Grŵp Dydd Gwyl Dewi Saint David's Day Group

Developing Researchers

Paramount to the future research agenda within Wales is the development of today’s early career researchers to become tomorrow’s research leaders. The SDDG actively develop programmes to achieve this, for example the Knowledge Exchange Skills Scholarships will produce postgraduates who are industry ready. The SDDG has also recently led a pilot to develop future research leaders the Welsh Crucible. Welsh Crucible is a programme of personal, professional and leadership development for highly promising research leaders of the future who are building their careers in Wales. the Knowledge Exchange Skills Scholarships will produce postgraduates who are industry ready.

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS)

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) is a major European Convergence programme led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. Benefiting from European Social Funds (ESF), KESS will support collaborative research projects (Research Masters and PhD) with external partners based in the Convergence area of Wales (West Wales and the Valleys). KESS will run from 2009 until 2014 and will provide 400+ PhD and Masters places. Both the Research Masters and PhD elements are integrated with a high-level skills training programme, leading to a Postgraduate Skills Development Award. To find out more about what KESS might mean for you please visit www.higherskillswales.co.uk/kess/

Welsh Crucible

Welsh Crucible is a programme of personal, professional and leadership development for highly promising research leaders of the future who are building their careers in Wales.

It aims to help participants to discover:

Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, with contributions from the St David’s Day group of higher education institutions, 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.

Welsh Crucible is for talented early- to mid- career researchers, with at least three years’ postdoctoral research experience, or equivalent, working in


To find out more about Welsh Crucible please visit http://www.welshcrucible.org.uk/