Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships was a UK-wide programme enabling organisations to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance through a partnership with the University and a recent graduate.

The scheme placed bright, creative and ambitious graduates into companies to work on projects of strategic importance. 73% of graduates are offered employment on a permanent basis at the end of their KTP.

Previous partnerships successfully completed with companies include:

  • WoW Stuff! (Winner of National Business Awards 2009),
  • Fairfield Display and Lighting (Ltd) (Runners up in the Shropshire Business Award, Technology Innovation and Enterprise Category 2010)
  • Tough Furniture Ltd (Winners of the Shropshire Business Award, Technology Innovation and Enterprise Category 2010 and Special Recognition Award at the Impact Awards by Praxis Unico -image top right). Over a 2 year period, Tough Furniture collaborated with Wolverhampton University in a project that brought many changes to the Company. Improved design capabilities, new technologies and techniques adopted by the company has helped broaden the capabilities and offerings of Tough Furniture to their customers. 

Knowledge Exchange Enterprise Network (KEEN)

Part funded by the ERDF, the University’s KEEN scheme gave businesses the chance to embark upon a strategic growth project with the support of a skilled graduate and leading academic. Designed to support projects lasting between 6-12 months, the KEEN scheme saw a graduate work full time in a business, specifically on a business growth project, backed up by a dedicated, leading academic.

Previous partnerships have been with companies including:

App.t

App.t aims to create an app to support target groups who are more likely to be unemployed in the current EU economy, and their trainers. It will contain interactive training content which focuses on developing business start-up skills based on the principles of social enterprise. Participants will develop soft skills and work preparation skills to ultimately increase their employability and access to the labour market. The project aims to make learning employability skills more attractive and accessible for people who favour modern social media technology tools like mobile phones in preference to historical learning and communication methods. Accessibility and recognition of learning is therefore at the heart of the project and will be achieved, predominantly, although not exclusively, through the app format and possible accreditation/progression routes mapping.  

The training content already exists and has been adapted and developed through an existing Leonardo Transfer of Innovation Project: SET4WORK (Social Enterprise Training for Work) led by UK-based Siawns Teg with partners from Lithuania, Italy, Slovakia, UK and Germany.

The main objectives are:

  • Adapt the existing content to an app
  • Identify informal/non-formal learning and match to formal qualification routes in partner countries
  • Translate and adapt the existing content to the specific target groups of the new partners: Germany and Czech Republic and update in relation to UK and Lithuania partners to ensure relevance
  • Design and develop an interactive app
  • Map content to possible accreditation and progression routes for recognition of learning and employ the principles of ECVET
  • Test and pilot the app
  • Create supporting user guides for trainees and trainers

Partners

Start: 01 January 2015

End: 31 August 2017

Duration: 32 months

Funding stream: Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships

Project number: 2014-1-UK01-KA202-001615

Project website: http://apptproject.eu/wp/

More information: Ms Alison Carminke

Theatres for ALL

Across Europe there are some good practices but generally the level of accessibility of theatres to blind and partially sighted is very low. Millions of EU citizens are completely excluded from cultural life. There is a real need to significantly improve the opportunities for visually impaired people to experience art and culture through Audio description. It must be also underlined that an average of 1 in 30 Europeans experience sight loss (WHO) and the number of people in EU with sight loss is set to increase in the future (demographic shifts towards the predominance of older age group, incidence of obesity and diabetes).

The Theatres for ALL  project wanted to make local theatres accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired by encouraging local arts companies and theatres to integrate high quality services of audio description into their organizational cultures and programming. 

In order to do so the project focused on improvement of skills of audio describers, audio translators, cultural administrators, exchange of best practices between cultural operators, enhancement of business models for audio description services for theatres.

Partners

Start: 01 September 2015

End: 30 April 2017

Duration: 20 months

Funding stream: Creative Europe Culture Smaller scale cooperation projects

Project number: 559260

More information: Mr Neil Reading or Ms Alison Carminke

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POP DRAMA: Circulating of European Playwriting through people's choice

The POP Drama project aimed to support the circulation of European dramaturgy by selecting 4 plays to be toured as staged readings in four countries and eight plays to be circulated in English.

Calls for playwriting at national level selected the dramas to be translated into other partners’ languages and then circulated among European theatres. In order to guarantee a good quality level of the selected playwrights, a panel of experts was committed to the project for each country.

The involvement of university students as a new audience for EU dramaturgy was reached by implementing a structured audience development strategy. Students were involved in order to take part on the panel of judges (people’s choice jury) that voted on the playwriting to be awarded, thus directly experiencing dramaturgy on the “stage”. This stimulated their involvement contributing thereby to develop a young, critical and engaged audience. 

