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The W(h)ine Club: women finding joy in academic work

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The W(h)ine Club is a multidisciplinary women's research team which has been working together for the past 10 years. The idea for this Viewpoint piece grew as we participated in a Women in Research programme. The aim of the programme was to improve academic publications among women. A group of us in the programme found ourselves repeatedly referring to a time when we had worked together in a research project and the absolute joy we had experienced working together. We decided to write this reflection as the story of the W(h)ine Club, a space in which we complained, drank lots of wine, laughed and researched. All at the same time! What we realised was that women academics working together was a wonderful way to do research. Sharing our joys and sadness was often the glue that kept the team together and we learnt about research without realising it. In this Viewpoint we show that learning to research can be fun and that the bonds built in this process are powerful and validating.
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Keywords: research teambuilding; teamwork; women academics; women collaboration

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Public Relations Management,Vaal University of Technology, Private Bag X021Vanderbjilpark1900, South Africa 2: Department of Biosciences,Vaal University of Technology, Private Bag X021Vanderbjilpark1900, South Africa 3: Centre of Sustainable Livelihoods,Vaal University of Technology, Private Bag X021Vanderbjilpark1900, South Africa

Publication date: January 1, 2012

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