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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

Waste Couture

Swap till you Drop!

Thursday 18 October, 18.30-19.30, Graduate School Social Space

Love Fashion but don't want the guilt. The answer: swap till you shop! Dig out any old items from your wardrobe, as long as they're in good enough quality i.e.something you would offer a friend. Why not come along for a relaxed evening, join the circular economy and see what you might come away with. It might even become your fav item this autumn/fall. Register your interest now!

The more we hear about about the environmental toll the fast fashion industry takes on the planet, or the conditions workers are subjected to, the more we need to think of creative ways to continue looking good without hurting planet or people. When you know it takes the same amount of water to fill 22 bathubs as it does to make one simple t-shirt, we gotta do something.This is an opportunity to discuss fashion and clothing in an easy informal way while also effectively shopping - win win. There will also be a very short presentation on eco designers and ways we can think about upcycling. 

Whether it is a coat, dress, trousers, bag or shoes, bring between 1-5 items and swap away. All welcome. And if you don't have any clothing, pay a small donation and still get involved.   #qubwastecouture  

Hot chocs and tray bakes will be provided by a Local social enterprise.

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Meet your Community Assistants

Introducing Irene Tenchini

Hi there! My name is Irene and I am a PhD student in Early Medieval English Literature. I submitted my doctoral proposal last year after having completed three-months of research at Queen's for my MA in Literature and Translation in Rome, Italy. I find Queen’s a very inspirational research hub. I am very passionate about my project, I love languages, reading and travelling. 

My go-to fun fact is that I am a Waterpolo player. I have been captain of the Roma Pallanuoto Club for many years and across 2016/17 I was Volunteer Junior Coach for Anguillara Waterpolo Female Team, Italy. 

I can speak basic German, and have previously taken classes in French and Latin, but would love to be able to speak fluently in other languages also.

Shut Up and Write, every Monday 1-4 pm, is one of my favourite events in The Graduate School: it is an absolute push at the start of the week! The Pomodoro technique is really helpful: 25 minutes of full focus on my work rewarded by 5 minutes breaks to refresh mind and body and I feel ready to start in again. At the same time I find it very motivating to work together with other students. I wrote most of the conference paper I delivered this summer in London at Shut Up & Write, and now, every Monday I am there to work on my thesis chapters!

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CPANI Professional Mentoring Opportunity

Application forms are now live!

Would you like to understand the potential impact of your research at the level of public institutions?

The Graduate School in collaboration with the Commissioner for Public Appointments Northern Ireland (CPANI) is offering a unique opportunity to postgraduate students to be professionally mentored by a Public Appointment Commission body. This prestigious opportunity can enhance your networks and employability skills. 

Application can be found at www.qub.ac.uk/myfuture under events. Closing date: 24 October 2018.

Open to all postgraduate students!

Public bodies make important decisions that shape the quality of our lives, from funding the arts, sports and science to providing essential healthcare and safeguarding the environment as well as promoting human and delivering justice. 

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Drop-in Sessions

CMI Drop-in Sessions
Every Tuesday
Graduate School, Social Space

Earn an internationally-recognised Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership from The Graduate School, accredited by the Chartered Management Institute. Scholarships are available for this year's CMI programme. To find out more about our Chartered Management Institute qualification opportunities please click here

Lean In

Women's Network

Lean In Women's Network
Thursday 18 October, 18.00-19.30
Graduate School, TR7

Join us at The Graduate School Women’s Network Lean In event as we start up our monthly meet up sessions for the new academic year. Guest Speakers: Rachel Powell & Gift Sotonye Frank. 
Sign up now!

Rachel Powell: Student Union Postgraduate Officer
Rachel will be discussing women's rights movements, her role as Vice President of Equality and Diversity and her role as Vice President Postgraduate and how we can support women in QUBSU; through conferences such as Women Lead, National Women’s' Conference, Innovate Her etc. 

Gift Sotonye Frank: Women’s Student Officer
Gift will be talking about her new role as Women’s Student Officer within The Students Union and how she can support you

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Thought Leaders Global Challenges Debates

Is War between Science and Religion Inevitable?

Thought Leaders Global Challenges Debates with Richard English
Thursday 25 October, 17.00 - 18.30
Graduate School, Social Space

Two leading scholars take up the and ask: Is War between Science and Religion Inevitable? Or are there other ways of thinking about the whole issue? Click here for more information. Doors open at 16.30. Seats will be issued ona first come, first served basis. Refreshments will be served following the debate.

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 periodically recruits Community Assistants (CAs). We are not presently hiring but will update you just as soon as this changes.

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.

Click here to be taken through to our Funding and Scholarships webpage.

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.

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Ongoing Training & Events

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

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

Coffee Catch Up

Our next Coffee Catch Up will take place on Wednesday 26 September 2018.

Join us on the last Wednesday of every month at 10.00 for coffee and great conversation in The Graduate School social space, 1st floor.

No registration necessary, just drop-in

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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