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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships


Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Innovate and grow your business through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Leeds Beckett University.

What is a KTP?

A KTP is a government-funded programme to help businesses develop and gain a competitive advantage with the help of UK universities. Each KTP creates a unique partnership between a business, the University and a highly skilled graduate to deliver a strategic innovation project.

A KTP can be used to:

  • Introduce new technology.
  • Develop and launch new products.
  • Enter new markets.
  • Develop more efficient ways of working.

How does it work?

Each project is individually designed to transfer the academic knowledge and expertise of the University into a new businesses initiative or challenge. Projects last from 12 months to three years and a highly skilled graduate is recruited by the University and placed within the business to deliver the project. The work is supported by intensive input from a senior academic who will be an expert in their field and who will work for half a day each week throughout the project.

Read the Government's blog on how a KTP can maintain your company's competitiveness.

A KTP provides opportunities for a business to:

  • Improve competitiveness.
  • Boost productivity.
  • Enhance performance.
  • Increase profitability.

Wider advantages across the business include:

  • Creating and embedding a culture of innovation.
  • The transfer of new knowledge and skills across the workforce.
  • Enhancing the reputation of the organisation through innovation in its business sector.

How is a KTP funded?

Each KTP is part-funded by Innovate UK on behalf of the government. Higher rates of funding are available to SMEs and companies applying for their first KTP. Typical costs per annum for an SME would be £23,000, and spend on KTPs is eligible for research and development tax credits, further reducing the costs of collaboration. More information can be found on the government’s website.

We have found the KTP experience to be very positive and believe that it is a productive way to connect academia with business to benefit the graduate, the university and the company.

Jamie Wilding, Senior Development Manager, Hill

The KTP has exceeded our expectation. The comprehensive work plan clearly defined the project outputs for each stage. The quality and scale of the outputs, how these have been effectively implemented and the positive impact our business have all exceeded expectation.

Clare Campbell, Principle Healthcare

Why Leeds Beckett?

We work with a diverse range of partners from large multinationals to local SMEs, and we have a strong track record in delivering quality projects.

Our dedicated KTP office provides support for the lifetime of a KTP. This includes development of a project proposal and funding application through to the recruitment and employment of a graduate. During the operational delivery of a project, businesses and graduates receive targeted support to help them maximise the benefits of the KTP. This can include building a network of support from our wider academic community as well as opportunities to network with our key strategic partners. During the closedown of a project, the University works with the business to plan for the next stage and identify future collaboration opportunities.

Our graduates

Recruiting the right graduate to deliver a project is key, and our University works hard to find the right candidate for each role that matches the particular needs of the business.

We recruit the brightest and best graduates to our projects. A KTP is an attractive prospect to a graduate as it offers them a competitive salary and a structured programme of ongoing development and training (funded through the KTP scheme). Our University also offers them the opportunity to apply for a fully-funded research degree with fees waived.

More than 50 per cent of our KTP graduates are offered – and accept - a permanent role with the company after completion of the project.

Amey PLC

Amey is one of the largest and most diverse companies working for the public and regulated sectors in the UK, with the ultimate aim of creating better places for people to live, work and travel. With over 21,000 employees Amey keeps daily life functioning in almost every neighbourhood across the UK offering stand-alone or integrated service solutions to a range of customers.

Leeds Beckett University is currently involved in a project developing, implementing and embedding a structured behavioural strategy for Amey’s Consulting and Rail business, with the aim of reducing safety incidents across the business unit and its key supply chain. The work will deliver an enhanced behavioural safety framework based on quantitative and qualitative research methods, with an additional focus on long-term knowledge transfer strategy to Amey Consulting and Rail’s direct and indirect workforce.

Nicola Hindle, MD of Consulting and Rail at Amey, talks about the programme and our University’s involvement in it.


Contact Us

Find out more about how KTP can ignite innovation in your business.

Please contact John Burrows:
Email: ktp@leedsbeckett.ac.uk  
Telephone: 0113 812 1904

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