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What is KESS 2?

The Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) programme supports Doctoral and Research Masters awards in Welsh Universities, jointly sponsored by external partners based in the Convergence areas of Wales. Students who receive KESS 2 funding must also come from the Convergence areas of Wales. KESS 2 is funded under the European Structural Investment Funds – ESF Programme through the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO). 

The programme is a collaboration between all Welsh Universities, led by Bangor University – University of South Wales is a partner. The programme is likely to run for 7 years (2015-22).


Key objectives of KESS 2:

  • Increase the research capacity of SMEs by linking with a PhD / Masters project
  • Encourage SMEs to undertake research and recruit researchers
  • Prepare and train individuals to contribute to research as professionals
  • Support the development of key technologies in the Convergence area*
  • Promote Higher-level Skills Development

KESS 2 is closely aligned to meeting the higher-level skills needs of the Welsh Government’s priority economic sectors, and will prioritise projects in these sectors:

  • ICT & Digital Economy
  • Low Carbon, Energy and Environment
  • Life sciences and Health
  • Advanced Engineering and Materials

The KESS 2 project is unique in Europe in the way it uses ESF support to deliver collaborative research projects and higher-level skills training in partnership with employers.


>> Download KESS 2 Business Brochure

>> Download KESS 2 for Students Brochure 


Benefits

What are the benefits for companies in participating?
  • Business focused research;
  • Attract and support the development of new researchers in your company;
  • Establish ongoing links with the University; 
  • Low cost of participating;
  • Positive press, marketing and PR opportunities

For more information, download our KESS 2 Business Brochure


Intellectual Property

Project IPR results and any Intellectual Property arising from a KESS 2 project will be owned by the relevant University, in order to demonstrate compliance with EU State Aid rules. Background Information used in connection with the KESS 2 project will remain the property of the party introducing it and will be subject to confidentiality obligations. 

The relevant University will grant the company partner the first option for either an exclusive or non-exclusive licence to use the Intellectual Property or other Project IPR Results as negotiated between the parties involved.


Other benefits to participating

  • Feedback from previous participants show that companies really value the link with the University and this has often led to other collaborations.
  • For business owners and managers, one of the greatest benefits is being able to focus skills towards a research area related to their business – something that is often not possible without costly additional resource.
  • The research student will spend a minimum of 1 month per year at the company partner, however, this can be more subject to agreement from the company and academic supervisors.
  • The positive publicity and associations around these project has often meant that businesses have had an excellent return on their investment long before the research results are published, or their impact felt.

The KESS team within RISe has invited new applications for MRes studentship projects.

The Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) programme supports Doctoral and Research Masters awards in Welsh Universities, jointly sponsored by external partners based in the Convergence areas of Wales. KESS 2 is funded under the European Structural Investment Funds – ESF Programme through the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO). The programme is a collaboration between all Welsh Universities, led by Bangor University. 

USW was awarded a discrete number of PhD and MRes scholarships. Our allocation of PhD projects has already been met. 

Therefore, this KESS call is an MRes-specific call for proposals. There are 18 MRes projects available. 

Applications are required to address key eligibility and assessment criteria.

The application pack contain the details to assist with your application:

About KESS 2 - Factsheet
Convergence Map
Application form


The closing date for these applications is 12 noon on Monday 9th October 2017. 

Please note there is an EFAS Part A deadline of 12 noon on Wednesday 22nd November 2017. 


For further information, contact the KESS team 

Ysgoloriaeth Sgiliau Economi Gwybodaeth (KESS) yn Gymru gyfan sgiliau lefel uwch yn fenter a arweinir gan Brifysgol Bangor ar ran y sector AU yng Nghymru. Fe’i cyllidir yn rhannol gan Gronfeydd Cymdeithasol Ewropeaidd (ESF) cydgyfeirio ar gyfer Gorllewin Cymru a’r Cymoedd.

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys

For more information on getting involved in the KESS 2 Programme at the University of South Wales, please contact:

Clare Naylor, KESS Project Manager/Alison Evans, KESS Programme Administrator 

Research & Innovation Services

Tel: 01443 482578

Email: kess@southwalesac.uk