ANU Thesis Boot Camp

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What is Thesis Boot Camp?

The Australian National University (ANU) runs a Thesis Boot Camp (#ANUTBC) program based on a concept created and developed by Dr Liam Connell and Peta Freestone at The University of Melbourne. Thesis Boot Camp at ANU is proudly sponsored by the Postgraduate and Research Students' Association (PARSA).

Research students can often encounter difficulties with writing towards the end of their degree. Thesis Boot Camp helps you do a large amount of work on your thesis and develop productive writing habits in a single weekend. The concept of Thesis Boot Camp is disarmingly simple. Put a group of people experiencing similar issues in the same room for a weekend, feed them regularly and provide a reward for each 5,000 words written. An experienced writing teacher is available to help you work through challenges, and regular breaks for physical activity are encouraged. Many students write over 10,000 words on a Thesis Boot Camp weekend, and some even write up to 25,000 words.

When is #ANUTBC offered in 2019?

Research Skills and Training offer the following #ANUTBC’s in 2019:

  • 8-10 March, Acton campus
  • 8-10 November, Acton campus - Expressions of interest are now open and close on Friday, 11 October at 5pm. Please register your interest here.
  • 13-15 December, Acton campus  - Expressions of interest are now open and close on Friday, 7 November at 5pm. Please register your interest here.

How can I apply?

The #ANUTBC program is extremely popular and spaces are limited to 26 per camp. Places are offered on a needs basis, as with everything that Research Training offers, our camps are an inclusive and safe space for all students to work. These camps are targeted for students writing towards the end of their degree. Your application will go through an application process assessing your thesis progress, goals for the camp and personal circumstances.

#ANUTBC is advertised in our HDR Update, which is mailed to all research students at the start of every month, and on our Facebook page.

What happens after Thesis Boot Camp is over?

It's impossible to write a whole thesis over a weekend, so we offer one to two monthly #ANUTBC Veterans' Days to anyone who has completed the weekend Thesis Boot Camp program.

Veterans' Days recreate the Thesis Boot Camp magic, allowing you to find at least one day of uninterrupted writing time each month. Lunch is provided, and a member of the Research Training team is there to talk to through any concerns you may have. Veterans' Days are a great way to stay in touch with your fellow peers, and meet others in a supportive atmosphere dedicated to helping you complete your thesis. These days are only for past participants of Thesis Boot Camps.

We would like to thank PARSA, who generously fund two Thesis Boot Camps annually.

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