About Welsh Crucible
Welsh Crucible is an award-winning programme of personal, professional and leadership development designed for future research leaders of Wales.Now in its sixth year,(2016) the NESTA based programme supports research-inspired innovation and cross-disciplinary collaboration in Wales.
Funded by a consortium of Welsh Universities, in partnership with the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.
Each year Welsh Crucible brings together 30 highly promising researchers from different disciplines through an intensive programme run over three months. The aim is to encourage participants to widen the impact of their research through collaborative and interdisciplinary work, and help them develop the skills, knowledge and connections to maximise their capacity for research and knowledge exchange with business, industry, media and the policy community. The programme based on a Nesta Model runs via a series of intensive, two-day workshops (called ‘Labs’) held between May and July each year. Labs typically comprise a range of guest speakers, seminars, skills sessions, tours and informal discussions, all designed to stimulate interaction between participants, and forge new ideas for pan-Wales collaboration in research and innovation.
In 2013 Welsh Crucible won the Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development , with judges commenting that it delivers ‘game-changing impacts on attitudes and behaviours’.
30 researchers are selected each year to participate in a series of residential workshops or ‘skills labs’ where participants explore how they can benefit from working with researchers in other disciplines, how their research can have greater impact, and how they can build international research careers in Wales. Participants continue to build collaborations with each other beyond the formal programme and the Welsh Crucible alumni network enables connections to be made between cohorts.
Fellows from the Learned Society of Wales now contribute to the selection panel for potential Crucibles, attendance at Crucible labs, and evaluation of subsequent competitive grant applications.
From 2016 the LSW will also be presenting a ‘Welsh Crucible Prize’ to be awarded to the best completed grant projects assessed – the first of which will presented at the alumni conference and dinner at the St David’s Hotel, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff on 26th January 2017. This prize award will comprise a trophy, certificate, and a maximum award of up to £2,000 to be shared between the winning team .