Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are between a business and a graduate, facilitated by Oxford Brookes University in order to solve a business challenge or work on an innovative idea to help the business grow.
In a KTP, a business will approach Oxford Brookes with a problem or an idea that they need additional capacity and insight to work through. Oxford Brookes will then connect a suitable graduate with the business and oversee the partnership to ensure it is beneficial to both. This partnership lasts between 12 and 36 months and a large amount of time is dedicated to this topic for the organisation.
Benefits to Businesses
- You will be supported by Oxford Brookes throughout the partnership
- An opportunity to drive business growth through innovation
- A dedicated resource towards embedding innovation within your organisation
- The IP usually rests with the company
- Help raise your business profile
- There is a financial payback - average ROI is in the £100,000s
What are the requirements?
To take part, companies need to:
- have a registered base in the UK
- evidence that they can afford a KTP and invest in its outcome
The first step is to consider if you have a strategic innovative idea or organisational problem that would benefit from expertise and additional capacity. If you would like to discuss this in more detail, please speak to our KTP Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) and they will help you determine the viability of your project and explore the research capability. If you agree to begin a proposal, Oxford Brookes will work in partnership with you to develop a successful KTP application and manage the project from start to completion – ensuring a long-term boost to your organisation.
Throughout this process, we will cost the project, find an academic partner and help you to create your grant application. Furthermore, we will help you agree strategic objectives and benchmarks, and handle review meetings to help you shape and manage your project and deliver it on time. We recommend allocating 6-8 weeks to prepare your proposal.
The deadlines for the upcoming rounds of applications are:
- 6 Sep 2023
- 1 Nov 2023
- 13 Dec 2023
- 7 Feb 2024
How much will it cost?
Part of the cost of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is funded by a grant from the innovation agency Innovate UK, and other government co-funders. You apply for this in a competitive call for submissions.
For Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises the grant rate is 67% of the project cost and for large companies 50%. The remainder of the project cost is met by monthly cash payments from your company.
For a typical project, Oxford Brookes University offers a cost-effective opportunity to engage in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs). Your company can make a modest investment per year to embed a recent graduate (KTP Associate) in your organisation, supported by senior academics and the extensive resources of our university. This collaboration brings new capabilities and the potential for wealth creation.
Businesses that participate in KTPs experience significant benefits, with the potential for notable increases in pre-tax profit. KTPs provide a platform for driving innovation, enhancing productivity, and achieving substantial financial growth.
|Employer Size||Funding Rate||Employer contribution (approx.)|
|Third Sector||75%||£22-25k per year|
|SME||67%||£28-33k per year|
|Large Business||50%||£43-48k per year|
How does the KTP package work?
- A full-time 'KTP Associate' (recent graduate) actions the project from within the company.
- The Associate is recruited jointly but employed by the University.
- An expert from the University leads the approach, working with the Associate half a day per week.
- The Associate accesses knowledge and resources at the University.
- The KTP brings budgets for contributions to equipment, training and travel.
- The KTP is jointly managed to ensure successful completion.
“We’ve previously successfully completed a KTP and found it a great route to accessing expertise and knowledge to help our business innovate and grow. We’re delighted to have recently secured a mKTP with the business school at Oxford Brookes University and they are helping us execute a plan to scale up our business. I highly recommend KTPs and mKTPs to other ambitious SMEs who are looking to grow their top and bottom lines.”
John O’Brien, Founder and MD, LCMB Building Performance Ltd
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?
Read more about Brethertons LLP
In the case of Brethertons LLP, a large regional law firm that provides advice to businesses and individuals, a contact suggested a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Oxford Brookes University. A quick call for information led to a series of meetings at which a radical plan was mapped out – literally, on a very large whiteboard – that would take the firm forward in a coordinated two-year programme.
