We won a STAG grant to host a conference on high spectral resoltuion X-ray studies for dark matter, accretion and more. We held a superb meeting in Winchester in summer 2019, discussing the roadmap to full data exploitation. See below for the conference website.
ESA's Gaia satellite released a treasure trove of stellar astrometric data in April 2018. Our group was eagerly awaiting this, and we rapidly analysed and published a work on the distances and space velocities of Galactic black hole binaries. At least one immediate and huge surprise in there.
Our Global Challenge Research Fund project SITARE, funded by the STFC, just completed its first phase. With workshops across India/Nepal culminating in a UK camp, Masters' students were trained in quality education and carried out research/outreach projects. We are fostering future research stars ('sitare')!