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What is the UK Digital Economy Crucible?

The UK Digital Economy Crucible is one of the integral project outputs of CHERISH-DE. As the project enables facilitation of innovative interdisciplinary projects within Swansea, UK Digital Economy Crucible reaches out to outstanding Early Career Researchers (ECRs) from across all UK universities.

UK Digital Economy Crucible is a UK-wide, multi-disciplinary leadership programme developed by  the Centre at Swansea University for ECRs to develop career-altering skills surrounding digital economy research, network and collaborate to achieve societal impact and economic gain. The programme has nurtured more than 100 ECRs from 35 different UK universities so far. 

Our past participants have achieved a wide range of impacts, including policy shaping at Parliament and Government level, public engagements through BBC News, secured funding of over £8 million for their institutions since joining the programme, excelled in their careers and adopted interdisciplinary and co-creation (with user and industry) research approach.

Reflections from the Crucible Series 2016-2019

Deadline for Crucible 2020 extended to January 2021

** Please note, in light of recent developments, the deadline for applications has been extended to January 2021. Any applications received by the original deadline will be considered along with those received by our extended deadline. More information about revised dates for the Skills Labs will be published here and on our Twitter account @CompFoundry as soon as we have this information. Thank you for your patience. **

If you are an Early Career Researcher (ECR), post PhD 1-8 years, interested in multidisciplinary research and wanting to boost your career, apply for the UK Digital Economy Crucible 2020. It's an EPSRC-funded unique leadership development programme for ECRs from all disciplines and from all UK universities to develop career-altering skills surrounding digital economy research.

Swansea University is undertaking this UK-wide leadership programme to produce and nurture the next generation of Digital Economy researchers. This initiative is part of CHERISH Digital Economy Research Centre at the University and a network of 6 other Digital Economy Hubs in the UK.

The leadership programme offers a series of residential-based skills labs, providing the opportunity to interact with sectors of the digital economy such as industry, including Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, IBM, NHS, BBC R&D, and Google (tbc); media, including BBC and Channel 4; funding bodies, including EPSRC, AHRC & ESRC, Wellcome Trust, Innovate UK; Parliament (Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology), and academic entrepreneurs, and offers an intensive grant writing workshop. 

Participants must attend all skills labs. All costs covered. Individual travel expenses reimbursed. 

To apply, please download and complete the Digital Economy Crucible 2020 application form and Digital Economy Crucible 2020 equal opportunities form and return to

Application closing date: January 2021

Any queries please contact Julia Harrison

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