Video Transcript: Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Transcript for the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) video embedded on the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships page

[The screen shows a view of Leeds city centre and the title ‘Knowledge Transfer Partnerships’.] 

[The screen shows shots of the University of Leeds campus, equipment being used in laboratories and people talking in meetings.] 

[Professor Lisa Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of Leeds appears on screen. She is stood facing the camera.] 

[Professor Lisa Roberts says:] A knowledge transfer partnership or a KTP is a great way for businesses of any size to work with us, 

to innovate and grow. With funding from Innovate UK and investment from the company, KTPs enable organisations to access university expertise to help them take the next strategic step forward. 

A postgraduate, known as the KTP associate, is employed full-time at the business to lead the project. The project team, including colleagues from both the company and the university, then works collaboratively to deliver change that will enhance or grow the business. 

A professional team at the university supports the project partners every step of the way and that ensures that the businesses and academics who partner on a KTP can stay focused on maximising the value of their research and innovation. 

So, we’re really proud of the depth and the breadth of our research expertise and the ways that this can be applied to address challenges in very different types of businesses.  

[The screen shows Laura Babbs, Sustainability Manager at Asda, walking towards the camera with the title ‘ASDA’.] 

[The screen shows shots of people shopping in an Asda supermarket. Laura Babbs then appears on the screen in an Asda store, stood facing the camera.] 

[Laura Babbs says:] One of our biggest issues was food waste, so we decided to partner with Leeds and use all of their expertise on data analysis and behaviour change to make a real difference for our customers. 

[Professor William Young from the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds, appears on the screen, He is seated in front of the camera.] 

Professor William Young says:] So, we worked interdisciplinary to look at the environmental food waste data and the customer relations and insights data, bringing new analytical methods that we’re developing here, combining that with datasets from other types of companies. 

[Lisa Babbs reappears on the screen.] 

[Lisa Babbs says:] Will was a real expert in helping us translate the academic research into really tangible things we could do in the business. 

[The screen shows shots from around an Asda store, with customers shopping.] 

[In a voiceover, Professor William Young says:] And so, we experimented with social media, in-store demonstrations and product stickers, in-store magazines, online and so on. 

[Lisa Babbs reappears on the screen.] 

[Lisa Babbs says:] So, we’re still working with Leeds University so it’s great having them on the doorstep and I think the KTP really opened the door for us. 

This project had a massive impact on our business. Two million customers said that they’d change their behaviour from the information they got. That saved them 57 pounds a year. So this has really helped shape our future policy. 

[The screen shows a shot of the LBBC Technologies building with the title ‘LBBC’.] 

[Howard Payne, Managing Director of the LBBC group, appears on screen. He is seated in a conference room.] 

[Howard Payne says:] Recently, we purchased a business who made small development autoclaves and once we’d purchased this business, we could see that we had the basic expertise of pressure vessel design and control system design. 

What we were looking for was the corrosion testing experience.  

[Professor Anne Neville from the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds appears on the screen, sitting in an office.] 

[Professor Anne Neville says:] Their company is world known for making autoclaves for the manufacturing process. We have got a very good worldwide reputation in corrosion testing. 

So putting those two together, you could see that that should be a very good partnership. 

[Dr Danny Burkle, Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate and Product Development Engineer at LBBC Baskerville, appears on the screen. He is seated inside an LBBC Technologies building, with various machines visible behind him.] 

[Dr Danny Burkle says:] So, I’ve been involved with the initial design calculations through to concept designs, and a final design, through to building the prototype and the final product. 

[Howard Payne reappears on the screen.] 

[Howard Payne says:] Danny has a PhD in Corrosion and in doing that, he has spent a lot of time working with corrosion testing autoclaves so he has direct experience as well. 

[Professor Anne Neville reappears on the screen.] 

[Professor Anne Neville says:] These products will go out into world-famous testing laboratories with the brand, LBBC Baskerville and that will be a lasting legacy from this KTP. 

[The screen shows shots inside an office building with the title ‘Southern Broadstock’.] 

[Tim Worne, managing director of Southern Broadstock office furniture supply and manufacture, appears on the screen. He is seated in front of the camera.] 

[Tim Worne says:] We were four individual businesses. What we hadn't done is really started an integration process. 

We worked with Professor Chee to help us bring everything together from a supply chain point of view. 

[Professor Chee Yew Wong, from Leeds University Business School, appears on the screen. He is seated in front of the camera.] 

[Professor Chee Yew Wong says:] “And I help the company to understand how different pieces of information from different parts of the supply chain can be put together and make them even more intelligent in the way they manage the operations. 

But we need the third-party service, which is the associate, to transfer knowledge from the university to the company. 

[Michael Park, Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate in Supply Chain Development at Southern Broadstock, appears on the screen. He is seated in front of the camera.] 

[Michael Park says:] Professor Chee Wong gave me access to anything that I needed from the University. I was given a significant amount of time every week to be able to meet with him and meet with other professors.  

And having the insights from them really helped shape the model. 

[Professor Chee Yew Wong appears on the screen, seated in front of the camera.] 

[Professor Chee Yew Wong says:] The associate also plays a very important role by telling us what he or she learned from the companies. 

We want to learn as well as respond to new challenges.  

[Michael Park appears on the screen, seated in front of the camera.] 

[Michael Park says:] I was able to automate a large portion of the jobs that the sales team had to do on a day-to-day basis and was able to save them tenfolds' worth of time in their day to day. 

[Tim Worne appears on the screen, seated in front of the camera.] 

[Tim Worne says:] The competitive advantage that we've gained through working on the KTP is quite vast, I would say. 

[Professor Lisa Roberts appears on the screen, stood facing the camera.] 

[[Professor Lisa Roberts says:] If you want to find out more about how a KTP could help your business to innovate and grow, contact us today. 

[The video ends with a screen with displaying the text “Contact our Knowledge Transfer Partnership team: email or call 0113 343 0928.] 



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