Published on 17/06/2024
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Abimbola Falodu, Waleed Ahmed and Dr Ahmed Rezk
Abimbola Falodu, Waleed Ahmed and Dr Ahmed Rezk
  • The Innovate UK-sponsored collaboration brings together industry and academic expertise
  • The showcase provided networking opportunities with Aston University’s academics, collaboration partners and KTP associates, among others
  • Aston University ranks second in the UK for the size of its KTP portfolio and first in terms of project quality.

Aston University celebrated the success of its Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) projects with industry partners and project associates by hosting a KTP poster showcase and competition event on Wednesday 12 June 2024.

Attended by over 200 senior representatives from across industry, Innovate UK (IUK), Aston University and other strategic stakeholders, the event provided an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the projects, the University’s growing KTP portfolio and the research excellence demonstrated by these collaborations.

IUK was represented by Richard Lamb, KTP Programme Manager, who outlined the importance of Aston University's contribution to a wider innovation landscape and emphasised that businesses are in excellent hands with such a skilled and dedicated KTP support team.

Bringing together the worlds of research and business, a 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 companies engaging with our KTP team see a return on investment of over 1100%. 

Aston University is a leading provider of KTPs, ranked second in the UK by IUK for the size of its portfolio. Notably, Aston University's KTP projects are recognised for their exceptional quality, ranking first nationally, and winning the Best KTP Project and Best KTP Support Team categories at the most recent IUK KTP Awards in 2023.

Professor Aleks Subic, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Aston University, presented awards to the best projects.

Winners in management, African agriculture, early stage and established project categories on the evening included Waleed Ahmed Shaikh for their role as associate with Creative Manufacturing, Paxwell Damptey Adjei, working with SAYeTECH, Abimbola Falodu who works as an associate with Thames Labs and Ainul Nadirah Izaharuddin who works as an associate with Mechatherm.

Professor Subic said:

“The KTP showcase is an exceptional opportunity to get together with our business partners and researchers to celebrate the exceptional outcomes Aston University achieves in collaboration with the KTP associates and industry across the various sectors and disciplines.

“The impact our teams are making in their respective industries is truly remarkable and it is a testament to the thriving innovation ecosystem we are building here at Aston University.”

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

Notes to Editors

About Aston University

For over a century, Aston University’s enduring purpose has been to make our world a better place through education, research and innovation, by enabling our students to succeed in work and life, and by supporting our communities to thrive economically, socially and culturally.

Aston University’s history has been intertwined with the history of Birmingham, a remarkable city that once was the heartland of the Industrial Revolution and the manufacturing powerhouse of the world.

Born out of the First Industrial Revolution, Aston University has a proud and distinct heritage dating back to our formation as the School of Metallurgy in 1875, the first UK College of Technology in 1951, gaining university status by Royal Charter in 1966, and becoming The Guardian University of the Year in 2020.

Building on our outstanding past, we are now defining our place and role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (and beyond) within a rapidly changing world.

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