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All retreats are guided and supported by experienced facilitators.
0845 - 1515
1800 - 2100
0845 - 1515
1800 - 2100
0845 - 1515
Please book below to secure a place
Where we meet online for an hour to just chat and make friends (zoom).
As a community we are creating & maintaining vital relationships & friendships that can support us through the PhD process (especially during COVID-19). We know that researchers thrive when they have connections with likeminded individuals. Therefore, community is promoted at VWR.
1 2 1 chats with other researchers at a similar stage of PhD or in a similar field. A chance to share your research
Connecting in real life
VWR is working towards developing research that investigates:
1) How does VWR assist the PhD process?
2) How does VWR maintain wellbeing?
3) How effective is VWR?
Please email us at email@example.com if you would like to be involved in shaping this research.
Our last retreat of 2020 will be Friday 18th of December. Our first retreat of 2021 will be Monday 4th of January. Wishing all our members a happy time over the festivities. Please take time off & do something nice for yourself!
Gift Cards for those who care about their research buddies!
For PI's who want to support their students!
For Institutions who care about their cohort's wellbeing.
Buy them the gift of support & community!
£3 - 1 day
£39 - 4 weeks
1-2 hour chunks of writing with regular breaks - this process will be guided and supported by a VWR facilitator who will keep you on track.
Cat Aitken founded Virtual Writing Retreat (VWR), in September 2019 as a tool to hold her accountable to PhD. Through the management pathway at the University of Glasgow, Cat’s research is focused on social enterprise hybridity & the impact on sustainability. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Cat aims to submit her PhD in the next 12 months.
Cat worked as a Research Assistant at Heriot-Watt University in 2018/2019. In this role she evaluated the scalability and replication of start-up social enterprises. This led to a teaching post where she taught on various modules on the International Business Management degrees, supervised UG dissertations and organised a global postgraduate module. Cat is now pursing a secondary piece of research alongside her PhD as part of an internship with InspirAlba.
Prior to pursuing an academic career Cat worked in community education & worked with young people from areas of deprivation. Cat has an interesting background as a first-generation graduate and young Mum. Her son Blain has been her primary focus in life & he studies Robotics Engineering at Heriot-Watt University.
Cats vision for VWR in a broader sense, is to highlight underrepresented groups in academia by promoting the heterogeneous profiles of scholars. Furthermore, she aims to tackle education inequality by offering free retreats to low income students.
In her spare time Cat likes to ride her motorcycle, walk her huge dogs & unsurprisingly, loves to write.
You can follow her on twitter: @cataitken
Dr Maja Brandt Andreasen is a researcher of feminist media studies, specialising in social media, internet memes, rape culture, and humour. She finished her PhD in Gender Studies from the University of Strathclyde in March 2020 after successfully completing her Viva over Zoom. Her PhD thesis investigates rape culture in humorous internet memes about #MeToo. Next to her PhD, Maja has taught courses in Gender Studies, Media Studies and Journalism at the universities of Strathclyde and Stirling. She also supervises undergraduate and MLitt dissertations.
Maja currently works as a research associate on the CILIA LGBTQI+ project at Strathclyde: Comparing Intersectional Lifecourse (In)equlities Among LGBTQI+ people in Scotland.
Maja is originally from Denmark but lived in Amsterdam for five years before she moved to Glasgow to pursue her PhD. She is an enthusiastic home cook and foodie with a secret passion for crime shows and musicals.
"I joined VWR at a point where I was juggling a lot of different tasks. I was preparing for my Viva, teaching, supervising dissertations and writing endless job applications. At the same time, I was struggling to find time to write the first journal article based on my PhD research. VWR enabled me to focus on those few days I could dedicate to writing. Since then I have used the VWR as a community to help structure my days and find support from people who understand the struggles of a PhD and academic life. I decided to become a facilitator to give back to the community and because it’s honestly a pleasure".
You can follow Maja on twitter: @MajaBAndreasen1
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