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DEN CDT Managers & Administrators Meeting

  • Digital Economy Network (DEN) CDT Managers/Administrators Meeting
  • Wednesday 7 November 2018
  • 10.30am – 2.30pm (including lunch)
  • Meeting Room C5 (William Booth Room), TheWesley, London, NW1 2EZ

The next bi-annual DEN CDT Managers/Administrators Meeting will be held on Wednesday 7 November 2018, from 10.30am to 2.30pm at TheWesley, 81-103 Euston Street, London.

Refreshments and pastries on arrival will be provided, along with a buffet lunch.

Please see TheWesley location map for details of the venue and directions.

Digital Economy Network: Annual Event

DEN Annual All-Hands Meeting, CDT Postdoc Careers Symposium and CDT Tabletop Exhibits Showcase, with Evening Drinks & Networking Reception
  • Dates: Thursday 1 – Friday 2 February 2018
  • Venue:  Digital Catapult Centre, London, NW1 2RA
  • 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
TimeActivitySpeaker/Lead
10.00-11.00amDEN CDT Directors Meeting -
FOR CDT DIRECTORS/EPSRC
ONLY
CDT Directors/EPSRC only.
11.00am**DEN Annual Meeting event starts for all delegates**
11.00am-11.30amWelcome and DEN ReviewProfessor Sarah Sharples, DEN Director & Felicia Black, DEN Manager
11.30am - 11.45amCDT Table-top Showcase: Exhibits OverviewCDT Representatives
11.45am - 12.15pmEPSRC Digital Economy Theme updateJohn Baird, Head of Research Councils UK Digital Economy Theme, EPSRC
12.15pm - 12.45pmDE Summer School 2018: Initial PlansMike Board
Project Manager, Centre for Digital Entertainment, Bournemouth University
(followed by open discussion/suggestions for event content)
12.45pm - 1.30pmLunch and Networking
1.30pm - 1.50pmDigital Economy Diversity Network updateAngelika Strohmayer, Digital Civics CDT Student, and Gefion Thuermer, Web Science CDT Student
1.50pmDEN Activity Ideas: BriefingProfessor Sarah Sharples/Professor Les Carr - DEN
2.00pm - 3.00pmDEN Activity, Events and Ideas WorkshopAll delegates
3.00pm - 3.30pmSharing of ideas/Funding decisions/DEN ActionsAll delegates
3.30pmAnnual Meeting closes
1 February: DEN Evening Networking Drinks Reception
TimeActivity
From 5.20pmDrinks and nibbles served (Wine, Beer, Soft Drinks)
5.30pmWelcome
5.40pmCDT STUDENT TALKS:
Vanessa Pope, CDT Student, Media & Arts Technology CDT, Queen Mary University of London
5.50pmRobert J. Homewood, CDT Student, Intelligent Games & Game Intelligence (IGGI) CDT, Goldsmiths, University of London
6.00pmIan Johnson, Digital Civics CDT Student, Newcastle University
6.10pm - 7.30pmDrinks, networking and table-top exhibit viewing
2 February: DEN CDT Postdoc Careers Symposium

(with CDT table-top exhibition showcase)

TimeActivity
9.30am - 10.00amRegistration, refreshments and CDT table top exhibit viewing
10.00am - 10.10amWelcome and overview of day
Professor Les Carr, Director - Web Science Institute, University of Southampton (Digital Economy Network Co-Director)
10.10am -10.30amAcademic Engagement and CDT Research Collaborations with the Digital Catapult,
Dr Catarina Fernandes, Academic Engagement Manager, Digital Catapult Centre
10.30am-10.45amSecuring 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
10.45am-11:05amAcademic 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)
11:05-11:20Short break/refreshments available
11.20am-12.10pmCDT 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 - 12.40pmCDT Alumni Career Destination Panel Discussion:
Chaired by Dr Nick Bryan-Kinns, Director, EPSRC/AHRC Media & Arts Technology CDT, Queen Mary University of London
12.40pm -1.30pmBuffet lunch, networking and CDT table top exhibit viewing
1.30pm - 3.00pmPostdoctoral 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 - 3.30pmSharing outcomes of discussions/Future
actions

Group discussions will be shared for the benefit of all delegates.
3.30pmEvent close

REGISTRATION:  CDT staff and students/alumni and DEN collaborators/stakeholders can register to attend the event as a delegate heredenannualmeeting-showcase-general-registration.eventbrite.co.uk

DEN CDT Managers meeting held in London


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.

November meeting

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.

Next Meeting

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.