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Knowledge Exchange, Enterprise and Engagement activities are led by the Bolton Business Gateway Team, which is based in our Institute of Management Centre, and works right across the University Group, complimenting the activities of other departments and Faculties.
The Team provides a focal point to ensure optimal University engagement with business and external organizations, including local and regional Government, the Public and Third Sectors and Community Groups, in order to enhance employment and enterprise opportunities for our students.
To date, we have completed 19 KTPs, with more schemes still active.
Martyn Shaw leads our Bolton Business Gateway Team which can be contacted using the links below:
Director Business Development
Enterprise and Knowledge Transfer Coordinator
For the past 40 years, the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) UK-wide government programme has been helping businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK Knowledge Base.
By bringing in new skills and the latest academic thinking, the KTP targets core strategic needs and identifies innovative solutions, delivering significant increased profitability and business growth. This is achieved through improvements to quality, operations and social enterprises, along with increased sales and access to new markets.
A KTP is a three-way partnership between the Knowledge Base partner (academic or research), the Business, and the Associate (a suitable graduate).
The Associate will lead a strategic business project, working for the Knowledge Base partner for the duration of the scheme. This can last between 12 and 36 months, depending on the needs of the business, with up to 67% of the project costs covered by a government grant.
- Innovative project with clear strategic relevance to the business
- Sound business case
- Clear transfer of knowledge that must be embedded within the business
- Stimulating and challenging for all three partners
- Demonstrates a step change in innovation
- Quantifiable impact for all three partners
- Clear additionality
- Share knowledge and expertise about real world issues affecting business
- Produce high quality conference and journal papers
- Strong impact case studies and contribution towards the REF (Research Excellence Framework)
- Develop strategic relationships with innovative organisations
- Produce new research projects and papers for each undergraduate and postgraduate project
- Identify new research themes
• Expertise and technical skills from at least one University of Bolton academic for half a day a week to ensure effective knowledge transfer
• Full ongoing support for the lifetime of the project
• Make use of UK funding, which covers up to 67% of the project costs, or 50% of the cost if a larger company
• Creation of new jobs following knowledge transfer and KTP programme completion
• Upskilling of existing staff
• Mentoring from industry experts and senior academics
• Competitive graduate salary
• Dedicated training budget and development time
• Using skills to lead the project and make a significant contribution to business growth
• Upon completion of the KTP, over 60% of Associates are offered employment within the business