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09 December 2016: Knowledge Transfer Partnerships - Innovate UK Awards

From L-R, John Woods, Anasol Pena Rios, Jan Stringer and Heather Laurie

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is a three-way partnership between a business, an academic institution and a graduate. The central objective is to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. At the same time, KTP enables academics and graduates to collaborate with innovative organizations which require up-to-date research-based expertise to succeed. 

The 2016 Essex KTP awards were presented to the winners on 6th December by Prof Heather Laurie, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research. Dr John Woods (CSEE) won the Best Academic award. Dr Anasol Pena Rios (CSEE) was awarded the Best KTP Associate award and Signal Media awarded the best KTP partnership award.

On his association with KTP, Dr John Woods (CSEE) said
“When I first started doing KTPs (Knowledge Transfer Partnerships – Innovate UK) I was apprehensive about an academic/business relationship.
With 7 KTPs since 2011 I have come to realise that there is nothing to fear and that actually private companies have some lovely problems to solve. To us the solutions are often obvious but without the identification of the problem in the first place we have nothing to consider.
This symbiotic relationship is aided by having a postgraduate associate resident in the company for 1 – 3 years who deals with the day-to-day matters leaving the academic partner to guide them.
If you have never had a KTP before I would recommend you speak to someone who has; they are highly rewarding.”

Describing her experience as KTP associate Dr Anasol Pena Rios said “Being a KTP Associate has been a fantastic experience because it has given me the opportunity to explore research from an industrial-oriented angle, providing me with a wonderful platform to implement solutions to real-life problems based on my research interests and expertise; and helping me to improve soft skills such as project management and teamwork whilst doing state-of-the-art research.”

Further information about KTP can be found here-
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/knowledge-transfer-partnerships-what-they-are-and-how-to-apply#ktp-advisers

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