The Apple Store Cafe at Wyresdale Park in Scorton provided the scenic summer setting for the third Digital Economy Network cross-CDT writing retreat of 2017, which was held on 19-20 June.
There were 24 PhD student attendees from across eight EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training within the Network, who spent two days in rural Lancashire focusing on a writing project of their choice. The CDT students participating were all at differing stages of their PhD and found the opportunity to have dedicated time to focus on their writing, as well as benefit from the advice and support from their peers at the retreat, extremely valuable.
Some used the session-focused event to focus on specific chapters of their thesis; such as their methodology, whilst others used the time to draft academic papers, carry out data analysis or work on their PhD annual review reports.
Students were able to make the most of the warm sunny days by using the tree sheltered peaceful gardens in the Estate as a haven for productive writing.
Photos from the retreat can be viewed here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm3aB5QN
Students from the following CDTs were represented:
- Digital Civics, Newcastle University
- Embedded Intelligence, Loughborough University
- Financial Computing, UCL
- Healthcare Innovation, University of Oxford
- HighWire, Lancaster University
- Horizon, University of Nottingham
- Media & Arts Technology, QMUL
- Web Science, University of Southampton
DEN would like to extend utmost thanks to Andy Darby (HighWire, Lancaster University) for facilitating, Sally Whewell of Wyresdale Estate for hosting, and to Tish and Kate of HighWire for helping to look after our delegates for the retreat.