Faculty of Medical Sciences

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Business support solutions that enable knowledge and technology transfer between academia and industry.

During a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), academic experts assist an industrial partner to create strategic and profitable change within their organisation, via a high flying graduate/associate to focus on a specific project. These partnerships can range from one to three years.

Within Newcastle University, there is a KTP Office which actively works to:

  • offer a single contact and information point for organisations and academics
  • provide support for organisations and academics to complete applications
  • assist with recruitment of associates


The primary aims of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership are to:

  • transfer knowledge and skills from the University into industry
  • develop graduates for industrial careers
  • increase industrial relevance of academic research and teaching
  • encourage investment by industry into innovation

Benefits to the company

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership benefits the company in multiple ways, including:

  • getting a highly skilled graduate to work on a strategic project
  • gaining access to academic expertise and University facilities
  • improved competiveness and financial benefits from completed projects

Benefits to the academic and the University

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership is also of great benefit to the academic and the University. It enables the development of:

  • collaborations with innovative organisations
  • business-relevant teaching materials
  • conference material and publishing high quality research papers

Benefits to the associate

Working in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership gives the graduate/associate:

  • the opportunity to work on a project central to the company’s strategic development
  • a competitive salary
  • the opportunity to develop education, knowledge and training

Further information

If you would like to access the expertise offered at Newcastle University through a KTP, contact:

Christine Younger
E-mail: Christine.Younger@ncl.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8784

You can also visit the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships website.