Best KTP Partnership for the North West region

11 August 2011

Liverpool John Moores University and Risktec Solutions Limited have been selected as the Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) in the North West for the KTP Regional Partnership Awards 2011.

This Partnership is now a finalist for the UK Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership Award, due to be announced at an awards ceremony this October.

Risktec Solutions Ltd, an independent and specialist risk management consulting and training company, is currently providing the teaching for postgraduate level courses within the LJMU School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations. This has focused on developing unique programmes in Risk and Safety Management, up to MSc level. Current clients include students from prestigious organisations in the UK and Middle East defence and nuclear sectors. The programme of qualifications is delivered by Risktec’s consultants, who are all practising risk professionals, and it is validated by LJMU. The KTP was also awarded a Grade A last year. Only partnerships that completed their KTP and were graded an A or B could apply for this award and there were over 30 eligible entrants for the North West. There were 212 eligible innovative projects across the UK that met the stringent criteria for the Awards.

LJMU has participated in over 115 partnership projects since 1995 and has secured the following KTP Awards – 4 Business Leader of Tomorrow Awards, and Best EPSRC Funded Partnership.

Professor Ian Jenkinson, Director of the LJMU School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations said:

"This recent KTP success adds to the School’s strong reputation for academic innovation and industrial collaboration of which we are justifiably proud. We are delighted to have received national recognition for a collaboration which has been beneficial to both partners. We have combined our expertise in risk and safety management to develop an educational and training product that has been delivered to major companies and regulatory bodies based both in the UK and overseas. Risktec are now one of our key commercial partners and we look forward to continuing to develop the partnership."

Steve Lewis, Director at Risktec and Industrial Supervisor for the KTP, said:

"Risktec is delighted to have won this award with LJMU. The original partnership proposal was to develop five training courses for a single market sector and deliver one of them. By the time the KTP was finished we had gone well beyond this initial aim. We now have 30 modules validated as an MSc programme in Safety and Risk Management, offered to five diverse market sectors and delivered to 15 clients in the UK and overseas. The first MSc students graduated in July. We feel like proud parents.

"The relationship with LJMU continues to flourish – we meet regularly to review current programmes and explore new opportunities together. The MSc programme was also recently validated for distance learning delivery, which opens up the much larger market of individual students anywhere in the world rather than from a single organisation.

"We firmly believe that what we offer is unique and well ahead of our competitors in the UK and internationally."

Further information

The Technology Strategy Board is the UK’s national innovation agency. Its goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulaing and supporting business-led innovation. For more information, please refer to and or contact Glyn Yarnall email:

KTP is Europe’s leading programme helping businesses to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance through the better use of the knowledge, technology and skills that are available within the UK knowledge base. The programme is UK-wide, headed by the Technology Strategy Board and supported by 16 other public sector funding organisations.

Risktec Solutions is an established, independent and specialist risk management consulting and training company and is wholly owned by its employees. It assists clients in major hazard industries as well as commercial and public sectors to manage health, safety, security, environmental and business risk. For further information see

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