University of Leicester shortlisted for the Impact Awards 2015

Posted by ap507 at Sep 01, 2015 12:58 PM |
Award recognises excellence and impact in knowledge exchange and commercialisation

The University of Leicester has been shortlisted for the 2015 Research Councils UK (RCUK) and PraxisUnico Impact Awards, which recognise and celebrate the vital role knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC) professionals play in maximising impact from research. The shortlisted projects show 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, and helping to remove some of the barriers to business engagement.

The University is in the running to achieve 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 KEC team established ASDEC – the Advanced Structural Dynamics Evaluation Centre – to provide unique consultancy and analytical services to the automotive, aerospace and space sectors. Since its launch, ASDEC has also worked with businesses in power generation, medical devices and musical instrumentation.

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. The project was funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Higher Education Innovation Funding, Regional Growth Fund (RGF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Professor Sarah Hainsworth, ASDEC Director said: "The team at ASDEC are working with industry to provide expert analysis on problems related to vibration and acoustics.  Our engineering expertise is key to solving problems and developing new designs for industry across a broad range of sectors.  Our professional team brings a wealth of industry and academic expertise to provide a unique capability with unprecedented measurement speed, reliability and resolution."

Anjuu Trevedi, lead KEC professional who helped to establish ASDEC at the University of Leicester said: “I am proud of our achievement in establishing ASDEC in the heart of the UK, a unique in the world service which enables the University of Leicester to collaborate with even more businesses and I am delighted that our knowledge exchange and commercialisation achievement has been recognised by RCUK and PraxisUnico.”  

There are nine shortlisted entries for three awards: Contribution to Business; Contribution to Society; and Outstanding KEC Initiative, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 15th September 2015. The Overall Winner 2015 will be drawn from winners of the three awards, and will receive up to £50,000 award money to be used to invest in enhancing their KEC activities.

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  1. Further information about the Impact Awards is available at: www.impactawards.org.uk
  2. Details about the finalists are available at: www.impactawards.org.uk/finalists.html
  3. There are three awards:
  • Contribution to Business - This award recognises the outstanding contribution that knowledge exchange, knowledge transfer and/or commercialisation activities have had in benefiting (or have the potential to benefit) a company and/or the economy.
  • Contribution to Society - This award recognises the outstanding contribution that knowledge exchange, knowledge transfer or commercialisation activities have had in benefitting (or have the potential to benefit) society.
  • Outstanding KEC Initiative - This award recognises how an innovative approach to knowledge exchange and commercialisation has the potential to be transformative for the community of KEC professionals.
  1. PraxisUnico is the UK's leading professional association for research commercialisation practitioners. It provides a voice for the sector and facilitates interactions between public sector research, business and government. PraxisUnico delivers professional training programmes around the world, promoting best practice knowledge transfer. Find out more at www.praxisunico.org.uk
  2. 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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