The Digital Economy Network (DEN) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) Managers and Administrators Group meet on a twice-yearly basis, and this week the Autumn 2017 meeting took place in London on 8 November.
Chaired by the DEN Manager, Felicia Black, this forum was initiated under DEN Theme 1 – Sharing Good Practice, and provides a mechanism for the CDT Managers and Administrators to get together to discuss common topics, subjects and issues around the leadership, management and administration of an EPSRC-funded Digital Economy CDT.
There is an open agenda for all to submit discussion topics for each meeting, as well as attendees receiving an update on DEN activities and events, and opportunities to shape future initiatives for the benefit of doctoral students across the Network.
Outside of the meetings, there is also a dedicated mailing list so that documents, advice, news, successes and events can be shared within the group throughout the year.
This most recent meeting on 8 November at the St Pancras Meeting Rooms, brought together 12 CDT Managers/Administrators across 11 CDTs, along with the Academic Engagement Manager from the Digital Catapult Centre, Dr Catarina Fernandes and the DEN Social Media Advocate, Chira Tochia.
At each meeting, all attending Managers and Administrators get to provide an overview to the group of what has been happening in their CDT, such as recent recruitment rounds, details of new cohorts of students, CDT events, staff/governance changes and success stories, which was the case again for Wednesday’s meeting. After individual updates, attendees again had the chance to pose questions to their peers to get advice, guidance and information on how they do things within their particular Centre.
Catarina Fernandes attended to give an update on how the London-based Digital Catapult is working in partnership with students from five EPSRC-funded CDTs, as well as informing the group on strategic priorities for future digital innovation projects and relevant forthcoming opportunities for students to engage with the Catapult.
Chira Tochia was attending her final meeting before stepping down from the DEN Social Media Advocate role, and led a session on how the CDTs use social media tools to promote the research activities and outcomes of their Centre, as well as engaging with new, current and past students and stakeholders via different platforms including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and MailChimp.
Felicia Black gave an update on the DEN events that had been delivered since the last meeting in May 2017, and which activities were in development for New Year, such as the DEN Annual Meeting and CDT Showcase 2018 that will be held on 1-2 February 2018 at the Digital Catapult Centre and the second Digital Economy Diversity Network CDT student meeting that will be hosted by the Web Science CDT at the University of Southampton on 12 January 2018.
Donna Palmer, Centre Manager for the CDT in Embedded Intelligence spoke about the delegate feedback survey results from the 2017 Digital Economy Summer School; Innovation Insights for the Digital Workforce of Tomorrow, which was a successful event for 75 CDT students held in July at Loughborough University London. This feedback report will help plan for the 2018 Summer School, to strive to meet the needs and values of the CDT students within the DEN community.
Thank you also to CDT Managers and Administrators Tish Brown (HighWire CDT – Lancaster), Yonita Carter (Financial Computing CDT – UCL), Emma Juggins (Horizon My Life in Data CDT – Nottingham), Brent Kiernan (CDE – Bath), Oonagh McGee (Cloud Computing CDT – Newcastle), Alison Tebbutt (Web Science CDT – Southampton), Jonathan Winfield (Media & Arts Tech CDT – QMUL), and Kate Wright (HighWire CDT) for sharing news and expertise from their respective Centres for the benefit of this forum.
The Horizon CDT in My Life in Data look forward to hosting the next CDT Managers/Administrators meeting at the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus on Wednesday 16 May 2018.