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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

This page provides information about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) for academic staff at our University. If you're from an external business interested in learning more, please read our KTP information for businesses.

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a three-way partnership between a university, a company and a high calibre graduate. Projects typically last six months to three years, and are designed to help a company solve strategic problems. The graduate is based at the company full-time and is jointly supervised by the company and a university academic, who typically spends half a day per week at the company.

The scheme is sponsored by Innovate UK, Research Councils and a number of other bodies.

Projects usually focus on a problem in a key area of a company's business, such as product design or developing new management processes. KTPs are designed to enable the partnering company to gain competitive advantage - and ultimately to improve profitability.

Benefits for you

Through KTPs academics are able to:

  • develop business relevant teaching materials
  • write real-world case studies
  • gain improved understanding of the challenges businesses encounter
  • identify new research themes and undergraduate and post graduate projects
  • find new opportunities for collaborative research
  • publish research papers
  • contribute to the RAE and rating of their department

Find out more

Read our KTP information for businesses for further information and case studies.

Contact us

Kristina Clayden

Kristina Clayden

Knowledge Exchange Officer

Room 3.602, Rab Butler Building

Telephone 01206 872925


Robert Walker

Robert Walker

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Manager

University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

Telephone 01206 874076