Published on 30/05/2023
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L to R: Dr Stuart Greenhill, senior lecturer in Neuroscience at Aston University; Professor Aleks Subic, Vice-Chancellor and CEO at Aston University, Beth Rees, associate working with ADInstruments, Dr Philip Griffiths, training and technical support specialist at ADInstruments


  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is an Innovate UK (IUK) –KTN -sponsored collaboration that brings together industry and academic expertise 
  • Event provided opportunity to network with Aston University’s academics, collaboration partners, KTP associates, funding body representatives and a range of businesses 
  • Aston University has grown its KTP numbers to 35 projects for the first time in its history ranking second in the country.

Aston University celebrated the success of its Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects with industry partners and project associates by hosting a KTP poster showcase and competition event on 25 May, 2023. 

Attended by over 200 senior representatives from Aston University, Innovate UK (IUK-KTN) and other strategic stakeholders, the event provided an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding results the projects have achieved, the University’s growing KTP portfolio and the research excellence that the projects have demonstrated.

Bringing together the worlds of research and business, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a three-way collaboration between a business, an academic partner and a highly qualified researcher, called an associate. The UK-wide programme helps businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills, and results suggest that the scheme provides a return on investment (ROI) of over 1,100%.  

Aston University is a leading KTP provider, ranked second in terms of volume by Innovate UK, the national body. The University has enjoyed many successful collaborative projects in a variety of subject areas including photonics, optometry, artificial intelligence, pharmaceuticals, engineering, operations management. 

Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Aston University, Professor Aleks Subic, presented awards to the best projects. Winners and runners-up in early stage and established project categories on the evening included Furkan Cengel for their role as associate with Kallik Ltd, Emma Begley, working with Alpharmaxim, Beth Rees who works as an associate with ADInstruments and Rebecca Cairns who works as an associate with Cathedral Eye Clinic.

Mark Smith, executive director of business and regional engagement at Aston University, said: “The KTP showcase is a fantastic opportunity to get together and celebrate the exceptional work Aston University carries out with the KTP associates and businesses across the various disciplines. It was inspirational to hear about the impact the associates are having on their industries.”

The KTP Showcase is an annual event – you can read more about last year’s event and winners here.

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About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a university since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiary groups - students, business and the professions, and the West Midlands region and wider society. Located in Birmingham at the heart of a vibrant city, the campus houses all the University’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Aleks Subic is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

In 2022 Aston University was ranked in the top 25 of the Guardian University Guide, based on measures including entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects. The Aston Business School MBA programme was ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking.

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