Brunel University in West London, has won a Global Business Excellence Award for Outstanding R & D Collaborations.
The chairman of the GBEA judging panel, Andrew Areoff, said: “At a time when higher education establishments are having to work harder and smarter to generate revenue and further enhance their reputations, Brunel is leading the way with ground-breaking business partnerships.”
The University has a well-established reputation for working with industry, and lays claim to pioneering “sandwich” courses, in which part of student’s degree is spent working in industry.
Recently, it secured a £9m research project into the next generation of liquid metals technologies, partnered and co-funded by companies including Jaguar Land Rover and Rolls Royce, supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
This follows Brunel’s success with another £13m ‘Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre’ (IMRC) project, working with medical device manufacturers and the NHS to improve evaluation processes of new healthcare products.
Brunel is one of five UK universities to secure government funding awards for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), where a high-calibre graduate is employed to work on company premises to carry out project work. Read full text here.