Weekly update

Welcome to The Graduate School

Graduate School Weekly Update

Welcome to The Graduate School Weekly Update!

Click here to see our full programme of training and events.

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

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

Please click here to download our Semester 2 Programme as a pdf.

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. 

Read More

Graduate School Highlights

Worldwide Study on Research Stays Abroad

Questionnaire on International Research Mobility

Why are doctoral students (Dr or PhD) and postdocs interested in conducting research abroad? What information needs do they have when going abroad?

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and "Research in Germany" are conducting a worldwide online survey to answer these questions.

Are you currently pursuing or planning a doctorate or postdoc? Then we invite you to participate in the survey. With your help, we can further improve the services and assistance available to international researchers. The survey only takes about 15 minutes to complete.

Click here to take the survey: www.prognos.com/mobility/DAAD



PGR Supervisory Excellence Awards

The event will be held on Thursday 24th May, from 5.00pm – 6.30pm

A key function of The Graduate School is to support and promote supervisory excellence and thereby contribute to the overall postgraduate experience and culture within the University. In order to further this ambition, the Supervisory Excellence Awards scheme was launched at the formal opening of The Graduate School in May 2014. Now in its fourth year, this annual event commences with an invitation to all PGR students to nominate supervisor(s) whom they believe embody this spirit of excellence, and culminates in a celebratory event where winners are announced and awarded a prize of £1000 towards their research.

The next stage requires nominated supervisors, should they wish to progress further for consideration, to complete a form outlining their supervisory practice and philosophy as aligned to the University’s Core Values. 

Information for students can be found here

MYL new graphic

Master Your Leadership

Develop Yourself as a Strategic Leader

The final intakes of the Master Your Leadership programme are open for registration. The aim of this programme is to support a ‘whole person’ approach to the PGT (Master’s) experience at Queen’s University. Join over 3 million people who have completed the Kouzes and Posner Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) and take the first steps towards your leadership best. There are places remaining on the following dates:

  • 9 May 2018
  • 10 May 2018
  • 31 July – Summer School

Click here to apply now.

Have Your Say!

Postgraduate Research Experience Survey

The Graduate School invites you to share your postgraduate research programme experiences through the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES). Your responses will be combined with those of other postgraduate researchers to tell us what is working well, and to help inform improvements to the postgraduate researcher experience. 

Participants will have the chance to win 1 of 25 Amazon Vouchers over the duration of the survey, selected in weekly prize draws!

Check your Queen’s email account for your personalised link from The Graduate School. This link is personalised, so please don’t share this email; it’s just for you!

The survey will only take around 15 minutes to complete. Your responses are confidential to staff and Schools. Once completed, you will no longer receive communications from us to your Queen’s email address.



Negotiation Skills

23rd April 2018

Monday 23 April, 10.00-16.00, TR7

The ability to negotiate is a key skill for any postgraduate to master. Join us for a high energy, interactive, training session and you will get:
• An insight into key negotiation theories and concepts 
• Practical and useful negotiation skills and strategies

We will explore:
• Your personal negotiation style 
• The negotiation process & two different types of negotiation 
• The importance of rapport and preparation 
• Negotiation theories such as BATNA & ZOPA 
• Cross cultural negotiation tips
• A practical negotiation exercise 

Book your place now through MyFuture.

Why this session?
The facilitator will use a blend of negotiation theories, case studies and practical experiential learning activities to examine the latest thinking in negotiation and conflict resolution.
Read More

Thought Leaders Inspire - Peter Worth

26th April 2018

Thursday 26 April , 18.00-20.00, Social Space

Interested in learning from, and meeting, local disrupters and innovators? Then come along to The Graduate School on the last Thursday evening of each month for Thought Leaders: Inspire.

We invite innovators, disrupters and shapers impacting both on a local and a global scale and connect them with our postgraduate students. The series aims to inspire through listening to the stories of thought leaders and being encouraged with innovative ways to engage with the world around you using your research & skills.

We want to develop a vibrant, enterprising postgraduate community, offering networking opportunities with a range of experts, peers and academics.

Book your place now through MyFuture.

CMI: Strategic Management and Leadership

3rd May 2018

Are you interested in becoming a Chartered Manager?

Queen’s University Belfast has partnered with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) - the leading global professional body in Management and Leadership.

