Returning to Academic Writing: Residential writing retreat for first and second year returning and practice based PGrs

Returning to Academic Writing: Residential writing retreat for first and second year returning and practice based PGrs

Issued: Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:21:00 BST

‌‌Dates/Times: 30 & 31 August 2018 (two full days with overnight accommodation at the University Court Hotel on 30 August. The event will start at 10am on 30 August and ends around 5pm on 31 August)

Venue: Pathfoot Building and Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling

Eligibility: First and second year returning and practice based PGRs only.

The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) provides 16 funded places for first and second year returning and practice based PGRs to attend a residential writing retreat at the University of Stirling. This event will be facilitated by academics from the University of Strathclyde, the University of Stirling and The Glasgow School of Art. To benefit research students in all HEIs in Scotland, one place will be reserved for each HEI on a first-come, first-served basis. Any reserved places that are not taken up by any HEI by the deadline, will be allocated to other applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that this event is only for first and second year returning and practice based PGRs. If you do not fall into this category, please do not apply.

The retreat aims to

  • Instil a positive attitude towards writing at an early stage of their research.
  • Target PGRs students who are returning to the academy after some period in practice who may need additional support in developing academic writing.
  • Promote the importance of wellbeing and self-care amongst PGRs at an early stage by encouraging time for breaks, recreation and movement.
  • The retreat is designed to deliver a cross-institutional and interdisciplinary platform to promote the development of opportunities for ongoing peer support and sustainable networks amongst SGSAH PGR students in the development of their academic writing.

Venue: The University of Stirling offers the perfect setting for such a retreat with the benefits of a beautiful campus, sports and recreational facilities which will be available to participants as well as on-site accommodation and catering providing both convenience and the opportunity to leave day-to-day stresses behind.

How to apply: Please send your application form by email to by the deadline. In your email to us, please write "AHRC CDF WRITING RETREAT APPLICATION" in the subject box for easy identification.
Deadline: 12 noon, 12 May 2018

Please note that this is an application process; submission does not guarantee you a place. Applicants will be notified of the decision by 1 June 2018. Your confirmation of attendance must be received by 7 June 2018. If you fail to return the confirmatin by the deadline, your place will be offered to the applicants on the reserved list. Attendance is free, lunch, dinner and overnight accommodation are provided and travel to Stirling for students at other Universities will be reimbured.

Contact for further information:

Dr Hong-Lin Yu (Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling)

Dr Sarah Edwards (University lead for the AHRC PGR Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Strathclyde)

Dr Lynn-Sayers McHattie (Programme Director for Design inquiry at the Institute of Design Innovation (InDI) and Programme Director for the Creative Campus practice-based PhD in the Highlands and Islands, The Glasgow School of Art)

For Campus maps and directions to the Pathfoot Buildings and the Court Hotel, see