An Academic Perspective on UK Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)

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Published on February 27, 2014

Author: mauricemulvenna



Experience from academic perspective of UK Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) scheme

KTP from an Academic Perspective Maurice Mulvenna School of Computing & Mathematics University of Ulster 26 February 2014

Sir Andrew Witty’s 2013 Review of Universities & Growth: “Universities have an extraordinary potential to enhance economic growth.The full diversity of institutions have a role to play from local SME support and supply chain creation to primary technology leadership and breakthrough invention. Incentives should be strengthened to encourage maximum engagement from Universities in the third mission alongside Research and Education.”

Teaching Research Academic Enterprise Collaboration across the ‘three missions’

Academic enterprise “To advance knowledge by achieving international excellence in our chosen areas of research and to transfer knowledge in support of economic, social and cultural development.” University of Ulster

Academic enterprise activities Consultancy Innovation Vouchers (INI/EI) Fusion (ITI) KTP (TSB/INI)

Opportunities Ideation Concepts Technologies Academic enterprise Where to look Products & Services

Sir Andrew Witty’s 2013 Review of Universities & Growth, on KTPs: “There are currently over 600 live partnerships and approximately 75 per cent of the partnerships involve small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).”

Challenges SMEs Startups (absorptive) Capacity

Opportunities Classical opportunities: Pounds Papers PhDs Impact

Opportunities Early stage innovation: Fail early Leading edge access to real world data & knowledge Support and grow innovation culture Rich mix of company types

Summary Access to knowledge and data Enrich the other ‘missions’: Translate partnerships into research impact Transfer real world know-how into the classroom ‘Multi-path’ knowledge and technology transfer

Thanks for listening! @mauricemulvenna md.mulvenna at

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