Businesses or not-for-profit organisations often face strategic challenges, but may lack the skills or resources to address them. This is where knowledge transfer (KT) schemes can offer a solution.
The aim of knowledge transfer is to encourage innovation and improve the effectiveness of an organisation through collaboration with a university.
Kingston University runs several different knowledge transfer schemes, including the national, government-funded Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), one of Europe's largest graduate recruitment programmes.
Some programmes involve an academic or academic team being seconded into a business or charity. Many schemes involve a three-way partnership between an organisation, an expert Kingston University academic and a student/graduate who is recruited to work within the organisation.
Kingston University has been actively engaged with KT since 1992 and have facilitated approximately 90 long-term partnerships, valued at more than £10 million.
Projects we have helped with include marketing, technological innovation, product development, cultural heritage development and designing education programmes.
Brian Fender from the Institute of Knowledge Transfer explains knowledge transfer and the important role universities play.