Thesis Boot Camp

Applications for the final Thesis Boot Camp for the 2017-18 academic year have now closed.

Are you a late-stage doctoral researcher, struggling to finish your thesis?

Would you like to learn new ways to write productively in a dedicated but supportive environment?

Are you finding it tough to get motivated and would like to connect with others who are facing similar challenges?

If so, you need Thesis Boot Camp (or TBC, for short).

Thesis Boot Camp is an intensive and supportive writing environment for late-stage doctoral researchers. The core idea is to give you the necessary time, space, and encouragement to make significant progress on your first draft. It’s not designed to provide specific advice on editing, restructuring, or polishing a thesis – the focus is on overcoming writer’s block to produce a large number of words.

Support is provided through short tutorials, group discussion, and 1:1 consultations with the facilitators. Attendees are required to complete preparatory tasks to get the most out of the weekend.

The weekend is fully catered, but no overnight accommodation is available.

Three Thesis Boot Camps have been organised during the 2017-18 academic year; December 2017, February 2018 and May 2018. All applications for these have now closed. We will be evaluating the Thesis Boot Camps over the summer and deciding whether to continue to offer them as part of the Personal and Professional Development programme. Details on any future Thesis Boot Camps will be provided on our website and in the BDC Bulletin.

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