September 6, 2014

A successful GW4 joint training event for postgraduate research (PGR) students took place at Wills Hall in Bristol from 3-5 September, 2014.

This event was the first training workshop designed and run for postgraduate researchers by the four universities working together. It was designed to introduce the participants to the opportunities and challenges of collaborative research, as well as providing an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they gained throughout the event. Sixty PGR students (15 from each university), from a range of research disciplines, were awarded places through a competitive application process.

Clare Reddington, Creative Director of Watershed, Bristol, addressed the students on the first evening and issued a call to arms for the participants, as the next generation of researchers, to be a force for change in research collaboration. The students took up that challenge with enthusiasm and energy over the next two days.

The intensive three day residential workshop not only exposed participants to the rich opportunities for collaboration with a wide range of disciplines but also demonstrated the capacity of collaboration to enrich the research process.