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CHASE Essentials: Thesis Boot Camp

19 - 21 June 2020 | Brighton

(Exact location will be confirmed to successful applicants in an email)

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 28 April 2020

Are you a mid- or late-stage doctoral researcher, struggling to make progress with your thesis? Do you keep putting off your writing? If so, Thesis Boot Camp could be the solution. Facilitated by Dr Catherine Pope, this 3-day event provides an intensive and supportive writing environment to help you reach your goals. The programme includes short tutorials, group discussions, and 1-2-1 discussions with Catherine. And lots of food, too.

Although it might sound intimidating, you’ll experience a warm atmosphere at Thesis Boot Camp. You will also meet other researchers in a similar situation and discover many tips for overcoming common problems. We’ll create the conditions in which you feel encouraged to completely immerse yourself in your writing. You’ll also receive guidance in advance on how to get the most out of the weekend. Catherine will help you develop an effective writing process for Thesis Boot Camp and beyond.

This is event is fully catered and hotel accommodation is available for the Friday and Saturday nights.


Friday 19th June – 4pm – 8pm

Saturday 20th June – 10am – 8pm

Sunday 21st June – 10am – 4pm

Attendees need to bring a laptop.

Dr Catherine Pope is a freelance research and writing skills trainer. Since gaining her PhD from the University of Sussex in 2014, Catherine has worked with over 2,000 researchers across the UK through workshops, coaching, and e-learning. You can find out more at

Feedback from previous Thesis Boot Camps:

It was all so good! It was great to have Catherine there to support us and also to give us encouragement, tips and advice. She was very calm and I think made a lot of us feel like we can really get our theses finished on time. It was also nice to be in an environment where everyone is just focused on writing. I have changed the way that I see my work and am definitely going to carry on with the new practices of writing that I learnt over the weekend and change where I work.
Thesis Boot Camp was an incredibly productive environment.
I am so glad that I attended it, I made immense progress. Moreover, I have been able to maintain the momentum and motivation I gained at the camp

Terms and conditions

The following groups are eligible to attend the training

By applying 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.