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Taking KTP to the skies at the British Airways i360

The days are getting colder and the nights are drawing in but there’s one event the Nottingham KTP Team were really looking forward to this month, as we enjoyed a trip down to the sunny south coast for the annual KTP Managers Conference, this year held in Brighton. The Conference brings together KTP colleagues from across the UK to share their wisdom and gave us the opportunity to hear the latest KTP funding news from key representatives of the Knowledge Transfer Network and Innovate UK.

Funding for KTP

Primarily an Innovate UK funded scheme, KTP can also be funded by other Research Councils that come under the recently formed UKRI (UK Research and Innovation). Speakers from the Arts and Humanities (AHRC) and Economic and Social (ESRC) Research Councils at the Conference gave some great examples of how the KTP scheme can help third sector businesses and those in the creative industries develop and grow using academic expertise.

Sharing KTP success stories

One of the biggest surprises at the Conference was a KTN announcement about the resurrection of the KTP Awards, created to recognise KTP success stories across the UK. With a current portfolio of over 30 live KTP projects, here’s hoping we can share our exciting KTP stories more widely!

The journey of an idea

The Conference ended with a flight up the British Airways i360, but not before we got to hear from Dr John Roberts, Chief Engineer behind the impressive 162 metre structure. Hearing about how the piece was constructed was a great example of innovation, planning and problem-solving in action – something that is echoed across all Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects.