Posted Tuesday 12 September 2023
Leading figures from across industry visited the University to hear about the wide-ranging impact on society of research and knowledge exchange activity being carried out across the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and the Environment.
The industry showcase event at the University's flagship Town House building provided a forum for businesses and organisations to hear directly from researchers, academics and students about their work, as well as to discuss future partnership opportunities and celebrate the Faculty's existing relationships.
During the event, businesses heard presentations from academic teams about the impact their research was having in areas ranging from artificial intelligence to healthcare, cyber security and climate change, as well as student development projects such as Formula Student, followed by networking opportunities with researchers and other academics from across the Faculty.
Faculty Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Amir Alani said the showcase event had been an opportunity to celebrate the impact of the Faculty's accomplishments with industry and would be the first of many such events taking place across the academic year.
"Industry partnerships are of paramount importance to us and a major part of our Town House Strategy," he said. "It was fantastic to be able to share some of the solutions we can offer to challenges faced by industry, communities and society during this event and I was thrilled to see so many people from industry come and support us in this celebration of our achievements in research and knowledge exchange.
"Combining industry input with the education we provide and the opportunity to engage in research also enriches our students' learning and ensures we can produce graduates who are sought after by industry, equipped with the skill set and experience to go on to make a huge impact on the world once they leave us."
Among those in attendance were representatives from sectors ranging from transport to engineering, energy, motorsport and aerospace, including McLaren, Innovate UK KTN, the Institution of Civil Engineers and Transport for London, as well as regional partners, with dignitaries such as Royal Borough of Kingston Deputy Mayor Councillor Richard Thorpe.
Innovate UK KTN Knowledge Transfer Adviser Dr Shona Campbell said the event had provided an ideal opportunity to find out more about research being carried out across the Faculty and expertise that could be utilised in future Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. “Kingston University has an awful lot to offer – at every turn I’ve seen something quite different, from threats to bees to cyber security and facial recognition and practically everything has an application to business,” she said.