This year 200 QUB postgraduates will have completed a CMI qualification in Strategic Leadership and Management and are ready to take their careers to the next level! The partnership between QUB and CMI is designed to support your academic studies, employability and future career prospects.

Join us on Thursday 3rd of May from 6-8pm at The Graduate School to learn more, meet industry experts and begin the process of becoming a chartered manager.

Register via Eventbrite now.

Vitae Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT)

Wednesday 16th May 2018

1st    Prize £250

2nd   Prize £150

3rd   Prize £100

Additionally the 1st Prize winner will also be entered to represent Queen’s University at the National Vitae 3 Minute Thesis final in July 2018. Travel and accommodation will be provided as part of the prize. Please register the names of those students representing your School to pg.skills@qub.ac.uk ahead of the 4th May application deadline.

The Graduate School will be hosting Queen’s University Belfast's 3MT Final on Wednesday 16th May. We invite Schools to participate by hosting their own internal competition in advance of this and nominate the winner from their School for the final. 

Three Minute Thesis challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes. ®3MT is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland, Australia. Its success has led to the establishment of local and national competitions in several countries. 

Queen’s University Belfast is participating again this year in the UK final and we are delighted to offer the opportunity for our students. If shortlisted, our QUB finalist will receive further support and travel expenses to attend the final in July.  The Graduate School will offer a range of one day Presentation Skills workshops in the run up to this competition that can be found on MyFuture.

To find out more about the competition please visit Vitae 

We can provide Schools with support and guidance on how to run an internal competition so please contact PG Skills for further information at pg.skills@qub.ac.uk.

Read More

4th Annual Researcher Poster Competition

Running from Monday 4th June 2018

Competition deadline for submitted posters: Friday 18th May 2018

1st    Prize £250

2nd   Prize £150

3rd   Prize £100

The Graduate School will be running the 4th Annual Researcher Poster Competition and we invite all Schools to participate again this year by running a School level competition. It is a great opportunity for postgraduate research students to develop skills in presenting their research in new ways and to a non-specialist audience. It’s also, of course, an excellent opportunity for Schools to showcase the projects that their students are undertaking.

To accommodate the differing sizes of PGR populations across the university:

  • Schools with fewer than 100 students submit a maximum of 4 posters
  • Schools with between 100 and 150 students submit a maximum of 5 posters
  • Schools with over 150 students submit a maximum of 6 posters

In light of the limited space available in The Graduate School to display the posters, we would be very grateful if each School would run their own internal competition with the winning posters from each School being submitted to The Graduate School by Friday 18th May. The shortlisted posters will then be displayed in The Graduate School during the week beginning Monday 4th June 2018. The posters will be judged by a cross-disciplinary panel, and awards will be made to both Faculty-based and overall prize winners at a reception on Wednesday 6th June. 

For further information please contact Claire Harris at claire.harris@qub.ac.uk.

Just for information, if you wish to use CDS to print the posters, the cost is approx. £18.49 +vat per poster and each file must be forwarded to CDS by PDF. The poster size should be size A0 (33.1x46.8 in).

Read More

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.

Postgraduate-Led Initiative

Mindful Meditation

Join us on Wednesdays, 13.10, 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

Please note Shut Up & Write will not take place on Monday 19 March as The Graduate School will not be staffed this day due to the St Patrick's Day bank holiday.

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!

Funding & Scholarships

Find out more!

Funding & Scholarships

For information on the latest Funding and Scholarship opportunities.

Click here to find out more.

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.

Volunteering & Career Opportunities

Don't miss out!

Volunteering & Career Opportunities

Find out about the latest volunteering and career opportunities.

Click here for more information.

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!

Conferences and Calls for Papers

 Improving Mental Health Outcomes:
Integrating, Coordinating and Transforming Services
25 April 2018, Manchester
Digital Transformation: Delivering Digital Public Services
3 May 2018
NHS Staff: Skills, Retention & Recruitment
17 May 2018
ACI’s European Environmental Ports Conference 2018
16-17 May 2018
Safeguarding Children 2018
Finding Solutions for Better Protection
24 May 2018,Manchester
 Enterprise Transformation Summit
Blueprint for Commercial Success
10 July 2018

Mental Health 2018
19 September 2018

Academic Writing Skills
20 September 2018

Writing Retreat
21 September 2018


Graduate School Social Wall

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn