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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 Two Programme.

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.

Graduate School Highlights

Postgraduate Exchange Session

We want to hear from you!

Did you participate in Welcome and Induction activities this year? If so, we want to hear from you!

The Graduate School is always keen to hear about the postgraduate experience at Queen’s in order to enhance and improve its offering for both new and continuing students. If you would like to share your thoughts, join us for an informal exchange session on Thursday 21 February at 12.30 in Training Room 2

The meeting will last approximately one hour and a tasty lunch will be provided as a thank you. If you would like to come along, for catering purposes, please confirm your attendance via email to graduateschool@qub.ac.uk before Monday 18 February 2019.

Food for thought in advance:

  • What Graduate School activities or events have you attended this academic year?
  • Which activities or programmes were most enjoyable or beneficial to you?
  • What information did you not receive prior to starting your course that you would have found useful?
  • How would you improve the postgraduate welcome and/or programme?
  • What advice would you give to new postgraduate students?


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Researcher Plus

Information Session

Monday 18 February & Thursday 21 February, 12.00-12.30, Training Room 7

Researcher Plus is a great way to have your extra-curricular skills and activities recognised and accredited by Queen’s, making it easier for you to demonstrate these to employers. Click here for more information.

This information session is for postgraduate research students ie PhD or MPhil who would like to know more about how to achieve Researcher Plus accreditation – during the session, we will be taking you through the application form and structured reflection. 

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Tell Your Research Story

3 Minute Thesis Competition (3MT)

Friday 22 February, 10.00-16.00, Training Room 7

Learn to apply the principles of storytelling to your research, engage your audience more effectively and create a presentation to describe your research in under three minutes.

Book now via MyFuture.

Are you planning to compete in the 3MT competition? If so, this workshop is for you!

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NI Science Festival

Science in Society

The Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences is delighted to be supporting the 2019 Northern Ireland Science Festival which is running from 14-24 February at venues all across the country. These events present some of the best scientists from NI and beyond to discuss their work, cutting-edge research and what the future might hold. During the day, the Festival offers a range of workshops, talks and interactive activities for young people, parents and schools. In the evening we will present an eclectic mix of scientific debate, talks, theatres, comedy, music and film for adults. Click here for more information.

US-UK Fulbright Commission Funded Scholarships

Are you interested in US postgraduate study (master’s or PhD), teaching or research?

Thursday 28th February 2019, 13.00 - 14.00, Peter Froggatt Centre, 02/17, Queen’s University Belfast

We invite you to learn more about Fulbright scholarships to the US for students and scholars! The Fulbright Commission promotes educational exchange between the US and UK and offers partially and fully funded scholarships to UK citizens.

Hear from programme alumni about their experiences and ask any questions you may have.

Awards are available for postgraduate students, academics, and professionals and in all disciplines.

For more information about the work of the US-UK Fulbright Commission, please visit: www.fulbright.org.uk

Please note that you must be a UK citizen to apply for a Fulbright scholarship in the UK. Non-UK citizens should apply in their country of citizenship.

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Hello from your Postgraduate Student Officer - Rachel Powell

Hello from your Postgraduate Student Officer

Rachel Powell

There is plenty going on in Semester Two that is relevant to PG students that I wanted to make you all aware of:

  • Drop-In PG
  • Elections
  • Parents’ and Carers’ Network

Drop-In PG: I will be in Teaching Room 9 every Tuesday of term time from 10am-4pm. Please feel free 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 also send a Monthly PG Newsletter so keep an eye out for this for all of the up-to-date QUBSU information!

Elections: Would you like to be the next Postgraduate Student Officer? If so, nominations are open to put yourself forward to become a student leader between Mon 7 Jan – Wed 13 Feb. You can find out about all of the roles, read about why to stand and put yourself forward and stand for election.

If you can see yourself running for any of the roles available, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. You can also contact change@qub.ac.uk to find out more!

Parents’ and Carers’ Network:
We have launched a brand new network for students with dependants. If you're a parent or carer, please join by filling out this form. We'll keep you up to date with info and events relevant to you. We're also launching a student-wide survey to assess the needs of students with dependants at Queen's. If you're a student parent or carer, please fill out this survey and if you know any students who would fit the bill, please send on to them.

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Postgraduate Career Opportunities

Don't miss out!

Postgraduate Career Opportunities

Please see below for other career opportunities:

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

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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 the Graduate School's 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

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.

Guidance and 1-2-1 Appointments

Career Consultations at the Graduate School
Partake in a thirty minute confidential career consultation with a qualified Employability and Careers Officer.

Postgraduate Research Consultant
The Graduate School’s Postgraduate Research Consultant, with an interdisciplinary background in Psychology, Education and Gesture Studies, offers career support and guidance to PhD students and early career researchers at QUB.

Now available: new and innovative learning programmes aimed at developing future-ready and resilient researchers, who perform confidently in a currently challenging employment market.

Researcher Development Consultant
Appointments with the Researcher Development Consultant at the Graduate School offer PhD students career support and guidance. Topics that can be discussed at these appointments include:

  • Careers after the PhD
  • How to transfer academic skills to non-academic work environments
  • Review of job application documents
  • Interview Preparation

Graduate School Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Entrepreneurship and innovation consultations give you the opportunity to discuss the following:

  • Ideas you have to start a business or social enterprise.
  • Support with setting up a business.
  • Advice on where to get started as an entrepreneur.
  • Guidance on specific support you need.
  • Signposting to opportunities for finance and investment.
  • Information on the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa.

CV Clinic at the Graduate School
A fifteen minute confidential CV assessment with a qualified Employability and Careers Officer.

Would you like feedback on your current CV? This CV Clinic will assess your CV’s layout and content. If you are applying for an immediate job, please bring the relevant information with you to this appointment. A job description and person specification will enable staff to provide criteria-specific guidance.

Please note, your CV can be presented on paper or on your own laptop. Documents on mobile/smart phones or USBs will not be reviewed.

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For all Postgraduate Students

Coffee Catch Up

Coffee Catch takes place at 10.00am on the last Wednesday of every month in the Graduate School Social Space.

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!

PG Book Club - Everyone Welcome!

Upcoming Sessions: 22 Jan, 5, 19 Feb

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 PG Book Club in Training Room 3 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:
Feb (12, 26)
March (5, 19)
April (2, 16)
May (7, 21)
June (4, 18)

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