The Digital Economy Network (DEN) is a five-year national doctoral training network of 11 EPSRC-supported Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), and is supported by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Digital Economy Theme.  

DEN has been funded since 1 April 2014 for a five-year period to provide training and development activities for doctoral students who are studying within the Digital Economy. Whilst we focus our activities on the critical mass of students who are based within CDTs, it is not compulsory for students to be based within these centres to engage in DEN events.

So far, more than 60 events and activities have been delivered around five key themes, and the Network’s objectives are:

  • To provide a forum for sharing best practice in CDT delivery and develop a repository of expertise in this area
  • to enhance the student experience by providing practical and financial support for national shared events for Digital Economy research students
  • to increase the impact of postgraduate research in the digital economy by delivering high impact events and specialist entrepreneurial training
  • to develop specialist skills through collaborative events
  • to support public engagement and research outreach activities from individuals and groups of students.

DEN is funded by the EPSRC until 30 September 2019, under grant reference EP/L011891/1.

The Network puts equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of all its activities, and we expect our events to accommodate and attract a diverse group of participants as possible.