FHC embraces knowledge sector

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University of Plymouth student Duncan Shaw has become the first person to receive an innovative new award from Falmouth Harbour Commissioners (FHC).

The award recognises outstanding achievement in assisting with Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) and in particular the KTP which is currently ongoing in Falmouth via FHC.

Duncan Shaw was presented with the award and a cheque for £100 by KTP associate, Harriet Knowles, at a ceremony held at the University.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership is one of Europe’s largest recruitment programmes which aims to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through better use of the knowledge, technology and skills that are found within the UK knowledge base. Graduate environmental scientist Knowles was placed in the role of maritime sustainable development officer at FHC through the KTP project.

Shaw, who achieved an MSc in international supply chain management, conducted a comprehensive investigation into environmental management in small UK ports as part of his degree. The results are going to be used in wider research into the effects of anchoring in Falmouth Bay.

Mark Sansom, chief executive of Falmouth Harbour Commissioners, said: “We now have a significant amount of data and evidence surrounding the socio-economic and environmental effects of anchoring in Falmouth Bay. While we still have a long way to go, the information we have gathered so far proves just how useful projects such as KTP can be to organisations like ours.”