The Knowledge Transfer Office deals with collaborations with industry, protecting intellectual property, taking know-how and technology to market and accessing funding. As support staff, you may receive queries related to these topics and when you do, you can refer them to the right place.
Academics interested in collaborating with a company
We often formalise casual interactions with companies through collaboration agreements that allows all involved to get the most out of the relationship. Academics may need assistance in fostering existing relationships with industry or finding an organisation with which to collaborate.
Encourage academics to keep their research interests updated in their personal profile on the University website. The KTO can then find them more easily if approached by an organisation that wishes to work with the University.
The Academic has an idea! It may be protectable intellectual property
While carrying out teaching and research duties, Academics may generate intellectual property. It is important to identify whether or not such intellectual property has commercial value and if so, if and how it may be protected. Academics who think they have an idea, should read the section related to them and complete the Intellectual Property Notification form available on the Standard Forms page.
University of Malta's intellectual property policy
We can guide persons related to the University as to what their rights and duties are and how they can benefit from the rewards as defined in the IP Policy.
Intellectual property from student work
Sometimes dissertations or student work can contain potentially valuable intellectual property. However, they are also the pieces we would like to share with external examiners. In the event that a confidentiality agreement for an external examiner is required you can use the form available on the Standard Forms page.
Examiners internal to the University are already bound by confidentiality through Article 14 of the Collective Agreement. However, it is important that they are made aware of the fact that the information being disclosed is actually confidential.
It is good practice to ensure that such pieces of work are marked with 'Confidential'. In addition, it is possible to embargo dissertations containing sensitive information in the Library.
There may be ethical issues, agreements with third parties or commercially sensitive information relating to research or student assessable work. To learn more about confidentiality and structures in place to protect sensitive information, click here.
Taking technology to market
One of the key roles of the Knowledge Transfer Office is to commercialise technology. This may take the form in various ways, for which we offer support. Have a look at some of the projects we are in the process of commercialising by clicking here.
Starting a business...
The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation offers a Master's in Knowledge-Based Entrepreneurship. The Centre also manages the TAKEOFF Business Incubator, offering a location on campus for your new business and services that will improve the chances of its success.
Consultancy work for staff
Malta University Consulting can assist in offering consultancy services carried out by University staff. This may take the form of technical advice, teaching courses or lab services. We also help to protect the member of staff's and the University's interests in terms of intellectual property and publications.
Work experience for students
Sometimes, our office offers placements, competitions and other opportunities for students, which can be found on our website. We have also assisted in setting up the Placements portal through which students can find placements posted by industry. These placements are generally recognised by DegreePlus.