What is Welsh Crucible?

Welsh Crucible is an award-winning programme of personal, professional and leadership development for the future research leaders of Wales.

It aims to help participants to discover:

– how other early- to mid-career researchers in other disciplines are tackling the same issues as them;
– how they can transfer their knowledge to the public sphere to make an impact;
– the skills and attitudes that are likely to make their research more innovative;
– how thinking creatively can make a difference to their work and career.

Funded by a consortium of Welsh higher education institutions and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, Welsh Crucible brings together thirty researchers to explore how they can work together to tackle the current research challenges facing Wales.

Welsh Crucible is based on NESTA’s highly esteemed ‘Crucible’ development programme, and has been informed by the successes of the Scottish Crucible.  The Programme has recently established collaborative links with The Learned Society of Wales, who support the promotion of the Programme and recognition of its successes.

Welsh Crucible is for talented early- to mid- career researchers, with a minimum of three years’ postdoctoral research experience (or equivalent), working in any discipline, including science, technology, engineering, medicine, arts, design, social and political science.  Participants must work in Wales, either at a higher education institution, or in research and development in business, industry or the public or charity sector.

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Steering Group

Welsh Crucible is led by a steering group chaired by Professor Martin Innes at Cardiff University. It comprises the Pro Vice-Chancellors for research from Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, Swansea University, and the University of South Wales, and Dr Denise Powell of IQE, an SME based in Wales.

Funding Information

The 2018 Welsh Crucible is a collaborative initiative funded by a consortium of Welsh universities and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. The funding allows 30 of Wales’s most promising researchers to participate in the eighthWelsh Crucible. Places for two non HE particpants can be fully funded from this sponsorship.

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