The OU is uniquely placed in providing a UK-wide network through our national and regional centres in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
We recognise the need to develop strong partnerships that form the basis of a mutually beneficial and long-lasting relationship, giving us a track record of successful partnerships with both large and small businesses and organisations.
We value working with the business sector, government bodies (locally, regionally and nationally) and the charitable sector. Our current partnerships and consortiums include:
We are connected to businesses through hosting sector specific events and by linking up to, for example, Knowledge Transfer Networks; the government's innovation agency, InnovateUK and the Enterprise Europe Network. Locally we engage with the South East Midlands Local Enterprise (SEMLEP).
The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme is a part UK government-funded programme to help organisations improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills available within UK universities.
A KTP is a partnership between a business or organisation, the OU, and a recent graduate, to undertake a dedicated project.
A KTP is a low risk, cost-effective way of running a strategic project to create a return on investment for your company. You gain a talented, high-calibre graduate working for you full-time, plus the equivalent of half a day per week of input from world-leading academic experts, and the Government pays 50% or 67% of the basic costs.
To discuss how our graduates can help you and how you can access KTPs, contact the Enterprise team.