The University of Leeds has a long history of successful Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) with businesses of all sectors, shapes and sizes. In January 2013, a significant milestone was reached when the University began its 100th KTP, a project with household name Dyson Technologies Ltd.
The project with Dyson is a 2.5 year partnership with the Centre for Technical Textiles in the School of Design. It focuses on developing novel filter fabrics for the company’s innovative vacuum systems, ensuring the Dyson sustains its competitive edge in future technology.
"New technology starts with research - and some of the world's best research is found in British universities” said says Mark Taylor, Dyson’s Group Director of Research and Development. “Combining the expertise of Dyson engineers with the knowledge base at Leeds University will lead to new tangible technologies which we can export from the UK.”
Professor David Hogg, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at The University of Leeds added: “Reaching the milestone of 100 KTP projects is testament to the research strengths at Leeds.
“Companies recognise the relevance of the expertise at Leeds and the competitive edge it can give their business. By having a dedicated KTP office, we provide our staff and our commercial partners with the best fit for our academic expertise and the development of the partner’s business. This tangible transferring of knowledge makes an impact in the commercial world and reinforces the importance of collaborations between universities and businesses.”