Alchemist, University of Exeter and InnovateUK launch knowledge transfer partnership to develop workplace learning diagnostic tools that support data-driven course design and maximize learning outcomes

Exeter, UK – November 21, 2022 – The collaboration with the University of Exeter will address real-world challenges in the learning and development sector through impactful research, and develop new ideas for diagnostic technology services and how to deliver them efficiently.

UK-based learning and development provider Alchemist wants to design a robust diagnostic tool so it can provide even more relevant and reliable metrics on the performance of its client learning programs before, during and after. customer engagement. Alchemist intends to lead the way by demonstrating the value of a true blended learning approach in the business sector.

The university will embed a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) associate into the Alchemist organization, ensuring that its research expertise fits into the broader business landscape of ALchemist’s organizational development, with a particular focus on technologies new and emerging in the field of learning. The Associate will use their expertise and add value to Alchemist through their research to co-publish research and engage in thought leadership by publishing reports and articles that share an academic vision.

Stu Packham, Managing Director of Alchemist

“We have high hopes for this research collaboration. This provides us with a unique opportunity to address the value that truly accurate, data-based diagnostics can bring to the different types of blended learning benefits available in work-based learning programs. Research will help us understand how we can use data more effectively to identify the optimal mix of activities, content, and resources that maximize learning outcomes. Ultimately, we believe this will lead to improved productivity and performance in the workplace. We are convinced that this collaboration has the potential to be truly revolutionary and we are delighted to be a part of it. »

Professor Leroy White, Department of Management, University of Exeter Business School

“Academically, the KTP provides us with a unique opportunity to develop and apply new theoretical and practical knowledge about work-based learning programs, which have been mostly unexplored with academic rigor.”

The KTP is part of a UK-wide program that helps businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity by accessing knowledge and expertise from leading universities across the country. KTPs are essentially partnerships between a company and a university, with the aim of transferring academic knowledge and expertise into the company in order to innovate and improve its performance. This partnership is between a graduate or early career researcher, who will be seconded to Alchemist, and a team of academics from the University of Exeter Business School. The partnership is structured around a specific project investigating the effectiveness of diagnostics in learning that has been agreed between Alchemist and the university, with clear objectives aligned with strategic objectives. The project is jointly overseen by representatives of Alchemist and the university, and is expected to last two years. At the end of the project, the knowledge transfer process is expected to have resulted in lasting benefits for Alchemist, including improved competitiveness, productivity and profitability.

Whether the partnership succeeds in creating a “model” or not, the participants are convinced that the research framework will give them a number of interesting information to share in the field of training and development, by co-publishing research between Alchemist and the University of Exeter. There is a completely open agenda around search results, as this is a real learning opportunity for the business to be shaped by results, not shape search by preference. . Attendees expect this to be the start of an ongoing strategic relationship between Alchemist and the University of Exeter.

Innovate UK funding

KTP funding with Innovate UK helps support knowledge sharing between business and academia, so businesses can benefit from the latest academic research. This can be done through a range of activities, such as secondments, training programs and conferences. The aim is to help businesses innovate and grow, and create quality jobs. This kind of partnership is crucial to ensure that companies like Alchemist can keep up with the latest developments in their field and to ensure that academia puts its knowledge to good use.

The team

Knowledge Transfer Partnership Team

– Andy Treen KTP Supervisor

– Laura Buchanan – Head of Enterprise and Innovation Programs

Exeter University team

– Leroy White – Academic Manager

– Aaron Page – Academic Supervisor

– KTP Partner – Vacant position to be filled

Alchemist Team

– Ollie Christophers – Industry Supervisor

– Lucy Kent – ​​Learning Supervisor

– Stu Packham – Executive Sponsor

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