In April 2013 Professor Jennie Hudson initiated a six-week team based writing challenge within the Centre for Emotional Health. The challenge was based on the fact that academics are more productive when they devote regular time to writing, rather than waiting for chunks of free time to materialise.
With the demands of academic life and personal life rubbing up against each other, many academics and students tend to push the task of writing to one side. This lowers their research productivity and their own personal satisfaction with their writing. Professor Hudson recruited 33 staff and students from the Centre for Emotional Health in order to conduct a six-week writing challenge. Each participating team competed to gain points over the six-week period.
Everyone was broken into teams of three and the essential task to complete was for every member of the team to write for 30 minutes every day. This challenge was extremely successful. At the end of the six weeks the majority of team members reported a significant increase in their writing productivity. Not only that, there was a significant contribution to the research environment and culture of collaboration within the Centre.