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.