NWCDTP Residential


Our annual Residential programme is back in 2022, with a programme of activities in hybrid mode, part online and part face to face at our panoramic venue at the Lake District. The programme below has been designed to mix team work and individual activities, with a focus on Knowledge Exchange, Collaboration and Wellbeing, which are among our top strategic priorities. 


After the strain of the past two years this is an amazing opportunity to come together in the beautiful setting of the Lake District to talk about ideas, wellbeing, and knowledge exchange. We’ve put together a great programme and we’re really excited to see you all! 

Prof. Jerome De Groot, NWCDTP Director

I am thrilled we are able to offer this fantastic Residential programme this year, and especially to bring our brilliant researchers to engage with an amazing local cultural partner with an incredibly rich offer and international profile, who will provide a real life challenge for our researchers to engage with, explore innovative ideas and potential future collaborative opportunities.

Dr Rosalinda Quintieri / NWCDTP Lead for PGR KE

2022 Programme

Working with business partners with method and creativity

This two-part workshop series, facilitated by Masood Entrepreneurship Centre and Scandinavia Stories, and in collaboration with our project partner in the Lake District, introduces you to business tools and terminologies, using an enterprise development scenario taken from a real cultural partner organisation and its priorities for a sustainable development. You will be given a methodological toolkit that you can subsequently use in a variety of scenarios, including:

  • Developing a Knowledge Exchange project (as part of a placement or other funding application)
  • Working as a consultant for an organisation
  • Understanding how to deliver impact
  • Understanding stakeholders and audiences
  • Communicating with influence

1. Online Workshop: Understanding how the partner operates – 27 April 2022, 14:00-17:00 (Zoom)

In this half-day session, you will work with the facilitator to analyse the partner organisation’s operations using a project management framework. You will have the opportunity to engage with the business partner directly and ask questions to better understand the challenge and its context. You will then work in small teams to brainstorm ways the partner organisation could use their identified challenge (underutilised assets) to innovate and create new opportunities for their development.

2. Workshop: Using creativity and critical thinking for innovation – 19 May 2022, 10:00-17:30 (Lake District) 

In this full-day session, partly held at the business partner’s venue, you will work in the same small teams as in workshop 1 to develop an innovation idea for the partnering cultural organisation. You will then create and deliver a pitch for your team idea to your colleagues and a panel of judges from the NWCDTP and the partner organisation.

Workshop Leader: Warrick Harniess is an educator and founder of Scandinavia Stories, a learning and development agency that specialises in creativity, communications and change. His clients include multinational companies and professional services firms, universities and start-ups. He learned his craft during a career at Pearson Education, and as a musician inspired by punk rock and the do-it-yourself ethos. Warrick’s first book, Red, White and Radical: What Organisations Can Learn About Change from the Rise of American Conservatism was published in May 2020.

The Resilient Researcher: Wellbeing and boundaries

Workshop: 18 May, 11:30-17:00

As you know, the PhD experience can pull you in all sorts of directions as you learn more about your field, navigate the desires of your supervisors, grapple with the challenges of fieldwork, struggle with your writing. And there is balancing all that with the rest of life as well as thinking about what life might be after the PhD. Of course, the PhD experience is varied, with PhD researchers sometimes finding they are overwhelmed, feel a lack of direction, struggle to sustain motivation, lose confidence and don’t always know the best way to find support. And it’s also possible to enjoy it and feel satisfaction with the process!

The first day of the residential will create opportunity to reflect together on where you are now in your PhD life, to engage with each other on what you have learnt about your own well-being, your boundaries and what you might want with life. And to open up, creatively, the possibilities for what might be next for you.

The session will be interactive and experiential while also create opportunity for quiet reflection.

Workshop Leader: Will Medd is a professional coach. He was a PhD researcher (1995-2000 in Sociology), contract researcher (2000-2006) and Lecturer (2006-2013 in Human Geography). He also knows the world beyond academia and has worked with people from a whole range of backgrounds including teachers, neuroscientists, medical researchers, care-workers, counsellors, writers, consultants, youth workers, artists, business owners, alternative practitioners. 

Wellbeing in action

Recharge and Relax immersed in Nature – 20 May, 10:00-17:00

The programme includes structured wellbeing activities throughout the 3 days of the Residential. On the final day, we will take time to enjoy the extraordinary natural beauty of the Lake District, with a variety of activities to choose from including a choice of guided group walks, yoga and body work, as well as time for individual reflection and relax by the lakeside. 

Our Knowledge Exchange Partner

Our Residential training is experiential, which means it will give you a first-hand practical opportunity to directly apply the collaborative, project and engagement tools and processes you are trained in, so that you can later apply these processes to a variety of different projects and partners, both inside and outside academia. We are excited to collaborate with Wordsworth Grasmere for this training this year, who will offer a real-life case study to apply our training, at a fantastic time after their £6.5 million reimagining of the museum and site completed in 2021. 


The challenge we face is creating a sustainable organisation that preserves the internationally recognised place and collections whilst creating relevant and meaningful interpretation and activities for a wide range of individuals and communities. This collaboration, which we hope will offer fresh thinking, is much welcomed – we very much look forward to working with you! The ideas which emerge from it may give enjoyment and inspiration to many, many people for years to come.

 Jeff Cowton MBE, Curator and Head of Learning at Wordsworth Grasmere


This Knowledge-Exchange focused Residential is open to Humanities PhD researchers based at one of the institutions of the NWCDTP (U. of Manchester, Salford, MMU, RNCM, Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool), both funded and self-funded, interested in learning and practising essential skills on intersectoral collaboration, with priority given to those who have aspirations or plans to complete collaborative projects with external partners in the next couple of years. 

Application is online. Deadline 19 April 2022, 11:59PM, UK time.