CCRI Winter School 2023 Report

Earlier this month, the CCRI hosted its annual ‘Winter School’ at the University of Gloucestershire’s Park campus. This annual event is an opportunity for post-graduate students to gather and present their work to fellow students and academics from within the CCRI. The event, organised by Aimee Morse and Daniel Keech, was focussed around the theme of ‘strengthening rural-urban linkages’. Aimee has written a short report concerning the event and collated a number of comments from those attending.

We welcomed 13 speakers to this year’s CCRI Winter School, a two-day postgraduate event which took place on the University’s Park Campus. Across four sessions, we learned more about their research in presentations which addressed the conference theme of Strengthening rural-urban linkages.  

In addition to the presentation sessions, delegates were able to discuss all things PhD and early career research related in a workshop with Dr Charlotte Chivers, and ask questions about applying their work to our Research and Practice panel. You can search #CCRIWS23 on Twitter for highlights of the event. 

Here’s what some of this year’s attendees had to say about the event. 

I came away from the event feeling motivated to continue my research journey and grateful for being introduced to the world of PhD research in such a supportive and encouraging environment. I would highly recommend CCRI and their Winter School to anyone looking for a supportive research environment. – Lucy Driver Williams, Hereford College of Arts 

Lucy Driver Williams presenting

The 2023 Winter School was an engaging and exciting opportunity to share ideas and research with other like-minded individuals both within my own institute and outside of it. However, it also allowed me to challenge my perceptions through the inter-disciplinary involvement with the Arts, something I found very thought provoking. – Annie Buckle, University of Gloucestershire 

The CCRI Winter School provided a valued and timely opportunity to present and network with the broader PGR community. I was struck by the trans-disciplinary, high-quality presentations, supportive yet constructive questioning, and insightful panel session. As a new PhD student, I couldn’t recommend the Winter school more highly as an avenue for obtaining feedback on research. – Josh Davis, University of Gloucestershire 

Josh Davis presenting

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the CCRI winter school, the original and varied work presented by fellow students was inspiring. It was also great to network with like-minded people on a similar journey and to receive reassuring advice from academics. – Melissa Spiers, University of Chester 

It was great to return to the University of Gloucestershire after my placement year (2019-2020) at CCRI, to catch up with colleagues and chat about my current research at the University of Sheffield. It was a really engaging event, with some very thought-provoking talks on a range of topics. The session on post PhD progression was particularly helpful for thinking beyond PhD life, and the panel discussion on research and practice really highlighted the role of research in academic and non-academic contexts. – Bethany Leake, Sheffield University 

Former CCRI Placement Student Bethany Leake