Joint CDT Writing Retreat

We are pleased to bring you news of the next combined EPSRC CDTs event.

Four of the CDTs in the EPSRC Digital Economy theme MAT, CDE, AIM and IGGI are planning a combined writing retreat, with time for social networking at the beautiful Ammerdown Retreat Centre between 28-30th March 2023. This retreat will be hosted by MAT.

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Tuesday 28th March – Thursday 30th March 2023

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The retreat is in the lovely Ammerdown Centre

The Ammerdown Centre
Ammerdown Park,

Telephone –  01761 433709                                                                   

This beautiful venue provides a tranquil setting, the perfect environment to enable creative thinking, sharing and learning – uninterrupted.

The communal areas boast a lounge, licensed bar (items to be paid for at time of purchase), dining room, library (some board games are available for use), TV room and Chapel, not forgetting the secluded garden.  

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Why Attend

You will benefit from a minimum 12 hours of structured and facilitated quiet writing time, plus goal setting and review, and of course meal times and evenings to socialise. We will expect you to commit to achievable goals and be present during all writing sessions. 

Please note, the focus is on writing, not for working on data analysis or reading literature.  So it is for those working on PhD/EngD stage progressions, paper writing, thesis writing etc.  

Also note that you’ll need to be available for the whole retreat and inform your supervisor that you will be busy off-site for this period. Structured committed writing time in a group without distractions can be very powerful and productive.

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Dr Colin Paterson is a Lecturer in Computer Science (CS), and a member of the Institute for Safe Autonomy, at the University of York. As well as holding PhD’s in Control Theory and Computer Science, Colin spent 20 years in industry where he developed a range of software systems including: quotation systems for life assurance; printed circuit board design software; website management systems and; financial accounting software.

Since returning to academia Colin has been considering how uncertainty in system models undermine guarantees of system performance and compromise system safety. Colin is the post graduate research training officer in CS at York and is passionate about making research collaborative, impactful and enjoyable.

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The accommodation has been arranged at the beautiful retreat location of the Ammerdown Centre.


All meals will be provided during the retreat, and any dietary requirements or allergies will be catered for. Please do let us know if you have any dietary requirements. Approximate Meal Service Times: Breakfast between 08.00 – 09.00 Lunch 13.00 – 14.00 Dinner 18.30

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What to Bring

Laptop and Charger

Anything you need for two nights overnight

Face Mask (optional)

Walking Boots or comfortable outdoor shoes (if you wish to take in the beautiful surroundings of Ammerdown)

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Social Media

We would love for our attendees to post about the event on social media. For those who are active on Twitter or LinkedIn please see tag suggestions for your to include:

Twitter: @centre_digi_ent,  @bournemouthuni, @BU_research, @DoctoralBath,  @UniofBath,  @EPSRC,  @iggiPhD,  @QMUL,  @QMEECS

LinkedIn:  @centre for digital entertainment, @university of bath, @EPSRC, @queen mary university of london, @IGGI intelligent games & games intelligence


We hope that the information provided here answers any questions you may have regarding the ResCom Event, however, if you require further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact [email protected].

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