University of Brighton KTP

University of Brighton KTP

KTP is a world-leading programme that helps businesses succeed by connecting them to the UK’s rich academic resources. It’s a partnership between the business seeking expertise, a university or college and a recently qualified graduate – known as an Associate. Each partnership lasts from twelve months to three years.

The graduate carries out a strategic project in your business, with expert university academic guidance. Up to 67 per cent of the project costs are government-funded.

If you apply to KTP and you’re successful, an Associate (supervised by the company and the university) will work in your company and help bring your plans to life.

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership can involve refining or designing products, opening new markets, improving business, marketing or manufacturing systems and cutting costs and waste.

How can a Knowledge Transfer Partnership benefit me?

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership is a collaboration that benefits businesses, academics and graduates.


Knowledge Transfer Partnerships enable companies to access the resources and expertise they need to innovate and grow.

The latest statistics from Innovate UK show that, on average, the KTP business benefits are:

  • £113k one-off increase in net profit during the programme
  • projected increase of over £1 million in annual profits before tax
  • the creation of two new jobs
  • increase in skills of existing staff.

Company contributions vary from 33 to 50 per cent of the total project cost and companies can apply for R&D tax relief.

Find out more about the types of projects we run and some examples of academic expertise we have here at the University. If you have a question, please see our FAQs or contact our team.


This unique opportunity allows a graduate to be based in a company whilst tapping into the expertise and support of the university, to deliver a strategic project that embeds knowledge within the company.

We have been recruiting graduates for innovative companies for over 40 years.

Graduates benefits from:

  • a dedicated training budget of £2,000 per annum
  • mentoring from the company and an academic team
  • the opportunity to gain a professional qualification and/or higher degree at the same time as working
  • the potential to gain a permanent job with an innovative company (approximately 78 per cent of graduates are offered employment at the end of a KTP)
  • responsibility from day one – to boost their professional development and skills through leading and delivering a high profile project.

You can watch a KTP Associate video on our graduate page, read an Associate profile or find our latest KTPs with the University of Brighton on our vacancies page, or see the national KTP website for vacancies across the


Involvement in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership allows academics to apply their knowledge to a collaborative business project.

Academic benefits from:

  • an insight into business requirements/operations and the opportunity to develop business-relevant teaching materials
  • the opportunity to enerate evidence and impact for the Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • initiating new student projects (on average over two student projects are initiated by each KTP project)
  • the opportunity to publish research papers demonstrating research impact in a real world environment (on average over four publications are generated from each KTP project)
  • supervise a high quality graduate, who may register for a higher degree.


At least one academic will have been nominated to supervise the Associate and form part of the team that will deliver the project.

The academics have the expertise to guide and advise the Associate when required.

KTP and the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

  • Income from KTP is measurable research income under the REF
  • Research, case studies and outcomes from KTP form an integral part of the university’s REF impact statements
  • KTP Associates who register for higher degrees during the KTP are measurable under the REF

Find out what types of academic involvement we’ve had so far on our academic expertise page, Sharepoint site or visit our KTP blog.

We’re always looking to work with new academics, so if you’re interested in KTP, please contact us to find out more

Is my business eligible?

Companies from a range of sectors are eligible to apply for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership.

To be eligible, companies should:

  • Have the infrastructure to support the KTP Associate and the project
  • Have at least five employees
  • Have been running for at least two years
  • Be an SME or, if larger, be able to demonstrate that knowledge will be transferred to SMEs within their supply chain

Contact our KTP team to discuss a project.



Tel: 01273 642 426

Address: KTP Centre, 801 Cockcroft Building

University of Brighton, Lewes Road

Brighton, BN2 4GJ

Dr Shona Campbell

KTP Manager

Shona took up her post as the centre’s KTP Manager in 2009 and is the first point of contact if you are interested in developing a KTP. She will work closely with you to establish your business needs, identify academics to support your programme, write a funding proposal and recruit a graduate to lead the project.


Tel: 01273 642435

Sue Fleming

KTP Programme Officer

Sue joined the KTP team in Oct 2010 to co-ordinate the KTP programme. She leads on the administration of programmes which have received grants.


Tel: 01273 642424

Liz Johnson

KTP Programme Officer/Knowledge Transfer Adviser

Liz joined the KTP team in June 2013. She leads on the administration on programmes which have received grants together with Sue Fleming and also promotes KTP to academics, companies and graduates.


Tel: 01273 642426