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London's universities say ‘OpenSME’ to new support for capital's small businesses

A group of London's universities are launching a new collaboration – OpenSME – that seeks to make it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to access the expertise and knowledge they offer.

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2014 UCL Consultants Award


In recognising successful UCL consulting projects, the UCL Consultants Awards seeks to honour UCL researchers who have collaborated with industry on a consultative level.

Malcolm Grant and Polina Bayvel

Previous winner (2013) Professor Polina Bayvel, head of the optical Networks Group in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering was selected for her outstanding consultancy work with Huawei Technologies. Polina has been instrumental in working in partnership with Huawei Technologies to explore how to develop better high-speed optical communications and solve problems relating to computer networking.

To date, funding from Huawei to UCL has exceeded £500,000. We expect the UCL-Huawei collaboration to grow from strength to strength, helping to achieve UCL’s ambitions in increasing knowledge transfer and supporting Huawei’s R&D efforts in next-generation optical systems.

UCL Consultants Ltd was established by UCL to bring its academics together with national and international clients, providing access to UCL’s leading-edge expertise and world-class facilities.

UCL Consultants offers a one-stop office for academics wishing to carry out consultancy work, providing comprehensive contractual, tendering and administrative support, enabling UCL staff to ensure timely, high-quality delivery to meet clients’ requirements. It has extensive experience in working with wide variety of clients including multi-national, governmental organisations, space agencies, international companies and SME’s.

The 2014 UCL Consultants Award will recognise the latest successful consultancy agreements operating through UCL.