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University supports Travis Perkins plc in the search for innovation

Loughborough University has joined up with building and construction giant, Travis Perkins plc, in their search for new ideas following the launch of the first ever Travis Perkins Innovation Awards.

The Awards have been developed in an attempt to find ground breaking product innovation and problem solutions for the UK construction industry.

The competition is open to all individuals across a range of sectors and has two entry streams which are Problem Solving and Product Innovation.

The Product Innovation category focusses on new construction products with applicants invited to submit their ideas and specifications. Applicants to the Problem Solving category can put forward solutions to industry-specific problems identified by Travis Perkins plc customers.

The Awards provide an opportunity for somebody to win substantial financial and business support for product and idea development. This includes up to £10,000 in financing, business mentoring from the Travis Perkins senior team and, or the chance to trial products in selected Travis Perkins plc locations around the UK.

Dr Chris Goodier, Senior Lecturer in the School of Civil and Building Engineering, will be on the panel of expert judges who will be reviewing the applications over the summer. Speaking on the Awards, he comments:

 “Loughborough has a long history of working closely with industry and conducting research that matters, hence I’m very proud to be one of the judges for the Travis Perkins Innovation Awards. We need to identify and celebrate innovation in construction if we are to progress as an industry and tackle the significant global challenges facing the industry such as climate change adaptation and infrastructure renewal, and these awards will help contribute towards that.”

John Carter, Chief Executive of Travis Perkins plc, says: “Getting new ideas and products to market and finding the right channels for support can be very hard. This competition provides an opportunity for all the people out there who been harbouring a great new idea for the construction industry to bring it to the attention of market experts and get the support they need for development and marketing.”

The Innovation Awards and opened for applications from 1 March and will close 30 June. Winners will be announced by the end of September.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named the best in the country for its student experience in the 2016 THE Student Experience Survey. It was also named University of the Year in the In the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015 and Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In September 2015 the University opened an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.



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