What’s KTP like for an Associate?

Associate Profile

Name:                    Jugal Desai

Background:          University of Warwick (MSc Engineering Business Management)

Brief description of project

To develop and implement an innovative product design process, fully integrated into the supply chain, to deliver competitive, modular products for new and established markets.

Highlights from the project

Personal highlights:

This project was an eye opening opportunity for me. Working on this project has helped me to realise my hidden potentials. My key personal highlights from the KTP include;

1)    Presenting a paper at the KTP Associate’s Conference 2013.

2)    Achieving certified status of Managing Successful Programmes ® Practitioner.

3)    Delivering a motivational marketing presentation for UoB members of staff.

4)    Presenting as a key note speaker at the KTP Associate’s Conference 2014.

5)    Becoming a finalist for “Business Leader of Tomorrow” Awards.

6)    Identifying my hidden managerial and leader potential along with business acumen that led me to an Operations Manager role post KTP.

Project highlights:

The project has fundamentally changed the way that Dando’s operations are performed. The most effective aspect has been the integration of the information between various departments and key supply chain links. Any queries are now being flagged in real time, enabling Dando to be more flexible, proactive, economic and responsive.

The project has also provided strategic benefits for the University. It has been able to document and understand the impact of this work in a real manufacturing environment and has been able to apply this to relevant teaching materials. The project also generated a significant number of student placements, and two of these students were recruited by Dando after graduation.

This project has helped me to build an engineering managerial career as I have since been employed by the company as Operations Manager.

The best thing about being a KTP Associate

There are infinite benefits to this role but of all, I believe following to be the best thing about being a KTP Associate;

“You own your success”. There is no better thing feeling you have been successful. I was a strategic partner in this Partnership and my career dream is to achieve a key corporate leadership position within a global organisation. This is a long term dream that could take more than 10 years of learning and experience, however KTP has been a driving force to help me achieve this dream sooner by giving me the opportunity to lead a corporate strategic project.

Challenges overcome during partnership

Mine was a two year long project with high level strategic aims and significant outputs, so maintaining enthusiasm throughout the project was a key challenge. Some say, “Success consists of going from failure to failure but without the loss of enthusiasm”. The success of the KTP project depends on the enthusiasm, patience and motivation of the Associate. I treated KTP Project as a business in itself and KTP Associate (myself) as its Business Director. Hence, all the challenges were to be faced with passion to make this business successful – enthusiasm is the catalyst that will make a KTP Project shine to the stars.

What I am doing now

I am currently employed as Operations Manager at Dando Drilling International. I oversee Supply Chain, Planning, Product Development and Production functions. My work includes managing day-to-day activities as well as coming up with new processes and strategies, so potential applicants must be able to see both the big picture and the minute details. Daily tasks may include: reading, writing, and analysing reports and statistics; presenting to stakeholders and members of upper management; establishing and tracking budgets; researching new technologies or methods of efficiency; and managing employees, manage inventory, facility layouts, product distribution, and many more tasks.

Working as a KTP Associate, I gathered a good strategic insight of the company’s operations, the challenges it faced and its vision. This provided a strong foundation that led me to Operations Manager role.

I would recommend a KTP because…

In today’s world, the fact is that being different is the first step to success. I have found KTP to be the only programme that is truly different compared to others and which adds great value to your career dreams. I believe that “Leading a successful team and leading a successful dream are two different things”; KTP is the only programme that will fuel both.



Unexpected spin-offs and benefits from KTP

Watch a video about the benefits of KTP from Dando Drilling International.

Gina Fitch-Roy, Commercial Director at Dando said, “The relationship with the University – good from the start but much strengthened through the KTP process – yielded many unanticipated benefits – our collaboration has been characterised not only by academic rigour and a clear commitment to our commercial goals but also by a good humour and tolerance that has made it tremendous fun. Our investment in KTP has been one of the best we have made.”

Dando took advantage of every opportunity to engage with the university from the outset to achieve significant outcomes across the board. Overseen by the Associate with support from the academic team, they set up projects which were delivered by two final year students and a group of engineering Masters students which resulted in Dando employing two Brighton University graduates on a permanent basis.

Find out more

To find out whether a KTP with the University of Brighton could help your company innovate and grow, contact Shona on 01273 642435; s.e.campbell@brighton.ac.uk and see www.brighton.ac.uk/ktp for more examples of companies who have benefitted from KTP.

It’s National KTP Month!


This year the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme is celebrating its 40th birthday and to mark the occasion, the KTP team are holding a number of events throughout November (National KTP Month).

After starting life in 1975 as the Teaching Company Scheme (TCS) and then evolving into KTP in 2003, the scheme has become one of the largest graduate recruitment programmes across the UK.

Since the University of Brighton KTP Centre opened in 1998, it has delivered over 250 TCS/KTP programmes with schools including the School of Environment and Technology, the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, the Business School, the School of Sport and Service Management, the School of Art and Design, the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences and the Centre for Research in Innovation Management (CENTRIM).

The University of Brighton has an excellent reputation for delivering KTP, bringing about significant benefits for the university, company partner and the graduate (the KTP Associate) and currently has one of the largest programme of KTP projects in London and the South East. One of our programmes was also recently shortlisted for a national award that recognises inspirational and successful KTP projects.

Companies can find out more at a morning drop in session on 20th November in Crawley – email ktp@brighton.ac.uk for more details.

Academics can find out more at one of our briefing sessions:

Date Time Location
11/11/15 1pm-2pm Hastings, Priory Square 402
13/11/15 10am-12pm Huxley Building 400/401
17/11/15 12-1pm Eastbourne, Aldro G9
18/11/15 1.30pm-2.30pm Grand Parade, Dorset Place 502
24/11/15 12.30pm-1.30pm Mithras House 227

Please RSVP to KTP@brighton.ac.uk.

Hope to see you in November!

Shona, Sue and Liz