KTPs link businesses to world-class academic partners in the UK to drive innovation through collaboration, bring about change and embed new knowledge, skills and capability. Projects address a specific business need, which is identified by the company.
As of the end of September, UWS’s portfolio stood at 35 KTP projects with a combined value in excess of £7 million; positioning UWS as third in the UK and number one in Scotland by size of its KTP portfolio. With 12 management KTPs, UWS’s School of Business and Creative Industries occupies the top spot in the UK.
KTPs are a great example of what can be achieved when industry and academia join forces. At UWS, we’ve gone from having just three projects two-and-a-half years ago (outside the top-50 in the UK) to over thirty today. This success exemplifies UWS’s motto: ‘Dreaming, Believing, Achieving’ and is a great example of cross-school and cross-departmental team working, with nearly 100 colleagues – academics, KTP Associates and professional support staff – currently engaged in KTP projects and programme delivery across the University. With more projects in the pipeline, including an international KTP with partners in Kenya, there’s no doubting UWS’s commitment to the programme and our belief in working in partnership with industry.
Stuart McKay, Senior KTP Manager at UWS
Professor Milan Radosavljevic, Vice-Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Engagement at UWS, added: “While the KTP programme is 45 years old, many businesses don’t know it exists – or how they can benefit from it.
“KTPs give organisations the chance to access up-to-the-minute research and sector-leading expertise, while addressing business challenges. Now more than ever, businesses should be tapping into the expert knowledge that universities can provide.”