Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology recognised with industry award

Nottingham Trent University has won a prestigious The Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology.

Nottingham Trent University has won a prestigious Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology.

The award, announced last night (THU) at a ceremony in London,  is in recognition of research led by Professor Paul Evans in the School of Science and Technology, who has pioneered the development of world leading 3D X-ray scanning techniques.

The research, which also won the University the highest accolade of a Queen’s Anniversary Prize one year ago, has improved the way airports scan for explosives, weapons and other contraband.

The judges commended the University for its continued refinement of the original research, which recently resulted in a multimillion-pound grant from the US Department of Homeland Security.

Professor Evans said: "I was honoured to receive such a prestigious award on behalf of my team and the University. It a testament to the impact of our research."

NTU has also formed a spin-off company based on the research – Halo X-ray Technologies – with Cranfield University to commercialise the technology. Judges said they were impressed by the way the original research has been successfully commercialised, saying the pioneering work had "led to the development of 3D imaging that is now used worldwide in managing security and public safety".

Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University said: "Winning this award is further confirmation of the international reputation that Nottingham Trent University is gaining for the quality of our research and innovation in the fields of science and technology."

The Times Higher Education Awards recognise talent, dedication and innovation of individuals and teams from universities around the UK.

The University was shortlisted for Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative for its Grads4Nottm scheme while Nottingham Business School was nominated for Business School of the Year.

The black-tie event took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane in London, and was hosted by actor Richard E. Grant. Over 1,200 guests from the higher education sector and shortlisted universities attended.

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    • Nottingham Trent University’s five-year strategic plan “Creating the University of the Future” has five main ambitions: Creating Opportunity, Valuing Ideas, Enriching Society, Connecting Globally and Empowering People.
    • The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education was awarded to Nottingham Trent University in November 2015.  It is the highest national honour for a UK university and recognises the institution’s world-class research. Pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula, and combat food fraud, led to the prestigious award.

Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology recognised with industry award

Published on 25 November 2016
  • Category: Research

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