Aston University has helped to raise awareness of the breadth and quality of its Knowledge Transfer activities by holding a poster event to showcase the research projects currently running at the University in partnership with local and national companies.
The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme is a Technology Strategy Board initiative which aims to deliver transformational change through innovation; by improving the competitiveness, productivity and performance of UK businesses, increasing the commercial relevance of UK academic research and teaching, and enhancing the personal skills and commercial awareness of recently qualified people entering the workplace.
Aston University is currently working in partnership with companies on 13 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and has completed over 100 since their creation. Aston is currently in the top 10 most active UK universities in terms of total KTP project numbers and 1st in the UK on a KTP per 100 academics basis.
The event included a poster competition in which the key drivers and benefits of the projects were conveyed via a poster produced by the project team. Over 25 posters were entered into the competition representing a wide range of current and recently completed projects. The event was attended by over 130 academics, researchers and representatives from business and industry including Dr Debbie Buckley-Golder, Head of Knowledge Exchange with the Technology Strategy Board.
Winners were named in two categories – ‘established projects’ and ‘early stage projects’. Of the established projects a collaboration between academics from the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Aston Business School working with the National Skills Academy for Power, sector skills organisation, was named winner. The project aims to scope out the skills, competencies and training needs of key roles within the Power Sector. Associate Chee Seng Koh and the team are also looking to develop a workable model for how knowledge can be captured from experienced employees and made available to the Power Sector through multimedia channels.
Within the category of ‘early stage projects’ a project involving academics from the School of Life and Health Sciences working with the Macular Society, a UK Charity supporting central vision loss, was named winner. The aim of the project is to support people with macular conditions by offering information and advice. The charity also provides funding to support research into finding a cure. Key achievements so far include the design of a nutrient patient portal which has been published on Macular Society’s website, as well as the development of a health professional portal to provide information for patients and health professionals.
Dr Phil Extance, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Business Partnerships and Knowledge Transfer at Aston University said: ‘Knowledge Transfer is a key driver in the region’s economy. Academics at Aston have a range of expertise in areas of Life and Health Sciences, Business, Engineering and Languages. Their knowledge can be applied to business operations to improve competitiveness, productivity and performance. We are extremely proud of our partnerships with local and national companies. This event highlighted the range of research projects currently running at Aston and helped to showcase how university expertise can be harnessed to help companies prosper in highly competitive national and international markets.’
To find out more about how your business can benefit from working with Aston University visit www1.aston.ac.uk/business/ or email email@example.com. To find out more about KTP visit www.ktponline.org.uk.