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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) aim to improve the effectiveness of a business through collaboration with a university.

KTP is one of Europe's largest and most established graduate recruitment schemes. The programme is headed by Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board) and offers funding for up to 60 per cent of the cost of the project.

How does KTP work?

KTP is a three-way partnership between a business, academic/research institution and a recently qualified graduate.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership

The graduate (called an associate) is recruited to work on a specific strategic project within the organisation for up to three years and is supported by an expert Kingston University academic and a manager based within the organisation. Projects need to demonstrate the potential for a high level of innovation and economic impact.

Examples of Kingston University KTPs have included improving visitor experience at Hampton Court Palace, creating new technologies in a number of sectors, and developing a commercial sustainable building design consultancy within an architectural practice.

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Benefits of KTP

  • Businesses gain access to specialist expertise and innovative solutions with the potential to grow their business and increase their competitiveness and profitability. Between 2011-2016, each partnership has benefitted from an average of £60,000 increase in pre-tax profit during the project.
  • Graduates benefit from launching their careers by working on KTP projects that allow them to apply their degree to real business scenarios, under the guidance of expert mentors. 64% are offered jobs by their company partner post KTP completion.
  • Academics are able to apply their expertise in a commercial context, develop business-relevant teaching and research material and identify new research themes and student projects.

Kingston University has been facilitating KTPs since 1992 and has won various awards and outstanding ratings for projects.

Read about Kingston University's current KTPs

For more detailed information about KTP and to view current job vacancies, please visit the Innovate UK website and the official KTP website.

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