Two of Aston University’s Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) Associates, reached the final of the prestigious KTP Awards in the Business Leaders of Tomorrow category.
KTP is a UK-wide programme run by the Technology Strategy Board to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK Knowledge Base. The transfer of knowledge between the University and a business is made possible through the work of a recent graduate who is recruited as a KTP Associate.
Associates play a vital role in a KTP partnership. They take ownership of a project that is core to the development of the organisation's strategy and provide a crucial link to academic expertise to devise and embed the solutions and knowledge to meet a company’s specific needs. Aston has a strong track record of recruiting the highest quality Associates to work on collaborative KTP projects, as highlighted through this latest KTP success.
The national KTP awards celebrate the success of KTP partnerships. Aston University’s KTP Associates, Krishna Balthu and Neelam Patel, were shortlisted for the 2013 awards in the Business Leaders of Tomorrow category designed to recognise the achievements of Associates who, while working on their KTP project, have demonstrated the potential to become a future business leader.
Krishna Balthu who is at the end of a 2 year KTP project with the award-winning West Midlands based law firm, Higgs & Sons, has helped the firm to implement an innovative programme of change to achieve transformation in culture & operations of the firm, to develop a sustainable competitive advantage and offer enhanced value-adding services to clients. As a result the firm has been shortlisted for a top industry award along side very prestigious Magic Circle law firms!
Glyn Morris, Finance Director at Higgs & Sons commented: “Krishna has demonstrated all the attributes of a future business leader, which are undeniable: extreme hard-work, vision, ability to assemble teams, understands complex issues, quickly adaptable and flexible. He is very much at the centre of achieving the project’s and the firm’s common objectives. We have been so impressed with Krishna’s work that we have decided to employ him in a permanent capacity following the completion of the project.”
Neelam Patel, is halfway through her 3 year project at BBR Optometry Ltd, an independent privately owned primary care optometry practice. Neelam’s role on the project is to assess and quantify the social benefits of moving parts of the care pathway closer to the patient, for example conducting treatment in the optometry practice rather than a hospital setting.
Nicolas Rumney, Managing Director at BBR Optometry said: “Neelam has worked beyond the expectations of the project and project supervisors. Neelam is extremely efficient and has not failed to deliver when deadlines have been set. In the first few months she clearly took ownership of the project and made suggestions to improve it immediately. Within a few months of starting her project, Neelam was invited by the College of Optometrists to sit on its steering group to look at methods of integrating specialist services into optometric practice. She also was selected to lead a discussion group on the same topic at the European Academy of Optometry and Optics.”
For more information on the UK wide programme, visit www.ktponline.org.uk.To find out more about how to partner with Aston University, contact Martin May, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) Manager on 0121 204 4253 or via email.