Partners

Start: 01 December 2015

End: 28 February 2017

Duration: 15 months

Funding stream: Creative Europe Culture Smaller scale cooperation projects

Project website: www.popdrama.eu

 

Project number: 2015–1137 / 001-001

More information: Mr Neil Reading or Ms Alison Carminke

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Museum Resilience Fund - Joint Ventures - WAVE and Wolverhampton University

This project, funded through the Arts Council England's Museum Resilience Fund, is a partnership between WAVE: the museums galleries and archives of Wolverhampton, and the University of Wolverhampton. The starting point for this activity is the long association of the Gallery with the University. This relationship was the subject of recent research for the display Traced: Art Education in Wolverhampton 1851-1970 in 2009 and again for the Sensing Sculpture redisplays in 2012. The Municipal School of Art was one of the founding departments of the University. The Art Gallery currently occupies the site that was originally purpose built accommodation for the Gallery and the School of Art completed in 1884/5. The School of Art moved out in 1969. Up to this point the Headmaster had been the curator of the Gallery. Thus the history of the two organisations has been closely linked for over a century.

This project will create a steering group to allow both institutions to expand this work, exploring a wider range of opportunities in a more strategic way. The steering group will enable proposals from WAVE and the faculties of the University to be reviewed and developed in partnership.

Duration: April 2015 - September 2016

More information: Ms Alison Carminke

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Sign Media SMART

The aim of Sign Media Smart  is to develop a multilingual glossary for media-related terminology. This glossary will be available on mobile platforms, so that it can be used on the move; in studio, on location, in post production and in the office where it will help to enhance communication.

Languages of the glossary:

BSL / English,
ÖGS / German,
LIS / Italian,
Swedish SL and Swedish.

The glossary includes signed videos and written texts, specialised terminology, explanations, and illustrations.

 

Who can use the app?

  • Individuals already working in the media industry (who want to enhance their lexicon),
  • Individuals wishing to develop a career in media,
  • Hearing co-workers of deaf individuals working in the media industry,
  • Students of media-related fields,
  • Deaf individuals, who’d like to enhance their vocabulary (and/or want to learn specialised vocabulary),
  • Hearing individuals, who’d like to learn specialised vocabulary,
  • Interpreters,
  • Teachers

Duration: October 2013 -  September 2015

More information: Ms Sam Hope

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Languages in Media (LiMe)

‌The LiMe project started in January 2013 and ran for 26 months. The University of Wolverhampton's contribution was managed by the International Academy with support from the Faculty of Arts. It used media to tackle teaching and learning of languages and culture. It stemmed from a shared understanding that in order to fully integrate, migrants must feel part of the community in which they live. LiMe will help migrants to develop language and cultural competences by providing them with tools to decode the language and culture portrayed in the multimedia environment around them. The LiMe platform is now available for use online. 

Partners

Duration: January 2013 -  March 2015

More information: Ms Helen Sargeant

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Silent Signal: Loop

Animate Projects is curating and producing Silent Signal, a project funded by the Wellcome Trust that brings together six artists and six scientists to create experimental animations for gallery and online exhibition that will immerse the viewer in the networked worlds of organic communication. The Faculty of Art's Dr Samantha Moore is collaborating with Dr Serge Mostowy from Imperial College London to produce Loop

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The Cabinet of Curses: Identification of poppets held within the Museum of Witchcraft Collection

This project was a partnership between Dr Louise Fenton and the Museum of Witchcraft, Cornwall. It was funded by the Association of Art Historians to foster collaborations between Museums and Universities. Dr Fenton researched the origins of some of the poppets held in the Museum collection, and uncovered some fascinating information regarding the people, places and motives for cursing.  This project deepened public understanding of twentieth century folk magic, provided vital provenance for the Museum's collections, and inspired future projects and collaborative work with universities and researchers.

ALTERAE: The Linguistic Representation of the Other

The general project aims were to explore linguistic and discursive features that fiction and non-fiction language users choose, deliberately or otherwise, from available yet ever-changing repertoires to construct self and other identity. The CTTR team investigated transnational identity construction in online media during the London Olympics.

The London Olympics were a laboratory in situ for studying formal and informal discourses on foreignness, the foreign, national identity and character in online media and the related blogosphere. Compiling a corpus from a range of online media (representing various political and class audiences) particularly during the week preceding the opening and the week following the closing ceremonies, researchers investigated discursive patterns and change in representations of the competing nations.

Funding: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (Spain) (25,000)

Duration: 2012-2015

More information: Dr Ben Colbert

Creating sustainable innovation through design for behaviour change

This AHRC-funded project started in March 2014 and ran for 6 months. The proposed project has resulted in the first holistic overview of design for behaviour change as a driver for sustainable innovation. This will provide a basis for developing successful strategies for the effective implementation of sustainable innovation through design for behaviour change by public and private service providers with focus on SMEs.

Read the full project details.

