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KT For Academics.

KT For Academics


Knowledge Transfer is one of the world’s leading knowledge transfer mechanisms, which provides academics with the unique opportunity to apply research to real world business projects.

Through KT, academics can:

  • Develop business relevant teaching and research material
  • Apply knowledge and expertise to important business problems
  • Identify new research themes and undergraduate/postgraduate projects


About KT

Knowledge Transfer is a partnership between a business and Birmingham City University that enables businesses to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance. This is achieved through the forming of a partnership between the business and BCU, enabling them to access skills and expertise to help their business develop.

How Does It Work?

Part-funded by 13 Government organisations, and led by the Technology Strategy Board, KT projects apply the world-leading knowledge and expertise of academics to business critical projects.

Each KT project lasts between 6 months and 36 months, depending upon the time required to deliver real outcomes.

KT enables academics to participate in rewarding and ongoing collaborations with innovative businesses that require up-to-date research-based expertise to succeed.

What Are The Benefits of KT?

The benefits of KT to academics are wide ranging. KT provides leading academics with the opportunity to:

  • Apply knowledge and expertise to important problems facing businesses
  • Develop relevant teaching and research material
  • Identify new research themes and undergraduate and post graduate projects
  • Publish high quality journal and conference papers
  • Gain an improved understanding of business requirements and operations
  • Contribute to the (REF)
  • Participate in rewarding and ongoing collaboration with innovative businesses
  • Supervise and act as mentors for past graduates working on business based projects

How Much of My Time Will KT Occupy?

KT is delivered on a full economic cost basis, which means that the 10% of the academic’s time is 100% funded, including overheads. Typically, academics should expect to commit half a day of their week to a KT project, mainly at the premises of the business partner. This is important to build and maintain an understanding of the project environment and relationships with the people involved.

Opportunities for Collaboration

KT projects strengthen the relationship between the academic and the business community, providing opportunities for ongoing collaboration.

Businesses from the full range of sectors are eligible to participate in KT, as are a range of value driven organisations, including voluntary and community groups, social enterprises, charities, co-operatives and mutuals. 66% of businesses that participate in KT are small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) with high growth potential.

All businesses must be financially viable and committed to strategic change. A KT is expected to deliver a step change in the businesses capability and performance.

The Process

In the early stages of developing a KT application, a dedicated, highly experienced KT Adviser will be allocated to work in partnership with you. The role of a KT Adviser is to facilitate the development of new Partnerships, guiding the partners through the approval process. Once a KT project is approved, the Advisers also monitor and support progress throughout the life of the Partnership.

Advisers are key in assisting and supporting academics in helping to meet their objectives – in the short term and in the longer term.

Advisers provide guidance on the implementation of Associate training and development policy, and on the conditions governing payment of grants. Advisers also provide access to the body of KT experience and encourage best practice in knowledge transfer.

All KT Advisers have extensive knowledge of higher education and business.

Request Further Details

Interested? Take The Next Step.

Contact: Natalie Lewis, Knowledge Transfer Manager, Birmingham City University

T: 0121 331 5677
M: 07974 570533
E: natalie.lewis[@]bcu.ac.uk


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