Coventry University hosts KTP Associates Conference

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Tuesday 21 June 2016

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A conference bringing together universities, businesses and graduates was hosted by Coventry University in its state of the art Engineering and Computing Building.

The KTP Associates Conference is an annual event showcasing Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, or KTPs, which are joint projects between a university, a company and a highly skilled graduate known as an associate. The programmes are designed to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills.  

This year’s conference provided associates with the chance to network, make industry connections, and see the types of projects being undertaken by other associates, as well as to present their own.

The event drew in over 100 delegates from different businesses, current and former KTP Associates as well as academics and University staff.

Current associates were afforded the opportunity to showcase their projects through presentations and a poster competition, allowing attendees to gain a direct insight into the benefits of KTP.

Prizes were awarded for the best poster and best presentation. Best poster was won by Stephen Clarke from Ulster University and best presentation by Elizabeth Smith from the Open University.

On the evening prior to the conference, delegates were able to enjoy an evening of food, drinks, music and even the entertainment of a magician. This social event also allowed delegates to get to know one another before the conference, providing a great opportunity for some informal networking.

Paul Fairburn, director of enterprise and innovation at Coventry University, said:

The conference garnered much interest with 130 people in attendance, allowing the university to showcase its first class facilities and hospitality to delegates from all over the UK. The presentations were fantastic, and a true testament to the hard work and commitment of the associates to their projects. Attendees were able to hear first-hand about the benefits of a KTP and the positive impact they can have for all parties involved.”

Conference in progress

For further information, please contact James Stride, PR Assistant, Coventry University, on +44 (0)24 7765 4562 or email