Digital Economy Crucible

What is the UK Digital Economy Crucible?

UK Digital Economy Crucible is one of the integral streams of CHERISH-DE (Challenging Human Environments and Research Impact for a Sustainable and Healthy Digital Economy) project. CHERISH-DE is a five-year initiative funded by EPSRC that explores how to deliver digital innovations that help people relate and respond to our rapidly expanding technological world, with a focus on health and social care, resource-constrained communities, and cyber safety and security. Crucible in general is an exclusive development opportunity for aspiring young academics to understand the wider context in which they work and to develop a broader perspective of themselves, how they might progress within their longer-term career and, in particular, build a strengthened network for work-related collaboration and peer support. Participants are challenged to become collaborative ‘outward-facing’ researchers who seek opportunities to engage and have greater impact (NESTA, 2014). Over the life of the project, UK Digital Economy Crucible seeks to build and provide leadership to a vibrant UK network of at least 100 Early Career Researchers (ECRs) engaged in interdisciplinary work aligned to the Digital Economy theme. The leadership programme supports cross-disciplinary research collaboration and innovation, with ECRs participating in a series of residential workshops (‘skills labs’). UK Digital Economy Crucible will support five cohorts of 25 ECRs each year, open to ECRs from universities across the UK, including the Next Stage Digital Economy Centres, and also ECRs currently working in any industry sector.

UK Digital Economy Crucible 2017

We are excited to open calls for application for UK Digital Economy Crucible 2017 and remain passionate about making it bigger and better every year. Twenty five successful applicants will be selected, and as a prerequisite to receiving a place on the programme, the participants must commit to attending all three skills labs and Alumni gathering. Location and dates are as below:
  • 18th and 19th May 2017 in Swansea
  • 22nd and 23rd June 2017 in Edinburgh
  • 27th and 28th July 2017 in London

  • 3rd November 2017 in Cardiff (Alumni gathering)
As a core part of the programme, it will facilitate gathering of researchers engaged in interdisciplinary work with distinguished guest speakers from interdisciplinary areas, including digital technology, and a series of seminars, intensive skills sessions and a relaxed environment to bond and collaborate with other researchers. Digital economy-style approach will be the overarching theme through the skills labs, and where possible, will relate to the three contexts of the project.

UK Digital Economy Crucible 2016

We’d like to thank all the amazing early career researchers and speakers that attended the 2016 Crucible. You can learn more about them on the Crucible Alumni Page.

How will Digital Economy Crucible benefit you?

Digital Economy Crucible will enable you to:
  • explore the advantage of working with researchers in other disciplines
  • understand how your research can have greater impact
  • strengthen knowledge on how you can build international research careers
  • develop a network of peers within the research community
  • introduce you to creative and innovative thinking and improve your effectiveness both within and beyond your organisation
  • develop skills in public engagement
  • discover how you can interact more effectively with external parties

Application & Eligibility Information