Knowledge Transfer Partnership Manager (0.8FTE, FTC)

Date advertised

6 March 2023

Closing date

11 April 2023


Research & Innovation


Knowledge Exchange

Required hours

Part Time




£45,215 - £49,021 per annum pro rata

24 month post

Founded in 1837, the Royal College of Art is the world’s largest community of postgraduate art and design students. It is also the oldest art and design university in continuous operation and has been ranked as the world ‘s number 1 art & design university for a remarkable nine consecutive years, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023 – the largest world-wide survey of academic and industry opinion.

Applications are invited for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership Manager in Research and Innovation. This is a 0.8fte role, working 28 hours per week for a fixed term duration of 24 months.  This role is based at our state-of-the-art facilities in Battersea and will include a hybrid mode of working from office and home.

Research and Knowledge Exchange office

Research and Knowledge Exchange provides central infrastructure, expertise and support across the strategically important areas of research, knowledge exchange, executive education and research degrees. The Research and Knowledge Exchange office at the RCA is led by the Director of Research and Innovation, who is also responsible for the RCA’s Research Centres and InnovationRCA and is a member of the College’s Executive Group and Senior Management Team. 

Purpose of the role

The RCA is a research-intensive art and design institution that works across disciplines and with partners in business and industry, ranging from leading automotive, technology and fashion brands to the NHS, major creative and cultural organisations. and local community groups. It  has a track record of excellent performance in recent REF and KEF exercises, and now seeks to develop its Knowledge Exchange partnerships further, in line with its strategic objectives to undertake excellent research and teaching that changes the world for the better, The Knowledge Transfer Partnership Manager is responsible for the generation and management of Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) projects across the RCA. This includes working with academic staff to support and manage the effective delivery and reporting of live KTP projects, identifying opportunities for new KTP projects, leading the development of applications for new KTP and related projects, and managing business and academic relationships to support delivery of the RCA’s strategic objectives for Knowledge Exchange (KE). The ideal candidate will take a pro-active approach to new business development, generating commercial opportunities for KTP, studio, consultancy and contract research projects funded by partners in a range of business sectors and industries as well as in the public and third sectors.

Reporting to the Head of Knowledge Exchange, the successful candidate will be educated to degree level with strong experience writing research and/or knowledge exchange proposals and bids within academic environment.  A proven track record of income generation from both public bodies and commercial research partners are essential for this post, along with excellent negotiation, organisational and interpersonal skills. 

If you would like to find out more, please see the Information Pack for further details of this exciting new role.

This role will close for application at 11.59pm on 11 April 2023.

Interview are likely to be held 26 April 2023

Further details:  Information Pack  
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The Royal College of Art is an equal opportunities employer. The College particularly welcomes applications from all sections of the community and would particularly encourage members of minority groups to apply.  

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