Innovation & Enterprise


Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)

Joining a KTP is a great way to bridge research and real-world knowledge in a transformative way, applying your academic expertise to business projects.

As a UCL academic, you’ll get an opportunity to: 

  • fund your academic research - UCL has secured income totaling £8.8m (excluding company partner contribution) since 1995, with £1.6m going directly to the academic 
  • apply knowledge and expertise to important commercial challenges 
  • publish research papers in collaboration with the Associate and the company - typically three papers for each project
  • identify new projects for graduate programmes 
  • develop new industry-relevant teaching and research ideas
  • raise your profile and attract funding from other sources
  • contribute to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise

Contact ktp@ucl.ac.uk to find out how you can get involved.

What is a KTP?

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) helps businesses to innovate, grow and become more productive. It does this by linking them with a university and a graduate to work on a specific project.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is Europe’s leading programme to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through better use of the knowledge, technology and skills within the UK knowledge base.

It's one of the UK’s largest graduate recruitment programmes, and gives graduates an opportunity to manage and deliver strategic projects for a business, while being supported by their university. There are over 300 job opportunities UK-wide each year. 

Each KTP is a three-way partnership between a business, an academic institution and a graduate. The academic institution employs the recent graduate who works at the company. The graduate, known as the ‘Associate’, brings new skills and knowledge to the business.

A KTP can last between 12 and 36 months depending on the project and the needs of the business. It's part-funded by a grant. 

What are the benefits of joining a KTP? 

Benefits include the following:

  • Around 60% of Associates are offered a permanent job in the company when the project ends
  • Academic partners create, on average, more than two new research projects and three research papers for each project
  • Businesses achieve an average increase in annual profit of more than £1 million after taking part, and create around two new jobs

KTPs for graduates

KTP is one of the UK’s largest graduate recruitment programmes. There are over 300 UK-wide job opportunities each year. Taking part can help your career and often leads to a permanent job. 

Contact Rachel Corcoran, KTP Manager, at ktp@ucl.ac.uk to find out how you can get involved. 

Current KTP Associate vacancies

Cell Therapy Process Scientist (Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate)
UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering and Biovault.
Application deadline: 16 December 2018

You can also find adverts for the latest KTP vacancies at UCL.

Watch a video about being a KTP Associate

In the video below, Davy Rowan talks about his role as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate at Biocatalysts Ltd, where he oversees technology transfer from UCL to Biocatalysts Ltd.

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Contact us

If you think you have a project that may be suitable for KTP, contact Rachel Corcoran at ktp@ucl.ac.uk to find out how to take part.

They'll work with you and the business to scope out the project. They'll also help you with your application to Innovate UK and project manage the relationship.