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UWS's research vision is to deliver transformational change through outputs that have a tangible, early and positive impact on society across the globe.

We have a proud record in developing effective partnerships with business, industry and the public and voluntary sectors across Scotland, and in many countries around the world. With our cutting-edge facilities, practical knowledge, and proven expertise, we aim to help our industry partners get ahead. We focus on what we do well and what we can achieve, identifying opportunities we can exploit and problems we can solve. The result is that our research work has a tangible, early and positive effect on society. Right here, right now, we are making the world a better place.

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme has been helping businesses to innovate and grow for the past 40 years. It does this by linking them with a university and a graduate to work on a specific project. UWS is a leader in the field and is number one in Scotland and top three in the UK by KTP portfolio size. UWS is also top in the UK for management KTPs and is the first Scottish University to have international KTP.

The University’s research successes are wide and far reaching and recently an ultralight wheelchair developed in partnership with UWS academics helped Phoenix Instinct land a $1 million global competition prize.

The University’s research was also recently recognised at the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2020, winning an award for pioneering artificial intelligence (AI) drone collaboration. The project team – a partnership between UWS; multinational firm, Thales, and Scottish sensors and imaging innovation centre, CENSIS – scooped the prize in the highly-competitive ‘knowledge exchange / transfer initiative of the year’ category.


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