Weekly Update Archive
On Thursday, students who took part in IMPACT Local Design Jam presented their solutions to a range of stakeholders including the Turnaround Project, Ulster University, the Department for Infrastructure and Belfast City Council.
The stakeholders were very impressed with our students' solutions and are excited to bring the great ideas back to their organisations.
Congratulations to all our students who took part and we look forward to seeing how their ideas are implemented!
Last week, BBC Radio 4 recorded their Today programme live from our very own Social Space. The programme discussed the UCU strike, the upcoming elections and current issues affecting Northern Ireland. We even got the chance to showcase some of the work of our PhD researchers!
Did you miss out? Catch last week's recording here!
Last week we have a range of employers here in the Graduate School speaking to our postgraduates about what they are looking for in 'the perfect candidate'. Employers included:
- Joanne McClelland, QUB
- Sonya Kerr, Catalyst
- Elaine Kilkelly, Allstate
- Dr Deborah Hunter, Allstate
- Neill Ferguson, Vanrath
- Chris Wilson, Bank of America
- Marcella McKeever, Alexander Mann Solutions
- Jason Wiggins, QUB
- Ronan McGinley, Start360
We'd like to say a huge thank you to all the employers who came along for their valuable insights!
Last week, we welcomed Catalyst to the Graduate School to host the 4th Industrial Revolution challenge.
Exploring UX and User Centred Design, we discussed how we can design products and services fit for the 4th Industrial Revolution. We learned about the importance of user experience and how designers can stay competitive in increasingly saturated markets.
Find out more about Catalyst here.
This week, our very own PhD researcher, Hoa Nguyen, from the School of Pharmacy, published a blog about his research and his experience as a PGR student at Queen's. Discussing his research which aims to tackle the looming threat of antibiotic resistance, Hoa gives an insight into why he is hoping to make a lasting impact on society by fighting microbial resistance. Hoa is looking at the effectiveness of interventions to improve antibiotic prescribing in care homes.
Read Hoa's blog here!
This Thursday, Hoa will be taking part in a student panel discussion as part of an information event for prospective research students. If you'd like to find out more about PhD research at Queen's, register to attend the event here.
Last Monday, we held our annual Festive Celebration at the Graduate School. With a performance by the QUB Staff Wellbeing Choir, a Christmas Jumper competition, and even a guest appearance from Dasher the Reindeer, it was a great event!
Thank you to all of you who came, we hope you all enjoy the festive period and look forward to welcoming you back to the Graduate School in the new year.
Last week we held a Celebration Event for all our postgraduates who participated in CMI this year during which they received their certificates. Congratulations to all of you, you all worked so hard and the certificate is very well deserved!
To find out more about CMI and how you can get involved, click here.
Science Editor at The Conversation, Stephen Harris will host a PhD workshop at Queen’s University on Monday 3 February at 5pm in the Graduate School.
Aimed at increasing the number of Queen's academics writing on The Conversation website, and in the media in general, the workshop is an excellent opportunity to learn how to get your ideas to the wider public.
This workshop will be of particular interest to PhD students in the MHLS and EPS faculties, but is open to everyone. Please register to attend via MyFuture.
The session will begin with an overview of The Conversation; what it is, its aims and objectives, and why you should write for it. It will then cover how to write; tips on style, tone and structure, and finding the news value.
There will be a demonstration of The Conversation’s writer’s portal and how the editors work with potential writers.
Finally there will be exercises and the chance to develop your own article.
A How to Prepare PDF will be issued to attendees helping you to make the best use of the workshop.
Domino's Pizza will be supplied during the workshop.
For further information, please contact Judith Rance, Communications Office, email@example.com, 028 9097 3672.
Wednesday 5th February, 1.00pm - 2.30pm, David Keir Building 0G/110
Queen's staff and doctoral students are invited to this seminar which will address how the Research Excellence Framework (REF) process evaluates impact.
