19th October 2022

Bishop Grosseteste University has secured its first ever Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with local charity Lincolnshire Community & Voluntary Service.


It is a two-year project to support strategic decision-making and to embed new operational capabilities to increase the use of existing services, develop new services, promote new business opportunities, and communicate the charity's impact successfully to its wider audience.

This Management KTP received financial support from UKRI Innovate UK. The total value of the project is £162,063 over the two years, which will be part-funded (67%) by Innovate UK and (33%) by the company. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) aim to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills within the UK knowledge base.

Lincolnshire CVS’s vision is for Lincolnshire to have a strong, empowered community and voluntary sector that is shaping its own future. Their vision is underpinned by four key strategic pillars: operational adaptability and resilience; increased collaboration, partnership, and cohesion; a more sustainable, entrepreneurial approach; and a sector and policy influencer. This project will enhance organisational capabilities and capacities across all four.

David Fannin CEO stated: “The KTP is helping us to fill a key new role in the organisation as communicating value and delivering impact is vitally important to us. This is about ensuring that Lincolnshire CVS has the specialist skills and knowledge needed to support its ambitions. It is also about taking a fresh and innovative approach to talent match and ensure recruitment and the project is targeted to our needs. This partnership is the perfect solution”.

Scott Fleming, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at BGU commented: “This is an important new initiative for Bishop Grosseteste University and builds on the excellent knowledge exchange activities at BG Futures and LORIC over the last few years. I hope this will be the first of many KTPs between BGU and local industry sector partners.”

Philippa Ryan, Knowledge Transfer Adviser stated: "I am delighted to be working with Bishop Grosseteste University on their first KTP project and look forward to many more in the future. This project with Lincolnshire CVS is an exciting opportunity to support their vision to grow and transition towards a more agile and entrepreneurial organisation capable of creating a stronger and more effective voluntary and community sector in Lincolnshire and beyond. I am looking forward to working with such an enthusiastic and committed partnership."

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme creates a dynamic three-way partnership between a business, a specialist academic team and a talented graduate or postgraduate (the Associate). The programme, funded by UKRI through Innovate UK, has been running for over 45 years and during that time has enabled more than 14,000 businesses to drive innovation for positive impact.

This project is being delivered by Linette Wallace (Data Analyst at LORIC) as KTP Lead and the Academic Supervisor, James Silverwood (Senior Lecturer in Business) as Lead Academic and Lee Dolby (Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Lincolnshire CVS) as the Business Academic Supervisor.

If you are interested in the Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme and would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact Linette directly at KTP@bishopg.ac.uk

For more information about UKRI and KTPs, visit: https://www.ukri.org/councils/innovate-uk/guidance-for-applicants/guidance-for-specific-funds/knowledge-transfer-partnership-guidance/