Life Beyond the PhD: My Stay at Cumberland Lodge

Life Beyond the PhD: My Stay at Cumberland Lodge

I was delighted to have recently had the opportunity to attend a residential conference at Cumberland Lodge.  Life Beyond the PhD is an annual event that gives early career researchers practical advice and offers them the chance to reflect on their future within academia.  Compelled to share my experiences I thought I would begin by giving some background to the place itself.  Set against a spectacular landscape the seventeenth-century lodge is situated on the Royal estate in Windsor.  The decision by George VI to make the house and its grounds available to students and universities was largely influenced by Amy Buller’s book Darkness Over Germany (1943).  Critical of the ways in which National Socialist ideologies were promoted and reinforced by German universities during the Second World War, Buller’s study persuaded the King to create an academic retreat where researchers could discuss contemporary ‘social matters, ethics, and international issues’, within an open and democratic environment.   The conference was scheduled to start at...
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