SWDTP Christmas Party 2020!

SWDTP  Christmas Card Competition & Online Christmas Party

Warren Speed and Elis Jones (both from the University of Exeter) are pleased to announce that we have secured SWDTP funding to host an Online Christmas Party and a ‘Research as a Christmas Card’ competition. We’re hoping this will be a good opportunity to get together as a group after a while apart, as well as have some fun and maybe a few drinks. We’re also keen to make it (a little bit) less virtual than the Zoom meetings we’ve been having this year – see details below.

Research as a Christmas Card Competition

This year we thought it might be some fun and festive for the SWDTP community to enter themselves into a competition designing a Christmas card in the theme of your own research interests (see poster attached). There are a few rules which are:

1.       Cards should be Christmas themed and related loosely to your research interests

2.       Cards can be in any format you like as long as the image is clear and can be sent by email.

3.       Deadline to submit your entry is Tuesday 15th December 2020 at 5pm

4.       All entries are to be submitted to w.speed@exeter.ac.uk (Include your institution and a maximum of 300 words giving your card some context).

5.       A public vote will take place online from Wednesday 16th – Tuesday 22nd December 2020. The link will be emailed to attendees and sent via the SWDTP.

6.       The winner will be announced on Wednesday 23rd December 2020.

7.       If you have any questions contact Warren Speed (w.speed@exeter.ac.uk) or Elis Jones (erj205@exeter.ac.uk)

SWDTP Online Christmas Party

We can all relate to how mundane online meetings and events can sometimes be. Myself and Elis have tried to think of a way of how me could host an online event but bring it to life. To that end we will hosting a variety of mini competitions and events that will involve the things we will send out to you through the post in our SWDTP Christmas Party Pack (along with some extra goodies). As there is no way we can all physically meet, we thought that this would be a great way for us to have some festive fun (see poster attached). Some of the things we have planned are:

·         Christmas Playlist 

·         Christmas Jumper & Fancy Dress Competition

·         Christmas Themed Quiz 

·         Balloon Creation Competition

·         Virtual Christmas Photo Booth

·         Guess the Gift

·         Design your own gingerbread man avatar 

·         We will have different rooms available for those who want to chat etc.

To sign up to the SWDTP Online Christmas Party please click here to access Eventbrite.

We want to remain as inclusive as possible and we understand that some people would enjoy spectating and chatting. We have made plans to make sure that this is also possible and you will also be sent an ‘SWDTP Christmas Care Package’ without the games and props.

So please come along and get involved and join us. We hope we can bring the SWDTP community together, have some fun, and support each other towards the end of this long year!

Finally, we would both like to thank Molly, Sonja, Richard, Joanna, Helen and Jude from the SWDTP for all their support and hard work. We understand it has been incredibly challenging for you as it has been for all of us. We hope that you are all able to join us for the SWDTP Christmas Party.

Best wishes

Warren Speed and Elis Jones

University of Exeter