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1 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships: Benefiting Business Monday 20 th February 2006

2 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Dr Debbie Buckley-Golder KTP Programme Director

3 ‘Europe’s most successful Knowledge Transfer Programme…’

4 Outline Programme - objectives and achievements Benefits to participants Looking to the future Introduction

5 KTP Mission ‘To strengthen the competitiveness, wealth creation and economic performance of the UK by the enhancement of knowledge transfer and skills and the stimulation of innovation through collaborative projects between business and the knowledge base.’

6 Introduction 1975 launched as Teaching Companies scheme (TCS). 2003 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships replaced TCS and Colleges & Businesses Partnership scheme (CBP). 1 October 2004 Momenta awarded 4-year management contract

7 £32m grant support to new partnerships across UK. plus over £52m from participating companies. Currently 15 sponsors (DTI, SE, WAG, Invest NI, Defra, DoH, EPSRC, ESRC, NERC, BBSRC, PPARC, AHRC, ESF, One North East, SEEDA) Further regional sponsorship under negotiation Current Sponsorship

8 Partnership Structure

9 Knowledge Base Partners Higher Education Institutions Further Education Institutions (teaching NVQ Level 4) Research and Technology Organisations Public Sector Research Institutes

10 Stable companies of all sizes from all industrial sectors Charities and not-for-profit organisations Education institutions (LEAs and schools) Health organisations (hospitals and NHS Trusts) Company Partners

11 Recently qualified with: First degree ~ 77% hold 1 st or 2(i) Higher degree ~ 38% NVQ level 4 Average age 28 years All disciplines The Associate

12 Project length 12 – 36 months Associates recruited by KB and Company partners Employed by KB partner Project located at business premises with company supervisor KB Supervisor spends ~ half day per week at company premises Features

13 Annual Budget Standard Budget~ £55k SME Contribution~ £18k(33%) KTP Grant~ £37k(67%) Large Company Contribution~ £28k(50%) KTP Grant~ £28k(50%) FEC effective from 1 January 2006 Available to HEIs and RTOs

14 Knowledge Base benefits Income Published papers Teaching materials, case studies and projects (82%) New research themes - commercial relevance (80%) Staff development – commercial awareness (88%) Higher degree registrations Graduate career opportunities IP – negotiated with the company Strategic relationship with company

15 Benefits per Associate project: Annual profit up > £227k (highest £20m) Invest. in plant & machinery > £106k (highest £7m) New jobs created ~ 4 IP applied commercially > 65% New research projects initiated ~ 3 Company benefits

16 Benefits per £1m Government spend: Jobs created 77 Company staff trained 263 Annual increase in profit before tax > £3m Investment in plant and machinery > £1.5m Company benefits

17 Long-term, strategic relationship with KB partner Recruitment of the ‘right’ people Transfer of knowledge/expertise Embedding of innovation culture Company benefits

18 Associate benefits Part of country’s largest graduate recruitment scheme Competitive salary Employment within chose academic discipline Fast-track career development 51% registered for higher degree during project 74% offered employment by host company Training & development with qualification in Management to National Standard

19 Partnerships: Location of Company Partner 1005 current Partnerships across UK with 1121 Associates

20 Partnerships: Size of Enterprise

21 The Process Prepare application with help of KTP Adviser Application assessed by regional group Application assessed by Partnership Approval Group (PAG) Proposal funded – continued input from KTP Adviser

22 Project Criteria Strategic relevance to the business Stimulating and challenging for the academic team Intellectually challenging for Associate Sound business case Clear knowledge transfer Clear additionality Benefits likely to accrue

23 Rebalance to 25% large companies 75% graduate or post-graduate projects Increase participation by FE Sector Increase participation by high-tech and 5/5* Departments Operate a minimum of 1100 live projects Expand and develop range of sponsors Future Plans

24 Contacts Dr Debbie Buckley-Golder Momenta Didcot OX11 0QJ Phone: 0870 190 6422 Email: debbie.buckley-golder@aeat.co.uk www.ktponline.org.uk

25 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships: Benefiting Business Monday 20 th February 2006

26 Creative Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Richard Denyer, Business Development Manager Norwich School of Art and Design

27 KTPs… Traditionally operate in technology-driven universities Now operate in specialist higher education institutes too, such as Norwich School of Art and Design Are now supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Council Offer exciting possibilities for business interaction

28 Art and Design in the business environment Affects how you are perceived by the world: –Imagine McDonalds without the golden arch –Or Apple Macintosh without the apple Companies have clear ideas about how they want to appear but often lack the skills to create and develop their image The received wisdom is that when times are hard, the marketing and publicity budgets are the first to be chopped As MD of Unilever famously remarked – ‘I know that half my marketing budget is wasted, I just don’t know which half…’

29 The company: Mahal Leisurewear Ltd Established country clothing manufacturer, especially for the equestrian market Product range utilises latest developments in waterproof outwear Well established markets in the Far East & UK The challenge: To develop new clothing range whilst remaining competitive To bring sub-contracted design process in-house To provide one- stop service for customers To increase market share with new products and brand development

