Impact Awards for commercialisation professionals – winners announced

The Impact Awards from Research Councils UK (RCUK) and ATTP founder member PraxisUnico, recognise and celebrate the vital role knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC) professionals play in maximising impact from research.

The winners of the 2015 awards are:

  • Overall Winner and Contribution to Business: University of Leicester – ASDEC (Advanced Structural Dynamics Evaluation Centre)
  • Contribution to Society: Public Health England – Knowledge exchange on the frontline – responding to the Ebola outbreak
  • Outstanding KEC Initiative: Lancaster University with the University of Liverpool and Inventya Ltd – Centre for Global Eco-Innovation


A strong and diverse range of projects were nominated for the awards, showcasing how knowledge exchange and commercialisation teams work with their academic colleagues to help turn investments in research into real-life benefits across the world. This includes supporting relationships between businesses and world-leading UK researchers.

Anjuu Trevedi, the lead Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation Professional for the University of Leicester’s shortlisted project, said: “We are incredibly proud and delighted to be named the Overall Winner at the Impact Awards, which acknowledges our success in developing ASDEC, a globally unique facility that offers commercial structural dynamics consultancy and research to industry using 3D laser vibrometry. These Awards are a fantastic way for teams within the sector to be recognised for their expertise, hard work and the value they bring to the sector to help deliver competitive advantage to the companies collaborating with the respective universities. We would like to thank everyone at the University of Leicester, our funders and the companies involved with ASDEC for their invaluable support in making this all possible.”

Vasan Seshadri , Senior Business Development Manager at Public Health England said: “We are delighted to have been selected as the winner under ‘contribution to society’ from a list of equally deserving projects. This recognition is a tribute not only to the activities of the Business Development team but the wider work of Public Health England during the international response to Ebola. We are honoured that our work has been recognised by the UK Research Councils and our professional body PraxisUnico, alongside the range of other awards won by our colleagues across PHE. We believe that our robust, prompt and fair way of exchanging knowledge with industry, academia and other public bodies, greatly enhanced the effectiveness of the UK response.”

Dion Williams, Director of Research and Enterprise at Lancaster University, said: “We are incredibly proud to win this award. It represents 150 years of collaborative research between Lancaster and the University of Liverpool, and a collective effort from 290 SMEs, 80 academics and 50 graduate researchers, supported by our private sector partner Inventya. It is fantastic for knowledge exchange and commercialisation teams up and down the country to be recognised for the value we add to the sector through the Impact Awards and we are really pleased to be a part of this.”

These projects demonstrate best practice and outstanding impact from knowledge exchange and commercialisation professionals work, removing barriers to business engagement, and establishing strong relationships to drive work towards a shared goal.