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Read about the recent research students' retreat

which took place at the University's outdoor centre at Firbush, Killin

CAS PhD Retreat 2012

Over the last weekend in February CAS staff and students took part in an academic retreat at the University’s Firbush outdoor centre in the Central Highlands. The retreat was an opportunity for students to present on the current stage of their research whilst staff ran sessions on the various key milestones of the PhD process. These workshops included pre-fieldwork preparation, the end of first year review board, writing up, publishing and post PhD career options, as well as ‘demystifying’ the viva. The students found all of these sessions to be extremely useful while the student presentations offered space for animated and critical discussion on a wide range of current issues in different fields of African Studies.

As well as being academically intense and fruitful, the retreat was a great opportunity for networking and socialising within the Centre beyond the usual academic formats. Located on the shores of Loch Tay the Firbush centre provided an attractive and stimulating location for students and staff alike to escape from their ordinary routines of university life in Edinburgh.






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