Knowledge Exchange & Public Engagement Awards 2019 Winners

Outstanding knowledge exchange and partnership projects were celebrated at the UofG Knowledge Exchange Conference on 5th of February 2019. 

The awards recognised and rewarded excellence in the exchange of knowledge, expertise and intellectual assets through engagement with industry, the public sector and community partners, celebrating the very best of the University’s influence and impact on the economy and society.

The awards spanned five categories to reflect the broad range of excellence in engagement across the University. 

To celebrate the winners we created short videos about their projects.


Best Collaboration (Arts & Culture): Govan Young

Professor Steven Driscoll from the School of Humanities and Dr David Archibald from the School of Culture & Creative Arts for Govan Young, a documentary film produced in partnership with children from Govan, bringing archaeology to life for fresh audiences

Best Collaboration (Business): Lynkeos Technology Ltd

Professor Ralf Kaiser and his team at the Glasgow Nuclear Physics Group for the creation of the spin-out company, Lynkeos Technology. The company is developing technology which can be used to image the contents of nuclear waste containers. Strong collaboration between the partners is at the heart of its success.

Best Collaboration (Policy & Practice): Working with NHS Counter-Fraud

Professor Sayantan Ghosal from the Adam Smith Business School for his partnership with NHS Scotland to improve their communications to help them recover losses from fraudulent or claims made in error. The project has helped to recover £1M of incorrectly claimed exemptions.

Best Community or Public Engagement Initiative: Runaway Slaves in Britain

Professor Simon Newman, Dr Stephen Mullen, Nelson Mundell and Marenka Thompson-Odlum from the School of Humanities for the Runaway Slaves in Britain project which is changing our understanding of slavery in Britain. The project has resulted in new educational resources for Scotland and is informing reparative justice discussions.

Best Community or Public Engagement Initiative: Developing an evidence base for effective Lyme Disease management

Dr Caroline Millins from the School of Veterinary Medicine and Dr Roman Biek from the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine, are working with the NHS Scotland and community partners to investigate Lyme disease in Uist. The project is helping this highly affected community to manage ticks and Lyme disease risk more effectively.

Glasgow Entrepreneur of the Year: Dr Derek Gilchrist

Dr Derek Gilchrist, Chief Executive Officer of Causeway Therapeutics, a Glasgow spin-out company developing novel therapies for the treatment of musco-skeletal diseases in animal and human patients. Derek is leading the expansion of Causeway’s drug discovery pipeline, developing therapies aimed at osteoarthritis and lower back pain.‌