A two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between the University and M3 Housing Ltd – an organisation that helps to develop and maintain social housing and public buildings in the UK – has been awarded the highest grade of 'outstanding' by the Technology Strategy Board.
The KTP, led by Patricia Harris, Principal Lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Law, set out to help the company devise strategies to ensure continued growth in a saturated market. The programme exceeded the company's expectations and Ben Virgo, the Marketing Practice and Management graduate who was recruited to work on the KTP, now has a full-time job with the company.
Director of M3, Liz Circuit, said: "The project was highly effective at bringing about organisational and cultural change and helping M3 to explore new markets. Iâ€™m very satisfied with the outcomes and delighted that Ben is now working for us."
The top grading follows hot on the heels of the 'outstanding' grade awarded for the recent Renaisi KTP. Charlene Edwards, Head of Knowledge Transfer, Enterprise Support, said: "We continue to receive fantastic feedback from the companies we partner with, but these awards really are concrete evidence of the University's strength in knowledge transfer. Well done to all involved."