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Partnering with business

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is Europe's leading programme helping businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base.

KTPs at the University continue to grow from strength to strength with many academics around the University completing or embarking on new partnerships with leading companies. Last year over £500,000 worth of partnerships were set up/completed at the University of Bradford. In 2010, the University achieved 22 KTPs in total at any given time, which is the highest number ever.

Examples of current KTPs which started between Aug 2009 and July 2010 are:

Annual Report 0910 Ben Whiteside Micro Systems (UK) Limited who design and manufacture micro-moulds, ultra-precision multi cavity moulds, and micro-machined components. The KTP objective was to design, develop, test and implement a production micro-moulding capability and the associated inspection and metrology at the micro/nano scale lead by Dr Ben Whiteside at the University.

Universal AV Services Ltd who install and hire out audio visual equipment, video and computer display systems, board and lecture room installations and video conferencing equipment. The KTP objective was to review the market place and produce a marketing plan for a unified brand to exploit synergies existing in the current extant brand propositions lead by Martin Hayley.

Syngenta Limited, who  Research, develop and manufacture pesticides. The KTP objective is to transfer skills in data integration and data mining, applied to business-relevant issues in product safety, particularly in the field of predictive toxicology lead by Dr Daniel Neagu.

In 2009/10 11 new student/graduate start-up businesses were created.  ThinkBusiness@Bradford continues to grow and be a successful starting point for our students and graduates to set up their business ventures.  Since starting in 2004, ThinkBusiness@Bradford has helped set up 125 businesses, employing approximately 209 people and with a combined turnover approaching £7m.

richard serrant sport These businesses include Serrant Sport and Cogworks. Serrant Sport is run by graduate Richard Serrant. He is currently putting finishing touches to his second generation prototype micro car and preparing to pitch to investors and Cogworks is run by Cogwork Studios is a mobile application development business which creates applications ranging from games to marketing tools. The business is run by graduates Robert McCarthy and Simon Havil who graduated from Interactive Systems and Video Games Design in 2005.

In 2009, Tangentix, a university spin-out company was founded.  This company continues to grow.  Tangentix is a new technology start-up company created to commercially exploit research undertaken by a team led by Professor Hassan Ugail from the School of Computing, Informatics and Media.

Tangentix has developed a way of handling 3D graphic models which has the potential to improve and enhance the graphics of video games and movies, while changing the way they are implemented in consumer electronics. The patented technology uses mathematical models to enable the efficient creation, transfer and storage of 3D object data. The markets to which this innovation could be applied range from game production and distribution, through to the silicon devices used in computers and consoles.

The Centre for Managerial Excellence has undertaken a number of projects this year across its current priorities of: Enterprise and Innovation, Leadership and Talent Management, Strategic Adaptation and Finance.

annual report CME These projects have included one carried out by Professor Jackie Ford and Professor Nancy Harding who worked with local employers on a review of talent management in NHS Yorkshire and the Humber.  The review involved 44 qualitative interviews with 82 chief execs, chairs and HRDs, and six focus groups with 25 staff members.  The result was a set of reports presented at an event in July 2010 and a Regional NHS conference in November 2010. The three reports emanating from the research are available to download from Centre for Managerial Excellence

Further work is underway in exploring the wider impact of this research not only within the NHS context but also more generally for the business community.