Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Working with Newcastle University to Boost Growth in North East

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Working with Newcastle University to Boost Growth in North East

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NEWCASTLE University is working with North East companies to develop leading technologies, products and skills, helping to boost competitiveness and increase economic growth.

As one of the UK's top ranking universities in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) engagement, the university is working with companies to solve strategic challenges to help drive them forward.

Innovate UK supports KTP in bringing together companies, academics and specialised graduates, known as associates. Based within companies for up to three years, associates take on projects focusing on technical advances or organisational improvements. Christine Younger, KTP manager at Newcastle University said: "KTP is helping drive innovation forward in the region. The following are just some of the great examples of businesses working in collaboration with Newcastle University to improve performance. They're using cuttingedge research to develop products and expand into new markets."

EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS Newcastle-based Royston Diesel Power supply, service and repair diesel engines within the global marine and offshore market. KTP associate Shervin Younessi developed Royston's own state-of-the-art modularised engine management product - Enginei. A comprehensive "real-time" fuel consumption monitoring and management solution, it allows owners to control fuel usage often resulting in signifi-cant savings, and opening up new markets for Royston.

Shervin's success as their KTP associate has been a gateway for continuing collaboration with the university and was recognised nationally when he won one of Innovate UK's national Business Leader of Tomorrow T Awards - one of - one of A two Newcastle University associates shortlisted.

Sarah Wade, commercial director, W said: "The KTP programme with Newcastle University has been very successful.

"From the outset, the right people were selected from both the company and the university to specify the product development and to recruit the right candidate. Both parties then met regularly and focused upon delivering a project which has exceeded our expectations and created substantial growth opportunity for the business.

"A " s a result, Shervin has joined the"A company in a permanent role and he is currently finalising the recruitmen of a new KTP associate in a further project with Newcastle University."

Electricity distribution network Northern Powergrid made major costs savings and reduced electricity supply disruptions thanks to its KTP, directly benefiting nearly four million homes and businesses across the North of England. Developing new software tools for enhanced network risk assessment, the KTP enabled Northern Powergrid to improve investment by targeting specific at risk areas. …

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