University of Leicester announced as Overall Winner at the Impact Awards 2015

Posted by ap507 at Sep 16, 2015 04:45 PM |
Award recognises excellence and impact in knowledge exchange and commercialisation

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 16 September 2015

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The University of Leicester has scooped the title of Overall Winner 2015 at the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and PraxisUnico Impact Awards, which were held at a ceremony in Central Hall, Westminster, last night (15th September), bringing together more than 200 invited guests from academia, industry and government.

The University’s KEC team established the Advanced Structural Dynamics Evaluation Centre (ASDEC) in an automotive cluster, which has created a consultancy service with a healthy pipeline of business from the companies around it. It has made it easier for knowledge exchange to happen, raised the profile of the University as a sector expert, and made working with them more attractive to external businesses.

Anjuu Trevedi, who was the lead Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation Professional for this work, said: “We are incredibly proud and pleased to be named the Overall Winner at the Impact Awards. The hard work and enormous effort we have put into this has really paid off. These Awards are a fantastic way for KEC teams within the sector to be recognised for the value they bring to the sector as well as competitive advantage to companies involved. We would like to thank everyone at the University of Leicester, our funders and the companies involved with ASDEC for their support in making this all possible.”

Professor Sarah Hainsworth, lead academic and Director of ASDEC said: “We are delighted to have won this prestigious award which acknowledges our success in developing ASDEC. We are a globally unique facility that offers commercial structural dynamics consultancy and research to industry using 3D laser vibrometry. Our engineering expertise is key to solving problems and developing new designs for industry across a broad range of sectors and our professional team brings a wealth of industry and academic expertise to provide analysis capability with unprecedented measurement speed, reliability and resolution.”

ASDEC won the Contribution to Business award, which recognises the outstanding contribution that knowledge exchange, knowledge transfer and commercialisation activities have had in benefiting a company and/or the economy. The winners of the three awards were then put forward for Overall Winner 2015, which includes up to £50,000 award money to be used to invest in enhancing their KEC activities.

The Rt Hon Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, said: “I would like to congratulate the winners of the RCUK/PraxisUnico Impact Awards. They, and all of the finalists, should all be immensely proud of their achievements. It is great to see so many innovative approaches to knowledge exchange and commercialisation, enabling UK research in delivering impact to businesses and society. This work is vital in ensuring that the UK remains competitive, innovative, and able to sustain development and economic growth.”

The Impact Awards recognise and celebrate the vital role knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC) professionals play in maximising impact from research. A strong and diverse range of projects were nominated for the awards, showcasing how UK KEC teams work with their academic colleagues to help turn investments in research into real-life benefits. This includes supporting relationships between businesses and world-leading UK researchers.

ENDS

For further information, please contact:

Amy Firth: info@impactawards.org.uk

Katie Clark: katie.clark@rcuk.ac.uk

Notes for editors:

1. Details of the finalists and their projects is available at: www.impactawards.org.uk/finalists

2. About the Impact Awards: PraxisUnico and the Research Councils (under RCUK) are working together to facilitate the sharing of best practice, and to acknowledge and celebrate the work that Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) professionals do in enabling impact from UK research organisations.

The Impact Awards for KEC professionals:

  • recognises the important contribution made by KEC professionals working with researchers in turning excellent research into impact
  • enables the sharing of best practice in KEC amongst the varied community served by the Research Councils and PraxisUnico
  • stimulates innovative approaches to KEC activities in UK research organisations and beyond.

The competition replaces the PraxisUnico Impact Awards and the BBSRC Activating Impact competition.

3. PraxisUnico is the UK's leading professional association for knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC) practitioners. It provides a voice for the sector and facilitates interactions between public sector research, business and government. PraxisUnico delivers continuing professional development programmes, tools and services around the world, promoting best practice knowledge transfer. In the past 10 years it has trained over 3,300 practitioners from over 40 countries. Find out more at www.praxisunico.org.uk

4. Research Councils UK (RCUK) is the strategic partnership of the UK’s seven Research Councils. Our collective ambition is to ensure the UK remains the best place in the world to do research, innovate and grow business. The Research Councils are central to delivering research and innovation for economic growth and societal impact. Together, we invest £3 billion in research each year, covering all disciplines and sectors, to meet tomorrow’s challenges today. Our investments create new knowledge through: funding research excellence; responding to society’s challenges; developing skills, leadership and infrastructure; and leading the UK’s research direction. We drive innovation through: creating environments and brokering partnerships; co-delivering research and innovation with over 2,500 businesses, 1,000 of which are SMEs; and providing intelligence for policy making. Find out more about our work at www.rcuk.ac.uk.

The seven UK Research Councils are:

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