Design and the Digital World

It’s a digital world out there. Are your skills up-to-date?

In late 2013, research staff at Loughborough University and the Universities of Nottingham and Leicester (along with Vitae) secured an AHRC Collaborative Skills Development grant which sought to support Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in the Arts and Humanities to run collaborative training and development opportunities specifically aimed at other ECRs. The outcome was Design and the Digital World, a peer-to-peer skills exchange programme which, through a series of tailored workshops, enabled researchers to share their digital skills with colleagues across disciplines and participating institutions.

The workshops focused on creatively and effectively employing digital tools and technologies at different stages of the research process:  from establishing a digital presence, conducting research, communicating with participants and collaborators, to strengthening impact.

This website provides an overview of the scheme, along with session materials, trainer information, organisational details, and links to other useful schemes and resources. The aim is to create a lasting resource for researchers and researcher developers who would like to build on their own digital skills or organise similar peer-to-peer training programmes.

Programme aims

  • build on existing strengths to reach people on a wider scale and foster dialogue and knowledge exchange across disciplines and organisations
  • enable networking and advance skills of research staff who deliver the workshops


  • Four session concepts were developed in response to research staff responses to a survey conducted in 2014
  • Sessions were explicitly relevant to research staff in terms of organisation, content and delivery

Cross-disciplinary exchange for impact