KTN Associates

Once a student is selected for one of our CASE PhD Studentships, they automatically become part of our KTN Associate programme.

Each KTN Associate is assigned a Knowledge Transfer Manager (KTM) who acts as their personal mentor. The KTM assesses, facilitates and monitors the Associate's individual training needs, as well discussing and advising on the wider commercial context of the research project.

By ensuring that our KTN Associates gain industry relevant skills and knowledge, and by providing them with opportunities to network with their peers and industry, we equip them to transfer their expertise and knowledge into industry.

Meet the KTN Associates

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KTN Associate Profile: Laura Beeson

By Caroline Channing

Laura Beeson is a KTN Associate in her 3rd year at SRUC (Scotland's Rural College). She is currently working on an ‘Investigation of the possible health promoting modes of action of regular and supra-dosage of phytase in broilers'. So far during her PhD she has already written two 1st author papers ready for submission for publication and has spoken at an international conference in Kanas City for the annual American Society of Animal Scientist conference.

Laura has always had a keen interest in biology and prior to her undergraduate degree undertook a summer placement with the Nuffield Trust at the University of Lincoln where she was involved in research looking at the frequency of collection on the storage of equine semen, and was awarded a BA Gold crest award for the project.

Recently Laura finished her 6 month placement with AB Vista where she was exposed to a variety of challenges. During her time at AB Vista she had the opportunity to see how the business ran as well as speaking to farmers who use AB Agri products. Her time on placement has been very beneficial to her as it has allowed her to see where her research fits into the bigger picture and the implications of her findings right down the chain. Laura would like to stay in research, and having enjoyed her industry placement, is considering working in industry as a potential career path.

One area Laura feels she will benefit from the KTN associates program is that she will be able to discuss her career options with one of KTN's experienced knowledge transfer managers and gain an insight into the opportunities within industry. Laura has also enjoyed the training days as she has had a chance to meet other students working in a variety of disciplines and has learned some useful transferable skills from the external speakers.


"I have had the great pleasure of being involved with the KTN's CASE studentship programme for several years, both as a industry expert on the assessment panel and through studentships awarded to Genus plc. The KTN adds real value to these awards, both for the student and for the industrial partner."

Dr Alan Mileham, Head of Genomics at Genus plc.

KTN's training programme

Over the 4 years of a CASE PhD Studentship KTN provides annual training covering:

  • IPR
  • Supply Chains
  • Knowledge Transfer
  • Benchmarking
  • Business Models
  • Technology Impact
  • Technology Planning
  • Technology Acquisition
  • Maths for Biologists
  • Social Science for Biologists
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Group Dynamics
  • Influencing without Authority
  • Communicating Science
  • Ethics for Biologists