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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


PhD Writing Retreat

in March this year PhD students from SPS headed off for a writing retreat.  Here Christine Huebner, a PhD student in Social Policy, tells us about their trip to the Scottish Borders to get their creative juices flowing!

"Writing can be a dreadful task for many PhD students. Who wants to sit in front of a computer and ponder every word all day long? The Social Policy Postgraduate Community thought this does not necessarily have to be the case and invited for yet another successful Writing Retreat. On a weather-wise dreadful weekend in March, 8 students ventured out into the Scottish Borders to spend three days writing and working on their research projects. While most were PhD students in Social Policy or Global Public Health, Science and Technology Studies and Human Geography were also represented. The group was hosted at Wiston Lodge, a 19th century Victorian Hunting Lodge. On the programme were lots of quiet time to think and write, but also long country-walks, yoga, board games and, of course, eating lots of delicious homemade food. Above all else – a change of scenery, good food and good company – participants cherished the time away from the day-to-day hassles to sit down for writing or just to have a good conversation: “Within all this hectic day to day to do lists, the Writing Retreat does actually give us time and peace to reflect and write our own story. This weekend I had actually fun writing, I kind of forget how that felt.”

The Writing Retreat was funded a Graduate School Research Student  Special Project Grant.


SPS PhD writing retreat 2017