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Creating business success through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships - National KTP week

Glasgow Caledonian University
K505, Buchanan House, Glasgow Caledonian University, Port Dundas Road, G4 0HF
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 12:00 to 14:00

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) is one of the longest running business support programmes and the week commencing 3rd November, 2014 has been designated 'National KTP week' to provide a focus for KTP-related activity.  KTP embeds strategic capability within an organisation whilst delivering immediate and longer term benefits to the business for their academic partner and to the associate running the project.

What will you learn?

As part of National KTP Week, Glasgow Caledonian University invite you to hear from Dr Alison Reith from the West of Scotland KTP office on what makes a good KTP.  Geoff Crowley, Managing Director of Highland Colour Coaters will also share how KTP helped to address a particular problem in the business using a scientific approach, whilst uncovering a range of other procedures which could be innovatively resolved, resulting directly in increased profitability.  Professor Colin Chisholm will also talk about the Academic experience of working on the KTP with Highland Colour Coaters.

Who will benefit from attending?

Businesses interested in understanding how KTP can help to address key strategic challenges within their business and embed new capability to improve productivity and performance.  Academics already working collaboratively with businesses seeking to identify new ways of taking research outputs through to commercialisation.  Anyone currently engaged with KTP who wants to share their experience.

Running order

  • Welcome and introduction - Professor Brian Stewart, Associate Dean of Research, School of Engineering and Built Environment
  • An Introduction to KTP - Dr Alison Reith, West of Scotland KTP Centre
  • A Company Perspective - Geoff Crowley, Managing Director, Highland Colour Coaters
  • An Academic Perspective - Professor Colin Chisholm, School of Engineering and Built Environment


"As a result of of the KTP with GCU...we have reduced the rate of re-works from 4% to less than 1%, saving between £70,000 and £100,000 per annum to our business...For researching a problem that we don't have the people, time or resources to do ourselves, this KTP was great for us"

Geoff Crowley, Managing Direcor, Highland Colour Coaters