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Research Support

An overview of the support that is offered for researchers at the University of Essex.

Upcoming workshops

Below you'll find upcoming events and training sessions that are beyond the introductory sessions delivered as part of Newcomers Research Week. If you have any questions about any of these sessions, please get in touch with us on

If you'd like to suggest a topic or specific session that you'd like us to organise, please contact us on

Time to Write

Feeling isolated and struggling to write? Join our popular virtual writing retreat ‘Time to Write’, where you’ll get some great advice and structure, alongside a chance to catch up with some of your fellow PhD researchers!

***By signing up to this session, you’ll pay a one-off fee for access to a range of writing days in the Summer terms where you pick and choose which sessions you will join. This course will also give you access to a Slack channel where advice and tips will be shared. If you joined Time to Write in the Autumn and/or Spring term, please email us directly rather than re-registering, as you do not need to pay again***

This programme is a light touch version of the popular Thesis Boot Camp, which was designed by Dr Peta Freestone to help PhD students with their writing. We know that in these uncertain times it can be difficult to keep on top of your writing, and you may feel like you’re not making progress. This programme has been designed to help you write and as an alternative to the Thesis Boot Camp, but please note that this is NOT a boot camp. We do not expect intense levels of productivity, but we’re hoping that we can create some positive days where we come together, though we are working separately, in virtual spaces where we can catch up and share advice and tips. Have a look at our blog post for more information about previous sessions.

The Time to Write programme will take place over Zoom and Slack, and includes an introductory session with follow up writing day sessions in the Summer Term. Please note that you can only join writing days that are scheduled after the introduction session you’ve signed up to.

A full overview of the structure of the upcoming sessions will be made available to you once you book a place on one of the introductory sessions. You can join as many or as few Writing Days as you’d like, but we recommend joining at least three sessions (including the introduction). Once you sign up, we will send you a quick form to fill out to indicate sessions you want to join.

We have not yet scheduled all of the writing days for the Summer Term, but you can book your place at our introductory session now! We'll then be in touch with the dates for the writing days closer to the time. Once you have signed up to the Introductory Day, you can join as many or as few writing days throughout the term as you like.

Tuesday 27th April (Introduction: Day 9.15am –5.15pm)

Book your place here!
If you have any questions, please get in touch with Hannah Pyman or Anne Kavanagh.