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The Graduate School Update

This Week at the Graduate School

Events of the Week!

'Taste of Home' Series of Events
 Hosted by postgraduate students for postgraduate students. 

Tuesday 11 April

 Ceili in Great Hall (evening)

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Join us for a free Céili Class - learn traditional Irish "set" dances in a laid-back and fun atmosphere. Event is open to all, no dance experience needed!

Wednesday 12 April


Langscapes will focus on a 'Taste of Northern Ireland' and will include a range of participatory, fun events and activities such as 'How to speak Belfast, a music quiz, stand-up comedy session, cultural and food sampling activities, before finishing with a buffet of traditional food, music and raffle prizes.

Please be sure to join us for the Langscapes Taste of Home Event on Wednesday 12 April from 4.00pm - 6.00pm.

This event is completely free and open to all postgraduate students!

Register now via Eventbrite

 Thurs 13 April

International Café

Student Guidance Centre (Afternoon)

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Pop along to the Hub in the Student Guidance Centre to meet fellow new students in an informal setting.

Free tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided.


‌The Postgraduate Research and Postgraduate Taught Experience Surveys are now 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. 

Concept Album Talks - Semester 2

The Semester 2 series of Concept Album Talks will showcase one of the‌ innovative ways that students can communicate their research to a non-specialist audience.

If you want to practice your delivery, refine your creative thinking and communication skills, this is an innovative and fun way to do so in a friendly and informal way. How do you do this?

1. By using song titles from a particular album to inspire you to present and talk about your area of study, (in this case Taylo‌r Swift)

2. A different album is chosen for each month’s talks. We encourage both PGR and PGT students to participate in the Concept Album Talks, where your only limitations are that you should:

  • Choose a song title from the album that best reflects your research/dissertation topic 
  • Speak for the exact length of the song!
  • Make it accessible to all!

Prizes are available to the winners, chosen by the audience attending on the night. ‌‌

To be in the audience and listen to other fellow students talk about their research sign up and book on MyFuture Now.

Open to both PGR and PGT students  




 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. Now in its third year, the annual Supervisory Excellence Awards celebrates celebrate PhD supervisors from across the University whom you think should be recognised for excellence in this area. The best supervisors are truly transformative, so we’d like you to nominate those who you feel fit the bill. 

All we would like you to do is to write a brief paragraph of 250-350 words on why you would like to nominate your supervisor. Shortlisted supervisors will then be invited to reflect on their supervisory, practice and philosophy as aligned with the University’s Core Values of Respect, Integrity, Excellence, Ambition and Connectedness 

  • Nominations can be submitted by individuals or by groups of supervisees.
  • Supervisors nominated must be currently employed by the University and must have supervised students to completion.
  • This year’s Supervisory Excellence Awards will be announced at a presentation ceremony on Tuesday 23 May. 

Nominations should be emailed to by 5.00pm on 7 April 2017.

Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa Programme – Re-launch

The Graduate School in Collaboration with Enterprise SU and International Student Support will be relaunching the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Programme.

The Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa route is for non-EU/EEA graduates who wish to extend their stay after graduation to establish a business in the UK. Applicants under the scheme must be endorsed by a Higher Education Institution as having developed genuine and credible business ideas and the entrepreneurial skills to establish a business in the UK.   

Queen’s University has been allocated a maximum of 20 endorsements per year. Successful applicants will be granted 12 months leave initially which may be extended by a further 12 months if the University provides a second endorsement based on successful progress. During each 12 month period graduates will be monitored and will receive mentoring and entrepreneurial support in developing a business. 

To find out more and to apply please visit Myfuture – Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Programme. Applications are on a rolling basis however we wish to receive applications by 31 March to align with the next Interview Panel.

Shut up and Write!

Continues Fridays 1.00pm - 3.00pm.

The next session will be on Friday 31 March in TR6.

Shut up and Write!: Day Retreat

Monday 24 April 2017
10.00am – 4.15pm

Following the success of our weekly Shut up and Write sessions we are offering a full day writing retreat to get you back in the swing of things after Easter break.

The day will 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. 

‘Shut up and Write’ sessions are a form of social writing. Everyone in the room has chapters to finish, dissertations to write, articles to polish: this shared sense of purpose keeps you focused, accountable and, most importantly, offers much-needed peer support. 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 help you write! 

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided throughout the day and lunch will also be served for participants.

Register via MyFuture

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.

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The Graduate School Research Sandpits

Join us again for the next series of transdisciplinar‌y debate across global issues. 

Technology Futures: What Happens When our Computers Get Smarter than we do?

Wednesday 26 April, 2.00pm - 6.00pm

What’s a sandpit? ‌
A research sandpit is an intensive, interactive workshop designed to inspire and produce radically innovative and multi-disciplinary research proposals. Participants from a diverse range of disciplines come together in a creative, free-thinking environment and immerse themselves in a collaborative process around an important global challenge.

What will it involve? 
You will be working in cross-School teams to devise an interdisciplinary research project that is seeking to achieve genuine impact beyond the HEI sector. Our focus will be on the multi-faceted global challenges created by living in a transnational age. At the end of the session, each team will present their research proposal to an academic panel and a winning proposal will be chosen. 

What’s it about?
Every month we take on a challenge that has been identified and inspired by global and topical issues (such as those featured on TED talks (see examples to links below) which requires researchers to collaborate across disciplines for potential solutions.

Register now via MyFuture or contact to get further information!

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!

Postgraduate Research Development Programme Courses


Writing for Popular Audiences for Late Stage – S0289

Date: Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Times: 13.30 – 16.30

Venue: The Graduate School 

Relevant for doctoral students thinking about communicating with wide, non-academic audiences and who wish to improve their skills at writing for popular audiences. 

Places are available to book through Qsis and are subject to availability.  


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

 Conceptions of Space in the History of Political Thought 

10th Annual Cambridge Graduate Conference in Political Thought and Intellectual History

University of Cambridge

Friday 2 June 2017 

Deadline for abstracts: 31st March


44th European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics

26 to 30 June 2017

Waterfront Hall, Belfast

in association with the Centre for Plasma Physics at Queen’s University Belfast


 Belfast Pathology 2017 

10th Joint Meeting of the British Division of the International Academy of Pathology and the Pathological Society of Great Britain & Ireland

20 - 23 June 2017

Waterfront, Belfast


Transgender Training & Information Sessions at QUB

Following the creation of the University’s Trans Equality Policy, the Students’ Union, in partnership with the Equality & Diversity Unit, have organised two, one-hour long transgender information sessions.

These information sessions will be facilitated by SAIL NI, a support and advocacy organisation for trans and non-binary people here.

Anyone at Queen’s – staff or student – is invited to take part in one of the information sessions. They will be useful but not exclusively limited to those who will deal with students on a regular basis.

The information sessions are designed to be informal and interactive, so please feel free to ask any questions you may not know the answer to.

They will take place on the following dates/times and can be booked via the following links. Please obtain permission from your line manager should you wish to attend:

Thursday 23 March – 11:00am - 12:00pm – Clubroom 2, 3rd Floor, Students’ Union:

Thursday 6 April – 2:00pm - 3:00pm – Clubrooms 3&4, 3rd Floor, Students’ Union:

Any queries or accessibility requirements can be directed to Stephen McCrystall, Vice President Equality and Diversity, at

New: Writers Group

All Welcome

Time: Tuesdays 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Format: 3 weeks prompted/free writing and every 4th week presentation and feedback of larger pieces.

Place: The Graduate School, TR5

Please contact: if you are planning on attending.

 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

Events in Belfast and Beyond


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