Weekly update

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Graduate School Weekly Update

Welcome to The Graduate School

Welcome to The Graduate School Weekly Update! We hope that you find plenty of events and useful information for the coming week. Remember, you can call in to reception or email us with your queries, and one of our Postgraduate Community Assistants will be more than happy to help you. 

Click here for information on our upcoming training and events programmes!

Graduate School Highlights

Postgraduate Taught Students

Master Your Leadership

'Your leadership journey begins when you set out to find the answer and are able to express it.'

Postgraduate Taught students can now avail of a world-class insight into leadership here at The Graduate School at no cost, simply by signing up to our flagship development programme, ‘Master Your Leadership’.

‘Master Your Leadership’ runs over four sessions which will enable you to undertake a 360-degree analysis of your strengths and areas for development, to work in teams to develop solutions for a challenge set by an employer/organisation and to create a personalised development plan. By attending all four days you will be entitled to attain a Degree Plus award.

Apply now for the remaining Cohorts!

Remaining Cohorts:
Cohort 5: 7 Feb, 21 Feb, 7 Mar, 25 Apr 
Cohort 6: 9 Feb, 23 Feb, 9 Mar, 27 Apr 
Cohort 7: 14 Feb, 28 Feb, 14 Mar, 2 May
Cohort 8: 16 Feb, 2 Mar, 16 Mar, 4 May
Summer School 1: 24 Jul, 25 Jul, 26 Jul, 27 Jul
Summer School 2: 31 Jul, 1 Aug, 2 Aug, 3 Aug

*Please note our Winter Cohort is now full

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For all Postgraduate Students

Giving a Presentation?

Wednesday 29 November, TR2, The Graduate School. 

Would you like to present to trainers, receive feedback and support to help enhance your slides and communication before delivering your final presentation?

Sign up today to secure your 20 min session through MyFuture.

Once logged in go to: 
Appointments > Book an Appointment

Thought Leaders: Inspire

Thought Leaders: Inspire Mark Dowds

Mark Dowds does nothing in half measures. An accomplished endurance runner and cyclist, a serial investor and startup founder, Mark has earned a name for his ability to motivate others to get “unstuck”—to innovate in old spaces and displace established industries in the name of relevance. He brings that level of commitment to the world of tech whether he is getting a new initiative off the ground or empowering audiences around the world.

Come along to The Graduate School Social Space on Thursday 30 November evening of 6.00-8.00pm for Thought Leaders: Inspire.

Book online via MyFuture now.

In 2012 he co-founded Trov—the world’s first on-demand insurance platform—and today is accountable for all revenue, strategy and growth as the company expands internationally. In two decades he has helped get dozens of ventures off the ground, through his Canadian-based incubators Fresh Initiatives and Creationstep. During his time in Toronto he established a co-working facility that helped nurture the city's emerging web 2.0 community and half a dozen other start-ups, including ServiceCloud that was acquired by Salesforce.com.

Mark was an LP in Bullet Time Ventures, an early seed investor in Uber, Twilio and many more emerging tech start-ups. He currently chairs the board of Generation Innovation - a program designed to bring entrepreneurial experiences to high school students throughout Northern Ireland. He is an advisor to several companies including, Neurovalens, Jumpack, StageTen, WorldBlu, and eHarvestHub.

Mark is an electric speaker - tackling topics like disruption, relevance and upending the ways we approach problems primarily in the tech, finance, and insurance sectors. He thrives on pushing people forward to accomplish big things.

If he is not on a plane or a stage, these days Mark is on a bike or spending time creating adventures with his two teenagers and wife of 20 years.

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Fundraising Event

Rejoyce for Kolkata

Thursday 23 November, 5.30-7.30pm, The Graduate School Social Space.

Join theatrical professor Mark Lawler, as he regales you with words, songs and scandalous verse of James Joyce, to rasie funds for underpriviledged children to suppor their education in multi-activity centres in Kolkata.

Donations: click here

Tickets: click here

Postgraduate-Led Initiative

Mindful Meditation

Join us Wednesdays, 1.10pm, Wellbeing Room, Main Site Tower (School of Law) for some Mindful Meditation led by Orla Wallace.

All Postgraduate Students Welcome!

For all Postgraduate Students

Shut up & Write Day Retreat

Our Shut up & Write Day Retreat will take place on Friday 24 November in TR7 from 10.00-4.30pm.

Following the success of our weekly Shut up & Write sessions hosted at The Graduate School this full day writing retreat consist of 10 ‘pomodoro’ sessions – a writing technique that involves 25 minutes of dedicated writing time with a short break between to refuel and re-evaluate.  By the end of the day you’ll have completed more than 4 hours of solid writing!

Bring your laptop, charger, books, notes – anything you need to write.

Click here to book now via MyFuture!


For all Postgraduate Students

Shut up & Write

Shut up & Write will continue on Mondays from 1.00-4.00pm. 

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!

master your leadership students listen to presentation from invited employers

Our training and events programmes

Graduate School Training & Events

You can click here to find our full programme of upcoming training and events with direct links and a downloadable PDF programme.

Training provided by The Graduate School can be booked via MyFuture. Once logged in go to:
Events > Workshops/Career Events.

If you type 'GS' as a key word, you will get a list of events and trainings provided by the Graduate School.

We hope you find training and events to suit your specific needs!

Postgraduate Research Students

Career 1-2-1 Appointments

Career 1-2-1 Appointments for PGRs will be running every Wednesday & Thursday from 18 October up until December 2017. 

Career 1-2-1 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.

Scholarships & Funding

For all Postgraduate Students

Postgraduate-Led Initiatives Funding

The Graduate School has funding available throughout the year to assist current postgraduate students in organising academic events and cultural interventions, which work to bring together the wider communities within both Postgraduate Taught and Research student bodies at Queen's University.

This funding is allocated for initiatives developed and delivered by postgraduate students to help enrich the experience of the wider postgraduate community. The programme supports skills development such as leadership, effective communication and project management by providing students with the opportunity to manage events and budgets through first-hand experience.

To find out more and apply click through to our Postgraduate Community and Connections page.

Conferences and Calls for Papers

Children and Young People's Mental Health 
Improving Care, Treatment & Support
12 December 2017, Manchester

Science Research Association
SCIREA - Call for papers 
31 December 2017

HiAP 2018
A Strategy for Improving Populaiton Health
6 Feb 2018, RSM, London

The Digital University, Social Justice and the 'public good'

16 February 2018   Belfast, QUB

High End Sensors International Conference
10-11 April 2018, Brussels

Dementia 2020
The Next Phase
17 April 2018 - RSM, London 

Women’s History Conference: Women and Religion
9-10 March 2018, Queen’s University Belfast

 NHS Productivity: Delivering Better Value Care
13 Dec, Manchester

Skeletons, Stories & Social Bodies Conference
20-22 March 2018, University of Southampton

What's on at Queen's

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What's on at Queen's

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Volunteering & Career Opportunities

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Volunteering & Career Opportunities

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What's On in Belfast and Beyond

Things to Do!

What's on in Belfast and Beyond

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