UWE know-how helps businesses boost their bottom line

Issue date: 17 February 2009

Dr Debbie Buckley-Golder (2nd from right) met with VC, Steve West and Stephen Hagen, RBI The University of the West of England is part of a national move to share the latest in technology and knowledge with business, bringing new jobs and boosting profits. The Programme Director of the UK's Knowledge Transfer Partnerships scheme, Dr Debbie Buckley-Golder, is meeting UWE's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve West to discuss areas of co-operation between academia and commerce.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are supported by government funding of up to 67% of the cost of the project, which usually lasts two or three years. KTPs aim to be a win-win situation for all parties by:

•Enabling businesses to benefit from the latest research and knowledge to solve specific challenges
•Creating new jobs and giving recent graduates valuable work experience and the chance to study for professional qualifications
•Giving universities experience of solving real-life challenges, which can feed back into increasingly well-tailored and relevant degree courses

Debbie Buckley-Golder said, “KTPs are tried and tested, having been established for over 30 years. In the present financial climate it is more vital than ever that small and medium businesses realise the support available to them. We are aiming to double the number of KTP schemes nationally. Up to 67% of the cost of a strategic project can be covered by a grant. And all kinds of businesses can apply, including charities and public sector organisations.”

Debbie's visit was co-ordinated by UWE's KTP Office Manager Clare Rowson. She said, “We are delighted to welcome Debbie to UWE as part of her programme of visits to UK Universities. Over the past five years, UWE has worked successfully with over 20 companies on KTP, leading to significant increases in profit and creation of over 25 new jobs.


Editor's notes

•For more information on KTPs visit http://www.ktponline.org.uk

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