KTP for academics

Make your research go further

The Plymouth KTP office provides a full pre - and post - award service for academics seeking partnerships with business through KTP. This is an enhanced service that has been proven to effectively support these particular partnership projects throughout all stages which includes project inception, grant proposal writing, recruitment, project delivery and project closure.

The benefits of taking part in a KTP

Participating in KTP affords academics the opportunity to apply their research knowledge and expertise to solve real world problems and in return bring this experience back into the University to inform teaching, enhance the student experience, enrich the curriculum and develop new research areas. It also enables academics to demonstrate the impact of their research through enhanced impact case studies and grant income that can be counted towards REF submission.

  • Plymouth KTP activity contributed £4.1m income towards the REF 2008.
  • Academic partners produce on average more than three new research projects and two research papers for each project.
  • Develop strong impact case studies - in the 2014 REF, four highly rated impact case studies were based on KTP project work.
  • Demonstrate income for the REF - a two year KTP typically generates £140k.
  • Produce high quality journal and conference papers.
  • Identify undergraduate / postgraduate projects and new research areas to develop.
  • Contribute to SRA funds - typically £11k per year in cash in transferred to the participating academic's school/SRA (this can be shared between two, three or four academics depending upon the expertise needed to support the project.
Your commitment to a KTP

Plymouth University has been operating KTP (formally Teaching Company Scheme TCS) since 1989. KTP academic supervisors are normally expected to be full or part-time employees of Plymouth University who are involved in teaching activities. KTP projects are expected to be academically challenging, therefore nominated KTP academic supervisors must be available and committed to the project's delivery, including regular visits to the business and attendance of project meetings.

KTP projects are delivered on a full economic cost basis, which means that the 10 per cent of the academic supervisor's time (committed for each KTP project) is 100 per cent funded. The KTP academic team should collectively expect to commit half a day a week to support the KTP. This can be shared between two, three or four academics depending on the particular expertise needed to support the project and can be cross-faculty.

Langage Farm KTP project team

Working with business

Most businesses are eligible as KTP partners but please do contact your KTP Specialist Advisors for up to date information on eligibility. To succeed, the project needs to be strategic in its aim, can vary in length between 12 and 36 months and have the potential to transform the business whilst demonstrating impact for the institution's research. The Associate will work full-time at the company location, with supervisory input from dedicated members of staff and the University team to deliver project objectives, transfer knowledge and achieving innovation for the business.

Discussing confidential ideas with a business

There may be a need for a mutual two-way non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to protect both parties' ideas before full discussions can proceed. Your KTP Specialists Advisors can arrange a University NDA with a business or you can contact the Intellectual Property (IP) team to do so.

How much will it cost?

The cash costs of the KTP are fully funded by the KTP Grant and monthly contributions from the partnering business which includes academic supervision time of 10 per cent spread between the academic team and use of general university facilities. KTPs cost on average £70k per year with SME's contributing on average £23k and Large Organisations £35k.

Budget summary.