Now in its second year, Welsh Crucible brings together early and mid-career researchers from the St David’s Day Group with researchers from business, industry and the public sector in Wales for a programme of personal, professional and leadership development. Held over three very intensive two day ‘labs’, Welsh Crucible aims to build collaboration across organisations and disciplines. I’m lucky enough to have been selected this year (the only one from Glamorgan!) and have had the most amazing time.
Bringing together such a diverse mix of research backgrounds (including political science, linguistics in gaming and experimental physics!!!) might have been a challenge for many, but Sara and the rest of the team have managed it with flare. The activities were challenging, the speakers enlightening and the schedule intense! Drawing on the concept of a crucible this programme really has been a melting pot for ideas and I would encourage any early or mid-career researcher to considering applying next year.
Thanks to the University for supporting this initiative.