This week saw 80 participants from across Scotland attend a unique opportunity for networking and a well-deserved celebratory lunch. The event took place at The University of Western Scotland Paisley campus and was in recognition of the successful collaboration between the university and its KTP project partners.  

What is the Knowledge Transfer Partnership? 

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme has been helping businesses to innovate and grow for the past 40 years. It does this by linking them with a university and a graduate to work on a specific project. Each KTP is a three-way partnership whereby the academic institution sponsors a recently-qualified graduate to work at the heart of a partner business. The graduate, known as the ‘associate’, brings new skills and knowledge to the business. 

Key FM was proud to be represented at the event by Celeste Tom, Key FM KTP Manager.

Celeste commented: “As Facilities management moves towards a more scientific and data-oriented operation working with the best academics to further the profession and its capabilities is an obvious and exciting opportunity”

Stuart McKay, UWS KTP Manager said: I’m delighted to be able to say thanks to the 80 businesses, KTP associates and members of staff attending who have, collectively, embraced KTP@UWS and delivered outstanding portfolio growth.”

KTP Lunch

Stuart McKay, UWS KTP Manager, Celeste Tom, Key FM KTP Team Manager, Ashwini Konanahalli, UWS Lead Academic, Thepparit Sinthamrongruk, KTP associate

KTP delivers real results  

Evidence of the exceptional quality of the KTPs at UWS are visible in KPIs recently published by the university*: 

  • 95% of KTP projects completed by UWS achieve or over-achieve their objectives
  • 20% of completed UWS KTPs are graded as outstanding by Innovate UK (double the UK average)
  • KTPs at UWS are in the Top 10 in the UK, working across 16 different business sectors  

Key FM is delighted to support this project and is looking forward to our KTP associate, Thepparit Sinthamrongruk (known to his friends as John!), starting on Monday. Watch this space for more updates! 

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