SEDA Writing Retreat

13 September 2012 - 14 September 2012

Location: Holland House, Cropthorne, Worcestershire

A common frustration for SEDA members is finding quiet time to write for publication. In response to members’ requests this retreat will provide a quiet and beautiful space for new and more experienced writers keen to complete writing for publication or conferences. Set in beautiful gardens on the edge of the River Avon, the black and white timbered Tudor buildings of Holland House offer a ‘safe space’ where you are encouraged to feel at home and gain that dedicated writing time free from the usual distractions with support from a facilitator. Holland House offers unobtrusive hospitality in a unique, homely, and quirky setting. These two days will be about you and your writing. You won’t be interrupted but support will be available as will opportunities to share issues and ideas, including  walks through the local countryside.

The aim of the retreat is to provide an opportunity to complete a piece of writing or conference contribution that is in the development stage. For this reason participants are asked to identify their writing task on registration. Once your place is confirmed you will be asked to submit further details of the proposed project. 

All participants will have their own comfortable but fairly basic room with a bed and desk, some with beautiful views over the River Avon valley. Participants will need to bring a lap top computer. All meals are included and are home-cooked. Holland House has its own small library, meeting rooms for those who want to write in company and a cosy lounge where we can gather in the evening after our meal to talk about our writing. Please be aware that there is limited internet connection with none in the bedrooms.


 Anna Jones is Reader in Education at the Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning at Glasgow Caledonian University.  Before that she worked at King’s College London and at the University of Melbourne.  Her research interests include graduate attributes, disciplinary cultures in higher education, theorising academic development, academic practice, medical education and the role of higher education in society.  She has extensive experience in both teaching and academic development. She has published in a range of journals including Studies in Higher Education, Teaching in Higher Education, HERDSA, IJAD, IETI, London Review of Education, Journal of Further and Higher Education as well as chapters in edited books. While she often finds writing a struggle and spends many days just sitting at her desk kicking the wall, it is something she loves doing and that she finds greatly rewarding.                         

Refereed Articles

Jones, A. (2012) There is nothing generic about graduate attributes: unpacking the scope of context. Journal of Further and Higher Education

Wells, H., Jones, A. and Jones, S. Teaching Reluctant Students: Using the Principles and Techniques of Motivational Interviewing to Foster Better Student-Teacher Interactions. (forthcoming) Innovations in Education and Teaching International

Jones, A. (2011) Seeing the messiness of academic practice: Exploring the work of academics through narrative, International Journal for Academic Development 16 (2)

Jones, A. (2010) Not some shrink-wrapped beautiful package:  Using poetry to explore academic life Teaching in Higher Education, 15(5) 591-606

Jones, A. (2010) Examining the public face of academic development, International Journal for Academic Development 15(3) 241-251

Jones, A. (2010) Generic attributes in accounting: the significance of the disciplinary context.  Accounting Education  19(1 & 2 ) 2010, 5 - 21

Jones, A. (2009) Re-disciplining generic attributes: the disciplinary context in focus, Studies in Higher Education, 34(1) 85-100

Jones, A. (2009) Generic attributes as espoused theory: the importance of context, Higher Education, 58(2) 175-191

Jones, A (2007) Looking over our shoulders: critical thinking and ontological insecurity in higher education. London Review of Education 5(3) 209-222

Jones, A. (2007) ‘Multiplicities and Manna from Heaven’ Australian Journal of Education, 51(1)  84-103. 

Jones, A. (2005) ‘Culture and Context’: Critical thinking and student learning in introductory macroeconomics’ Studies in Higher Education

Jones, A. (2004) ‘Teaching Critical Thinking: An investigation of a task in introductory macroeconomics’ Higher Education Research and Development

Jones, A (1995) ‘Knowledge and Power: Literacy and the ESL Student’, Fine Print, Spring 1995 

Jones, I. H. & Jones, A. (1988) ‘Psychological Consequences of Armed Hold-Up’ Australian Family Physician, June.

Jones, A (1986-87) ‘Legends and Losers: An Analysis of Power in College’ Melbourne Journal of Politics

Book Chapters

Jones, A. (2011) Generic attributes in accounting, in B. Jackling, K. Watty & R. Wilson, Personal Transferable Skills in Accounting Education, London: Routledge

 Peseta, T., Manathunga, C., Jones A. (2010), Academic Development: An interdisciplinary space for higher education, in M. Davies and M. Devlin and M. Tight, Interdisciplinary Higher Education: Principles and Practicalities. International Perspectives on Higher Education Research Volume 5., Bingley: Emerald Working Papers

 Gribble, J., Meyer, L.  & Jones, A. (2003)  ‘Quantifying and Assessing Learning Objectives’ Centre for Actuarial Studies Research Paper # 112 November 

Jones, A. (1999) ‘The Asian Learner: An Overview of Approaches to Learning’ Teaching and Learning  Unit Working Paper, August.   [a1]  I’d prefer to allow people to wite in the ways that suit them best.

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