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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships 

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme has been helping businesses to innovate and grow for the past 40 years. It does this by linking them with a university and a graduate to work on a specific project.

How does the scheme work?

Each KTP is a three-way partnership between a business, an academic institution and a graduate. The academic institution employs the recently-qualified graduate who works at the company. The graduate, known as the ‘associate’, brings new skills and knowledge to the business.

A KTP can last between 12 and 36 months depending on the project and the needs of the business. It is part-funded by a grant. The amount businesses need to contribute is different for SMEs and larger companies

UWS and KTPs

UWS has a proud and successful track record of working with businesses of all sizes in grant-funded partnership projects. We have been successful in KTPs for over forty years and have helped many companies innovate and grow through the scheme.

Projects are grant funded at up to 67% for SMEs and 50% for large companiesA full-time graduate works in the company throughout the project, which can last from one to three years. 

Get in touch via business@uws.ac.uk to discuss how UWS might work with you on a KTP project.  

Benefits of KTPs

Each KTP will meet a core strategic need and identify innovative solutions to help business and social enterprises grow. KTPs aim to delivers significant increased profitability for business partners as a direct result of the partnership through improved quality and operations, increased productivity efficiency, effectiveness, sales and access to new markets.

  • Projects are grant funded at up to 67% for SMEs and 50% for Large Companies
  • Projects are driven against key company milestones and deliverables
  • A full-time Graduate works in the company for duration of project
  • An Academic Supervisor spends 0.5 days per week on the project
  • Projects can last from 12 months to 3 years depending on nature of project
  • businesses achieve an average increase in annual profit of more than £1 million after taking part. They also create around 2 new jobs
  • academic partners produce on average more than 3 new research projects and 2 research papers for each project
  • around 60% of associates are offered a permanent job in the company when the project ends
Last updated: 02/02/2018