The Digital Economy Summer School 2018 for DEN CDT Students will be hosted by the EPSRC Centre for Digital Entertainment of Bournemouth University and the University of Bath.
Overnight accommodation (single occupancy, bed and breakfast) for the nights of 1 & 2 July 2018 has been organised for attendees at the Ramada Encore Hotelin central Bournemouth, which is located within walking distance of Bournemouth Train Station. Coach transport will be arranged by the organisers to take delegates to and from the hotel to the Summer School venue.
The Digital Economy Network (DEN) hosted their second PhD writing retreat of 2018 at the idyllic setting of Thrumpton Hall; a spectacular 17th century English country house, set in the village of Thrumpton near Nottingham. PhD students from across seven EPSRC-funded Digital Economy Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) signed up for this event to have the opportunity to focus on research writing or associated work relating to their doctoral study.
18 CDT students from the Network’s Cloud Computing, Embedded Intelligence, Horizon, HighWire, Media & Arts Technology, and Web Science CDTs attended the two-day retreat.
The retreat, which facilitated by Andy Darby of Lancaster University, is a structured programme which aims to establish a highly productive and healthy relationship with writing over the two days. Each day is broken down into four writing sessions of either an hour or ninety minutes, with set break times, including an hour slot for lunch to allow people to move away from their work, talk with other CDT students from across the Network, have food and refreshments and to take walks in the surrounding gardens and parkland.
Attendees paired up at the start of day one and discussed with each other their specific writing objectives for the event, and then individuals evaluated their progress against their set goals at key points during the retreat.
CDT students used the retreat to work on various tasks including thesis chapters, literature reviews, interview transcription, data analysis, coding, journal submissions, conference papers, blogs and annual review reports.
The majority of the 18 students who attended, also enjoyed an evening meal in the Hall’s impressive and grandiose dining room and stayed overnight in the country house, and were extremely well looked after by the Thrumpton events staff. DEN had exclusive use of the Hall and various rooms for the duration of the event, which provided ideal conditions for people to focus on their work, and base themselves in different rooms across the two days.
The next two-day retreat will be held on 15-16 May 2018 at Elmore Court in Gloucester.
Thanks and acknowledgements:
DEN would like to thank Andy Darby of Lancaster University for facilitating the retreat, and providing writing coaching and advice to the individual delegates who required this. Thanks also to Paula, Lynn, Nancy and the other staff at Thrumpton Hall for doing such a great job of looking after us during our stay. Thanks to all the CDT students who attended and I hope you made the progress you aimed for.
The Digital Economy Network held it’s fifth two-day writing retreat on 7-8 March at the New Bath Hotel in Matlock Bath, located on the edge of the Peak District.
35 CDT and PhD students from across nine EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) and University digital economy research groups attended the fully-subscribed residential event, which was held on the edge of the Peak District.
Although in a scenic setting, the Derbyshire-based venue was very easily accessible by train, with Matlock Bath train station being less than 1 mile away. PhD students travelled from as far as Newcastle and Southampton to attend the retreat.
Delegates used the retreat programme to focus on a variety of research writing priorities including thesis corrections, draft journal papers, Researchfish submissions and conference papers.
PhD students from the following nine EPSRC CDTs attended:
Cloud Computing CDT – Newcastle University
Digital Civics CDT – Newcastle University
Embedded Intelligence CDT – Loughborough University
Financial Computing CDT – University College London
Healthcare Innovation – University of Oxford
HighWire CDT – Lancaster University
Horizon CDT – University of Nottingham
Media & Arts Technology CDT – Queen Mary University of London
Web Science CDT – University of Southampton.
The Network will host it’s next two-day writing retreat at Thrumpton Hall in Nottingham on 24-25 April 2018, with two further retreats planned for May and June.
A two-day facilitated writing retreat for current CDT/PhD/EngD students on the edge of the scenic Peak District in Derbyshire. 25 residential places are available at this event.
The retreat will start a 9.15am on Wednesday 8 March and will finish by 5.00pm on Thursday 8 March.
This event is free to attend for current CDT/PhD/EngD students within the CDTs of the Digital Economy Network. Overnight accommodation (all rooms en-suite) will be provided for delegates at the New Bath Hotel venue. Breakfast, lunches and evening meal is also included, as well as day time refreshments throughout the 2 days.
Registration for this event has now closed as it is fully booked.Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be added to the waiting list.
The Digital Economy Network (DEN) held a two day event at the Digital Catapult Centre in London on 1-2 February 2018 , which over 75 CDT staff, students, alumni and Network collaborators attended.
Over the two days, over 75 doctoral students and staff from the DEN member Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), along with representatives from the EPSRC and Digital Catapult, participated in the following programme of activities:
The one -day DEN Annual Meeting for CDT staff, students, key collaborators and the EPSRC as funders of the Network.
A DEN CDT Directors Meeting to discuss current and future collaborations, and relevant EPSRC calls.
A CDT table-top showcase where delegates could experience a flavour of the multidisciplinary research that is taking place within the DEN EPSRC-funded CDTs.
An evening networking reception, which commenced with three short talks by CDT students from three different Centres for Doctoral Training across the Network.
A one-day CDT Careers Symposium featuring talks from CDT alumni who had progressed to positions in academia, industry or had founded/co-founded their own start-ups.
DEN Annual Meeting Presentations:
At the start of Day 1 Professor Sarah Sharples delivered a DENupdate presentation to delegates on recent events and activities that had been initiated and supported by the Network.
John Baird, Research Councils UK Digital Economy Theme Lead at the EPSRC delivered a themeupdate to attendees.
