Shut-up and Work

Co-working sessions for PGRs from all Colleges and years of study. Come tackle your to-do list and get more done.

What is Shut-up and Work?

Our Shut up & Work groups can help you to work more productively. You come along, set your targets for the day and work in a supportive environment until you achieve your targets. Your targets can be related to writing or any other aspect related to your research e.g. reading, data analysis, planning etc.

If you need a space that's distraction-free and gives you the structure you need to focus and get your work done, or if you'd simply like some company whilst working, join one of our Shut-up and Work groups.

How do I join a group?

You can find the dates, times and contact details for current groups at the bottom of this page.

Shut-up and Work groups always welcome new members, whether you plan to join regularly or as a one off. Joining regularly gives the opportunity to build relationships with other PGRs, provides structure and builds good working habits. Joining as a one off can help you to meet an upcoming deadline or tackle something you’ve been putting off.

A number of groups are organised and ran by the University Graduate School, but we also encourage PGR led groups.

How do I set-up my own group?

If you’d like to join a Shut-up and Work group but can’t find one that suits, why not set-up your own group!

We are a diverse community of night owls and early risers, with PGRs across time zones all balancing varied work and caring commitments. Find your crowd by starting a group on your preferred platform at a time, date and frequency to suit you.

Get in contact with our community engagement manager Katie Mill to talk about setting up a new group including advertising on this page. 

UGS led groups

A video and text based group meet on Microsoft Teams. You can self-enrol on our Shut-up and Work Teams site by pressing 'request to join' or by entering the following code: f060mfz

For support accessing Microsoft Teams, please see this IT Knowledge article: Microsoft 365: Microsoft Teams Guidance

Contact our Community Engagement Manager Katie Mill with any queries or issues.

Monthly Mondays - TBC

The group meets the third Monday of the month for an all-day session. If you are short on time, you are welcome to join us for the first or second part of the session.

Weekly Thursday afternoons

The group meets every Thursday afternoon from 13.00-16.30 GMT from 13.01.2022 until 14.04.2022. 

PGR led groups

Weekly Monday Evenings

Group Lead: Sarah Chung – Part-time doctoral researcher in the School of Education. 

Every Monday – 18.45 – 21.05

Sarah runs a text based group via The Common Room on Discord. If you are already a member simply join the session channel, or email Sarah from a bham email address to be sent an invite link




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