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Aston to celebrate strengths in Knowledge Transfer

PACE

Aston University is holding a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Showcase Event on Wednesday 28th March 2012.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) supports UK businesses wanting to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance by accessing the knowledge and expertise available within UK Universities. KTP’s can make a huge impact on the businesses involved. Figures published by the Technology Strategy Board show that 52% of companies who completed a KTP had an increase in the overall value of the business whilst 62% had an increase in sales.

Aston University is currently working with organisations on 15 KTP projects with many others recently completed or about to get underway. This high level of activity has seen Aston place as the 2nd highest provider of KTP’s in the West Midlands and at 12th nationally for KTP’s according to figures released by the Technology Strategy Board.

The event is an opportunity to find out more about KTP generally and to discover how engaging with a project could benefit your company. It is also an opportunity to find out about the projects that Aston is currently involved with and how we are working in partnership with local and national companies for mutual benefit.

KTP projects can be run in partnership with a wide range of research areas at Aston including business, engineering and life and health sciences.

The event will include a poster competition and an opportunity to network with academics, representatives from business and the KTP Associates who are working on the projects.

The head of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships from the Technology Strategy Board will be attending along with representatives from other intermediary organisations.

John Richards, Head of Business Development at Aston University, said, ‘Aston has an excellent track record of working with organisations through schemes such as KTP. These projects give companies access to expertise, facilities and funding that can make a huge difference to their competitiveness. We’re proud of our existing relationships with companies and we are always keen to talk to new potential partners.’

The event is being held at Lakeside Conference Centre on Wednesday 28th March from 5.30pm- 7.30pm.  Refreshments will be provided.

If you have any queries or if you’d like to book a place on this event please contact Emily Wakefield on e.l.wakefield@aston.ac.uk

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