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What is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)?

22/11/2011

The Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) initiative has remained the UK’s primary mechanism for delivering Government funded knowledge transfer since its introduction in 1975 under the previous name of Teaching Company Scheme.

“Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is a UK-wide programme to encourage business and knowledge base collaborations. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships help businesses and organisations to improve their competitiveness and/or productivity through the use of the knowledge, technology and skills that reside within academic institutions” (www.KTPonline.org.uk).

The basic model for the delivery of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership is the premise that:

* a business (or public sector organisation) has a need to deliver a project of strategic importance

* a graduate will be employed to undertake the work

* a knowledge base partner will provide the required specialist knowledge and expertise

This is considered to be a 3-way partnership with the company gaining the outcome of the project and the understanding to modify it for future needs, the academic team gaining commercial experience/materials to support research/teaching, and the graduate gaining excellent work-experience and personal development within a fast-track management environment.

Partnership projects must be able to demonstrate high quality levels of innovation, impact and challenge.

Current KTP formats are:

* Shorter KTP for 26 to 51 week projects

* Classic KTP for 12 to 36 month projects

The success of such 3-way partnerships has been demonstrated by a number of useful case study investigations that can be downloaded using the links below.

Polkinghorne, M. (ed), 2009. Applications of knowledge transfer to small and medium sized businesses. 2009 ed.UK.Bournemouth University, ISBN 978 1 85899 268 6. http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/16926/

 Roach, J.(ed) and Polkinghorne, M. (ed), 2008. Applications of knowledge transfer to small and medium sized businesses. 2008 ed.UK. Bournemouth University, ISBN 978 1 85899 253 2. http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/16924/

 Roach, J.(ed) and Polkinghorne, M. (ed), 2007. Applications of knowledge transfer to small and medium sized businesses. 2007 ed.UK. Bournemouth University, ISBN 978 1 85899 253 2. http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/16925/

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