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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 2023-24 are:

  • 4th-8th September 2023
  • 8th-12th January 2024
  • 13th-17th May 2024

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, 4th-8th September 2023. Please note that activities require a booking or application in advance.

Monday 4 September

Time Activity Location Booking
09:00-16:00 PhD Viva workshop Online Booking required

Tuesday 5 September

Time Activity Location Booking
09:00 - 17:00 Doctoral Writing Retreat MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel, Bath Application closed

The doctoral writing retreat is an opportunity for you to spend some time focusing on a piece of writing under the supervision of a facilitator. You'll set writing goals for the day, and have approximately 5 hours of dedicated writing.

The location of the venue is conveniently situated in Bath City Centre and although a central location, the hotel, surrounded by its beautiful landscaped gardens, offers a quiet and peaceful co-working space. You'll be provided with teas and coffees throughout the day and a hot and cold buffet lunch.

Due to limited spaces, we ask those who would like to attend to complete a short application form (see link above).

Wednesday 6 September

Time Activity Location Booking
10:00 - 12:30 How to edit academic work Online - Zoom Booking required
14:00 - 16:00 Virtual Writing Wednesday Online - MS Teams Booking required

Thursday 7 September

Time Activity Location Booking
10:00 - 12:00 Virtual Writing Thursday Online - MS Teams Booking required
14:15 - 15:05 Dealing with delay: how to overcome writers' procrastination Online - MS Teams Booking required

Friday 8 September

Time Activity Location Booking
Various appointments available (30 minutes) 1:1 Coaching - time management, work/life balance Online Fully booked

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