Weekly update

Welcome to The Graduate School

Graduate School Weekly Update

Welcome to The Graduate School Weekly Update!

Click here to see a full list of upcoming events. Download a copy of our Semester One Programme here.

Training provided by The Graduate School can be booked via MyFuture.

Once logged in go to: 
Events > Workshops (Careers, Grad School & LDS) 

Type 'GS' as a key word to get a list of training and events provided by The Graduate School.

We hope that you find plenty of events and useful information for the coming week. 

Graduate School Highlights

GS Holiday OPening Hours

Graduate School

Holiday Period Opening Hours

Friday 21 December: 08.00 - 17.30
Saturday 22 December: 10.00 - 17.30
Sunday 23 - Wednesday 26 December: Closed 
Thurs 27 - Sat 29 December: 09.00 - 17.00 (No Staffed Services)
Sunday 30 December - Monday 1 January: Closed
Wednesday 2 January: Normal Opening Hours Resume

Graduate School

Festive Celebration

Get into the festive spirit and join the Graduate School Festive Celebration on Wednesday 12 December 16.00-17.00. 

The Staff Wellbeing Choir will be in residence singing carols and there will be mulled wine (with non-alcoholic options) and mince pies for all.

Wear your best Christmas jumper and receive festive prizes!

Please ensure you book on MyFuture for catering purpose.


Elmwood Chamber Orchestra

In Aid of Medicins Sans Frontieres - Doctors Without Borders

Thursday 13 December, 19.30-21.30, Graduate School Social Space

Come along to our charity Christmas concert in aid of Doctors Without Borders. With classical music including Shostakovich, Wìren and Elgar: it's a night not to be missed! Enjoy the beautiful music in the magical setting of the Graduate School at Queen's. Pay at the door with tickets costing £5 and all proceeds going to charity. 

Register now!

Conductor - Fr Gerard Magee

With music including:
String Quartet No.8 - Shostakovich
Serende for String Orchestra - Dag Wiren
Introduction and Allegro for Strings - Elgar

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International Student Barometer

Your Views Count

We're committed to improving the experience of our students, so we've asked an independent research agency (i-graduate) to gather feedback on your experiences at the University.  This is your opportunity to tell us what’s working, what’s frustrating and what you think of your university experience so far.

Please click here for the chance to your sayClosing date: 14 December 2018.

It only takes 15 minutes, and the results will help to improve your studies and your social life for the rest of your time at university.  As a thank-you, i-graduate is offering the opportunity to:

  • Win a £1,000 cash prize or
  • Suggest a £1,000 donation to charity
  • In addition, the University is offering you the chance to win one of 5 £25 Amazon vouchers.

The University recognises the significant investment of time and money you have made in your studies and we value your opinion.  By completing the Barometer you will play a part in enhancing the student experience for current and future students.

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Survey for students studying at UK universities

The reputation of UK and global universities

Queen's University Belfast would like to invite you, as a student, to take part in a short online survey about university reputation. This is a project managed by The World 100 Reputation Network, a group of leading global universities, to which we belong. The survey will take around 5 minutes to complete. To take part in this survey please click here

All those completing the survey will be eligible to enter into a prize draw to win one of two £100 gift vouchers or 16 £50 gift vouchers. 

Questions about the survey and the research?

The World 100 Reputation Network is managed by The Knowledge Partnership, specialist education consultants, who ensure all responses are anonymous and confidential, in accordance with the UK’s Market Research Society Code of Conduct.

If you have any questions about the research, please contact Amy Ross at tracker@theworld100.com.

For full terms and conditions, including the privacy policy, please click here: www.theworld100.com/trackersurveyterms.

Survey Link: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4169676/qubstudents18

Thank you for sharing your views! The feedback you provide will be extremely valuable to us, so we would be very grateful if you could take the time to complete this survey.

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Thesis Submissions

Important Update

Please note that Student Registry will be unable to accept submissions on the last day of semester Friday 21 December due to limited opening hours.

They will re-open on the 3 January and will accept thesis submissions due during the closure period, without penalty, until Friday 4 January at 5.00 pm.

