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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships  (KTPs) bring together businesses and universities to help solve real-world commercial challenges.  Each project recruits a graduate who acts as the conduit allowing the knowledge to flow from the university that delivers the project for the business and can help solve specific problems within the business.

Every KTP journey starts with a single step

With a couple of clicks, you could start your journey towards joining one of the UK’s biggest graduate recruitment programmes, in roles that are as unique as the individuals that fill them.

The roles are challenging, rewarding and allow you to use your skills and knowledge and to make a real difference.

So what does a KTP offer?...

KTP training and support

You are supported every step of the way, not only by colleagues from within the university and business but also by an independent project officer.

You will also be given specialist training to help support your transition into the business world and a healthy training budget to develop the skills and knowledge you will need for the project and whatever comes after.

Most importantly you will be given responsibility and you will prove yourself as someone that can deliver against deadlines, keep budgets under control and manage projects that will make a genuine difference to everyone involved, including you!


Each year Associates gather to participate in their Annual Conference.  Over two days new friendships are made, stories swapped, and skills developed.  Attendees of last year’s conference discovered (amongst other things) the power of saying 'yes', learned how to deliver an exceptional elevator pitch and how to take an idea and translate it into a project.

The energy of our Associates and the passion they bring to KTP projects never ceases to amaze me.  It’s no wonder many of our previous associates have become business leaders and prominent academics in their own right.

For me, the energy and passion of our associates is amazing and seeing how they grow in confidence from year to year proves to me that we consistently find the superstar business and academic leaders of tomorrow.

KTP job opportunities and career progression

Most of our graduates are offered jobs by the companies they work for or return to university to further their studies, with a whole new set of skills and business understanding under their belts, meaning KTP is the perfect platform that helps keep your options open.

You’ll also find that your KTP experience helps your future career develop more quickly and helps boost your earning potential

And finally, hear from James who has been through the KTP process…

Meet James, a KTP Associate

Let me just tell you a little about James.  James was a KTP Associate about 15 years ago.  Since then he has worked for many household names, you may have seen his work in high street retailers in this country and across the world.  About 8 years ago he joined a start-up and after a lot of hard work, they have gone from having no sales to become a multi-million-pound business.

A few thoughts from James on his experience:

“I really enjoyed the KTP, it offered a wide range of experiences from teaching at the University through to getting stuck in at the coal face of UK industry. And I would say it’s probably been a huge success for the business and me personally.  KTP was genuinely my first job out of university, offering training and opportunity which I think are hard to find elsewhere”. James, KTP Associate.

That was James' journey, you can start your journey by clicking here.


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