Knowledge Exchange Skills Scholarship (KESS 2)

About KESS2

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a major pan-Wales operation supported by European Social Funds (ESF) through the Welsh Government.

KESS 2 links companies and organisations with academic expertise in the Higher Education sector in Wales to undertake collaborative research projects, working towards a PhD or Research Masters qualification.

Research elements are integrated with a higher-level skills training programme, leading to a Postgraduate Skills Development Award.      

Projects must fit the Welsh Government’s priority economic sectors:

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


Jane Davies

Jane Davies helped Huntleigh Healthcare design an automated device to help identify patients suffering from Peripheral Arterial Disease


Benefits for business

  • Business focused research

  • Low cost of participating

  • Attract and support the development of new researchers in your company

  • Positive press, marketing and PR opportunities

  • Establish ongoing links with the University


Contact us

For an informal discussion about KESS2 please contact:

Clare Naylor
KESS II Programme Manager
(01443) 482567

Alison Evans
KESS 2 Programme Co-ordinator

(01443) 482578

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