Welsh Crucible opens 2020 call for applications

Game-changing” Welsh Crucible programme opens latest round of recruitment for exceptional researchers across Wales.

Welsh Crucible is urging exceptional researchers from across Wales to apply for this year’s award-winning programme.

Now in its tenth year, the programme will offer early- and mid-career researchers the chance to build their personal, professional and leadership skills with a view to becoming the future research leaders of Wales.

A total of 30 places are available for the programme, which involves three intensive 2-day residential workshops, or ‘labs’, comprising inspiring guest speakers, interactive skills sessions and informal discussions.

The workshops will focus on how the participants can benefit from working with researchers in other disciplines, how their research can have greater impact, and how they can build international research careers in Wales.

The Welsh Crucible programme, which is funded by a consortium of Welsh universities and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, won the Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development in 2013, with judges commenting that it delivers “game-changing impacts on attitudes and behaviours”.

“”Welsh Crucible is a wonderful opportunity for researchers and has many benefits”, said Dr Rhiannon Robinson, Programme Manager. “Not only do participants learn a broad range of new skills, they are also able to develop close networks with other researchers from a wide background of disciplines.  As such, the programme provides an excellent arena for researchers to initiate collaborations and gain insight into how to reach their full potential in their careers.”

This year the Welsh Crucible team are encouraging more researchers to apply from outside of universities, whether it’s from the business, industry, charity or public sector.

Fiona Robinson, a Development Specialist at Cogent Power Ltd, participated in Welsh Crucible in 2012 and commended the programme for opening up opportunities that may not have existed in her day-to-day working life.

“Welsh Crucible has given me the opportunity to meet researchers from other disciplines whom I would not otherwise have met, particularly social scientists,” she said.

“The biggest change as a result of Welsh Crucible has been at a personal level, specifically increasing my confidence that my research has relevance and is of value. Since participating in Welsh Crucible I have had several articles published in professional journals, and I have also set up a technical network for industrially-based postgraduate students in South Wales, which has developed links outside my organisation with new contacts.”

Over the next month there will be roadshows across Wales to allow researchers to find out more about the programme.

Information about the eligibility criteria and how to apply is available on the Welsh Crucible website.