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Staff and student successes recognised at Celebrate Enterprise

Celebrate Enterprise

The Staff Commercial Entrepreneur of the Year Award went to Phil Carver

Phil Carver, associate professor, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, won this award for contributing to the development of surplus-making activities for the University. Phil’s work has led to a successful new Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with DC Leisure, two future possible KTP projects with Physio UK and the YMCA, and a joint consultancy project with the Royal Borough of Kingston.

“I am delighted to be acknowledged for my work with industry, naturally enhancing the learning experience of our students,” said Phil. “I hope this award will encourage further innovation, as businesses increasingly recognise the value of tapping into the skills and knowledge that exist within the University.”

The Staff Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award went to Michelle Grainger

This award was won by Michelle Grainger, senior lecturer, School of Nursing, who established Nurses Reaching Out in Gulu, Uganda, which supports local nurses and raises funds to equip and Malaria-mesh-proof hospitals.

With support from UK nurses, Kingston students, Ugandan local health workers and government officials, Michelle has also set up a staff library and e-journal to share innovative, sustainable healthcare solutions. “I am delighted to get this award,” she said. “I have already had offers of support directly impacting the project which is fantastic; I am hoping this will continue.”