Sun, whales and self-care: Reporting back on 2017 HDR Retreat

Last week AUSCCER postgrads and staff left the confines of our offices, took our shoes off and spent two days in the sunshine, wind and waves at North Wollongong beach and Surf life Saving Club. Amongst the joys of sandy feet, whale sightings and delicious cake, the purpose of our outing was a HDR Retreat.  The HDR Retreat provides an opportunity for students and staff to reconnect (or get to know each other a bit better), share our research interests,  learn some new skills and importantly, take some time to practice some self-care.

Early mornings. Source: @nessscavvv

Acknowledging Dharawal Country. Source: @PaulineMcGuirk


We gathered on Tuesday morning and Leah Gibbs kicked us off with an acknowledgement of Country. We meet and regularly work on the lands of the Wodi Wodi people from the Dharawal nation). Ananth Gopal then took the lead instructing us to get into small groups, go for a walk and talk about our present research inspirations and irks. Dedicated time to sit, talk and listen to people other than your supervisor was wonderfully refreshing. What followed were two days full of workshops.

Here are some of the pictorial highlights:

Tuesday 14th November

Ananth Gopal asking us to listen to each other. Source: @LM_Gibbs

The sweet taste of DECRA success. Afternoon tea to celebrate Andrew Warren. Source: @LM_Gibbs

Wednesday 15th November

Contemplation as Day 2 kicks off. Source: @PaulineMcGuirk


Listening intently to Michael Adams talking about ‘Writing for other audiences’. Source: @PaulineMcGuirk

Nick Gill leading the Thesis by Compilation vs Monograph discussion. Source: @AW_Geo


Big thanks to everyone who organised the retreat and ran workshops.

Look out for future blog posts unpacking some of the workshop discussions.

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