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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Online Event

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Online Event

Spark new R&D Opportunities with Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

This online event will provide a practical case study to help SMEs unlock the benefits of collaborative technology R&D with the University of Southampton

SMEs need to adapt to new technology opportunities to meet the changing needs of customers, now more than ever.

Business leaders face unprecedented operational challenges during Covid-19  including skills and knowledge gaps responding to emerging disciplines like AI, machine learning, data, networks and security.

KTPs (Knowledge Transfer Partnerships) are grant-subsidised ways to bring graduates supported by academic expertise into your business from world-leading research universities like Southampton.

This event will demonstrate how fast-growth SMEs in the south of England have used a KTP-funded placement to accelerate their new product development pipeline for customers.

In just 60 minutes you will learn:

  • A senior technology manager’s view of the benefits and practical considerations of KTP projects
  • How senior academics can support KTP within SMEs
  • The right options for your business: from technology-led to management KTPs
  • The tips and tricks for creating a high quality KTP funding application
  • How SETsquared can provide funded support for developing  KTP applications

MC, Panellists and the University of Southampton Knowledge Transfer Partnership Team

Chris Pett, Scale-Up Programme Sector Lead for Digital Innovation, SETsquared

As the Digital Innovation Sector Lead at the SETsquared Scale-Up Programme Chris is responsible for supporting high-growth start-ups to secure venture capital investment and R&D funding to build and commercialise breakthrough technology solutions.

Stephen Woodhouse, Advisor, Knowledge Transfer Network

Stephen is the Knowledge Transfer Adviser for Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) support businesses to engage with expert academic teams on a project-based collaboration delivering sustainable innovation with positive economic impact and additional societal or environmental benefits. Stephen looks after businesses supporting their projects with knowledge bases in many parts of the country. He also maintains relationships with a number of designated universities in relation to their participation in the programme.

Dr Gary Wills, Associate Professor, University of Southampton

Gary Wills is an associate professor in Computer Science at the University of Southampton. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a member of the Institute of Engineering Technology (MIET), a member of The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Educational Academy (PFHEA).

Gary’s research focuses on Secure Systems Engineering and applications for industry, medicine, and education. His research can be grouped under several themes: Internet of Things, Blockchain, Security, Data Protection, Cloud Computing, Educational systems, Games/Gamification, and ICT4D. Gary is qualified to undertake audits for Information Assurance (IASME and ISO27001), Cyber Essentials, GDPR readiness and Consumer IoT Security.

Oliver Tearle, Head of Technology Innovation, The AI Corporation

Oliver has an engineering and machine learning background, graduating from the University of Surrey with a degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering. Oliver has been working in fraud detection research since 2013 and has been heavily involved with building the machine learning components of ai’s fraud detection products. Oliver also writes thought leadership pieces that are regularly published in online technical and fraud specific news sites.

Justin Lewis, Business Engagement Officer, University of Southampton

Justin is a Business Engagement Officer at the University of Southampton.  His main focus is working with Businesses who are interested in the KTP scheme.  Justin helps to co-ordinate companies with academics whilst providing support and guidance throughout the KTP application process.

Kerrie Graham, Business Engagement Manager, University of Southampton

Kerrie Graham is a Business Engagement Manager at the University of Southampton, and Southampton’s Innovation Advisor for the SETsquared Scale-Up Programme.  She supports SMEs in identifying and accessing the expertise, facilities and talent within the university, developing proposals and bringing together collaborative R&D projects.

Claire Sedgwick, Senior KTP Administrator, University of Southampton

Claire provides administrative support to KTP projects across the faculties of Engineering and Physical Sciences and Social Sciences.

Who is the event for?

The event is targeted at directors, founders, CIOs, Chief Science Officers, Department Managers and other R&D leads at South England Scale-Up SMEs within the following sectors:

  • Creative Technology
  • Defence Technology
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Processing
  • Wireless Networks
  • Smart device manufacturers
  • Financial technology
  • AI and machine learning


  1. An executive overview of KTPs by Stephen Woodhouse, regional advisor at the Knowledge Transfer Network
  2. Case study panel discussion: AI Corporation’s KTP experience, from application to project delivery,
  3. Gary Wills Associate Professor at University of Southampton from the University of Southampton perspective. Aims, outcomes and lessons learned from working on KTPs
  4. Understand the University of Southampton’s experience and capacity to support regional SMEs through KTP collaborations, with Justin Lewis, Business Engagement Officer (KTP) & Kerrie Graham Business Engagement Manager ?
  5. How can SME leaders benefit from SETsquared’s grant writing and project development support through the Scale-Up Programme? With Chris Pett, Digital Innovation Sector Lead at the SETsquared Scale-Up Programme.
  6. Panel Q&A

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