Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships at a glance

The Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) scheme is a UK-wide programme helping businesses to improve competitiveness and productivity. You bring the ambition and strategic vision to transform your business, and UWE Bristol will provide the practical graduate support, applied knowledge and technical expertise to help you achieve your goals.

What is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership?

April from our team explains more about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in this short video.

What you can expect

  • Collaboration on a project between one and three years.
  • A talented graduate, based full-time in your business, to drive and deliver the project.
  • Weekly access to an academic or researcher with knowledge, skills and experience that are relevant to your business.
  • Innovate UK will contribute up to 67% of projects costs depending on the size of your business.

Take a look at some of our current partnerships

"The Knowledge Transfer Partnership has allowed the company to secure its future, and the knowledge and capabilities acquitted through the project have allowed new processes to be created"

Clive Price, Operations Director, Burleigh Pottery

Key facts

  • Embedded digital technology in creating printing rollers and plates
  • Yield increased and losses reduced through introduction of new formulas and colour recipes
  • Improvements to process flows drive up business standards
  • Market opportunities increased
  • Employment opportunity created for KTP Associate

The company

Based near Stoke-on-Trent, Burleigh Pottery employs a team of skilled craftspeople to produce intricately patterned tableware, using traditional skills and techniques dating back to 1889. Burleigh Pottery collaborated with UWE Bristol to embed new technologies within the printing processes to continue producing their distinctive designs.

The challenge

Burleigh Pottery wanted to explore new technologies to preserve their unique designs, which were produced using an eighteenth-century underglaze tissue printing technique. Designs were etched into a copper plate, which was used to print the pattern onto tissue paper with cobalt blue oxides and then transferred onto the pottery. These copper plates degrade over time and without new technology the iconic Burleigh patterns could have been lost forever.

The project

The KTP embedded innovate new processes, previously developed by a proof of concept project (jointly funded by the AHRC and UWE Centre for Fine Art), that combined digital technology and traditional craft skills, retaining existing patterns and developing exciting new designs. The associate working on the project had a background in ceramic design and production and quickly understood the production challenges. Through developing standard controlled colour recipes, she re-established in-house knowledge and led trials using unleaded colours. The associate was supported by a senior academic at UWE Bristol and a mentor at Burleigh Pottery and was appointed Design Development Manager on project completion.

Make an enquiry

If your business has a strategy for growth, we can help make your ambitions a reality. Contact our Business Team about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

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