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February 14,2019

Nurturing innovative business academic partnerships

Ruth Oliver, Interface

Businesses and universities located in the Glasgow City Region feature strongly in the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2019 shortlist.

The awards, organised annually by Interface, reward and celebrate impacts achieved through collaborative business and academic partnerships.

In the running for Innovation of the Year is Touchless Innovation Ltd, Coatbridge, and Edinburgh Napier University, who were connected by Interface to collaborate on prototype development and testing of a new hygiene device to kill micro-organisms commonly found on hands, including MRSA.

Two fascinating collaborative projects in the City Region area have been shortlisted in the Making a Difference category. The first is Dynamic Coast, led by Scottish Natural Heritage with the University of Glasgow, who are aiming to improve predicting coastal planning through assessing changes over 130 years of 21,000km of coast.

The second is a unique collaboration between University of Strathclyde Law Clinic and organisations JustRight Scotland and Rape Crisis Scotland: the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre has provided legal information, advice and representation to over 1,000 women affected by violence and abuse.

On the shortlist for Powerful Partnerships for demonstrating long-term strategic partnerships, are Glasgow-based Compound Semiconductor Technologies Global Ltd (CSTG) and the University of Glasgow. CSTG is a custom foundry service and manufacture of high-volume, standard laser products for the optical communications market. The partnership started in 2011 and has resulted in two Knowledge Exchange Partnerships, industrial PhD scholarships, new products, significant revenue generation and expansion into Asian markets.

Another “Powerful Partnership” is the Weir Advanced Research Centre (WARC). Founded in 2011 as a strategic engineering research partnership between the Weir Group Plc, Glasgow, and the University of Strathclyde, it has delivered over 60 projects and has generated revenue, leveraged internal investment, harnessed external funding and grown Weir’s international footprint in oil, gas and minerals markets.  

The winners will be revealed on 21 February. #ScotKEAwards

Ruth Oliver, Interface’s Business Engagement Executive for Glasgow and Clyde Valley, is based in Tontine, in the Tontine Building, which was the first project completed under the Glasgow City Region.

Based regionally throughout Scotland and with connections into all Scotland’s universities, research institutes and colleges, Interface works with individual and groups of businesses of all sizes, in all sectors, to match them to world-leading academic expertise, research, technologies and specialist facilities to help them grow.

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