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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 and offers a grant for up to 67% 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.

  • The graduate (called an associate) is recruited to work on a specific strategic innovative project within the organisation for up to three years.
  • The associate 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.

The new Management KTP works in the same way as a KTP and has a specific focus on management-based projects, linking in with one of the UK's Business Schools. For more information about Management KTPs, visit the KTP website.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership

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. Read more about KTP for businesses
  • 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. On average, around 64% are offered jobs by their company partner post KTP completion. Read more about KTP for graduates
  • 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.

KTPs at Kingston University

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

Kingston University's KTPs

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

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