The guest speaker is Dr Gemma Derrick (Lancaster University). The seminar will also see contributions from Professor Richard English, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Internationalisation and Engagement; Professor Usha Chakravarthy, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, and Professor Greg Toner, School of Arts, English and Languages, all of whom were involved in the evaluation process in REF 2014.
A light lunch will be served at 1.00pm, with proceedings commencing at 1.15pm. Please sign up here if you’d like to attend. Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Opening Night: Thursday 27th February, 7.30pm, Graduate School
Runs until 12th March
Think Ecos is an artist collective that aims to develop art with an ecological narrative while seeking opportunities to promote creative possibilities for environmental dialogue.
The exhibition will be opened by Dr. Rosalind Silvester, Director of Education, School of Arts, English and Languages.
The artists exhibiting are Gwen Stevenson, Kate Ritchie and Kathryn and Roy Nelson.
The QUB Graduate School Exhibition is their first joint exhibition. They hope you enjoy it and will be prompted to take some action on behalf of our environment.
The Digital Skills Discovery Hub at Queen's is an online web space created for you to review your digital skills and explore new areas to develop your digital capability.
This rich set of curated resources and courses will help you with everything from being an online learner, developing your digital creativity and managing your identity and wellbeing in digital settings.
You can access the Digital Skills Discovery Hub here
The Students' Union will soon be handing out Offer Booklets across campus, which are also available from SU Reception.
The booklets have details on a range of SU Shop offers, including Clipper speciality tea for £1, 12oz Smomin' Bean Coffee for £2, 10% off all Co-Op products and much more!
Also, ask instore about the new SU Shop Reward Card that allows you to save 20% when you spend £4 or more on stationery products; and save 20% on £25 or more on QUB branded clothing.
The SU Shop will also be running a free prize draw competition, open to staff and students, with £200 worth of prizes (3x £50/2x £25 vouchers to use at the SU Shop and SU Shop Express).
Calling all ambitious, savvy, entrepreneurial women at Queen’s!
Don’t miss out on a chance to expand your network and skill set through taking part in Innovateher, a tailored programme designed to help you develop the skills and confidence you need to enter the world of work.
Through Innovateher you’ll get access to workshops from some of Belfast’s best and brightest on the topics of design thinking, marketing, finance, pitching and leadership.
Prepare to be inspired by those around you as you work alongside like-minded students, get introduced to successful female entrepreneurs, learn from savvy business women and join empowering networks.
Click 'read more' to find out about two upcoming opportunities with Volunteer SU.
Are you interested in helping local children and young people who are struggling at school to improve their study skills, build their confidence and raise their future aspirations? Homework Clubs is the perfect opportunity for you to gain experience in supporting young people, develop your own skills and be part of something special! No previous experience needed - all the training and guidance you need will be provided. You just need to be caring, non-judgmental and able to volunteer 2-3 hours each week. Find out more here.
Handy Helpers Programme
Do you want to volunteer, but all that Uni work and other important commitments are stopping you? Handy Helpers is a unique initiative that enables you to take part in a wide range of one-off volunteering opportunities. From community gardening to decorating animal shelters, and event logistics, Handy Helpers gives you the opportunity to gain experience in various settings while actively contributing to your local community. There’s no long-term commitment - pick and choose what activities you want to participate in based on your own interests and availability! Find out more here.
KTP at Queen's, in partnership with Queen's Management School, are currently recruiting for a KTP Associate Strategic Management Analyst with SDG Construction Technology.
Details of the post:
Application closing date: 14/10/2020
Salary: £24,000 – £31,000 per annum. One of the key KTP benefits for graduates is access to a £8,500 training and travel budget over the 24 month project.
Master Your Leadership helps postgraduate taught students develop and enhance their personal skills and grow their networks in a rapidly changing world. Leadership in this new virtual world is about promoting collaboration and motivating yourself and others. This summer school will help you to develop the skills and behaviours needed to take on these new leadership challenges.
