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The Graduate School Update

This Week at the Graduate School


The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey is still open!

Your feedback really matters to us!‌ 

This is a great opportunity to tell us about your student experience to date so we can try to improve upon this further.

Following completion, you will automatically be entered into our prize draw for a chance to win £250 per survey.

Please check your Queen's email account for your personalised link from 'Bristol Online Surveys' (BOS).

The survey will only take around 15 minutes to complete and your response is completely confidential. 

 Managing the Viva 

Tues 30 May

Shut up and Write!

The next Shut up and Write session will take place on Friday 26th May, 1pm-3pm in TR7. This will be the final Friday session.

From 5th June onwards SUAW will be moving to Mondays, 1pm - 4pm. These weekly writing sessions will be run on a drop-in basis and you are welcome to come and go as suits.

 Postgraduate Meditation Sessions

Wednesdays 1.10pm-1.50pm
Wellbeing Room / 9th Floor / School of Law

These weekly meditation sessions are a great way to reduce stress and improve concentration. No need to register, simply drop in to any of the Wednesday sessions.‌

Please welcome our new Postgraduate Taught Officer

Hi, I'm Chris Leneghan, your Postgraduate Taught Officer. I'm here to represent all Postgraduate taught students at Queen's University, and raise any issues or concerns they might have.

If there is anything that you are unsure of, or any ideas about how to improve your experience at Queen's University, please do get in touch! I will do my best to find a solution. 
Feel free to email me at:, or pop in to see me. I can be found every Friday between 12.00pm and 1.00pm at the Graduate School ground floor seated area. 
Don't feel afraid about bringing any problems to me, there is no issue too big or too small, and I'm here to listen to any concerns you might have. I look forward to hearing from some of you soon!

Information for Funded Students

Introduction of Electronic Payslips 

Funded Students paid a monthly stipend (on 25th of the month) through Postgraduate Awards in the Graduate School should note the following: 

The Salaries team are implementing a project to replace paper payslips with electronic versions. This initiative will enhance accessibility, as it provides payees with 24/7 access to their full history of payslips, and is aligned to the University’s ‘Sustainability’ (Green) initiative. 

From the end of March 2017 PhD students in receipt of a stipend, will be able to access, view and download payslips on a secure, self-service basis on Queen’s Online (QOL), using their network username and password. 

To access your online payslip log in to QOL

Within QOL go to Services > Administration> Employment details >Click on “Open iTrent Self Service” 

Both paper and electronic payslips will continue to be provided for the period March 2017 to June 2017. Paper payslips will no longer be distributed from July 2017. A short video on how to access payslips is available at, and the Salaries team will provide training and support.  If you have any questions or would like some assistance in accessing your electronic payslip, please email 

Postgraduate Research Development Programme Courses

Please visit QSIS for information on upcoming training.



 Application Form download from MyFuture 


Register via MyFuture


Santander Widening Participation Travel Awards

Applications open for  2016-17 awards 

Queen’s University Belfast is proud to be a member of the prestigious international Santander Universities network, which brings together over 1,200 universities across the world, including Spain, Portugal, Latin America and the UK. To find out more about Santander Universities visit

The following travel awards are available for undergraduate and postgraduate students to assist with travel relating to study, research or work experience. The awards are primarily intended to support a student during the academic year 2016-17 (including summer period) to assist with travel and accommodation expenses. Students must have a period of study at Queen’s after the trip/activity. 

The awards are set up to support students  who may encounter greater barriers in taking up QUB opportunities in terms of internships, study abroad etc. due to their personal circumstances and to widen the participation of these groups in these activities. 

There are a maximum of 12 Widening Participation Travel awards each of £500. It is intended that students should use these awards to provide financial assistance with travel relating to study, research or work experience. 

The awards are available to students who are;

Care Experienced


Students with dependants

Mature students with dependants 

Application Process and Deadlines 

Application forms are available on 

Candidates must submit this completed application form to the Widening Participation Unit / The first 12 eligible applications received will be awarded after which there will be no further funding available. The final cut-off date for applying for applying for this funding is 31st May 2017. Each application will be reviewed by a panel to determine eligibility and will be notified within 10 days of receipt whether they will successfully receive an award. 

Award-holders are responsible for their own travel, visa arrangements, study or internship etc.

Award-holders will be required to submit a short report to the Widening Participation Unit within one month of return from their trip/activity.


James M. Flaherty Program
call for applications
deadline - 31 May 2017


Honoring the life and work of Canada’s former Minister for Finance, James M. Flaherty,  the objectives of this program are as follows;

  • To build on the network of academic links between Canada and Ireland, resulting in increased academic co-operation, greater inter-cultural understanding and the potential for increased trade between both countries,  
  • To support the development of excellence in research of individual scholars who have an expressed and demonstrable commitment to research in a field relating to both Canada & Ireland.

