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This Week at the Graduate School



B‌ook via MyFuture : APPOINTMENTS ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED, although cancellations may become available.

PGT 2 Day Writers' Retreat

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Design Thinking 3-day Summer School


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PG Coffee Club

Our next Coffee Club will take place on Wednesday 19 July! 



Career Workshop for PGRs and PGTs

Strategic Job Hunting - Networking and leveraging LinkedIn on Friday 21 July, 10.00 - 13.00 

 Career workshops Linkedin

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Shut Up and Write

The next Shut up and Write session will take place on Monday 24 July, 13.00 - 16.00  in TR7.

These weekly writing sessions will be run on a drop-in basis and you are welcome to come and go as suits!




Graduate School Yoga 

Beginner's yoga classes for postgraduate students, to relax and de-stress over the summer months.
Join us for gentle exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing.

Demand is expected to be high so weekly registration is absolutely essential!
[Week 1 is now fully booked]
 Week 2 Booking opens Thursday 20 July

Our instructor will be Oonagh Barronwell. Oonagh is a registered Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher (RYT 200) and member of Yoga Alliance Professionals UK. She graduated from the inaugural class of the Flow Studio Belfast Academy and has practiced a wide variety of styles. Her classes offer an accessible mix of ease and comfortable challenge, supported by clear alignment cues and a focus on fluid, breath-filled movement. Guided through creative sequences with an attitude of openness and exploration, students can expect a satisfying meditative experience that will leave them feeling refreshed, open and aligned.

Registration will open on Thursdays a week prior to each class; this is to allow as many students as possible to benefit from attending. If you can no longer attend a class please cancel your booking as soon as possible.

Book now via MyFuture

 Starting Wednesday 19 July


Catharine McGlade -
Rebecca Hill - 

Postgraduate Research Development Programme Courses

PURE PGR Information Session – S0296

Places are available to book through QSIS, and are subject to availability. 


Please Check MyFuture for available courses


Postgraduate-Led Initiatives Funding

Volunteering & Career Opportunities

Volunteer SUMyFuture

Did you know that you can now search for volunteering opportunities on MyFuture?

Make a positive change in your community and improve your career prospects!

Just follow these instructions:

  1. Go to the MyFuture website and insert your log in details (student number and password).
  2. Select ‘Jobs’ from the top panel and click on 'Search Jobs' from the drop-down menu.
  3. Refine your search by clicking ‘Advanced search’ and under the ‘Position type’ drop down box click ‘Voluntary’.
  4. Select ‘Search’ and find your perfect volunteering role!

Finished with exams and looking for something new and interesting to do?

It's your lucky day because Action on Hearing Loss - Northern Ireland are looking for new volunteers to join their team! They have roles including befriending, collection, hearing aid maintenance, digital champion and administration. These roles are not limited to Belfast but are spread across the country, so if you are going home for the summer, definitely get in touch to see how you can get involved in your area. You can find full information about the roles on our website…/Opportunities/ExternalOpportunities/ or simply email

Visit Volunteering SU for more opportunities:



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 Appy: 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 11 September - 3 November 2017. 

Conferences and Calls for Papers

RADMA Postgraduate Student Research Support - Call for Proposals

RADMA has issued an open call for proposals under its Postgraduate Student Research Support Programme. The award provides support to talented mid-study Masters and PhD students for expenses directly related to:

  1. Postgraduate project support in the field of R&D management: up to £500 is available for Masters and £1000 for PhD projects.  The award will cover costs related to specific research activities, for example: data collection and analysis, training and associated travel and expenses
  2. Conference funding in the field of R&D management: up to £500 where the candidate is presenting a paper or £250 attendance only or presenting a poster.  The award will cover costs related to attending the conference, specifically conference fees, travel, subsistence and accommodation

Review dates and deadlines

  • January
  • March
  • May
  • July
  • September
  • November

The deadline for each review is the last day of the previous month.

Bothalia Journal- Call for Papers

July 2017
Bothalia is a multidisciplinary life science journal for the publication of original research articles, short communications and review articles. 

13th International Conference on Natural Computation, Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery (ICNC-FSKD 2017)
29-31 July 2017
Guilin, China

Call for Papers
11 September 2017
Multidisciplinary Standpoints on Conflict Transformation Postgraduate Conference

 We are pleased to announce the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice annual postgraduate and PhD student conference. The title of this year’s conference is ‘Multi-disciplinary Standpoints on Conflict Transformation’. The conference aims to explore approaches to conflict resolution through interdisciplinary collaboration. The conference will provide a unique opportunity to present, network and forge academic relationships with fellow students and practitioners working in the field. Conference participants will also benefit from the opportunity to be considered for publication of their research papers within the Mitchell Institute’s Working Paper Series.

In addition to papers from delegates, the conference will include a keynote speaker who is an expert in their area. And to further enhance postgraduate research skills, representatives from the ‘Women Are Boring’ online community will give a short talk and work-shop on increasing impact beyond academia. The conference will also feature a panel of individuals from the victims and survivors sector, in order to facilitate a space for exchanging experiences of post-conflict reconciliation.

