Research & Innovation Services

University celebrates 40 years of Knowledge Transfer Partnership success


The University of Bath hosted an event on 3 November, compered by Dr Jon Hunt, Director of Research and Innovation Services, to celebrate 40 years of KTP success.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) is an Innovate UK funded, world leading programme, connecting businesses with academia. Through the transfer of knowledge, businesses can increase productivity, competitiveness and innovation.

The KTP@40 event was most timely, with the University of Bath turning 50 this year, reinforcing the benefits of research collaborations with industry; a bedrock of the institution’s culture. Not least the importance given to evidencing the impact from our research.

The event highlighted the University’s first KTP in 1978 with Normalair-Garrett Ltd, a then member of the Westland Group and now Leonardo Helicopters Ltd. There has since been 168 KTP programmes awarded to the University across a range of companies and industry sectors.

Simon Jones, Vice-President (UK Government Business) from Leonardo Helicopters UK, represented this first KTP and opened the event.

Simon Jones says: “Many thanks for inviting me to speak at the 40th Anniversary of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. What an incredible journey and a true testament to the benefits of Industry and Academia working together on practical projects to realise such significant benefits.

“Whilst I was there representing the first KTP on record, which was with Normalair-Garrett, I was fascinated to hear of the other partnerships spanning such a wide spread of Industries from caravans to medical science. With the benefits delivered I have no doubt the KTP’s will prove to be a continuing success for the next 40 years!!”

Other prominent guests included a trio of KTP collaborators from Atlas Genetics Ltd (Dr Anna Dixon, Former KTP Associate and now Research Manager; John Clarkson, Chief Executive; and Professor Chris Frost, Head of Chemistry), and Bailey of Bristol (Molly Buckingham, Former KTP Associate; Nick Howard, Managing Director; Dr Jos Darling, Senior Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering).

Professor Stephen Newman, also from Mechanical Engineering, holds a research funding value of projects totalling £10 million and spoke of his KTP experience.

Roy Wyatt, Managing Director of Seiche Ltd, spoke of the three KTPs his company has been awarded, the third being the highest ever value KTP. Roy will be awarded an Honorary Degree from the University of Bath next July.

Dr James Stone, a former KTP Associate with Finanium Ltd, spoke of this recent partnership which led to being a national KTP award winner in 2015 for engineering excellence.

Dr Gillian Rysiecki, former KTP Advisor at Innovate UK from July 2000 to 2016, was a keynote speaker who closed the event highlighting the value of KTPs for all parties.

The University’s very first KTP Manager, Andrew Jeffries, attended. He was key to setting up the scheme in 1978 and retired from the University after 23 years’ of service.

Dr Jon Hunt, Director of Research and Innovation Services (RIS), says: “From a commercial point of view KTPs represent the ‘gold standard’ in terms of accessing university expertise to grow business and increase profits. Over 40 years the programme has grown from strength to strength. It was a delight to see so many of our KTP colleagues from the last 40 years, reflecting the success of the programme and the University’s research power”.

If you would like to benefit from working with us on a KTP to take your research to market then give us a call:

Juliet Mather
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