It is the aim of the Foundation to support preeminent scholars and academics who are leaders, or future leaders, in their academic or post-academic professional field.

If you are a PhD student or post-doctoral academic in the early stages of your research career, you may be eligible for the Flaherty Research Scholarship. This award supports a short research visit of four to six weeks, and is designed to help scholars make contacts with researchers working in related research topics, with a view to widening and deepening the scholar’s research horizons, ideally leading to continued collaboration in future research.

Applications must be submitted by Wednesday 31st of May. For more information on the Program, click here.

The James M. Flaherty Program is provided with the assistance of the Government of Canada, via the International Education Division of Global Affairs Canada, and with the assistance of the Irish Government, via the Emigrant Support Programme, administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


The closing date for receipt by the Graduate School of completed application forms, including the Head of School recommendation, is Monday 31 May 2017.  Completed application forms should be returned preferably by email to

Sir Robert Hart Scholarship


Are you a Queen’s Graduate?

Are you undertaking research or other advanced work of a literary, historical, legal, linguistic, anthropological or sociological nature?
Would you like an extra £650 (subject to funds)?

If you answered 'YES' to all 3 questions, you could be in line for a Sir Robert Hart Scholarship.

Preference will be given to applicants whose work is connected with the Far East.

The Scholarship is open to both full-time and part-time postgraduate students.  This Scholarship may be held with any other studentship or scholarship of the University.

To apply: please complete the Application Form

Candidates should submit their application to the Head of School in advance of the closing date to facilitate the completion of the recommendation section of the application form.  

The closing date for receipt of completed application forms, including the Head of School recommendation, is Monday 31 May 2017

Completed application forms should be returned preferably by email to . Postal applications should be returned by the specified closing date to:

The Graduate School (Postgraduate Awards)
Queen's University Belfast
University Road
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland

Career Opportunities & Job Advertisements

‌ Summer Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, we will have a remote online session:

  • New York City
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Seattle
  • Boston
  • Washington, DC.

Dates: All sections will be from 19.06.17 to 11.08.17  

Application Link:

Data Science in 30 minutes: Learn how to build a data-science project in our upcoming free Data Science in 30-minutes webcast. Signup soon as space is limited.

Learn More: You can learn about our fellows at The New York Times, LinkedIn, Amazon, Capital One, or Palantir. To read about our latest fellow alumni, check out our blog. To learn more about The Data Incubator, check us out on Venture Beat, The Next Web, or Harvard Business Review.


Ipsos MORI are looking for students to work part time as market researchers in their telephone research centre in Belfast.

Contact Fiona Rooney for more information: 


Tel: 028 9050 0800  

Conferences and Calls for Papers

Conference – Early Childhood Development

  • Wednesday 31 May: Early Childhood Development for Social Cohesion and Peacebuilding, 9.00am – 4.30pm, Riddel Hall

Hosted by the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation at Queen's, this one-day conference will draw together many of the world's leading international experts in early childhood development (ECD) and peacebuilding to explore the theory and practice of how ECD services can improve the lives of children and families and help to promote social cohesion. Information will also be shared at the conference of a new global research network on ECD and peacebuilding led by Yale, Queen's, NYU and Harvard and working under the auspices of the international Early Childhood Peace Consortium.

Registration is free but it is essential to reserve a place. A waiting list will apply. To register please email David Piekaar or phone +44 (0)28 9097 5956.

10th International Congress on Image and Signal Processing, BioMedical Engineering and Informatics (CISP-BMEI 2017)

Shanghai, China

14-16 October 2017. 

Health in All Policies (HiAP): A Strategy for Improving Population Health

6 February 2018

Royal Society of Medicine, London

13th International Conference on Natural Computation, Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery (ICNC-FSKD 2017)

29-31 July 2017

Guilin, China

Public Health PhD Symposium

13th & 14th July 2017

Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool


CFP: 5th July 2017

PhD students and Early Career Researchers

Young people’s perspectives on culture, identity and cultural participation on the island of Ireland today

The Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland and Queen's University Belfast are seeking papers
from PhD students and Early Career Researchers engaging in research regarding young
people’s perspectives on culture, identity and cultural participation. Work will be presented
as part of a conference entitled ‘Spaces to Belong to’, which takes place on Friday 15th
September at the Brian Friel Theatre, Queen’s University Belfast. This event will bring
together young people aged 16+, researchers, policymakers, and community, youth and
arts and cultural workers who engage with young people (ages 12 – 25) from Northern
Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Queen's University Belfast


 Call for summer graduation stories 

With Summer Graduation just a few weeks away, the Communications Office is keen to hear about any graduands with a great back-story who would be of interest to the media. 

