Great Western Research (GWR) shortlisted for Impact Award

Great Western Research (GWR), of which the University of Bath is a part, aims to promote innovative research collaborations between university groups in the South West and businesses across the UK.

GWR has beaten off stiff competition and has been announced as a finalist for one ot the Impact Awards, organised by PraxisUnico.

All the shortlisted entrants have made outstanding contributions to society and the economy through innovation. The fledgling companies and collaborations range from programmes that support companies engaging with the academic research base across Scotland’s higher education and research institutes, to a
business that promises to revolutionise the solar power industry.

GWR has been shortlisted for a Collaborative Impact Award. The other selected entries in this category are:

  • The InterAct Partnership: A unique PSRE collaboration from The Food & Environment Research
    Agency (Fera)
  • Interface - The knowledge connection for business from University of Edinburgh (on behalf of all
    Scottish universities)
  • GraftBolt®: from sketch to product from TrusTECH (North West NHS Innovation Hub)
  • Great Western Research from Great Western Research

Chair of PraxisUnico Dr Phil Clare said: “The Impact Awards have once again revealed a rich mix of
diverse projects which knowledge and technology transfer professionals contribute. These shortlisted
entries are examples of some significant achievements within the profession. With the translation of
research for economic benefit remaining a high priority for the nation - and of many institutional
strategies - it is important that these projects, and others like them, are acknowledged.”

The Judging Panel this year was led by Professor Sir Tim Wilson, retired Vice-Chancellor of the University of
Hertfordshire, who added: “The strength and diversity of the entries for the 2011 awards made the task of the panel extremely challenging. Many of the submissions will have a significant impact within their
application fields; and several will yield excellent commercial returns. It is a privilege to be exposed to
such a wealth of ideas and innovations.”

Winners of the Impact Awards will be announced by Maggie Philbin at The Impact Awards ceremony,
held at the PraxisUnico Conference Gala Dinner, on 9 June in Glasgow.

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