Chemistry innovation attracts national honour
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A partnership which brought together a University of Hull
graduate and a local company to create a global product has been
shortlisted for a national award.
The capability to manufacture magnetic ink, developed by
Chemistry graduate Haydn Ward working with Hull-based BemroseBooth
Paragon (BBP) is now being used in travel applications across the
This week the partnership was named on the shortlist for the
Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards, known as
Nominated in the Knowledge Exchange/Transfer Initiative of the
Year category, the University and BBP will find out if they have
won on 23 June.
Rob Burgin, general manager of BBP, said:
We have all gained a great deal from our partnership
with the University of Hull. Haydn is an asset to the company and
his work has contributed to our future stability and profitability.
We have been extremely impressed by the University: their
knowledge, their commitment, their enthusiasm and their
Haydn Ward graduated with a first class honours in Chemistry in
the summer of 2014. A day later he began work at BBP – a Hull-based
global leader in the supply of ticketing to the mass transportation
and car parking industry, after securing a role in a Knowledge
Transfer Partnership (KTP). Part-funded by the Government, KTPs,
refined and manufactured the technology for the information-storing
magnetic strip used on tickets.
Prior to this, BBP had been buying in magnetic ink from an
external supplier – but to remain commercially viable, it became
essential for the company to develop its own solution.
This was followed by the design and development of a full-scale
ink manufacturing plant which included installation of
quality-control and research and development laboratories. Just one
year after joining the KTP, Haydn, who was keenly supported by the
University’s partners, had developed a range of magnetic inks.
The ink manufactured at BBP is now being used in all UK rail
tickets as well as on the London Underground, the Paris Metro, the
Cairo Metro and in many other locations around the world.
If I look back at what I have achieved over this last
year, I find it incredible. I couldn’t have been given a better
opportunity than this. I have learned a lot, and I have been given
chances to develop my knowledge as well as understand what it is
like to work in an industrial manufacturing
Haydn is now working on new products using the ink he has
developed, as well as undertaking a higher degree in Chemical
Bill Walker, Director of the University of Hull Knowledge
Exchange which develops links between the University and business,
We are delighted to be shortlisted for this national
This collaboration is a great example of how businesses
are putting their trust in the University of Hull to help them grow
We are very proud of Haydn's achievement and the
University’s successful partnership with BemroseBooth
For more information about KTPs and how the University of Hull
works with businesses, visit www.hull.ac.uk/business
More information about the THELMAs is available here: www.thelmawards.co.uk/