This autumn five members of SoAD spent two days at Deans Place in Alfriston on a writing retreat organised by the Early Career Researcher network. The aim of the retreat was to make some focused research time for staff and PGRs who had applied take part in order to focus on a particular writing task. Over the two days we spent time working individually on our own projects, but we also met as a group to set goals, discuss progress and spent some time working on our larger research aims. We held a really interesting and productive session on locating ourselves; we set out and shared what our key research interests were, which fields of research we belonged to (or wanted to belong to), what aims we had of where we would like to go with our research, and where we would like to get published. One outcome of this discussion was to discover shared fields and interests, and to think about how in time we could use the REGs to offer space for publishing and sharing our research more widely. As well as these group sessions and individual work session we took advantage of the location to take some walks around the Alfriston area and continue our conversations on foot.
Dr Katy Beinart
A couple of quotes from participants:
“The writing retreat was ever so helpful, I did more in that time than I could in normally weeks, simply for having the focus, support, and proper environment – incredible value. Also very helpful with making deeper bonds between researchers.”
“The writing retreat in September was fantastic and really enabled me to get into a good head space for my work, after a very difficult 6 months. Thank you so much for this, and for being so inclusive of me as a PGR.”
As the photos show the group also got in some hiking at sunrise looking at the village of Alfriston to the north, saw a rare albino squirrel and had a (socially distanced) experience in the writing room of Deans Hotel.