Thesis Boot Camp

Drop and give me 20! …20,000 words, that is.

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Are you a late-candidature graduate researcher struggling with the writing-up battle? Do you put off writing tasks until tomorrow? Or are you finding it tough ‘going it alone’ on the writing-up journey? Yes?

We have just what you need – Thesis Boot Camp! Dedicated solely to getting words down on paper (or a computer screen), this program is designed to help you get over that final hurdle or to kick-start your writing progress if it has stalled.

Join other graduate research comrades at the same candidature stage in a no-excuses, no-time-for-procrastination, take-no-prisoners intensive writing weekend. Not for the faint hearted, Thesis Boot Camp recruits will battle through third-year blues, writer’s block and thesis fatigue to achieve significant progress on their manuscript.

Introductory sessions will include motivational talks, goal setting and strategies for writing quickly and well. Support staff will be on hand and catering will be provided to ensure an encouraging, distraction-free environment. Attendees will be required to complete pre-program planning activities and to commit to their own tangible aims for the weekend, such as completing a thesis chapter draft or similar.

Are you up for the challenge?

"I have been struggling as a part-time/DL student and have had writer’s block and severe imposter syndrome. It has seriously hampered my writing. I was so pleased to have finished the weekend with almost a complete chapter and I exceeded my own expectations at what I could achieve. Thank you!"

“Supportive atmosphere, no distractions, food & coffee”

“Dedicated space to write among people with same goal”

“Working environment with like minded PhD students, good energiser, relaxed”

“Could just focus on writing my thesis and being with other students with common goals”

“Quiet motivated atmosphere”

“Chance to work in room with other students with no distractions. Liked energisers”

“Forced me to prep what I needed which meant I could write easily”

“Community feel, part of something bigger. Change in environment”

“All of the events were enjoyable & useful”

“Forcing myself not to get distracted by doing analysis”

“Structure of each day, location, meeting other students in different depts.”

“Working silently with others who are focused. Working with like minded others”

“Motivating to be with others. Setting time periods for writing with good breaks and activities good”

“Relaxation methods during writing up and seeing new people”

“Quiet space with no distractions, everyone focused on same thing”

“Time & space to work intensively”

“Satisfied with all, including timings of activities, energisers & quality of food”

“Silence and hard work of everyone, liked forms beforehand made me think more broadly”

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