Knowledge Transfer Partnership case studies
UWE and Gamma Telecom
KTP Associate Justin Nwakacha was offered permanent employment with Gamma Telecom after the completion of his KTP project.
The overall objective of the KTP was to develop a meta-process (method, tools, and techniques) that would enable the company to use Business Process Management System technology in order both to reduce costs and to develop new products faster. The company recognised that in order to maintain its competitive edge, it needed to capitalise fully on the opportunities that new technology offers in terms of new projects, cost efficiency and flexibility in adapting to new market conditions.
UWE and Two Rivers Housing
UWE worked with Two Rivers Housing to introduce sustainable practices and technologies into the development, refurbishment and maintenance of housing stock to reduce whole life costs and environmental impact. This was driven by the Government target for carbon neutral new homes by 2016, and the national standard, the Code for Sustainable Homes.
The KTP has contributed to Two Rivers' ongoing development programme. 50 new homes were built in 2009/10 and included technologies such as rainwater harvesting, photovoltaic cells and ecology features, ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps, and whole house heat recovery system. Two Rivers has also won new contracts and attracted grant funding through the innovative and pioneering work carried out under the KTP.
KTP Associate James Ford, qualified as an accredited Energy Assessor, gained a CMI Diploma in Management and qualified as a Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor. James continues to work with Two Rivers and UWE on a shorter KTP looking at sustainable procurement.
“The company’s profile has definitely been raised in both national and regional arenas, giving Two Rivers Housing a clear opportunity to influence the policy agenda and to make real changes to benefit current and future customers. We are very proud of our joint work with UWE.”
Garry King, Chief Executive, Two Rivers Housing
UWE and Motivation Charitable Trust
Using the skills and knowledge gained through his degree and the UWE BizIdea, Jason Williams successfully applied for a post as Business Development Manager under a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) at Motivation Charitable Trust, an international disability charity providing solutions for people with mobility disabilities in low-income countries.
Jason's role at Motivation is to develop a strategy for the charity's commercial activities to help them become sustainable and financially secure in the future. Initially this involved developing the sports wheelchair business in UK and international markets. The 3-year project, led by Dr Jenny Lloyd, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, is proving a challenge for Jason, and has taken him out of his comfort zone in terms of his knowledge. However, working with Motivation has been a source of inspiration to him because he believes in what they are doing as a charity.
“My experience so far has been fantastic. I love my job and value the fact that the opinions and knowledge I bring to the table are respected. I have a high level of autonomy, which is exactly what I have been looking for.”
Jason Williams, KTP Associate Motivation