This article explores one workshop, ‘Research Communication in the Multicultural Academy’ (RCMA), as a case study demonstrating how collaborative critique can be implemented. 'Collaborative critique’ is an approach designed to be collaborative in that participants work together to create meaning through discussion and debate stimulated by narrative, case studies and role plays. The authors frame the discussion with four categories: context, construction, collaboration and conversation. The authors acknowledge that collaborative critique can leave some programme participants with a certain amount of confusion. They conclude that confusion, complexity, critique and corroboration, while unsettling and challenging, can be harnessed to work in conjunction with the context, construction, collaboration and conversation that are central to academic development programmes.