Teamwork in Innovation Award 2015 Winner

Procter & Gamble and Durham University Partnership

Awarded for their multidisciplinary, collaborative and high-impact research leading to product innovation


P&G and Durham University

About the Winner

The winning partnership formed in 2009 to look at joint scientific research to lead to significant and responsible consumer product innovation. Today the team has grown from around 30 academics and PhD students working with industry scientists to approximately 200 talented researchers.  The collaboration has become a formalised strategic partnership involving chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, psychology, engineering and the business academics who work closely with industry scientists globally. 

With over 50 joint research projects in their portfolio the team has delivered innovations impacting a range of consumer products. Some are already on the market and others will help deliver future technologies. 

Senior leadership at P&G has come from Michael Duncan, Euan Magennis, Phil Souter, Charles Bragg, David Jakubovic, Elena Lurie-Luke and Helen Neville, and at Durham from Tim Hammond, John Evans, Tom McLeish, John Girkin, Keith Lindsey and Nigel Robinson. 

P&G serves nearly five billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide.

Durham University is a world top-100 University and is ranked in the top 25 for the employability of its students by blue-chip companies world-wide. Durham chemistry has strong research across all aspects of modern chemistry, and was ranked top in the UK for the impact of its research in the REF2014 exercise.