ASDEC announced as Overall Winner at the Impact Awards 2015

ASDEC announced as Overall Winner at the Impact Awards 2015

Award recognises excellence and impact in knowledge exchange and commercialisation

ASDEC 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 on 15th September, bringing together more than 200 invited guests from academia, industry and government.

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University of Leicester’s KEC team has established our evaluation centre 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:

[box]“We are incredibly proud 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.” [/box]

Professor Sarah Hainsworth, lead academic and Director of ASDEC said:

[box]“We are delighted to have won this prestigious award which acknowledges our success in developing ASDEC. We are a globally unique facility that offers a 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.”[/box]

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:

[box]“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 deliver 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.”[/box]

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.

See the image gallery of the amazing night at the KEC Impact Awards 2015

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