Issue 10
Monday, 02 December 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Asia Pacific College of Business and Law staff at Katherine rural campus for the Research and Writing Retreat
Asia Pacific College of Business and Law staff at Katherine rural campus for the Research and Writing Retreat

Retreat inspires academics to put pen to paper

The picturesque surrounds at Katherine rural campus have proven to be the perfect setting for CDU staff seeking to turn their minds to the task of academic writing.

Sixteen staff from the Asia Pacific College of Business and Law gathered at the bush property 16km north of Katherine for a four-day Research and Writing Retreat, organised by Senior Lecturer – Management, Dr Darius Pfitzner.

“In a busy teaching environment, research-active academics often find it difficult to find space to focus on their professional interests or to find the time to discuss concepts that might improve research outputs,” Dr Pfitzner said.

“This retreat allowed staff to put pen to paper, to progress their projects and to learn about the research being undertaken by colleagues.”

Dr Pfitzner said it also allowed staff from the Sydney Centre to meet their Top End counterparts face-to-face and to explore avenues for collaborative research.

“In terms of outcomes, a number of people made significant progress on their projects; one almost completing a paper. Others appreciated the opportunity to focus on their research and to get some momentum on their projects.”

Dr Pfitzner said Katherine rural campus was an ideal setting with excellent facilities.

“It’s a long way from the bright lights and other urban distractions. They provided accommodation, meals, meeting rooms and recreation facilities and an ambience that helped energise participants.”