Do you know anyone with a fascinating story to tell? Anyone graduating on the same day as another member (or more!) of their family? Have they won a major award, or is their next step travelling somewhere off the beaten track? Do they have an amazing job or study opportunity lined up? Perhaps they have been involved in charity work in the developing world or closer to home? 

Please send details to 

The closing date for submitting information on graduation stories is Friday 2 June 2017.  



 School of Law event – Ecological Sustainability

  • Friday 26 May: Innovative Approaches to Ecological Sustainability in the European Union: Challenges and Opportunities in a Global Economic Crisis, 12.00pm – 5.00pm, Moot Court Room, Main Site Tower, School of Law

This half-day event focuses on the concept of ecological sustainability and identifies both the barriers that European Union policymakers face in seeking to achieve this core goal and the opportunities these create to develop innovative solutions.

Participation is free, but registration is recommended. Please click here to register and to view the full seminar programme.

PLEASE is a performance which will awaken the heart of humanity.  

A debilitating desire to PLEASE is one of the most familiar and most misunderstood characteristics of those who are struggling with eating disorders.  In verbatim theatre, words are taken from real life and performed by characters on stage, transferring their true emotional power straight to an audience.   In PLEASE, the text comes from interviews with women (aged 18 to 45) who have struggled with eating disorders at various stages of their lives. Through dance, music and monologues the audience will be transported to the illusive sanctuary of ‘The Eating Disorder’. 

This performance combined with future research aims to help guide policy on this harrowing condition; when performed as theatre it will tell the human stories that numbers and clinical analysis can’t reveal.    

Revolutionise your understanding of eating disorders. Don’t miss this opportunity.

Choreography by Dr Aoife McGrath

Music by Marty Byrne 

Dance and Artistic Direction by Leonie McDonagh

Dramaturgy by Emily Dedakis

Written by Carolyn Blair

Research team - Dr Anne Campbell, Dr Aoife McGrath and Carolyn Blair 

Date: Monday 29th May 

Time: Doors open 7pm, the performance commences 7.30pm - 8.30pm

Location: Brian Friel Theatre, 20 University Square, Belfast 

*Please note - We are very keen to gauge your experience of the performance. Therefore, you will be asked to complete a short anonymous questionnaire before and after the performance, this is entirely optional and not an obligatory part of attendance. 

To book please click this link and register FREE online: 

For more info please contact Carolyn on

 India Lecture 2017

  • Wednesday 31 May: Conversion and Anti-Christian Violence in Contemporary India, 3.00pm – 5.00pm, Great Hall

The India Lecture is a yearly public event supported by the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, and the Charles Wallace India Trust. This year's lecture will be delivered by Dr Sarbeswar Sahoo, Charles Wallace fellow in the School of HAPP. Please email Dr Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou to confirm attendance. 


Drawing on Disability?

Does your research draw, from near or far, on issues concerning disability? Could an intersection and dialogue with disability theories bring added value to your research project, whether your principal focus is on social work, children’s rights, education, social justice, law, literature, urban planning, politics or any of the numerous areas in which disability may appear?  If so, it might be helpful to be able to exchange ideas with others with similar interests.  My name is David Jackson-Perry, I am a PGR student supervised by Dr Bronagh Byrne, and with the Disability Research Network we are looking to set up an informal network of students.  We could exchange ideas, perhaps collaborate on projects, and maybe organise symposia or even a conference, offering students a ‘safe space’ in which to test their ideas, as well as providing a great opportunity to gain valuable development skills and contribute to an academic CV! 

If this might be of interest to you please contact and we’ll take it from there!

The Summer of Love: A One Day Counter Cultural Event in Celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Summer of 1967 Queen’s University Belfast, 28 July 2017

QUB presents a day of art and counter culture readings with an early afternoon lunch buffet, followed by a special screening at Queen’s Film Theatre and an evening of 1960s and 70s music and entertainment at The Parlour.

 Register by June 1st and pay less than £5.00 for the entire day’s events.



 Institute of Irish Studies

Does your PhD project relate to Ireland?

If you would like to join the Irish Studies Postgraduate Research Associate group hosted by the Institute of Irish Studies, please let them know and they will add you to our email lists. The group is establishing an Irish Studies PG reading group and considering other activities and events.

