Cranfield University has a portfolio of diverse collaborative projects with business that are run under Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme (KTP). Our current KTP business partners include: Siemens Industrial Turbomachinary Ltd., Warden Plastics Ltd., Primagraphics Ltd., SPI Lasers UK Ltd., Spinnaker International Ltd., Haddonstone Ltd., Garrandale Ltd., The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Elsoms Seeds Ltd., Pamela Steel Associates Ltd., Renishaw plc and Autoglym Ltd.

Today Associate’s from Cranfield University, that are employed full time on the KTP projects, were given the opportunity to network, learn from each other and share their experiences as KTP Associates.

Left to Right: Gerard Taykaldiranian (KTP with Garrandale Ltd.), Dr. Robbie Gillett (KTP with Elsoms Seeds Ltd.), Dr. Sandra Messenger (Knowledge Exchange Manager), Maxine Glover-Bennett (Research Impact Co-ordinator), Devanshu Mudgal (KTP with Haddonstone Ltd.), Anjani Parsotamo (KTP with Warden Plastic Ltd.), Dr. Lakshmy Subramanian (KTP with Pamela Steele Associates Ltd.) and Leoni Padilla (Knowledge Exchange Co-ordinator)

The KTP scheme creates a partnership between the organisation and a UK knowledge base (generally a University) that has appropriate knowledge that can be further developed and transferred to build and embed for the future the knowledge and the capabilities the organisation requires to develop the product or service they have in mind.

A key aspect of the KTP model is the expectation that the project will create value for the organisation such as access to new markets, increases in sales income, reductions in cost and increases in profitability. The project is also expected to lead to benefits in the University in terms of teaching, research, publications and enhanced relationships with industry. The knowledge is developed and transferred into the commercial organisation by means of the partnership recruiting an Associate who is employed by the university but who works at the organisation’s base.

The Associate’s role is to work with the organisation and the university team to develop the knowledge required to solve the particular challenge the company is working on and ensure that existing company personnel are trained in the technology or techniques required to maintain the new capability into the future after the end of the project.

If you are interested in finding out more about the KTP scheme please contact: sandra.messenger@cranfield.ac.uk

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