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How does it work?

As an academic supervisor on the project, you will provide academic supervision to the Associate who works at the company partner's premise, on a project of strategic importance to the company. The Associate will be the project manager, transferring your skills and knowledge and applying these to the project. 

Funded by Government organisations led by the Technology Strategy Board, with the remainder of the cost borne by the company partner, the projects are of full economic costing to the University.


Academic supervisors are normally expected to be full or part time employees of the knowledge base who are actively involved in teaching activities, however, other members of staff with relevant expertise are also eligible.

Academic Disciplines

A project can be undertaken within any academic discipline or subject area, providing it meets the relevant sponsor’s project criteria 

Key Academic Benefits and Outputs

KTPs provide you with the unique opportunity to gain from a number of benefits including:

  •   Apply knowledge and expertise to important business problems
  •   Contribute to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and Impact Agenda
  •   Develop business-relevant teaching and research materials

In 2013/14 Universities reported that KTP outputs included:

  •   98%  of academics benefited through staff development
  •   92% reported benefits to teaching
  •   91% reported benefits to research
  •   3 new research projects 
  •   2 research papers published in refereed journals
  •   3 other articles published as a result of participation in a KTP


Academic Testimonial


"What motivated me to get involved with KTPs was the opportunity to engage with industry and to be able to work on interesting real life problems. The KTP encourages you to change your way of thinking and to think about the commercial outputs of your research. It’s a cultural exchange of critical thinking with commercial potential between academia and business.”

Professor Omer F. Rana, Professor of Performance Engineering at Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics 

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