Heriot-Watt wins KTP recognition

Academics from Heriot-WattUniversity have been presented with an award for the Best Scottish Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) at the recent Scottish KTP Awards ceremony in Perthshire.

Dr Robin Westacott, a chemical engineer at Heriot-WattUniversity, plus colleagues from the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences were presented with the award in recognition of their project with Caledonian Alloys. During the project the team used their expertise and university facilities to help the KTP Associate, Cameron Fraser, make significant changes to company processes.

Dr Robin Westacott commented: ‘We are delighted to have received such a prestigious award which recognises the achievements of a team comprising the university and Caledonian Alloys, together with an outstanding young graduate in Cameron. None of this would have been possible without the support of the East of Scotland KTP Centre and KTP advisor Tony Mitchell, as well as Technology and Research Services at the university.’

Hugh Stewart, chairman of Caledonian Alloys said, ‘We are delighted to see the project and our partnership with Heriot-WattUniversity recognised by this award. This was our first KTP project and its success led us to set up two further KTP projects in association with Heriot-Watt and Heriot-Watt graduates.’

Judy Brown, the East of Scotland KTP Centre co-ordinator added: ‘Heriot-Watt have participated in over 30 KTPs over the last 10 years including a further two with Caledonian Alloys. Companies throughout the UK recognise the value of working with a university keen to use its knowledge, skills and experience to address real-life commercial problems. The centre is committed to supporting Heriot-Watt’s ambitions to achieve even more KTP success in the future.’