Doctoral research students from a number of disciplines across Imperial College attended a two-day writing retreat in March at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor, Berkshire. Jointly run by the Graduate School and the Centre for Academic English (CfAE) at Imperial College, this retreat provided a focussed and supportive environment for those present. From NIHR CLAHRC NWL, 5 doctoral research students attended (L-R: Tomasz Szymanski, Laura Lennox, Meerat Kaur, David Sunkersing, Sophie Spitters), utilising the retreat to focus on writing their thesis, gain new perspectives on approaches to writing – and how to become more effective writers. Individual support from the Graduate school and CfAE was available throughout the retreat, providing feedback and advice, as appropriate.

Attending the Imperial College two-day writing retreat was a great opportunity to work on my thesis, in addition to getting support and advice on the overall PhD. Cumberland Lodge is a unique and distinctive place to write in, steeped in rich history and heritage. I would recommend the retreat to all doctoral research students in the final stages of their PhD.David Sunkersing, PhD Student for NIHR CLAHRC Frailty theme.