Research is the key as Durham University wins Procter and Gamble award

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DURHAM University has won an international award from the world’s largest consumer products company.

It received the Global Business Development University Partner of the Year award from Procter & Gamble (P&G) at an event in Cincinnati, USA.

The partnership between university and company has already secured more than £5,700,000 in external funding, for a series of projects and studentships.

Professor Tom McLeish, Pro-vice-chancellor, said: “One of the world’s largest corporations recognises that Durham is ‘best in class’ which is a tribute to the strength of research at the university and the high esteem in which it is held by blue-chip employers across the globe.”

More than 80 Durham academics are now linked with a similar number of P&G researchers, in locations ranging from Newcastle to Frankfurt, Brussels, Beijing and Cincinnati, in areas including surface sciences, biophysical sciences, electronic goods, manufacturing and consumer psychology.

A recent joint project saw the setting up of a virtual surface science centre, which provided technical and scientific expertise in a bid to develop more effective home cleaning products.