Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

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UK Government funded knowledge transfer partnerships (KTPs) support collaborations between companies and universities, placing graduates (KTP Associates) to work on innovative projects, developing solutions to certain challenges faced by that company.

Inverness College UHI, Wooded Landscapes Research Group, has been awarded two KTPs with businesses in the North of Scotland.

  •  National Trust Scotland

Inverness College UHI recently recruited associate Jack McIntyre to work on a KTP with Mar Lodge Estate, owned by National Trust Scotland. This will see the design, development and production of an innovative technological solution to conservation issues at Mar Lodge Estate. KTP associate Jack McIntyre, supported by Research Fellow Dr Louise de Raad from Inverness College UHI and Paul Harlow from Moray College UHI, aims to develop a marketable conservation tool to protect young trees from animal damage.

All parties are excited at the prospect of combining Inverness College UHI and the National Trust Scotland's ecological research pedigree with innovations in engineering, technology and the advent of Industry 4.0.

  •  Tilhill Forestry

A KTP has been awarded to Inverness College UHI and Tilhill Forestry to appoint a KTP Associate to lead the delivery of a project that will develop, pilot and internally disseminate an innovative Tree to Mill (TTM) productivity tool, designed to improve timber marketing optimisation and supply chain efficiency.

The KTP Associate will be based in Fort William at the Tilhill mill and supported by Dr Euan Bowditch and Dr Andrew Duncan, of Inverness College UHI.