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13 December 2011
Some of the University’s best examples of knowledge transfer which takes expert University knowledge into businesses to help them improve have been showcased.
The first Cardiff University Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) conference showcased the best of KTP at the University, highlighting successful collaboration and informing delegates of the benefits of the scheme.
KTP – funded by 19 Government sponsors - involves the formation of a partnership between business and Cardiff University. By participating in KTP, companies can access highly qualified people to spearhead new projects and experts who can develop innovative solutions to help business grow.
Dr Helen McCarthy, Cardiff University KTP office, who organised the conference said: "The conference was an opportunity to showcase Knowledge Transfer Partnerships at Cardiff University. The event was supported with more than 115 people attending with representation from over 36 companies, 14 academic schools and government sponsors."
The partnership between a business and Cardiff University recruits a graduate (Associate) to work at the business and drive the project. Academics can develop business relevant teaching and research; apply their innovative research into real life business situations; and identify new research themes and undergraduate/postgraduate projects.
Paul Thomas, Cardiff University KTP office, added: "Delegates seized the opportunity to network with company and academic partners from current KTP projects at Cardiff University which included AgriSense BCS Ltd, BRE, GE Healthcare, LAS recycling and SKF Airframe.
"Delegates were also able to view poster presentations from 17 of the Associates from current University partnerships," he added.
Speakers included David Way, Director of Knowledge Exchange & Special Projects at the Technology Strategy Board; Nick Battersby, MD, REID Lifting and Andrew Price, Quality & Engineering Manager, Ford Motor Co. Bridgend.
Attendees also heard from Simon Elias, Director of the Lean Enterprise Research Centre (LERC), Cardiff Business School, as well as hearing the KTP Associates’ perspective from Alastair Bennett (Ford Motor Co) and Tess Saltmarsh (Ortho Clinical Diagnostics).
The winner of the poster competition was Peter Italiano, an Associate for the partnership between Reid Lifting and the School of Engineering who won an iPad2.
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