Rosie Bellini, Janis Meissner, Cat Morgan, Sean Peacock and Angelika Strohmayer, CDT Students gave an update on the Digital Economy Diversity Network meetingsthat had been held so far, hosted by the Digital Civics CDT at Newcastle University, and the Web Science CDT at the University of Southampton.
Audience:DEN CDT Directors, CDT students, CDT staff, DEN collaborators, stakeholders and EPSRC
Free to attend (can attend the different parts of the event separately if preferred)
On Thursday 1 February, the Digital Economy Network (DEN) will host it’s Annual All-Hands Event for the Network’s CDT Directors/Managers/Researchers/Administrators, CDTstudents and other key collaborators, which will be followed by an Evening Networking Reception, from 5.30pm – 7.30pm at the Digital Catapult Centre. The evening event will commence with short talks from three current CDT students, and will include a DEN CDT table-top exhibition showcase. A selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and nibbles will be served.
On Friday 2 February, DEN will hold a CDT Post-doc Careers Symposium, alongside the CDT showcase table-top exhibition, from 10.00am-3.30pm, featuring talks from academia and industry, CDT alumni presentations and a career tracking discussion panel. Delegates will also be able to continue to view the CDT exhibits within the breaks and over lunch.
PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES:
1 February: DEN Annual Meeting 2018
DEN CDT Directors Meeting -
FOR CDT DIRECTORS/EPSRC
CDT Directors/EPSRC only.
**DEN Annual Meeting event starts for all delegates**
Welcome and DEN Review
Professor Sarah Sharples, DEN Director & Felicia Black, DEN Manager
11.30am - 11.45am
CDT Table-top Showcase: Exhibits Overview
11.45am - 12.15pm
EPSRC Digital Economy Theme update
John Baird, Head of Research Councils UK Digital Economy Theme, EPSRC
12.15pm - 12.45pm
DE Summer School 2018: Initial Plans
Mike Board Project Manager, Centre for Digital Entertainment, Bournemouth University (followed by open discussion/suggestions for event content)
12.45pm - 1.30pm
Lunch and Networking
1.30pm - 1.50pm
Digital Economy Diversity Network update
Angelika Strohmayer, Digital Civics CDT Student, and Gefion Thuermer, Web Science CDT Student
DEN Activity Ideas: Briefing
Professor Sarah Sharples/Professor Les Carr - DEN
2.00pm - 3.00pm
DEN Activity, Events and Ideas Workshop
3.00pm - 3.30pm
Sharing of ideas/Funding decisions/DEN Actions
Annual Meeting closes
1 February: DEN Evening Networking Drinks Reception
Drinks and nibbles served (Wine, Beer, Soft Drinks)
CDT STUDENT TALKS:
Vanessa Pope, CDT Student, Media & Arts Technology CDT, Queen Mary University of London
Robert J. Homewood, CDT Student, Intelligent Games & Game Intelligence (IGGI) CDT, Goldsmiths, University of London
Ian Johnson, Digital Civics CDT Student, Newcastle University
6.10pm - 7.30pm
Drinks, networking and table-top exhibit viewing
2 February: DEN CDT Postdoc Careers Symposium
(with CDT table-top exhibition showcase)
9.30am - 10.00am
Registration, refreshments and CDT table top exhibit viewing
10.00am - 10.10am
Welcome and overview of day Professor Les Carr, Director - Web Science Institute, University of Southampton (Digital Economy Network Co-Director)
Academic Engagement and CDT Research Collaborations with the Digital Catapult, Dr Catarina Fernandes, Academic Engagement Manager, Digital Catapult Centre
Securing Innovation & Doctoral Prize Funding to further develop your research: A case study - Revealing the Mill Race: An exploration of collaborative flood risk ontologies Justin Larner, Highwire CDT, Lancaster University
Academic route: Postdoc progression into Academia at the University of Nottingham
Dr Chris Carter & Dr John Harvey, Assistant Professors, Nottingham University Business School (Horizon CDT alumni)
Short break/refreshments available
CDT Student Alumni Presentations: Graduates/alumni from Digital Economy Network CDTs will share their career destination and progression experiences after completing their PhD, and internship placements will also be covered
Alumni speakers will be postdoc graduates/final stage CDT students from a variety of Digital Economy CDTs who have progressed into a variety of career fields; within academia, industry, entrepreneurial start-ups, consultancies, or have completed doctoral placements within national government.
- Dr Paula Parpart, Financial Computing CDT Alumna (UCL)
- Dr Emily Webber, Horizon CDT Alumna (Nottingham)
- Dr Joe Lyske - Media & Arts Technology CDT Alumnus (QMUL)
- Christian Butterworth - HighWire CDT Student (Lancaster) and Daniel Kershaw, HighWire CDT Alumnus (Lancaster)
12.10pm - 12.40pm
CDT Alumni Career Destination Panel Discussion: Chaired by Dr Nick Bryan-Kinns, Director, EPSRC/AHRC Media & Arts Technology CDT, Queen Mary University of London
Buffet lunch, networking and CDT table top exhibit viewing
1.30pm - 3.00pm
Postdoctoral Career Paths: Positives and potential employment challenges - Which career path is best for me?
In this session we will share experiences of a variety of issues including:
- Challenges of combining writing up a PhD thesis with searching for/securing post-doc employment, opportunities and funding.
- How the skills and experiences we gain within CDT programmes better prepare us for postdoc employment.
- What additional advice and support would help us/would have helped us in the final stages of our PhD?
3.00pm - 3.30pm
Sharing outcomes of discussions/Future
actions Group discussions will be shared for the benefit of all delegates.