30 The KTP project set up with UCE Birmingham: Sourced an appropriate graduate and academic supervisor The graduate:identified suitable CAD/CAM software package brought textile design skills to the company trained existing staff Outcomes: The increase in orders resulted in a move to new premises to meet manufacturing demand The Company grew through the new CAD/CAM capabilities The technological input to design activities lead to more effective planning through the design process Graduate employed at company after the KTP ended “We are already seeing results and feel positive about the future…” MD

31 The company: Hayley Sharp Associates One of top 5 interior design consultancies in UK, £1.7M turnover Offer complete design service: preparing briefs, generating design concepts and detailed drawings…all by hand The challenge: To invest in appropriate IT system (where no existing software solution was available) and avoid making wrong investment decisions To increase efficiency of the design process and output of the staff to provide faster response time to customer requirements without compromising quality

32 The KTP project set up with UCE Birmingham: Sourced two appropriate graduates and academic supervisors Graduate One: Systematically analysed existing working practices Recommended software for drawing and project management, and planned and implemented an IT solution Graduate Two:Developed new design practices across the company, based on the new software Outcomes: Design productivity doubled New in-house design service established ‘The appropriate IT system has provided clear visualisations of design solutions to which alterations can be quickly made. This allows the customer real- time participation in the design process’

33 enable companies to Develop their business strategically, using specialist support Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

34 Graphic Design Digital media Sound design & animation Games design Textiles design Design project management - for the public sector as well as private companies Norwich School of Art and Design: expertise www.nsad.ac.uk

35 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships: Benefiting Business Monday 20 th February 2006

36 KTP and Business – a Case Study Antech Calibration Services Jim Gunn jg@antech.org.uk www.antech.org.uk

37 Antech / KTP Collaborations Two sequential 2-year KTP/TCS projects Two sequential 2-year KTP/TCS projects First project: Developing Company-wide workflow management system First project: Developing Company-wide workflow management system Second project: Internet front-end for CMS including automated Email and SMS functionalities Second project: Internet front-end for CMS including automated Email and SMS functionalities

38 Work tracking, planning and organisation Work tracking, planning and organisation Improving customer services Improving customer services Attracting new business and retaining existing client base Attracting new business and retaining existing client base Increasing market share Increasing market share Obtaining an edge over competition Obtaining an edge over competition Pre-KTP Business Challenges

39 Our Interest in KTP UEA Department of Computer Sciences UEA Department of Computer Sciences Failure of commercial solutions Failure of commercial solutions Wealth of UEA expertise Wealth of UEA expertise Quality Masters graduate recruitment Quality Masters graduate recruitment

40 How the KTP developed Initial research and definition of requirements Initial research and definition of requirements Discussions with UEA academic contacts Discussions with UEA academic contacts Close previous relationship with UEA Close previous relationship with UEA Proximity of UEA to business head office Proximity of UEA to business head office

41 Program Duration Intensive development cycle combining state of the art technology with business practiceIntensive development cycle combining state of the art technology with business practice Formulation of explicit project development plan, timescale and budget, reviewed & amended regularlyFormulation of explicit project development plan, timescale and budget, reviewed & amended regularly Regular project team meetings - closely monitored progressRegular project team meetings - closely monitored progress

42 Realisation of Benefits Project 1 - CMS: Project 1 - CMS: Approx. 6 months following deployment Approx. 6 months following deployment Monitor and organise all business activities from a single centralised location Monitor and organise all business activities from a single centralised location Forced re-evaluation of existing business practices Forced re-evaluation of existing business practices Project 2 – Web / Automated services: Project 2 – Web / Automated services: Project was the deciding factor in securing large-scale national contract Project was the deciding factor in securing large-scale national contract Significantly reduced workload of customer services Significantly reduced workload of customer services Continuing growth in usage of new services Continuing growth in usage of new services Publication of project research in renowned ACM SAC conference Publication of project research in renowned ACM SAC conference

43 UEA relationship outcomes Fundamental review and improvement of business practices and activities Fundamental review and improvement of business practices and activities Access to large source of expertise Access to large source of expertise International exposure in recognised conference and KTP forums International exposure in recognised conference and KTP forums Third party perspective on business operations Third party perspective on business operations Today’s presentation! Today’s presentation!

44 Recommend KTP? Yes! Yes! Advantages: Advantages: Encouragement to review business methodologies Expert advice and guidance leading thinkers in your chosen field Commercially-driven project with closely monitored timescales and budgets Competent graduate employment Recommendations: Recommendations: Put together a focused, committed team Put together a focused, committed team Be flexible to change Be flexible to change

45 Questions? Antech Calibration Services Jim Gunn jg@antech.org.uk www.antech.org.uk

46 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships: Benefiting Business Monday 20 th February 2006

47 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships: Benefiting Business If you are interested in a KTP with University of East Anglia Norwich School of Art and Design....... Contact: Research & Business Services at UEA Tel: 01603 591574 Email: ktp@uea.ac.ukktp@uea.ac.uk


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