In 1975 the Teaching Company Scheme (TCS) was launched to help businesses work with the academic knowledge base. 40 years on and the scheme is still going strong, albeit with a change of name to Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in 2003. Apart from that very little else has changed and the programme continues to be the gold-standard for Knowledge Exchange programme. Indeed a number of other countries within Europe and across the globe have looked at the KTP model with a view to establishing their own programmes.
The West of Scotland KTP Centre celebrates its own 19th birthday this year and continues to help Universities in the West of Scotland to engage with the KTP programme. 2014 was a very successful year for us. We helped our partners secure 27 new KTP grant awards taking our overall total to 350 KTPs and £43M of grant income.
The Centre provides support to business and academic partners when scoping and building projects. Dr Alison Reith and Dr Stuart McKay have built up a huge amount of experience in this area and have a fantastic success rate. Once a partnership is awarded the Centre continues to provide support with Elaine Wallace, Stuart Finnie and Melanie McInanny helping with recruitment, finances and minute taking.
As part of the 40th year celebrations we are going to reach out to our KTP community, new and old, and ask them to share what they have gained from their involvement in the programme. If you have something you’d like to share then we would be delighted to hear from you.
Director – West of Scotland KTP Centre