Research and Enterprise Office

Funding for Placements, Partnership and Collaborative Research

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Strategic business projects focused on transferring know-how from a University partner into a business or organisation in order to improve performance.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is a nationwide scheme that provides recent graduates with the chance to gain relevant work experience while working on a project within a company or organisation.   It involves a three way partnership between the graduate (or Associate), the company and the University, and can last from 10 weeks to 3 years, depending on the nature of the project.

KTP Associates own their project and are supported by experienced staff from the business and the University. Typical challenges encountered by a KTP Associate, depending on qualifications, include designing and introducing new or improved products or processes, re-organising production facilities, introducing improved quality systems and technology, or developing and implementing marketing strategies to break into new markets.

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Academia for Business

A4B Funding/ A4B, or Academia for Business, is a six year programme of support funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and European Structural Funds aimed at providing a simplified, integrated package of support for knowledge and technology transfer from academia to business. It consists of the Knowledge Exploitation Fund (KEF), Knowledge Transfer Centres (KTC), Collaborative Industrial Research Projects (CIRP), Commercialisation of academic IP and other Flexible funding streams.

The aim of the overall programme is to promote a high value-added economy, maximising the economic impact of academia and business through technology and knowledge transfer, delivered through the identified research and industrial priority sectors. In turn, this will lead to the creation of high value jobs and ultimately, a value-added economy.

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Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships

KESS projects form part of a one year Research Masters (MRes / MPhil) programme and incorporate a placement period with the company partner.  Collaboration under the KESS programme gives a company the opportunity to be involved in research focused on specific areas of interest to the business, with access to the latest academic thinking relevant to their sector, industry or markets. 
The KESS programme is partly funded by European funds and the Welsh Assembly Government.

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CASE PhD Scholarships

A CASE studentship is a full-time PhD studentship during which the student enhances their training by spending a certain amount of time (anything between three and eighteen months during the life of the entire project) with an external co-operating organisation outside the academic environment. Funding is by the seven UK Research Councils and with a contribution from the external partner. For further details, please click the links below.

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Access To Masters (ATM)

ESF supported taught Master courses in collaboration with Businesses. The courses include a 1-2 month project placement in the collaborating company  - a low cost way for businesses to access postgraduate expertise and develop links with the University.

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GO Wales

GO Wales offers a range of services proven to help students, graduates and businesses in Wales including: work placements, funding for training, an online database of jobs in Wales and the Graduate Academy.

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