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North Wales Knowledge Transfer Hubs

North Wales Knowledge Transfer Hubs

What is it?

The North Wales Knowledge Transfer Hubs (NWKTH) project is a HEFCW-funded initiative to promote the support available to business from the region’s universities and FE colleges.

The Hubs are two virtual centres, one focused on NE Wales and the other on NW Wales, to bring together the expertise of the four main HE and FE institutions in the region and facilitate support for local businesses.  The four institutions involved are Wrexham Glyndwr University (project lead) and Coleg Cambria in the north-east and Bangor University and Coleg Llandrillo Menai in the north-west.

Knowledge Transfer is an overarching term for the exchange of knowledge (for example, through people, information, data, or the use of facilities and technical equipment) between collaborative partners.  It is often used to describe partnership working between universities and colleges on the one hand and industry and other private or public sector bodies on the other.

How can we help you?

There is a wealth of expertise available in the universities and colleges across North Wales. With 24 campuses and locations stretching from Anglesey in the west to Deeside in the east, and a global reach, we have something for every business. Whatever the issue you need support with, we will have someone who can assist or who will know where to point you.  From short-term consultancy support, through tailored training, to substantial collaborations on research and innovation, we’re here to help.

The NWKTH project will be organising a number of events to help businesses easily find out what expertise and support is available to them, and will undertake visits to discuss specifically how the project can help them access the expertise they need to grow their business.

NWKT Vouchers

Through the NWKTH project, eligible businesses can access £500 to £1,500 worth of vouchers.  The vouchers are designed to help you scope an innovation project or seed-fund collaborative R&D, the vouchers are available to businesses of all sizes, based in North Wales who are looking to build KT partnerships with local universities and FE colleges. 


All four institutions have dedicated business support teams. We can help with practically any business issue you are faced with: be that market research; product development; horizon-scanning; engineering trouble-shooting; technological innovation; strategic planning; developing social impact and corporate social responsibility; improving sustainability. 

Our initial approach is to chat to you and find out more about the business and the sort of support you require: once we have done that then we can suggest the best source of help from across the project partners and the most appropriate mechanism.  There is an extensive list of support we can offer, alongside and in addition to the NWKTH, including:

  • Student projects
  • Consultancy
  • Training and development
  • SMART partnerships
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

The partners

Wrexham Glyndwr University

Wrexham Glyndwr University has recently celebrated ten years as a university. Its ancestry dates back to 1887 when the Wrexham School of Science and Art was established in response to demand for a highly skilled workforce for the industrial backbone of NE Wales. That character remains and the University now undertakes research and teaching across engineering, science, technology the arts and healthcare.

Coleg Cambria

Coleg Cambria in North East Wales is one of the UK's largest colleges with over 7,000 full-time students and 20,000 part-time learners, and an annual income of over £65 million. 

Coleg Cambria was created following the merger of Deeside College and Yale College, Wrexham in August 2013. It has six campuses across Wrexham, Flintshire and Denbighshire, and offers one of the widest curriculum portfolios of any college in Wales, teaching programmes from pre-entry level to Level 7.

Bangor University

Founded in 1884, Bangor University has a long tradition of academic excellence and a strong focus on the student experience. Around 11,000 students currently study at the University, with 650 teaching staff based within twenty-three Academic Schools.

Bangor University is ranked in the top 40 in the UK for research*, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The REF recognised that more than three-quarters of Bangor’s research is either world-leading or internationally excellent, ahead of the average for UK universities.

Coleg Llandrillo Menai

Gr┼Áp Llandrillo Menai, formed in April 2012 is an umbrella organisation made up of three colleges – Coleg Llandrillo, Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor and Coleg Menai – delivering courses to around 34,000 students across twelve campuses in North Wales.


Project contacts

NE Wales: Wrexham Glyndwr University - Peter Hooper 01978 293558

NW Wales: Bangor University - Tudur Williams 01248 388492

North Wales Knowledge Transfer Hubs