Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2022

17 March 2022

Edinburgh & Lothians

Venue: Online

Time: 15:00 to 16:30

The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards celebrate the exceptional work achieved through academic and business partnerships.


Now in its seventh year, the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards celebrate the exceptional work achieved through academic and business partnerships. Hosted by Interface, the Awards ceremony will be held online.


We are pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for these awards will be Will Whitehorn, Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University.

Educated at Edinburgh Academy and the University of Aberdeen, Whitehorn enjoyed watching aircraft at Edinburgh Airport as a youngster and spent his early career as a crewman on North Sea search-and-rescue helicopters.

After stints at Thomas Cook, TSB Group and Lombard Communications, he was recruited to Virgin to boost the Group’s image in the City, and became a key lieutenant to Sir Richard Branson. As Brand Development and Corporate Affairs Director, he was at the heart of the entertainment, media and travel giant’s relentless quest for new business opportunities.

Whitehorn worked on a series of major Virgin projects, including the Pendolino train, and later took up the post of President at Virgin Galactic, which saw him play a central role in developing the concept of commercial space travel.



Professor Andrea Nolan OBE, Chair of Interface Strategic Board, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University
Ivan McKee, Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise
Q&A session of previous Award winners, chaired by Dr Siobhán Jordan


Winners will be announced across eight categories from businesses, public sector organisations, third sector, universities, research institutes and colleges that are leading the way towards economic growth, societal improvements and environmental advances in Scotland and beyond. The categories are:

  • COVID-19 Collaborative Response
  • Innovation of the Year
  • Innovator of the Future - Sponsored by SCI 
  • Knowledge Exchange Champion
  • Knowledge Exchange Heroes
  • Making an Environmental Difference
  • Making a Social Difference - Sponsored by CEIS
  • Multiparty Collaboration


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