impact through working together, while also having a significant benefit for each individual party.
The collaboration won the award for its Low Carbon Power and Energy Programme, which generated projects worth £2.58m and research worth £3.73m.
The collaboration has produced a three-year core research programme, the first phase of which included 13 projects, mainly in wind energy. One project was assessed as having the potential for savings of up to 4.4% by helping to extend wind turbines’ use beyond their design life of 20 years.
The collaboration is led at Strathclyde and its technical board includes representatives of the University, Scottish Power Renewables and SSE.
It is a flagship programme for TIC, which is transforming the way academics collaborate with business, industry and the public sector to bring global competitive advantage to Scotland and the UK. TIC is the home of academics and their industrial partners responding to global challenges in areas such as health, energy, manufacturing and the development of future cities.
The Building Skills Award recognises postgraduate students or KTP Associates who have worked within a business on a specific project to increase innovation within the company.
Laura received the award for her 24-month long project with leading bus and coach manufacturer Alexander Dennis Ltd, which significantly improved the company’s engineering resource estimation. The project was supervised by DMEM Research Associate Dr Abigail Hird.
Interface Director Siobhán Jordan said:
"We are thrilled at the success of the first Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards - from the high number and calibre of entries to the diversity of innovative projects. The awards are proof that partnerships between business and organisations and academics right across Scotland are flourishing."
The awards were presented at a ceremony in Edinburgh by Scottish Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess. She said: “I would like to congratulate all the participants and winners who have been recognised for their innovative work at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards.
“This award ceremony recognises the successes of recent business and academic collaborations and acknowledges the ingenuity, industry and creativity that is vital to the success of knowledge transfer activities. These projects are crucial for sustainable economic growth, and essential for improving productivity, competitiveness and growth in Scotland.”
The Multi–Party Collaboration Award was also jointly received by the Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre.
Strathclyde is one of the UK’s most prolific partners in KTPs, helping to establish more than 300 projects over the past two decades and to generate more than £40 million of KTP grants in the west of Scotland.