Hello from your Postgraduate Student Officer - Rachel Powell

Hello from your Postgraduate Student Officer

Rachel Powell

It was been great getting to engage with so many postgraduate students over the last few weeks and I have really enjoyed getting to know so many of you. I want to keep you all in the loop with relevant QUBSU activities going on over the next week:

Drop-In PG: I will be in Teaching Room 9 every Tuesday from 10am – 4pm. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions or queries at all! If you have any queries outside of this time, keep an eye out for the Students’ Union box and comment cards that you can fill out in the Graduate School. I will make sure to get back to you all!

Elections: More postgraduate students than ever nominated themselves for election this year! You can vote for these students as your new representatives on Tuesday 9th October from 8am – 10pm on QOL. Find out more about your candidates here and get voting!

Black history Month: Last week, we launched our first ever Black History Month. If you want to get involved in any of the amazing events we have on over the next month, you can find more information here

Hungry for Change: Passionate about making a positive change in the world? Kick off your year at Queen’s by getting involved with volunteering opportunities and the major activist campaigns in Belfast and beyond! Come along, get involved and explore new and exciting opportunities for your time at Queen’s and have a free hot lunch while you’re at it! Register here

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Postgraduate Career Opportunities

Don't miss out!

Postgraduate Career Opportunities

The Graduate School recruits for Community Assistants periodically and will advertise on the Weekly Update as and when posts become available.

Please see below for other career opportunities:

Funding & Scholarships

Find out more!

Funding & Scholarships

For information on the latest Funding and Scholarship opportunities click here to find out more.

To be taken through to our Funding and Scholarships webpage click here.

For Scholarships administrered by Academic and Student Affairs click here.

For available funding by subject area please click here.


What's on at Queen's

Find out what's happening now at Queen's!

What's on at Queen's

Don't miss out on the exciting events going on at Queen's right now.

Click here now to find out more.

What's On in Belfast and Beyond

Things to Do!

What's on in Belfast and Beyond

Whatever the time of year you choose to visit Belfast you’ll always find activities and events to keep you busy and entertained.

Click here now to find out what's on!

Ongoing Training & Events

PG Book Club

Next Session - Tuesday 17 December

Reading groups are a great way for intellectual stimulation, expanding personal knowledge, but most importantly they are a social experience. 

Join us on the first and Third Tuesday of every month for our Graduate School PG Book Club in TR3 from 17.00-19.00.

Participants will have the chance to prompt their interests and propose readings to share with the rest of the group allowing members to read books that they normally wouldn’t consider. No need to book, just drop in! Refreshments will be provided.

'Conversation is a meeting of minds '

Join us on the first and third Tuesday of the month to share and discuss some of our best readings. To make sure every voice is heard and every member really enjoys the meetings, at the end of the session a different member picks up a book (or a novel, or a thriller, or a poem etc.) which may also gives us the opportunity to get out of our comfort zone and get inspired!

We, then, discuss their salient and most interesting aspects, what we loved or what we did not, what caught our attention, what parts were the most or least original. The aim of the Book Club is to share our passion in reading getting some time out from our academic works; share our ideas while spending time with new people and making sure we are enjoying our time together.

The club provides a safe and warm channel to exchange and challenge ideas, encouraging self-expression while enhancing your critical thinking.

Session Dates:
November (6, 20)
December (4, 17)
January (8, 22)
February (5, 19)

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For All Postgraduate Students

Career 1-2-1 Appointments

Career 1-2-1 Appointments will be running across Semester 2.

Appointments can be booked via MyFuture. Once logged in go to

Appointments > Book an Appointment

*please note that these sessions are bookable 15 days prior to each appointment.



For all Postgraduate Students

Coffee Catch Up

Our next Coffee Catch Up will take place at 10.00am on Wednesday 12 December in the Graduate School Social Space and will have a Christmas theme!

Join us for some sweet treats & great conversation.

No registration necessary, just drop-in

For all Postgraduate Students

Mindful Meditation

Join us on Wednesdays, 13.10, Wellbeing Room, Main Site Tower (School of Law) for some Mindful Meditation led by Orla Wallace.

Each class will integrate mindful movement, relaxation and seated meditation.

Drop-in – no need to register

Open to all postgraduates!

For all Postgraduate Students

Shut Up & Write

Join us for Shut up & Write, Mondays from 13.00 - 16.00. 

Shut up & Write is a movement that started in San Francisco as a way for writers to structure their time and connect with others. It is a great way to carve out dedicated writing time and make progress on thesis chapters and assignments.

Feel free to drop by for a quiet space to write with plenty of coffee and no distractions.

No registration necessary!

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