You can see a list of their current PGR Associates here - we’re happy to add you if you contact us at



Centre for Identity and Intergroup Relations

School of Psychology

Postgraduate Workshop


Conducting Research in Conflict Settings: Navigating Practical and Ethical Challenges

Dr. Rezarta Bilali, NYU Steinhardt

Monday June 26, 2017, 9:00am – 12pm

Riddell Hall, Queen’s University Belfast


We are pleased to invite you to an interdisciplinary postgraduate workshop held by Dr. Rezarta Bilali, an assistant professor of psychology and social intervention at NYU Steinhardt. Dr. Bilali is a renowned researcher with extensive practical experience of conducting research in conflict societies.


Conducting field research in societies characterized by conflict is integral to better understanding the problems surrounding conflict and to developing strategies that will help with peacebuilding.  This is often fraught with challenges, however.  Field research – especially in societies that have current and past intergroup and intragroup tensions and conflict – is difficult to design and conduct, often met with challenges beyond the researcher’s control at the level normally encountered in the lab, and can be met with hostility at different stages, from official bodies to civilians.


This interdisciplinary workshop, which is a pre-cursor to the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) Medium Sized Group Meeting hosted by the Centre for Identity and Intergroup Relations (CIIR) in the School of Psychology, aims to provide postgraduate students with practical and experiential teaching on running different types of field research studies.  These include quasi (field) experiments, interventions, longitudinal research and incorporating the use of mixed methods approaches where appropriate. Postgraduate students hoping to increase their knowledge and skills in running field research in conflict societies will benefit from attending this workshop ahead of the conference.  They will receive first-hand teaching on practicalities of designing and conducting field research of different types, including the challenges and dilemmas to be aware of.  They will also have the chance to gain skills knowledge and experiential/vicarious opportunities, through designing a field study and/or taking part in a simulation field study.


This is an interdisciplinary event, and PhD students from all disciplines are welcome!

It is free to attend, but you need to register:


Dr. Lesley Storey, Dr. Laura Taylor, Thia Sagherian-Dickey & Dr. Kevin McNicholl

Any questions, please contact us:


This event is co-sponsored by the Mitchell Institute and the QUB Graduate School Student-led Initiative Scheme.


Events in Belfast and Beyond



The citizens of Belfast are being given an open invitation to an interactive Queen's University event in the City Hall next week (May 30), aimed at highlighting the impact the University makes on the city.  


Organised under the three themes of Future Cities, Healthy Citizens and People and Places exhibitors from right across the University will outline their work during the free event on Tuesday 31 May (10am-2.30pm), in a showcase that will include experiments, demonstrations and interactive exhibits.


Suitable for all age ranges there will also be an opportunity to hear about the latest exciting cutting-edge work taking place right here in Belfast.


To find out how Queen’s researchers are making a difference to the lives of children, families and communities, to meet Baxter the robot (and find out how Baxter helps manufacturers boost productivity and quality) and to see how the University is making waves with the help of its Marine Research Tidal Energy Group, the City Hall Showcase is not to be missed.


QPOL Policy Engagement at Queen's will also bring together academic experts and stakeholders from across Belfast for a special “Brexit clinic” to discuss the issues facing the UK as it negotiates its withdrawal from the EU. 'A Global City in a post-Brexit Era – A Case for a City Deal?' will take place in The Reception Hall of Belfast City Council. While all events on the day are free, pre-registration is required for the Brexit debate.


Among the University exhibitors taking part will be:




  • Seamus Heaney Centre
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate Recruitment
  • Queen's Sport
  • Queen's Students' Union




  • Sonic Arts Research Centre
  • The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology
  • Marine Research Group/Marine Renewable Energy
  • Trading Room/Management School




  • Centre for Public Health
  • Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology
  • Centre for Experimental Medicine
  • Institute of Global Food Security


So if you want to be a food fraud detective, or find out how Queen’s is helping those with impaired movement to use virtual environments to enhance performance in sport and health, or to hear how Queen’s students are transforming local communities in five Urban Villages come along on Tuesday 30 May to Belfast City Hall.


The event is free and suitable for all age ranges and with the exception of the Brexit Debate no registration is required.


Full details of the 30 exhibitors and other aspects of the Queen’s City Hall showcase can be found here.


For media inquiries please contact Queen’s Communications Office on +44 (0)28 9097 3091.

Furtherances: The Publishing Life of Seamus Heaney

Location: The Helicon
Date: 27 May
Time: 15:00
Price: £5
Dr Rand Brandes, Seamus Heaney’s authorized bibliographer, will chart the rise of the Nobel Laureate from his first publications in QUB’s student journals and Gorgon to his international award-winning final volumes. 
Along the way, Brandes will share his many personal and professional interactions with the poet as he worked on Seamus Heaney: A Bibliography 1959-2003, which he co-authored with Michael J. Durkan.
This entertaining presentation, which uses a myriad of stunning images, is suitable for a general audience.


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