15th July 2020 by

Page Breaks Research Day: 22 July


On Wednesday 22 July (from 9 am), we will be hosting our next Page Breaks Research day. This will be an opportunity to work on your own research (while knowing that others are working at the same time), with periodic zoom calls to set and reflect on goals.

How it works

  • The day will run from 9 am – 4.30 pm (though most of this will be individual work time)
  • If you’d like to join us, all you really need to do is join the first Zoom at the start of the morning (password for all zoom meetings: pagebreaks)
  • You’re also welcome to join us for specific sessions, if you can’t make it for the whole day.


  • 9.00 -9.15 (ZOOM): Goal setting for the day, and for the first block.
  • 9:15 – 11: Writing/Research Block
  • 11.00 – 11:20: Finer Things
  • 11:20-12:30: Writing/Research Block
  • 12.30 – 1.15: Lunch
  • 1.15 – 1.30 (ZOOM): Goal Setting/Check in
  • 1.30 – 4:15  Writing/Research Block
  • WILD CARD Finer Things: Take a 15 minute break at any time during this block
  • 4.15 – 4.30 (ZOOM): Final reflections/Check In


  • There’s really only one, and that’s to think carefully about your suite of goals (determining what you can accomplish in the individual blocks of time in the schedule, and what you can accomplish over the three blocks of time). Try to be specific, but also realistic!

This is the last Page Breaks Research Day for a little while, since we’ll both be on annual leave in August. If anyone would like to run a student-led session during  that time, we’d be very happy to offer some guidance. (Equally, feel free to just use the format as you see fit!)

The event is run by Dorothy Butchard and Toria Johnson (d.butchard@bham.ac.uk and t.johnson@bham.ac.uk). Please email us if you have any questions, but you’re welcome to just turn up (at any point as well, if you’re not able to make the entire day).

About Page Breaks

This is an informal weekly reading group within the Department of English Literature. All welcome! https://blog.bham.ac.uk/englitpostgrad/page-breaks/