Dynamic partnerships develop Hertfordshire talent

Dynamic partnerships develop Hertfordshire talent
University of Hertfordshire

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Case study by University of Hertfordshire

Internationally renowned as the UK's leading business-facing university, the University of Hertfordshire works with a huge range of organisations to help drive product development, enhance talent and make a measurable difference to their future.

One of the most successful ways they do this is through Knowledge Transfer schemes that provide an easy and affordable way for companies to inject innovation into their business projects.

The last year has seen more than twenty University of Hertfordshire graduates develop their talent through knowledge transfer programmes, opening up new avenues of growth for the businesses concerned and providing an excellent foundation for the graduates’ careers.

Advancing satellite communications

Recently, the University’s School of Engineering and Technology built a strong partnership with Stevenage-based Global Invacom, running successful Knowledge for Business (K4B) projects. These have seen postgraduate students Adam Baker, Matthew Robinson, Yei Ping and Chengqi Yang develop the company’s satellite communications products.

The graduates used their expertise in fibre optic broadband testing, thermal analysis and mobile communications technology to improve product performance. Their work has led to six further projects and a sector-specific graduate training scheme.

Driving noise and energy reduction

The School also recently completed its latest project with environmental engineering firm Secomak. The Low Carbon KEEP project saw PhD student Ian Campbell use computational fluid dynamics to redesign centrifugal industrial air blowers to reduce noise and energy.

The partnership’s achievements have been far-reaching, with the University now housing its own test rig and conveyor drying centre, used for student education and Secomak R&D. The School is also delighted that David Palmer, the first KTP associate assigned to Secomak, has been made its Managing Director Designate.

Developing a smart-energy ecosystem

Another cutting-edge K4B brought together the Watford-based Building Research Establishment (BRE) and digital technology graduates Al-Azhar Lalani and Emilio Mistretta. They developed an electronic control ecosystem to capture information from electricity generation, monitoring, control and consumption devices, optimising building performance.

Under academic supervision, they incorporated a cloud service platform developed in an earlier collaboration. BRE will now fund two further PhD studentships and various smart energy and future cities projects.

Tackling cyber security

It’s not just the School of Engineering and Technology that has an exceptional track record in KT. At award-winning digital agency Cyber-Duck, School of Computer Science graduate Mark Garratt recently worked on a KTP to introduce a new software-as-aservice product.

Supervised by Dr Guy Saward and Dr Nasser Abouzakhar, the project aimed to secure desktop and mobile distributed systems for the financial services sector. Cyber-Duck was so impressed that it took Mark on as a software development engineer.

A culture of collaboration

Knowledge Transfer is an integral part of the University’s collaborative culture, reaching from engineering, technology and IT to humanities and life sciences. Its acclaimed projects have tackled subjects as diverse as food supply, materials science, telehealth and special needs education, while significantly growing the pool of professional, talented individuals available to regional and national businesses.
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