The University of Plymouth is currently celebrating 40 years of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, a Government-backed programme to support business growth to deliver innovation. Plymouth embarked on its first KTP back in 1983 so has been collaborating with businesses for more than 30 years.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) helps UK businesses to improve competitiveness, productivity and performance by accessing the knowledge, technology and skills that are available within a knowledge base such as Plymouth, through the development of collaborative partnerships which stimulate innovation and can transform the participating organisations.
They offer businesses the opportunity to work in partnership with an academic institution to obtain knowledge and expertise to which they currently have no access, to address their business challenges and embed sustainable innovation. The knowledge sought is embedded into the company through a project or projects undertaken by a recently qualified person (known as the KTP associate) recruited specifically to work on that project.