Applications Open for UKERC Inclusive Writing Retreat 2023

24 Jul 2023

Applications are now open for an inclusive writing retreat to provide energy researchers with the time and space to work on publications. This event is one of our EDI Goals for 2023 and aims to help develop the writing skills and confidence of attendees, so that they make the most of authorship opportunities within the sector.

This opportunity is open to all UK-based energy researchers, but we particularly encourage applications from groups underrepresented in energy research. This includes (but is not limited to) people from ethnic and racial minority backgrounds, people who identify as a woman, people who identify as non-binary, those who identify as LGBTQ+, and those living with a disability or long-term health condition. We are also keen to receive applications from researchers from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, as well as those with caring responsibilities who usually find it difficult to attend events and networking opportunities.

The retreat will be held over two days and two nights at Clandeboye Lodge in Bangor, Northern Ireland on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 November 2023. The agenda will consist of a mix of group sessions, networking activities and writing time. Researchers will be able to network with like-minded peers, give and receive feedback on work, gain new perspectives and receive advice on career advancement.

The emphasis will be on creating an atmosphere where all can work towards their goals together. Applicants are encouraged to inform us of any reasonable adjustments they might require. This may include engaging an English Sign Language or Irish Sign Language interpreter, arranging a quiet room to have breaks, or any other accessibility requirements.

The retreat is completely free. UKERC will cover all expenses including travel (provided applicants are from a UK-based institution), accommodation, food and childcare costs that go beyond ordinary care arrangements. Our aim is to remove as many barriers as possible that may prevent researchers from attending. Please contact UKERC’s Impact and EDI Officer Lara Thorpe for more information.

Applications open on 24 July 2023 and will close on 29 September 2023. Anyone conducting energy research within the UK who is actively publishing in academic journals is eligible to apply.

We have space for 20 applicants to join the retreat. Seven spots on the retreat will be reserved for applicants based in Northern Ireland. These will be selected randomly from all applications from Northern Irish applications. The remaining 13 applications will be selected randomly from a pool of all applications.

To apply, please complete this application form, save it with the file name ‘Writing-retreat-application-[your name]’ and send it to Lara at