PGR Writing Retreat (F2F)
Duration 2 Days
Team Researcher Academy

This face-to-face course is run by the Researcher Academy

The Researcher Academy courses are very popular, and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. 

Target audience: This retreat is for postgraduate research students only


Do you have a writing project to complete, but you are struggling to find the dedicated time that is required for academic writing?

This 2-day writing retreat for postgraduate research students is the perfect opportunity to block out dedicated time in your diary, away from meetings and distractions, to focus 100% on completing your writing. Your writing project may be your thesis, a research publication or a research report. You can attend the retreat irrespective of the current stage of the writing project; idea generation, planning, writing, editing, proofing, and rewriting.  The only requirement is that you have a clear aim and goal(s) for the Retreat.

This retreat is for you to ring-fence your time to make significant progress with your writing project whilst surrounded by fellow researchers with the same ambition. This is NOT a teaching session, so you should come to the session ready to start your own writing.

The programme for both days will follow approximately:

9.30-10.00: Retreat orientation with plenary talk (day 1 only), peer group meeting and set goals. (plenary, required)

10:00-12.45: Writing block 1

12.45- 13.30: lunch break 

13.30-16.30: Writing block 2 

16.30-16.45: Goal reflection

Participants may wish to join the early bird (8-9.30 am) and/or twilight (16.45-19.00) writing sessions. These won’t be facilitated.

You should expect to be in the retreat from 09:30-16:45 on both days. To be marked as ‘attended’ for your training record, you should attend all of the sessions in the retreat.


A 2-day face-to-face retreat.

The two-day writing retreat will be held face-to-face at the Social Sciences and Arts Graduate Centre at Highfield House, University Park Campus (Building number 10 in the UP Map:

Throughout the retreat, you will be part of a peer group that will help you to stay focused and motivated.

Course Accessibility

The following table shows a summary of what is needed to participate in the course. 

If you feel you will experience difficulties participating, please let us know via the ‘special requirements’ tab, providing as much information as possible. The special requirements tab can be completed when you book your place. Alternatively, you can contact us directly at

Access seminar room on campus
Take part in group activities/ discussions
Follow presentation slides during the course
Watch and listen to the course tutor(s) and/ or other attendees
Attend the course at a specific date and time 

Booking Conditions

Our courses are very popular, especially in the current period, and we are experiencing large volumes of people on our waiting lists.  

Please do let us know if you would like to cancel your place on this course so we can offer your place to another delegate. 

PLEASE NOTE: attendance will be recorded; non-attendance might impact your ability to book future courses.

LocationStart DateAll DatesTimesPlaces AvailableBook
University Park08 May 202408, 09 May 20249:00am - 5:00pm0Add to Waiting List