Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Accelerating business innovation

What are KTPs?

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. 

Key details


John O'Brien

“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

Case Studies

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?

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

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.

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Chris Yang Chu, the KTP Associate, at InterContinental Hotels Groups (IHG)

Current Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

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.

Blenheim Palace Heritage Foundation

Epos Now Limited

To develop approches to improve merchant trading performance using data analytics and grow market share in the UK and abroad.

Epos Now Limited

LCMB Building Performance Limited

To provide strategies, culture, resources and business processes needed for future expansion.

LCMB Building Performance Limited

Prospectsoft Limited

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.

Prospectsoft Limited

Supponor Limited

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.

Supponor Limited

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.

Symetrica Security Limited

Contact details

For any questions or ideas for potential projects/partnerships, contact Oxford Brookes’ KTP manager:

Anna Verghese, KTP Manager

+ 44 1865 48 4207