Duration: 2014 (six months)

More information: Dr Kristina Niedderer

From Kalahari Campfire to iPad app: Turning a San Oral Folktale into a Cybertale

The aboriginal people of southern Africa, the San, are justly famous for their oral story telling. This project aims to reimagine and recreate a traditional tale and publish it in various digital formats in order to model how this art form can be revitalized and globally commercialized. The e-tale will be transcribed in a San vernacular and retold in English. Notes on San history and culture will be an interactive feature. Other rich media content will include visual and audio material - a click consonant pronunciation guide, for example.The enhanced e-tale will be published as an app. for a tablet reader and as an iBook. It is hoped that rights and royalties can belong to a San organization nominated by the PI and San participants.


Read the full project details

Duration: March 2012 - March 2014

More informationCandi Miller

Sign MEDIA

SignMedia was a European project. The two-year project started in November 2010 and was funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union.

The objective of SignMedia was to develop an interactive learning resource that teaches elements of written English through sign language. Users encounter a flexible and engaging learning environment, combining elements of video, animation and game-play.

All learning activities are designed around authentic media documentation taken from the production process, such as Location Risk Assessments, Crew and Actors Call Sheets and Scripts, enabling Deaf users to develop language skills that are directly transferrable to their work environment.

A European collaboration, the experienced project consortium of Deaf and hearing professionals offered expertise in e-learning, media, Deaf education, sign language and linguistics: 

Duration: November 2010 -  October 2012

More information: Ms Sam Hope

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Developing New Avenues for Silver Design: Exploring elasticity as a medium for emotional expression

This AHRC practice-led grant explored three areas: 1) the technical aspects of joining thin hard-rolled Argentium through laser welding; 2) the design development, which investigated how the material and process can be combined to exploit the elasticity of silver; 3) the expressive opportunities arising from the introduction of elastic movement into silver design.

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Duration: 2008-2010

More information: Dr Kristina Niedderer

 

Caste Aside: Dalit Punjabi Identity and Experience

This research into the experience of caste prejudice in personal relations faced by dalits (the ex-Untouchable Indian castes) in the UK and urban Indian Punjab seeks to understand, through the eyes of the sufferers, why the practice of caste hierarchies and caste prejudices persist. The killing of a Ravidasi guru in Austria by orthodox Sikhs in 2009, followed by wide-spread violent response in the Indian Punjab and the attendant surge for further separation between caste groups in the UK, prompt questions into the conditions for greater mixing, the complex role of overseas migration, and wider socio-economic and political factors besides caste endogamy.

Funding: Leverhulme Foundation Fellowship (£45,000)

Duration: September 2010 – June 2012

More informationDr Meena Dhanda

 

Black Country Creative Advantage

Black Country Creative Advantage was a partnership between the Centre for Art, Design, Research and Experimentation at the University of Wolverhampton, and the arts organisation Multistory based in West Bromwich. With this two-year initiative the project aimed to investigate through collective reflection and action how arts practices can relate to or impact upon regeneration practices to support a more democratic involvement of local people in culture, public planning and developments where they live.

Duration: November 2009 - October 2011

 

EU Ceramic 

Integration into life-long learning of work-based competences; development of content and concepts of continuous training; production of pedagogic tools.

A project for schools and professionals in the world of ceramics as additional tool to aid creation, tranfer innovation, to share skills, through the development of digital training tools. Using modern methods to share skills and competences of ancestral craft to protect european cultural and artistic heritage.

 

Partners

Centre International de Formation à la Céramique , Saint Amand en Puisaye, France

Keramicke Studio Jarmily, Tynerove, Czech Republic

Videoscop, Universite Nancy, France

 

The Photographic Archive of the Express & Star: a History of the Black Country and South Staffordshire

The Express & Star is an evening newspaper based in Wolverhampton with regional offices in Cannock, Dudley, Kidderminster, Stafford and Sandwell. The paper is published by The Midland News Association Ltd, henceforth referred to as “the MNA”, a number of different editions covering the Black Country, Birmingham and areas of the wider West Midlands from Stafford to Kidderminster.

The newspaper has a private photographic collection estimated at c.1 million images (estimated c.700,000 copyright of Express & Star from a sample counted in 2011); an amassed collection of photographic prints, with the associated news article clipping glued on the reverse of the majority, dating from c.1935 to 1995.

As a daily record of life in the Black Country over 100 years, the collection has significant historical and social relevance for the West Midlands and the nation. Spanning the majority of the 20th Century, the collection documents major shifts in society and landscape resultant of changes in politics, ideology, economics, culture, immigration, science, technology, medicine and more. These shifts are documented from the perspective of ‘ordinary’ people. Examples can be seen via Twitter (@ESPhotoArchive) and www.Facebook.com/photoarchivebid and you can show your support via the Friends Group http://www.expressandstar.com/photobid/

The Express & Star, Wolverhampton City Archives, under the auspices of WAVE: the Museums and Galleries of Wolverhampton (which is in turn governed by Wolverhampton City Council) and the University of Wolverhampton came together in a partnership c.2008 to preserve this collection and make it freely accessible to the public.

After our initial feedback from local residents, community groups, businesses and other organisations we have successfully secured a development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to develop the Second Round Delivery Phase.




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