Thesis Boot Camp a Success!

Posted by ep273 at May 29, 2018 09:55 AM |
Over the weekend of 28-29 April, 25 final year doctoral researchers got together to participate in the first Thesis Boot Camp. In total 56,361 words were written and 8 individual chapters were edited.

The Thesis Boot Camp is an intensive and supportive writing environment for late-stage researchers. Developed initially by the University of Queensland, the core idea is to give researchers the time, space, and encouragement to make significant progress on their thesis.

Students were given pre-Boot Camp work to do, which included updating their thesis structure and writing out a detailed chapter structure or goals they planned to work on over the weekend. Support was provided through one-to-one consultations and through various opportunities to share and discuss their progress.

The overall feedback of the event was positive. Statements included:

“I did more than I expected. Even when I did not add new information I did a lot of editions and structured the whole thesis too.”

“It was motivating to be with others who are also writing their thesis. Moreover, setting time periods for writing, with good, long breaks involving lunch and activities were very useful.”

“It forced me to prepare what I needed, which meant I could write easily! Also I couldn’t mess around as much here (there were too many witnesses!).”


The Doctoral College now plans to run three Thesis Bootcamps through the academic year and the next event is on the 15-16 September at 103-105 Princess Road East; PGRs can apply here.

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