We welcome 15-20 minute paper proposals that emerge from (but are not limited to) the following themes:

  • Border and identity 
  • Peace building and reconciliation 
  • Arts and conflict transformation 
  • Post conflict trauma and memory 
  • Gender 
  • Media 
  • Segregated education in Northern Ireland 
  • Legacy (Victim and survivors)

Format of presentations
Each speaker will present a 15-20 minute paper based on their research (e.g. dissertations and theses) and will then have an opportunity to take questions for the audience. Panels will be chaired by postgraduate students and will be constructed around the key themes.

Please submit your proposal with your name, institution, email address, title and abstract (300 words max) and a 150 word biography via email to:

All paper proposals must be submitted by 31 July. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their proposal by 11 August 2017. Those selected will be asked to confirm their acceptance. The full programme, abstracts, and further details about the conference will be published on the website and via email at a later date.

The ‘Multidisciplinary Standpoints on Conflict Transformation Postgraduate Conference’ will be held on the grounds of Queen’s University Belfast. The main venue for conference presentations will be the Canada Room, but parallel sessions may take place in the Peter Froggatt Centre. The conference will open for registration at 9 am, break for lunch at 12.30 pm, and end with a wine reception at 6 pm. 

10th International Congress on Image and Signal Processing, BioMedical Engineering and Informatics (CISP-BMEI 2017)
14-16 October 2017
Shanghai, China
The deadline for the 2nd (final) round of submissions is 30 August 2017

Health in All Policies (HiAP): A Strategy for Improving Population Health
6 February 2018
Royal Society of Medicine, London

CS International 2018
10-11 April 2018 Brussels

  • CS International 2018 will provide timely, comprehensive coverage of every important sector within the compound semiconductor industry.
  • The eighth CS International conference wil build on the success of its predecessors, with industry-leading insiders delivering more than 30 presentations spanning five sectors.
  • Attendees at this two-day conference will gain an up-to-date overview of the status of the CS industry, and have many opportunities to meet many other key players within this community. 



Junction (situated in the School of Law building) is now offering a £3 Meal Deal which includes:

Main: Choice between sandwich or small salad

Drinks: Bottle of water or glass of orange juice

Side: Fruit cup/mini fruit salad or piece of whole fruit

Cost: £3.00.

Here’s a little video of the talented Junction staff preparing one of their sandwiches…you know… to whet your appetite for lunch today! Watch it here: ‌

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.



Events in Belfast and Beyond


1 July - 30 September 
Rockies Sports Bar 

Now in its third year running, the annual Great War Exhibition at Rockies Sports Bar houses a collection of WWI artefacts from around the globe. Many countries are represented, including Japan, Australia, the USA, Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany and Russia.

As the owner of the only Canadian Sports Bar in Northern Ireland, the Great War Exhibition was inspired by the personal journey of Jim Graves, whose grandfather James Drummond served with the Royal Canadian Regiment during the conflict. James, whose military photo is located at the entrance to the exhibition, was wounded in France in August 1916 and was returned to England to recover.

The WWI items on show originate from many countries around the world, with each piece telling a story from its own corner of the war.

17 - 23 July
Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park

The International Rose Garden at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in Belfast is famous for its annual Rose Week event and International Rose Trials.

The flower spectacular, which attracts thousands of visitors to Belfast, runs every July. It's the perfect opportunity for visitors to experience one of the best rose gardens in the world, with 1,000,000 blooms on display.

Visitors can also enjoy workshops, demonstrations, music and children's entertainment. 

Saturday 29 July - 9:30 am
Stormont Estate

The Antiques Roadshow will visit Northern Ireland's Parliament Buildings and Stormont Estate in 2017 as it celebrates its 40th series.

The show will begin recording its anniversary series four decades on from the date of its first recording at Minehead Railway Station, home of the West Somerset Railway, the longest heritage railway in England.

Saturday 29 July - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hillsborough Fort

Hillsborough Farmers' Market is returning for Summer 2017 and once again will bring the very best local, seasonal and artisan food to Hillsborough’s doorstep.

The market will feature everything you would expect to find at a farmers’ market from seasonal vegetables, speciality meats, artisan cheeses, chutneys and jams, mezze and charcuterie and street food all served with a dollop of fun.

Sunday 30 July 11.30 am - 3.30 pm
Cresent Arts Centre

The Fine & Dandy Market showcases the work of independant artists, designers, illustrators and crafters alongside collectors of records, books, vintage wares and quality local food and drink produce.

The market is an alternative hive of creativity with an emphasis on all things grassroots and locally produced.  It is a great place to spend a Sunday morning, with special events and themed markets being held throughout the year.

Thursday 3 August - 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Late Night Art Belfast happens on the first Thursday of every month with over a dozen galleries and art spaces opening their doors for an evening of the vibrant visual arts scene in Belfast.

Fully guided bus tours are available outside the Linenhall Library at 6.30 pm and finish approx 9.30 pm.

Galleries included but are not limtied to a Golden Thread Gallery, PS2, Pollen Studios & Gallery, Platform Arts, The Engine Room Black Box & Queens Street Studios. 


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