Digital Economy Diversity Network meets in Nottingham

The third Digital Economy Network Meeting took place on Friday 23 March 2018 in Nottingham, and was hosted by the EPSRC Horizon CDT in My Life in Data.

CDT and PhD students from Newcastle University, University of Southampton, University of Nottingham and Loughborough University London met at the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Conference Centre to discuss diversity and accessibility issues around the meeting theme ‘Access and Accessibility: The breaking down of barriers’.

After a pre-meeting evening networking meal at Las Iguana Restaurant in Nottingham City Centre (group photo below) on Thursday 22 March, CDT students from across four institutions met on the Friday to discuss, share experiences and make policy recommendations for the following:

  • Access and accessibility for postgraduate research (PGR) students.
  • Paid sickness leave policies for PGR students.
  • Mental health support provision for PhD students.
  • Support options for PGR students who have child care responsibilities for travel to research conferences and events.
  • Formalisation of a Digital Economy Network (DEN) Code of Conduct for DEN meetings and events.
DEDN Group Meal 22.03.18
Above: Pre-meeting cross-CDT student networking meal in Las Iguanas Nottingham

After lunch, Chad Gowler, a Masters student at the University of York gave a talk to attendees on the subject of Accessibility on the Web.

Unicorn Art 2 23.03.18
Above: Carrying on the Unicorn theme:  Made by the daughter of Horizon CDT student, Abi Fowler, for the Nottingham meeting.

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