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CHASE Essentials: Making Progress in Your PhD: Strategies for Completion

  • Fulton 206 Fulton Building, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH (map)

Are you part-way through your PhD and wondering how to keep going? Do you need a push to progress to the final stages? If so, join us for this two-day workshop. Through activities, discussions, and tutorials, you’ll:

  • Clarify where you are with your PhD

  • Identify your critical success factors

  • Learn tools and techniques to boost your productivity

  • Build a support network

  • Develop a plan for success

  • Make significant progress with your next piece of writing

By the end of the weekend you’ll be all set for successful completion.

Day One is organised around activities and discussion. Day Two gives you the opportunity to implement what you’ve learned by planning and producing a piece of writing. You can also receive 1-2-1 coaching from the facilitator.

Attendees need to bring their research plan and a laptop.

Feedback from Previous Sessions

Thought-provoking and very helpful; put me back on the road to completing my PhD.
Yes, it did meet my expectations, it also superseded them. The tips on how to complete, timetables, as well as ways to manage the supervisory process, have been incredibly helpful.
This was a fantastic training that combined practical advice, skill building, and carved out time to implement these tactics with a one day writing session. I would 100% recommend others to attend this event. Catherine Pope has, once more, been crucial to the survival of my mental health and savior of my thesis.
It was exceptionally informative and helped me formulate a plan.

About the Facilitator

Dr Catherine Pope is an academic researcher and experienced workshop facilitator. Since completing her PhD in 2014, Catherine has worked with thousands of researchers and writers to help them achieve their goals. She runs workshops and writing retreats at many universities, including Sussex, Birkbeck, Canterbury Christ Church, Portsmouth, and Surrey. Catherine has also published books in her field of Victorian literature and on technology. She divides her time between the 19th and 21st centuries. You can find out more at


Day 1
1000 - Welcome & Introductions
1030 - Where are you with your PhD?
Activities and Discussion
- What have you done so far?
- Where do you need to be?
- What are your critical success factors?
1130 - Assessing your Performance
Activities and Discussion -
How is your….
- Project management?
- Planning?
- Supervisory balance?
- Writing?
- Support network?
1300 - Lunch
1400 - Boosting your Productivity
Activities and Discussion
- Prioritisation
- Planning
- Performance
1530 - Putting it into Practise
Trying some techniques
- Planning activity
1645 - Group Debrief and Plan for tomorrow
1700 - Finish

Day 2
0930 - Coffee and set up
1000 - Welcome and plan for the day
1015 - Warm-up exercises
1030 - Intensive writing & 1-2-1s
1300 - Lunch
1400 - Intensive writing & 1-2-1s
1545 - Group Debrief & closing remarks
1600 - Finish

Terms and conditions

The following groups are eligible to attend the training

By registering below you are requesting a place on this training programme or selected sessions that form part of the programme. A member of the CHASE team or the workshop leader will contact you in due course to confirm that a place has been allocated to you.

If you are allocated a place but can no longer attend, please email so that your place can be reallocated. CHASE training is free to attend and events are often oversubscribed with a waiting list. Failure to notify us of non-attendance in good time (ideally 5 days prior to the workshop/programme) means your place cannot be reallocated and may result in your access to future CHASE training being restricted.