Multiple Awards Success for Heriot-Watt

Last week proved very successful for the university with three awards being presented at two awards ceremonies.


From left to right: Dr. Iain McEwan (Business Development Executive, EPS), Ashley Baker (Macphie) and Prof. Albert Rodger (Scottish Funding Council). 

At the Interface Excellence Awards, hosted in the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt won two of the three awards being presented.

Gillian McFadzean, Director of Research and Enterprise Services and Ashley Baker, Head of Research and Development at Macphie of Glenbervie received the Interface Outstanding Contribution to Knowledge Exchange Award. The judging panel came to the decision to appoint joint winners for this category, recognising both industry and academic contributions.

Macphie of Glenbervie also won the Interface Sustained Partnership Award for their long-standing and continued knowledge exchange partnership with Heriot-Watt.

The university narrowly missed out on a clean sweep of the awards with Dr. Will Shu’s 3D Bioprinter coming second to PAWsitively Natural  for the Interface Innovation of the Year Award.



Dr Keith Brown receives the University Electronics Department of the Year award from NMI CEO Derek Boyd and Raytheon’s Brooke Hoskins

Meanwhile, there was also success at Research Institute of Signals, Sensors and Systems won University Electronics Department of the Year at the NMI Electronic Systems Awards at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair, London. 

The category seeks to highlight university electronics departments that best demonstrate excellent liaison & partnership with industry. Judges place a particular emphasis on world-class electronics systems research with a strength in depth and evidence of a strong skills and knowledge transfer record with industry that turns ideas into economic benefit.

The category is sponsored by Raytheon and was presented by the company’s Brooke Hoskins and NMI’s CEO, Derek Boyd.

Speaking at the event Derek Boyd, CEO of UK electronics trade organisation NMI, said: “The institute demonstrated world-class R&D in microsystems and system integration. It has built strong and trusted relationships with key electronics systems companies, with many collaborations and projects leading to commercial success.”

Commercialising research – our recent “How To” guide for international academics

For a Knowledge Transfer blog, whilst it’s good to understand what knowledge Heriot-Watt has, it’s probably also a good idea to understand how we transfer it.

It can take many forms, which will be discussed as the blog develops, but the easiest and most obvious way is simply talking – and we have many staff members who are good at that!

For the second successive year, RES has played host a group of Academics and Researchers from the Czech Republic.  In June, two groups of academics and researchers from Charles University in Prague and Biologicke Centrum AV in Ceske arrived at Heriot-Watt for a development programme focused on ‘Best Practice in Research Commercialisation’.  The visitors came from a variety of academic fields that included Medicine, Biological Sciences and Engineering.

The content of lessons brought to the Czech team plenty of inspiration and helps us to create new ideas which we want to realize soon as possible.” Jiri M. Fuchs, Director of Centre for Knowledge and Technology Transfer, Charles University in Prague.

The programme was developed in 2011 when Robert Goodfellow (Technology Transfer Manager, RES) beat fierce competition from other institutions, including the Universities of Cambridge and Warwick, to win tenders for a two year contract with the ‘Study Stays Abroad’ Programme.

The development programme was made up of case studies presented by Heriot Watt staff, including Dr Olga Kozlova and Robert himself, talks from spinouts and start-up companies and selected external partners including Interface – The Knowledge Connection for Business, Bio-Consultant – Dr Patrick McCarthy (CPG Ltd) and Entrepreneur, Shahida Imani, of Imani Financial Solutions.

This study visit has been very informative and beneficial for all the participants and very likely has opened a longer-term about how to set up the structures to support technology transfer processes at several research and academic institutions in the Czech Republic.” Hana Kosova, Project Manager at Innovation Leadership Agency, Prague.

Guests were also encouraged to soak up the culture and sights of Edinburgh, and meet Heriot-Watt staff members in a relaxed and informal way.


More information on Heriot-Watt’s technology licensing can be found here.

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