KTP case studies

Yasa Motors – helping to power the future

Winner, Engineering Excellence Award, KTP Best of the Best Awards

Finalist, Best Partnership Award, KTP Best of the Best Awards

Game-changing, ground-breaking, best-in-class: the electric motors from Oxfordshire company YASA Motors make news not just in motorsport now, but across sectors ranging from industrial to marine and aerospace. The remarkable designs were produced with expertise from Oxford Brookes University and radically shortened production times, increased performance, cut costs, and improved reliability, preparing the company for mass production.

Risk management: making a global impact in the hotel industry

When you are the world’s biggest hotel group, a FTSE-100 corporation with nearly 700,000 rooms and a half-year revenue approaching a billion dollars, your risk management goes way beyond fire safety drills or security to include scenarios where Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is the name of the game.

InterContinental Hotels Group

Systematic change: creating the law firm of the future

The British legal profession is facing challenges on many fronts including competition from supermarkets, incursions from abroad and ever more extensive regulation. So how does an established law firm, set up to deliver professional services, make the transition to an agile, customer-focused business that can stay ahead in a changing world?

Alison McCormack with Oxford Brookes KTP Associate Yu-Chun Pan at Brethertons
Alison McCormack with Oxford Brookes KTP Associate Yu-Chun Pan at Brethertons

Sustainability: Cutting the Carbon with Oxford Brookes

Leading architecture practice Architype has won a prestigious award for its sustainability work, thanks to a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Oxford Brookes. According to the summing-up, their Cut the Carbon entry for the 2011 Building Awards ‘blew the judges away’.

Flooding: a new way to manage risk and mitigate calamity

A newly announced KTP project between Oxford Brookes University and Aquobex Ltd will develop a novel approach to mitigating the disastrous impact of flooding on homes, businesses and communities.

In place of piecemeal solutions from individual suppliers, the project will deliver an integrated system, drawn from a range of different technologies and based on rigorous analysis of construction materials and building design.

Carlisle Civic Centre in 2015 (photo by Rose and Trev Clough)
Carlisle Civic Centre in 2015 (photo by Rose and Trev Clough)

Production engineering: rocket nozzles to wind towers

Meta Vision Systems supplies sensing and control equipment from its Oxford base to customers around the world, for welding applications that range from rocket nozzles in China to offshore wind towers, earthquake proof beams, and oil pipelines. Now a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Oxford Brookes University is to develop a new generation of smart inspection systems that will capitalise on Meta’s position and meet growing industry demand.

Meta Vision Systems

Environmental impact: business with a global superbrand

Stannah Stairlifts is something of a special company. Described as a 'global British superbrand', it sells to more than 40 countries from its base in Hampshire where it both designs and manufactures its world-leading products. An independent, fifth generation family firm, it retains strong core values around ethical business.

The Starla stairlift from Stannah Stairlifts
The Starla stairlift from Stannah Stairlifts

Energy management: saving energy, improving health

A new approach to energy-saving in hospitals that has cut running costs by almost 20% is the focus of a new KTP project between Oxford Brookes University and Virtus Consult. Virtus will tap into Brookes’ expertise in sustainable construction to validate, refine and package a methodology for energy management that has shown exceptional results in its first applications.

NHS worker

Materials technology: from GT cockpit to swivel chair

Motorsport and office furniture are not industries that rub shoulders too often, but a new KTP between CMS Industries Ltd and Oxford Brookes University is making surprising connections between them.

Steve Liquorish in his Porsche 911
Steve Liquorish in his Porsche 911