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Digital Economy Summer School 2019

Theme: Research as Play and Play as Research

The Digital Economy Network will fund and deliver another residential Digital Economy Summer School for CDT students, in collaboration with the Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (IGGI) CDT, which is scheduled to be held in July 2019.

The theme for 2019 will be Research as Play and Play as Research.

Provisional dates for the Summer School are 10-12 July 2019, but these dates will be confirmed as soon as possible.

The venue will be the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus.

Further details of this event will be posted here shortly,





DEN Writing Retreat: Feb 2019

Digital Economy Network 2-Day PhD Student Writing Retreat – February 2019

*Free to attend for currently registered PhD/EngD students/those writing up thesis within the Digital Economy Network Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) and associated research groups*.

25 places are available for CDT students within the Digital Economy Network on this 2-day residential time-facilitated writing retreat, which will held on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 February 2019 at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor.

These very popular events provide doctoral students with an ideal environment and a beneficial opportunity to dedicated time away to focus on writing or projects relating to their PhD/EngD, and in particular writing up their thesis or research papers.

Venue website: www.cumberlandlodge.ac.uk

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, but places will be initially capped to 3 per CDT to make sure there is fair opportunities for eligible CDT students to attend from across all DEN CDTs.

Registering doctoral researchers will need to be able to attend both days of the retreat.

A waiting list will also be available.

What is funded by DEN for CDT students attending the retreat:

  • A place on the facilitated retreat.
  • Single occupancy en-suite (or shared if preferred) bed and breakfast accommodation at Cumberland Lodge for the nights of Monday 4 and Tuesday 6 February 2019.
  • Lunch and refreshments throughout the 2 days of the retreat.
  • Evening meal on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 February at Cumberland Lodge.
  • Standard class rail travel or personal mileage (if this cannot be covered by your host CDT). Personal mileage must be claimed after attending the event.

If you have any queries about this retreat, please contact Felicia Black, Digital Economy Network Manager at felicia.black@nottingham.ac.uk.

DEN Writing Retreat: Nov 2018

Digital Economy Network (DEN) PhD Student Writing Retreat at Beamish Hall on 27-28 November 2018 in County Durham

Registration link:  denwritingretreatnov18.eventbrite.co.uk

This two-day facilitated residential writing retreat for current CDT/PhD/EngD students within the Digital Economy Network at Beamish Hall, provides an ideal setting to focus on PhD work including thesis chapter writing, literature reviews, research papers, fieldwork/data analysis, annual review preparation  and presentations.

  • Dates: Tuesday 27 – Wednesday 28 November 2018
  • Venue: Beamish Hall, County Durham
  • Timings: Day one starts at 9.15am on 27 November and day two finishes by 5pm on 28 November.
  • Cost: Free of charge to attend for current CDT/PhD/EngD students within the Digital Economy Network.
  • Accommodation: Overnight en-suite, bed, breakfast and evening meal accommodation provided at Beamish Hall for the nights of 27-28 November (1 or 2 nights can be booked for delegates).

Eventbrite registration link: DEN Writing Retreat 2018

What is included/funded by DEN for current doctoral students:

  • Writing retreat registration fee
  • Up to 2 nights en-suite accommodation (26-27 November 2018) at Beamish Hall on a single or shared occupancy basis
  • Bed, breakfast and evening meal on 26 and 27 November 2018 at Beamish Hall.
  • Daytime refreshments and lunch for both days of the retreat.

Please note: Day delegates only are also welcome (2-full days of the retreat without overnight accommodation). Please specify if you prefer this option within the booking form when registering.

  • Event organiser: Felicia Black, Digital Economy Network Manager, email: felicia.black@nottingham.ac.uk
  • Facilitator: Andy Darby, Lancaster University

Join the DEN mailing list to stay in the loop

We are aware that the Digital Economy Network (DEN) PhD Student community is ever changing, with new CDT students joining the EPSRC-supported Centres to embark on their PhD journey, as well as graduates and alumni moving on to their postdoc career destinations.

DEN keeps your CDT Managers and Administrators informed on all the Network’s relevant events and activities that are taking place that will be beneficial and of interest to you, but new doctoral students can also join the DEN mailing list via the sign up form below, so that you can also be informed directly of any DEN opportunities.  You can also choose to unsubscribe from the list at any time.

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Thrumpton Hall Writing Retreat, 23-25 April 2018

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.

Above: The gardens of Thrumpton Hall

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.

Above: CDT students at evening meal in Thrumpton Hall dining room

Cat Morgan, PhD Student at the Web Science CDT at the University of Southampton wrote a blog article entitled ‘To writing retreat or not to writing retreat’ about her experience of the event.

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.



Peak District PhD retreat held

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.

Writing retreat in Ballroom

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.


Digital Economy Diversity Network Meeting: 23 March, Nottingham

*This meeting is open to all current CDT/PhD/EngD students within the Digital Economy Network – it is free to attend, and funding available for travel and accommodation*

Registration now open at: https://dedn.eventbrite.co.uk

The third Digital Economy Diversity Network (DEDN) Meeting will be held at the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus on Friday 23 March 2018, from 9.45am-4.30pm.

This will be the third meeting of the DEDN, after meetings held at the Open Lab/Digital Civics CDT at Newcastle University and the Web Science CDT at the University of Southampton.

This meeting is open to all current CDT/PhD students within the EPSRC-funded Digital Economy Network and is free to attend. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Travel and accommodation can be organised and funded for you.

There will also be an evening meal at Las Iguanas Restaurant in Nottingham City Centre on the evening of Thursday  22 March,  for those travelling to Nottingham the night prior to the meeting.

How to register

You can register to attend this meeting and indicate your travel/accommodation requirements here: https://dedn.eventbrite.co.uk