Knowledge Transfer Partnerships celebrate success through innovation

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) celebrated its annual awards in London yesterday at the Church House Conference Centre in Westminster. The winners of the Technology Strategy Board-led programme were congratulated by Jonathan Kestenbaum, Chief Executive of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and Technology Strategy Board member.

In his keynote address Kestenbaum said: ̶0;If businesses and universities do not work together on innovation the UK will face a very uncertain future. Our competitiveness depends on them sharing the rich base of knowledge they produce. The winners of these awards have seen some dramatic results which prove the importance of this.̶1;

In his keynote address Kestenbaum said: ̶0;If businesses and universities do not work together on innovation the UK will face a very uncertain future. Our competitiveness depends on them sharing the rich base of knowledge they produce. The winners of these awards have seen some dramatic results which prove the importance of this.̶1;

Recognised for the quality of achievements gained from their KTP projects, nine partnerships were selected to receive an award, chosen from over 178 eligible nominations. This year̵7;s nominations were made on a regional basis across the UK and celebrated five winners from the English regions, two from Scotland and one each from Wales and Northern Ireland. Separately, three special awards were also given - the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) sponsored ̵6;Application of Management or Social Science Award̵7;, the Engineering Excellence award, sponsored by The Royal Academy of Engineering; and the Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme 2008

Six KTP Associates were also celebrated at the ceremony and recognised as  ̶0;Business Leaders of Tomorrow̶1; - saluting the exceptional leadership and project management skills they have demonstrated through their KTP projects. The Business Leaders of Tomorrow were named as:

Stewart Betts, with Sue Ryder Care Direct Ltd and The University of Northampton. Robert Gee, with Eden Farm Ltd and the University of Durham. Matthew Humphries for his KTP with Morgan Motor Company and Birmingham City University. Hareesh Kallambella, in partnership with Jones Stroud Insulations Limited and the University of Central Lancashire. Gareth Richards, working with Chamois Furnishings Limited and the University of Wolverhampton; and finally, Helen Thornton, with Bradford and Airedale Teaching Primary Care Trust and The University of Manchester.

For more details of funding available through KTP visit www.ktponline.org.uk

Image: Jonathan Kestenbaum giving the keynote address at the KTP awards [Nick Smith]

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