The UK-wide Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) programme helps businesses innovate through targeted collaboration with leading academics and highly qualified graduates. We are the number 1 university in the UK for KTPs, that flagship Innovate UK programme.
A KTP is a collaboration between three parties:
- A university
- A company or not for profit organisation
- A talented graduate or postgraduate know as a KTP Associate, who are recruited and employed by the university to work within the business to apply their skillset to find solutions and innovations to real world business problems.
Projects usually focus on a problem in a key area of a company's business, such as product design or developing new management processes. KTPs are designed to enable the partnering company to gain competitive advantage - and ultimately to improve profitability.
A KTP is a fantastic springboard to launch a career with, and offer great starting salaries (£32-33k). The average duration of a KTP is 2 years, with around 70% of associate being offered a full time role at the end of the term. For international students this is also a great opportunity to switch to the Global Talent visa which allows you to stay in the UK for 5+ years.
If you want to apply your degree, start a job straight away and gain a professional qualification, then a Knowledge Transfer Partnership is what you're looking for. You should be inquisitive, bright and serious about getting ahead.
To find out more speak to your department to discover what opportunities are available.