The second DEN cross-CDT PhD Writing Retreat took place on 16-17 May at Elmore Court, a stunning and historic 13th Century country house venue, located just outside Gloucester.
21 CDT students from across various DEN CDTs, at differing stages of their PhD research, attended for the 2-days, to focus on a writing project related to their research. Some students were returning to the event for the second time after finding the previous retreat held in Leicestershire extremely beneficial.
Some students used the two days to focus on finalising chapters of their PhD thesis, whilst others were drafting research papers, journals or conference workshop presentations. Attendees were able to make use of the vast space of the Hall, Drawing Room and Morning Room at Elmore, as well as the peaceful surroundings of the grounds.
As well as having a goal-setting, time-structured approach to writing, some students took advantage of dedicated time with the facilitator, Andy Darby (HighWire CDT), to talk through, get advice and receive feedback on their chosen writing projects.
The majority of the delegates stayed at Elmore Court overnight, as the house benefits from seventeen individual rooms with views of the Cotswolds and the River Severn. During the breaks and over dinner, PhD students were able to talk with their peers about the progress of their PhD and share advice and experience.
The EPSRC-funded Digital Economy CDTs represented via PhD students at this DEN organised event were:
- Financial Computing & Analytics – University College London (2 students)
- Healthcare Innovation – University of Oxford (1 student)
- HighWire – Lancaster University (6 students)
- Media and Arts Technology – Queen Mary University of London (4 students)
- My Life in Data (Horizon) – University of Nottingham (4 students)
- Web Science – University of Southampton (4 students).
The next writing retreat will take place on 19-20 June at the popular venue of Wyresdale Park in Scorton, Lancashire.
DEN would like to thank Andy Darby of the HighWire CDT for facilitating the event.
If you have any questions about the DEN writing retreats, please contact Felicia Black, DEN Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.