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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are a national initiative, consisting of a three way partnership between an external partner (a business, some public sector organisations and charities) a graduate (known as the Associate) and an academic.

KTP is funded by Innovate UK. The grant pays a share of the costs and the company pays the balance. Typically this totals £100,000 to £200,000 for a 2 year project.

As the Academic (known as the Knowledge Supervisor) you get the opportunity to:

  • See your research being put into practice in a commercial arena
  • Develop and publish papers
  • Gain insights on what employers want from our graduates
  • Develop further a long-term relationship with a company
  • Help one of your recent graduates find an excellent job

The Associate gets:

  • A fast track career managing a project central to a company’s strategic development
  • A training and development programme, including leadership & management skills
  • A job for 2 years and – in 70% of cases – a permanent position with the business

The Company gets:

  • Latest knowledge and state of the art research from the University
  • Commercial benefits of research & development
  • a (typically) two year long interview with a talented graduate
  • a long term partnership with the University.
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