Team recognised with top award

Win: Mike Hill of Prospects, Amanda Elsworth-Ross of Lancaster University, Jonathan Lutwyche of The REACH Centre.

Win: Mike Hill of Prospects, Amanda Elsworth-Ross of Lancaster University, Jonathan Lutwyche of The REACH Centre.

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A university’s collaborations with industry have been recognised with a top award.

Lancaster University and chemical regulatory services company The REACH Centre have been recognised for their track-record of working together.

Judges at the annual Prospects Postgraduate Awards 2014 presented The REACH Centre with the Best Business Partner award at a glitzy ceremony at The Midland Hotel in Manchester.

The award recognises the depth and breadth of activity the company has engaged with the university over eight years, as well as the models of business engagement the university has put in place.

Dr Mark Bacon, director of Business Partnerships and Enterprise in the faculty of Science and Technology at Lancaster University, said: “The REACH Centre has consistently proved itself to be an excellent and reliable partner for the university, developing post-graduate courses, providing employment for our students, and giving excellent opportunities for our students to broaden their experience and apply their skills through placements. We believe they thoroughly deserve the recognition this award brings for their continuous enthusiastic collaboration .”

with Lancaster University.”

Established by Jonathan Lutwyche, with support from Lancaster University, The REACH Centre, which has offices on campus in the Lancaster Environment Centre, has expanded rapidly, now employing 17 members of staff. 70 per cent of current staff are Lancaster University graduates.

Judith Friesl, Marketing Manager at The REACH Centre said: “We have played an active part in innovative programmes developed by Lancaster University with the research and development needs of employers at their core.”