Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership, or ‘KTP’, is a three way partnership between the University, a business and a highly-skilled graduate.  It enables a business to improve their competitiveness and productivity by applying the latest research and knowledge from our University.

How it works:

  • The Company has a problem to solve or an innovation project to deliver
  • The Graduate (or ‘Associate’) is employed by the University and embedded in the company to deliver the project
  • The University (or ‘Knowledge Base’) provides expertise and the latest research to support the Associate

Running since 1975, KTP is front and centre of the government’s strategy to grow the UK economy.

It’s a win-win-win partnership:

  • Increased profitability and competitive edge for the business
  • Partly funded by Innovate UK, it’s a cost effective way to access new knowledge and share the risk of innovation
  • It creates a job to accelerated the career development for a post-graduate
  • The University have the opportunity to apply research & knowledge in a commercial setting

Innovate UK will fund up to 67% of the project costs for a KTP with the business supporting the rest.  A typical KTP project runs for 12-36 months and has a lasting impact on the business where the benefits of the partnership continue to be realised long after the project is complete.

To find out more about how Bucks New University can help your business with a KTP please contact our KTP Manager, Francesca Martin:

Email: Francesca.martin@bucks.ac.uk

Phone: 07909 572968

Previous projects include:

  • Corian UK – our Associate worked with Corian UK to develop a sustainable architectural cladding solution.  This project was supported by Academics in our Engineering and Product Design team.
  • Serious Brands Limited – our Associate worked with Serious Brands to design & develop a Marketing Intelligence Customer Engagement system to predict customer behaviour and target service offerings accordingly.  Academics with knowledge in Computing as well as Marketing supported this project.
  • The Pure H2O Company Limited  - our Associate and experts in our Product Design department worked with Pure H2O to develop a newly designed and engineered water purification system that capitalises on the potential system and activities in the emerging domestic market for water purification systems.
  • West Oxfordshire Locality Group – our Associate and academics from our Nursing & Allied Health school worked with WOLG to establish a targeted effective, sustainable weight reduction programme in a community setting.
  • Vitalograph Limited - our Associate and experts in our Product Design department, supported by expertise at the university in the field of Nursing & Allied Health, worked with Vitalograph Limited to design and manufacture an inhaler training device for inhalers, using audible or electronic outputs.
  • BucksVision – our Associate and academics in our Marketing department to introduce more relevant services for visually impaired people, better communicate these services, and raise public and organisational awareness, involvement and financial support.