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Doctoral Research Focus Weeks

Find out more about Doctoral Research Focus Weeks and what is happening during the programme.

Doctoral Research Focus Weeks have been introduced to coincide with Research Focus Weeks to create some dedicated time for doctoral researchers to re-engage and re-focus on work associated with their doctorate. During these weeks, we will run a limited but focused programme of professional development activities and are encouraging Departments not to schedule any meetings.

Doctoral Research Focus Weeks for 2022-23 are:

  • 9th-13th January 2023
  • 8th-12th May 2023

Throughout these weeks, doctoral students are encouraged to use the co-working facilities in the Graduate Commons. Otherwise, we have a programme of in-person and online activities throughout these weeks to help you focus. Engagement with our activities is completely optional, though hopefully you will see the benefits.

Find out what is happening during the next Doctoral Research Focus Week, 9th-13th January 2023. Please note that some activities require a booking or application in advance.

Monday 9 January 2023

Time Activity Location Booking
09:30 - 17:00 Doctoral Writing Retreat Leigh Park Hotel, Bradford on Avon Please apply for a place on the retreat

The doctoral writing retreat is an opportunity for doctoral students to spend some time focusing on a piece of writing under the supervision of a facilitator, knowing that everyone else is there for the same thing. You'll set writing goals for the day, and you'll have approximately 5 hours of dedicated writing. We've chosen a calm and peaceful location for this retreat. You'll be given a free lunch, unlimited teas and coffees throughout the day, and there'll be an optional social in the evening.

Tuesday 10 January 2023

Time Activity Location Booking
12:00 - 13:00 TASTER: Introduction to Mindfulness On campus Booking essential
13:00 - 14:00 TBC - SU Arts session On campus Booking essential

Looking after your own wellbeing is an essential component to helping you remain focussed. We've put on a couple of taster sessions for you to explore some things that may help you look after yourself and help you feel re-charged and focused. Why not give them a go and see if they make a difference.

Wednesday 11 January 2023

Time Activity Location Booking
09:00 - 10:00 Introduction to Doctoral Co-working Spaces & Breakfast 10 West 4.09 Booking required
10:00 - 12:00 Writing Wednesdays - morning session 10 West 4.09 Booking required
12:00 - 14:00 Webinar - overcoming writers' procrastination Online TBC
14:00 - 16:00 Writing Wednesdays - afternoon session 10 West 4.09 Booking required
14:00 - 16:00 Virtual Writing Wednesday Zoom Booking required

Co-working is a common strategy to help individuals focus and get motivated in a collaborative setting. Today we are running our motivational co-writing sessions, Writing Wednesdays both in-person and online. We also have a lunchtime webinar facilitated by the Skills Centre to help you overcome writers' procrastination.

We'll also start the day with an informal networking breakfast in our postgraduate co-working spaces, Graduate Commons so you can see our facilities and meet others.

Thursday 12 January 2023

Time Activity Location Booking
13:00 - 14:30 Workshop: Looking after your own mental wellbeing and supporting others On campus Booking essential

Looking after your own wellbeing is an essential component to helping you remain focussed and ready to work. Come along to this workshop to find out more about your mental wellbeing and some tools and techniques you can use to help you manage it throughout your doctorate.

Friday 13 January 2023

Time Activity Location Booking
16:00 - 18:00 Celebratory social - prize and drinks Lime Tree Booking essential

Taking time to have breaks and unwind is essential to good student success. To celebrate everyone's hard work and dedication throughout the week, why not come and unwind at our Doctoral Research Focus Week social opportunity. We'll provide some pizza and a few soft drinks (other drinks can be purchased at the bar) and you'll be able to socialise with some of our Doctoral Engagement Ambassadors, as well as other doctoral students.

Contact us

If you have any questions or want to find out more, then feel free to get in touch.