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Knowledge transfer

Businesses or not-for-profit organisations often face strategic challenges, but may lack the in-house skills or resources to address them. This is where Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) can offer a solution.

KTPs are a three-way partnership between a business, academic/research institution and a recently qualified graduate. The programme is headed by Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board) and supported by 12 other public sector funding organisations offering grants for up to 60 per cent of the cost of the project.

A graduate is recruited to work on a strategic challenge within the organisation for up to three years and is supported by an expert Kingston University academic(s) and a local manager within the organisation.

  • Businesses get access to expertise and innovative solutions with the potential to grow their business and increase their competitiveness and profitability. Participating businesses stand to gain an average of £261,000 increased profit per annum
  • Academics get to apply their expertise in a commercial context, develop business-relevant teaching and research material and identify new research themes and student projects.
  • 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.

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

Read about some of our current and past KTPs.

For more information on KTPs, please contact or visit the official KTP website.

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