College Senior Lecturer secures a place on a highly prestigious Development Programme for the future research leaders of Wales

Dr Claire Williams (Senior Lecturer, Psychology) from the College of Human and Health Sciences is one of only 30 selected ‘early and mid-career’ researchers across all Higher Education institutions in Wales to take part in this year’s Welsh Crucible; a prestigious leadership programme for research staff.

Claire Williams smlThe Welsh Crucible is a programme designed to help participants:

>develop links and networks within the research community, Welsh Government, the National Assembly for Wales, and the Welsh media

>find new ways of thinking and working and improve their effectiveness both within and beyond their organisation

>develop skills in public engagement, and explore how they can interact more effectively with the media and policy makers

>learn about different areas of research and encourage personal and career development

The programme takes the form of 3 “labs”, each one, a 2-day intensive residential event in Cardiff (May), Aberystwyth (June), and Swansea (July). Participants work together, and are exposed to a number of guest speakers  from government, the media, academia, public policy and research organisations. Welsh Crucible aims to encourage innovation, collaboration, and inter-disciplined approach to look at the big issues facing Wales, and participants are invited to look at new ways to influence and communicate across a range of audiences: public, media, policy makers.

The programme started in 2011, and in the early years mainly saw participation mainly from the disciplines of medicine, engineering and science. In more recent years however, the College of Human and Health Sciences has been well represented.

Dr Claire Williams, comments, I was absolutely thrilled to secure a place on Welsh Crucible 2017. I applied for Welsh Crucible as it supports research-inspired innovation and cross-disciplinary research, and helps participants to think about how their research can have greater impact. I have just returned from the first of the residential workshops and it was an amazing experience. It has already afforded me the opportunity to interact with researchers from other disciplines whom I would not otherwise have met, to make valuable links with the media, and to develop a whole host of new skills. If anyone is thinking about whether to apply for Welsh Crucible 2018 – go for it!”    


Pictured above (Dr Claire Williams)