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 and all disciplines.

It's a unique opporunity 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.

Applications for Crucible 2021 now open

** 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. **

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 2021. 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. 

Skills Labs dates for 2021 (subject to COVID restrictions): Swansea 15th & 16th April, Edinburgh 29th & 30 April, London 27 & 28th May.

To apply, please download and complete the Crucible 2021 application and Crucible 2021 Equal Opportunities Form and return to computationalfoundry@swansea.ac.uk

Application closing date: 20th January 2021

Any queries please contact Penny Lauder p.j.lauder@swansea.ac.uk





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