The award recognises the exceptional support UWS provides to businesses engaged in UWS’s KTP programme.
Professor Milan Radosavljevic, Vice-Principal, Research, Innovation and Engagement, said: “UWS is one of the most successful institutions in the UK for Knowledge Transfer Partnership activity. Our success is due to the strong team within our thriving KTP Centre, coupled with the support of colleagues across the University.
“Nurturing innovation and collaboration between industry and academia is more important than ever and I am incredibly proud that UWS is playing a significant role in providing a strong vessel for this innovation. The robust partnerships that we have forged with our business partners, coupled with our KTP Associates, and the incredible team of in-house academics and professional service colleagues, is helping to deliver truly innovative solutions that will benefit global societies.”
The KTP Awards recognise the people and partnerships behind the UK’s most inspiring and successful KTP projects, recognising organisations which are demonstrating success through innovative collaborations between industry and academia.
Dr Stuart McKay, Senior KTP Manager at UWS, said: “I'm thrilled for my team and our business, academic, KTP associate and professional service colleagues across the University community, who have helped us achieve continued success.
“This win builds upon the pioneering work of the Centre; raising the profile of UWS and our award-winning programme, which is delivering tangible solutions to global challenges”
UWS was also shortlisted for another two awards: Knowledge Exchange Champion, Dr Mohammed Yaseen, UWS School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences; and Future Leader, Dr Emmanuel Epelle, UWS KTP Associate with Advanced Clothing Solutions (ACS). The nominations highlight the breadth of excellence within UWS’s KTP programme.
KTPs are a flagship programme from Innovate UK and form a collaboration between a business, an academic institution and a graduate. Over the last four years, UWS’s dedicated KTP Centre has supported the University to rise through the ranks from outside the top 50 in the UK, to achieving a top five position in the UK in 2022.
Having secured more than £10 million in funding, with 50 awarded projects, UWS is also recognised as number one in the UK for an important KTP subset: management KTPs. These consist of partnerships with business schools to enhance management capability in SMEs to accelerate growth.