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Welcome to the Knowledge Transfer Centre

The KTC works to increase the wider use and positive impact of the University's research activities. KTC staff have a deep understanding of the expertise and knowledge generation within the University, and develop networks and contacts externally with business.

The KTC works to increase the wider use and positive impact of the University's research activities. KTC staff have a deep understanding of the expertise and knowledge generation within the University, and develop networks and contacts externally with business.


Funding competition event: innovation and commercialisation

Date: Tue 5 Nov 2019
Time: 14:00-16:30
Key details:KickStart Challenge Event delivered by Converge - helping innovative and creative thinkers from academia to realise their entrepreneurial ambitions. Should this be of interest to you, please click here to book 

Course information

Do you have an early-stage, innovative business idea?

Would you like to test and validate it and maybe even win £10,000 to get your project off the ground?

Applications are now open for KickStart Challenge, an entrepreneurial programme delivered by Converge, the leading entrepreneurial development programme for staff, students and recent graduates of Scottish Universities and Research Institutes.

From spin outs to start-ups, Converge helps the most innovative and creative thinkers from academia to realise their entrepreneurial ambitions by offering a money-can’t buy business training programme tailored to academic entrepreneurs; cash prizes; mentoring and a programme of business support that turns fledgling businesses into investor-ready companies.

The KickStart Challenge is aimed at projects embarking on the first steps of the commercialisation journey and is designed to help you establish commercial viability. It will also prepare you to enter the more advanced Converge programmes.

Come along to this short event to hear from Dr Claudia Cavalluzzo, Director of Converge and Dr Lissa Herron, Enterprise Outreach Manager, and learn more about this exciting competition. Receive 1:1 advice regarding your ideas.


Innovation, collaboration & business insights

Mon 7 Oct 2019, 09:30 - 12:30 

Tue 28 Apr 2020, 09:30 - 12:30 

Key details: *New* component of the Passport to Research Futures / Lunch not provided

Course information

• What is innovation and how can it be applied to research projects?
• Universities are hot beds of innovation but how do you engage with external organisations?
• What skills do you need to develop in order to build a company of your own?
• Where do you find funding to kickstart your idea?

This workshop will introduce researchers to business fundamentals and give an overview of university entrepreneurship using examples.

Target audience: Research Staff, Academics, PGRs


SUII Information Session

Tues 17th Sept 2019, 11:00-12:30 

Key details: The Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII) will discuss their latest funding call: Accelerating progress towards the United Nations Global Goals: sustainable development. The United Nations Global Sustainable Development Goals were supported by 193 signatories at the General Assembly of the UN in September 2015. They form part of the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. The goals are aimed at “mobilizing efforts to end all forms of poverty, fighting inequalities and tackling climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind”. They are summarised as being all about “people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership”. This call for proposals seeks applications for projects that will accelerate progress towards the achievement of these goals in Scotland and the wider world. It is intended that this broad theme will be pursued over the course of the next three calls for proposals.

Find out more about SUII and the latest funding call 

Come along to this short information session to find out more about taking part in this collaborative programme


Four finalists in Converge Challenge 2017

Four entrants from the University of St Andrews have made it into the final of Converge Challenge 2017. As last year’s KickStart winner, David Harris-Birtill went straight through with Beyond Medics. He is joined in the final by Jos Finer, Christopher Brown and enterprising undergraduate student Ulviyya Rustamova.

Christopher Brown ParaFormance Postdoctoral research fellow, School of Computer Science
David Harris-Birtill Beyond Medics Lecturer, School of Computer Science
Jos Finer SUMAC Head of organisational and staff development
Ulviyya Rustamova Lia  Undergraduate student, School of Computer Science

For more information about Converge Challenge and our 2016 success see our enterprise competitions and funding page


The KTC was shortlisted for KEC team of the year in The Impact Awards 2017

The Impact Awards have been recognising the achievements of KE (knowledge exchange) professionals in the higher education sector since 2009.

The KEC team of the year award ‘recognises teams who have excelled in delivering value, building relationships and/or overcome challenges.’‌

As one of the smallest KEC teams in the UK university sector, we are delighted to receive the recognition of our peers in Praxis Unico, the leading industry body for UK KE professionals. The panel recognised the KTC’s success in "delivering significant impact with outstanding service."

The long history of university-business collaboration

photo of sixteenth and seventeenth century books on a MacBook

The KTC Team, guest blogging for Interface.

From the printing press in fifteenth century Paris, to Silicon Valley and beyond.

If you're thinking of working with a university or want to learn about the history of university-business collaboration then this blog is for you.

Navigating university KE for businesses infographic (PDF, 69 KB).

Discovery Prize winners

Congratulations to Professor Stephen Gillespie's Infection Group who were awarded the Discovery Prize for their contribution to the fight against antimicrobial resistance.

Orbital Diagnostic's SLIC device tests bacteria for resistance to antibiotics, helping patients get an effective treatment and preventing the exposure of bacteria to antibiotics unnecessarily. The prize will help the team continue to develop a point-of-care device to challenge for the prestigious Longitude Prize. 

The press release can be viewed here


Prize-winning university spin-out companies

  • Ripptide won the Innovation Award at the 2015 Scottish Life Science Awards (held in 2016)
  • Xelect won the 2016 Fife Business Award for “Most Enterprising Company”
  • MOFgen won the 2016 Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Technologies competition
  • Beyond Medics won the 2016 Converge Challenge Kickstart competition

Four new companies

  • Beyond Medics – remote sensing of key clinical signs
  • Ripptide – development of novel cyclic peptides
  • Pneumagen – development of antiviral and antibacterial therapies
  • St Andrews Lean Consulting – provision of efficiency & process improvement advice

Crowdfunding and investment

Following Ambicare Health’s successful 2015 crowdfunding of £530k, in 2016 Xelect Ltd raised expansion funding from the St Andrews-based EOS angel network and Genuswave from its private backers. RipptideMOFgen & Pneumagen also pitched for investment in 2016 and two of these companies are on track to receive investment funding in AY 2016-17.

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