Knowledge Transfer

Knowledge Transfer through collaborative projects and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships give private sector organisations the opportunity to tap into knowledge and research within the University to tackle key strategic projects and challenges.

KTPs are supported, through grant funding, by Innovate UK; SMEs in particular are eligible for up to two thirds of the costs of the KTP supported by grant funding. KTPs can last between 6 to 36 months where the knowledge is transferred from the University into the business via one or more graduate level Associates; employed for the life of the project to deliver its aims.

Innovate UK’s priority is to fund KTP projects which demonstrate the potential for a high level of innovation, economic and/or societal impact, as well as being a challenge for all the participants and they have a number of ‘priority’ areas which they are looking to support. From this list of priority areas the Department of Computer Science’s research specialisms can support projects which cover:

  • Digital technologies
  • Emerging technologies
  • Creative industries
  • Security and Healthcare – assisted living
  • Data Analysis and Visualisation
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • Machine Learning and Systems Automation

What are the benefits?

  • Access to highly qualified people to lead and deliver new projects
  • An opportunity to develop innovative solutions to help your business grow
  • Increased competitive advantage
  • Improved performance/business operations
  • Increased profitability

Although the benefits of KTPs vary from project to project, the latest information provided by Innovate UK indicates that businesses, on average, realise:

  • An increase of more than £240,000 in annual pre-tax profits
  • Creation of 2 new permanent positions within the company
  • Existing staff receive an increase in skills and capacity

To discuss Knowledge Transfer Partnerships or other collaborative projects please contact our Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Coordinator, Sophie Garrett, on 01695 656785, or [email protected]

Case Studies

Insight 3 & the Centre for Data Analysis and Representation

Capture, analysis and visualisation of multiple data streams from multiple devices.


Utilising research expertise from Edge Hill’s Centre for Data Analysis and Representation this 24-month KTP was designed to develop a holistic software framework that integrates multiple data capture devices, reporting and analysing data from a variety of sources.


The project needs to develop a framework that captures and efficiency visualises high volumes of data from multiple sources and includes standardised protocols for device integration. The main technical output from the KTP is the implementation of the web-based framework including the data visualisation tools and device management functionality. By employing innovative approaches to compile, analyse and represent the received data, meaningful intelligence can be presented back to customers and users to inform decision making and planning. The partnership team will work closely with Bi3’s suppliers and customers to capture and understand requirements, continually refining the system using a rapid application development approach.


For Bi3, this project opens significant new revenue-generating opportunities. Bi3 will be able to offer bespoke solutions to their customers, providing accurate intelligence and customer insights. The KTP will also strengthen Bi3’s relationships with suppliers by developing the middleware to support new devices released to the market. The knowledge transferred will build software development capacity in house, embed a project culture and result in an up-skilling of staff across the organisation.

The benefits for Edge Hill are in the output of publications and impact case studies from the research. The Centre for Data Analysis and Representation at the University is involved in a number of related research projects, particularly in managing large, real-time data sets. For the Associate, this KTP takes place in a high-tempo, rewarding commercial environment where they will experience agile software development using market-leading technology. They will experience working with stakeholders of both a technical and non-technical background, including suppliers, customers, academics, engineers and business development professionals.

The KTP will give us an opportunity to really develop our existing image monitoring and reporting software and further build internal capacity in this area. We’re looking forward to a successful partnership with CeDAR and the University. Glen Higson, Managing Director, Bi3

Company Overview


Bi3 supply security and customer intelligence solutions based on the latest technology available in video analytics, people counting, facial recognition, access control devices, queue management, facial marketing, digital and network storage.

Fairbanks Environmental & the Centre for Data Analysis and Representation

Analysing and visualising large data sets to guide analysts through investigation best practice.


Capturing expertise from Edge Hill’s Centre for Data Analysis and Representation, this project was designed to improve efficiencies within the workflow of Fairbanks’ analysts. Although Fairbanks have systems to evolve their own data accuracy, the business growth presents key challenges in being able to efficiently analyse and visualise the data itself.


Using innovative approaches to utilising and presenting data to both users and management, workflows are able to be streamlined and significant efficiencies realised. The key technical challenges were in the system analysis and the data model, capture procedures and the analysis of workplace practices to determine the most effective models for storing, representing and processing data. The major technical output was the design and implementation of the user interface. This stage was critical and required a great deal of innovation in how the data in the system was visualised for different user groups.


For Fairbanks, the primary benefit is in the workload optimisation of the analysts. Improved efficiencies in discrepancy investigations, through more accurate and consistent diagnostics, has led to a significant amount of existing resource being able to be reallocated to work with new customers. Fairbanks have seen significant growth and acquisitions of new customers in recent years and this project will enable that trend to continue by achieving greater economies of scale. The benefit to the University in this project is in the output of publications from findings of the research. These findings constitute impact case studies and Edge Hill University are currently undertaking a number of research projects in the area of data analysis and representation, handling large, real-time data sets. For the Associate, they have been given the opportunity to work in a demanding, yet rewarding, commercial environment. They have experienced software development in a rigorous and high-tempo environment, using market leading technology.

Partnering with the academic team gave us an opportunity to greatly improve the meaningfulness of the data our analysts receive. We knew the value of undertaking the project from the outset, but the anticipated benefits of the KTP are being realised much sooner than expected. Steve Jones, Fairbanks’ Managing Director

Company Overview


Fairbanks is the global leader in providing independent specialist wetstock monitoring and management services to the petrol retail industry. Fairbanks offers a variety of wetstock services to make running a forecourt easier and more profitable.

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