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Mon 1 Jul - Tue 2 Jul 2024
09:30 - 17:00

Venue: Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03a

Provided by: Researcher Development Programme (RDP)


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Autism- and ADHD-Friendly Two-Day Writing Retreat

Mon 1 Jul - Tue 2 Jul 2024


The Two-Day writing retreat is designed to offer structured sessions of academic writing for PhD students who wish to come and work in a supportive environment, and discuss strategies for good working practices that accommodate neurodivergence. You do NOT need to have a confirmed diagnosis to attend this retreat.

We start the first day with an introduction that discusses the kinds of challenges that Autism and ADHD can present in doctoral research, as well as strengths. This is followed by discussion sessions on finding adaptive ways to work when handling executive dysfunction, or issues with your environment. The rest of the first day is dedicated to writing, with short sessions to test out new ways to approach your work. The second day will be a dedicated writing retreat, with time in a comfortable environment to crack on with some writing! A full schedule for the two days will be sent out at least a week in advance.

You will be writing alongside fellow graduate students. There will be a ‘quiet room’ and a ‘noisy room’ to accommodate various working styles/activities, and attendees are welcome to bring along any fidget objects etc. that would normally help them focus. We will also bring a selection of these to try out!

If you have attended before you are very welcome to come again – feel free to skip the introductory talk or just go get settled in the ‘quiet room’ to start your work.

Lastly, although you will need to arrange your own lunch, coffee, tea, & biscuits will be provided, alongside fruit and cake. Please notify us of any allergies when you make your booking.

Target audience

Neurodiverse PhD Students in AHSS and STEMM


Number of sessions: 2

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Mon 1 Jul   09:30 - 17:00 09:30 - 17:00 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03a map Amanda Brunton
2 Tue 2 Jul   09:30 - 17:00 09:30 - 17:00 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03a map Amanda Brunton
  • Gain advice on how to manage your PhD as a student with Autism/ADHD
  • Meet other neurodiverse students and share ideas
  • Enjoy a welcoming work environment to enhance productivity over 2 days

In person session, comprising information-giving and activities


Two whole day sessions

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