Earlier this month, we attended the “KTP: Transforming Scottish Business” event at the Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. A KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) is a collaboration between a university, a business, and also a graduate. This event was the ideal platform for showcasing a wide range of KTPs, and the innovative thought-processes behind them.
Additionally, different speakers at the event were there to highlight the many benefits that an organisation can gain from a KTP scheme, such as:
- The ability to become more innovative, effective, and efficient
- Boost in profits and commercial value
- Helping transform their company and driving growth
- Strengthened links between the industry and academia (encourages sharing of ideas)
We are currently about six months into the 2-year KTP that we are conducting alongside our knowledge base – The Open University (OU). Albion along with our partners at The OU Scotland provided information on our KTP and the progress we have made in the first 6 months of the KTP. Our KTP is about achieving the skills and knowledge necessary to conduct bioaerosol monitoring for a wide range of commercial clients. Having the in-house capabilities for conducting this work at Albion will reduce reliance on subcontractors, improve flexibility in scheduling work, and expand capacity. In addition, it will provide expertise based in Scotland able to serve the Scottish market.
The KTP event was a great opportunity to showcase our KTP to fellow Scottish businesses, stakeholders, and the press. Over 80 delegates were in attendance, which allowed us to make multiple valuable connections. We displayed some of the work that has been completed as part of our KTP project through a photo slideshow, created by our KTP Associate, Jennifer Kowalski. This generated interest in bioaerosols, the processes involved in monitoring them, and the sites that can act as a source of bioaerosols.
This event was also a great chance for us to explore the other KTPs that are currently taking place within other businesses across Scotland. From developing digital technologies for Virtual Reality, to producing new textile products, to developing new production systems, the aims of the other KTPs that were presented showed that this scheme can be applied to a diverse array of ideas and sectors. The advantages of these projects for the KTP partners were made clear by the speakers at the beginning of the event, but the creativity, ambition, and enthusiasm exhibited by the individuals involved, only served to further highlight this.