University of Glamorgan and Cassidian secure ‘enhanced’ Knowledge Transfer Partnership

March 26, 2013

The University of Glamorgan Business School and international defence and security company Cassidian Ltd have secured Wales’ first ‘eKTP’ or Enhanced Knowledge Transfer Partnership.

The eKTP follows the same principles as the classic Knowledge Transfer Partnership but brings in an additional partner from overseas.

Glamorgan Business School is a CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply) Centre of Excellence and has a reputation for excellence in procurement, supply chain management and logistics, which makes the Business School an obvious partner for Cassidian.

Jo Barrett, Head of Supply Management for Cassidian CyberSecurity, said: “This eKTP will give Cassidian the opportunity to place itself at the head of Sustainable Procurement & Trusted Supply Chain Research, Development and Implementation, not just within the group but also in the various industries in which we operate.”

Cassidian, the security and defence division of EADS, is a worldwide leader in defence and security solutions. The company delivers advanced defence systems along the whole action chain from sensors through command & control systems to combat aircraft and unmanned air systems. In the area of security, Cassidian provides customers worldwide with border surveillance systems, cyber security solutions and secure communications.

Chris Lee, Senior Lecturer for the Faculty of Business and Society at the University of Glamorgan and Academic Supervisor for the KTP commented; “Working together, Glamorgan and Cassidian won funding for a Strategic Insight Project (SIP) initially, and this allowed us to scope out the KTP and plan out what we are sure will be a mutually beneficial project.“

The three year project, with funding from the Welsh Government, will include research into strategic supply chain management, developing supply base and trusted suppliers. Recruitment will begin soon for a research associate, employed by the university, who will work on site at Cassidian for the duration of the KTP. As well as the research, during the project three PhDs and two MPhils will be completed by associated employees of both the University and Cassidian.

Prof Andrew Thomas, an internationally respected expert in supply chain management and logistics, will act as Director of Studies, overseeing proceedings to make sure that the partnership delivers. He commented: “The partnership between Glamorgan Business School and Cassidian is a natural fit – two organisations that are leading the way in their areas of expertise; supporting the local economy, investing in Wales and working to respond to the difficulties that all organisations are facing at the moment.”

The University of Glamorgan has completed 88 KTP Projects to date with a wide range of private, public and not for profit organisations. Like the University, the Business School is committed to developing partnerships with a wide range of organisations to ensure that courses are relevant and graduates are properly equipped to meet the challenges of today’s changing business environment.

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