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    Changes and Improvements to Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)
    Provider   SBS Faculty

    The KTP model has been criticised for being overly complex and bureaucratic. A number of changes addressing simplification and improvements are being implemented. This session outlines the policy changes, along with timescales and implications for the KTP community / KTP applicants.

Duration 1 hour 30 mins

Course Type Presentation

Booking Status Contact Provider

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Target Audience: Staff

Dr Stuart McKay, Business Development Officer, West of Scotland KTP Centre will provide an overview of changes to KTPs from May 2016.

Dr Nusa Fain, Department of Marketing, will also provide some insight from her experiences with the Howden KTP.


The KTP model has developed and evolved over the 40 years of its existence; the core remains remarkably similar despite a changing landscape, but a wealth of policies, procedures and practice has arisen within this time, some of which may no longer be helpful and which could be restricting partnerships unnecessarily. 

In response to these drivers Innovate UK has performed a review of KTP Policies and Processes.  The aims of the review were to: 

  • Reduce complexity for KTP Partnerships
  • Increase speed of decision-making and project start up
  • Improve quality and enhance customer experience & perceptions
  • Continue to maximise impact for stakeholders
  • Align with other Innovate UK products / tools where appropriate
  • Align with an  Innovate UK wide initiative to review business processes to focus on the customer experience and eliminate low value adding activities
  • Retain the value-adding elements highlighted in the CIHE 2012 study
    • Value of KTP in supporting businesses new to open innovation
    • Importance of partnership development and co-creation of project
    • Key role of the Associate as a boundary spanner
    • Key role of the Adviser in supporting partnerships 

NB. A brown-bag lunch will be provided - please indicate any special requirements when booking.

Delivered By: SBS Faculty



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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is Europe’s leading programme helping business to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. KTP is funded by Innovate UK with 12 other funding organisations.