Academics Paul Jackson and Diana Limburg of Oxford Brookes’ Business School came up with the novel idea of a Value Integration Office, which would form the heart of the change project in this organisation of almost 300 people working across four sites. Together with the senior Partners at Brethertons, they applied for KTP funding and were awarded a government contribution of over £90k.
The partnership then recruited a Business Change Analyst to manage the project in-house at Brethertons. Yu-Chun Pan, who had recently completed his PhD in Business Informatics at Henley Business School, is working with Brethertons under Paul and Diana’s supervision, pulling together data from across the organisation, engaging staff and creating the foundations for systematic change.
Partner and Chief Executive, Michael Dibben, is confident that Brethertons has taken the right course. Michael says: “As legal professionals we needed someone who could take an independent view of our organisation, and bring experience from other sectors in developing customer relationships, improving our processes, and promoting internal collaboration. But at the same time we don’t want an off-the-shelf solution; it has to develop around our special culture and support the huge growth we are experiencing. It’s an exciting time.”
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.
Read more about InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
An Oxford Brookes risk management KTP with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) had the opportunity to deliver savings to the Group in terms of insurance and increase in projected sales by as much as £18 million over the three years following the project. The partnership picked up a prestigious global industry prize from the Institute of Risk Management, ahead of major projects such as Crossrail and a UN Group of Experts.
The three-year KTP set out to minimise the Group’s exposure to loss ‘by assessing, monitoring and controlling risks associated with its core purpose and strategic decisions’, thereby helping to champion and protect the trusted reputation of its brands such as Holiday Inn and InterContinental itself. Providing safe hotels for customers is a core priority for the Group, but this ERM project looked beyond that to manage risks to finance, operations and strategy across the business, creating and safeguarding value for all its stakeholders and employees.
Key members of the Oxford Brookes team were Alex Paraskevas, Senior Lecturer in Strategic Risk Management and an internationally recognised expert in the hospitality industry; and Chris Yang Chu, who joined the project from Manchester Business School to be the KTP Associate. Alex and Chris worked with John Ludlow, Senior Vice President Global Risk, and Danny Wong, Director of Corporate Risk at IHG.
The ‘Risk Intelligence System’ created by Chris was acknowledged as his greatest achievement in the project, it surpassed anything previously available within the industry at the time. He developed it by working closely with IHG risk directors across Europe, Asia Middle East & Africa, Greater China and the Americas. The system is based on indices and metrics linking data from various company databases to provide practical information for risk-based decision making.
IHG’s senior management came to describe Chris as a 'catalyst of change' for risk management, and recruited him to join the team as he completed the project. At the same time he was nominated for a national award as Business Leader of Tomorrow for his outstanding work.
Back at the University, a whole postgraduate module was re-designed on the basis of the knowledge developed. The module exposes students to the 'risk universe' of international hotel groups and uses IHG as a live case study, teaching them strategic risk management based on real-life examples from the company's experience. In this way the academic knowledge that was transferred and implemented within the company is fed back into teaching for the benefit of students of the future.
Oxford Brookes have a number of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in progress at the moment. See below a number of examples of how businesses are using KTPs for innovation.
Blenheim Palace Heritage Foundation
To develop a novel approach to smart tourism and heritage management through Artificial Intelligence enabled real-time data, to significantly streamline visitor operations and increase visitor satisfaction.
Epos Now Limited
To develop approches to improve merchant trading performance using data analytics and grow market share in the UK and abroad.
LCMB Building Performance Limited
To provide strategies, culture, resources and business processes needed for future expansion.
To develop additional functionality for its stock-aware CRM system which will provide significantly greater value for its clients, and allow the business to differentiate itself within its markets.
To utilise Machine Learning to achieve real-time understanding of video scenes and consistent segmentation of advertisement boards and pitch objects without the use of existing infrared cameras and hardware infrastructure.
Symetrica Security Limited
To establish a truly market-driven culture and in doing so reliably establish products in advance of market need. This requires a strategic and cultural shift and will enable a more balanced portfolio to be created.