After the popularity of the DEN CDT PhD Writing Retreats held at Wyresdale Park, hosted by the HighWire Centre for Doctoral Training in Lancaster, DEN organised the first Midlands-based event at The Woodlands at Hothorpe Hall in rural Leicestershire.
28 PhD students from across nine of the DEN CDTs attended the 2-day residential retreat, which took place on 21-22 March, with representation from the Cloud Computing, Digital Civics, Embedded Intelligence, Financial Computing, Healthcare Innovation, HighWire, Horizon, Media & Arts Technology and Web Science centres.
The retreats, funded by the Network, provide the opportunity for CDT students to focus on a piece of research writing of their choice, where they can work individually in a series of time-focused sessions, whilst benefiting from being able to network and receive support from peers during the breaks and over dinner.
Writing projects and goals at this retreat included thesis work, journals, papers, presentations and PhD annual review reports.
The Woodlands venue, with surrounding Hall and lodge accommodation on-site, appeared to be a popular venue, so DEN will look to organise another retreat at the Theddingworth based facility in 2018.
The next two DEN writing retreats will take place on 16-17 May (Gloucestershire) and 19-20 June (Lancashire). Thank you to Andy Darby, of HighWire CDT for facilitating the retreat.