Digital Economy Diversity Network

DEN is delighted to announce and fund the Digital Economy Diversity Network, which was launched at the DE Summer School on 4 July 2017 at Loughborough University London’s Postgraduate Campus on the Here East complex.

The Diversity Network has been set up to help foster long-term engagement between Digital Economy PhD students through regular diversity working group meetings , held every 3 months, hosted at and by a different DEN CDT each time.  The first meeting will take place on 22 September 2017 at Newcastle University.

The aims of the DEDN are to:

  • promote diversity, equality, and equity within the CDTs and their host universities.
  • establish an open culture of sharing experiences and critical perspectives on issues of diversity and equality.
  • encourage the exchange of good practice in regards to diversity and equality between CDT cohorts.
  • build links between all DEN CDTs and strengthen the overall network of CDT students.
  • encourage cross-CDT exchange across the DEN.
  •  foster cultural change across the DEN network and within the specific contexts of respective CDTs.

This idea came about from a proposal submitted by CDT students Angelika Strohmayer, Janis Meissner (both of Open Lab – Newcastle University), Manu Bruggemann (Lancaster University) and Astrid Bin (Queen Mary University of London). The idea was then tabled and discussed by a group of PhD students and CDT staff (chaired by Manu) at the Digital Economy Network Annual Meeting at the Digital Catapult Centre in London on 1 February 2017.

For more information and to engage:


For further information – please visit the Digital Economy Diversity Network website, or contact:

DEN would like to thank Angelika, Janis, Manu and Astrid for submitting and initiating the Diversity Network proposal for the overall benefit of the DEN community and beyond.


A digital economy network for PhD students in CDTs funded by EPSRC

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