You will complete the Kouzes and Posner 360° Student Leadership Challenge (LPI) which will help you to tailor a personal development plan. Participate in online sessions, work in virtual teams on an Employer Challenge and take time for individual preparation and reflection. The Employer Challenge is a real-world problem that is set by an employer relating to their work. Your team will create solutions and present back to the employer for feedback. This will develop your skills against the Graduate School’s five pillars, making you a more effective Thinker, Leader, Communicator and Innovator who is Future-Ready.
Click here to find out more and see upcoming cohort dates. Registration for all cohorts in Semester 1 is now open.
Would you like the opportunity to tell us what you think of the Graduate School? Join us for our postgraduate focus group where we would like to hear your thoughts on our semester one programme and how we can best enhance your postgraduate experience going forward. Tell us why you have engaged with us (or why not!) and for taking part you will receive a No Alibis book voucher to spend as you wish!
To take part email the Graduate School firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 28th October 2020.
Join us on 4 November for a panel discussion featuring international alumni speakers from China and India reflecting on their time at Queen's and speaking about their careers since returning home. Hosted by Dean of the Graduate School, Professor Margaret Topping, the panel will feature Queen's graduates, Binod Maitin and Pingping Xie (also a current PhD student at Queen's). Following the panel discussion there will be a live Q&A session.
Binod Maitin graduated from Queen's with a PhD in Analytical Chemistry in 1982. He has held a number of prestigious positions including Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at United Spirits Limited (now Diageo Plc) and Head of Analytical Research at the Shriram Institute for Industrial Research. He is currently an Independent Technical Consultant with positions as Sensory Specialist at FlavorActiv and Chief Technical Officer at Trillium Beverages.
PingpingXie graduated from Queen's with an MSc TESOL(Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in 2019. She is currently in her second year of a PhD in Education at Queen's.
This event is delivered as part of the Graduate School's Employability Launchpad programme and is suitable for recent international graduates.
You can register for this event here
This is the last week that students can sign up to November's CMI Strategic Management Project beginning. The November cohort begins next week with the induction on Monday 9 Novmber Students can download and complete the application found on the website which must then be sent to email@example.com
For any quesries contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Queen's International Student Society (QISS) is back with Qulture Shock 2021! A grand event, which will be hosted virtually this year, showcasing cultures from all around the world.
They are recruiting students who are eager to showcase their cultures to Queen's. You can apply here before 7 November 2020
For more information or any queries, you can contact QISS via email: email@example.com
The Postdoctoral Development Centre is co-ordinating a series of virtual career interviews to help postdocs and PhD students explore the different career options available to them, directly from successful professionals who established their career outside of academia and, on occasion, from academics.
The October interview (30/10/20, 11:30-12:30) will feature Dr Peter Kerr, who is Head of Operations at Sonraí Analytics Ltd (NI data analytics company) and was previously head of project management at Almac Diagnostics, as well as Dr Karim Dib, Senior Lecturer in WWIEM.
All welcome; more information and registration available from the Career Exploration Interview page
The Belfast Maritime Festival is a cornerstone of the Belfast festival calendar. A great day to experience Belfast’s Maritime history and heritage, ships and boats, walk the Maritime Mile, and see live performers and events.
However, there is also potential for a refresh - to appeal to wider audiences and programme content that is more distinctly Belfast. In this design challenge, organisers are seeking proposals to develop content and programming — either an installation, event, performance or artwork — to be showcased during the festival.
You can find more information here
QUB Wellbeing have a variety of events planned this semester through their Wellbeing on Weekdays (WOW) programme, from digital wellbeing to incorporating self-care into your routine, a full list of which can be found here
Durham University will be hosting an interdisciplinary and online PGR Conference on 20 November on the theme “Global Challenges.” The deadline to accept oral presentation proposals for the conference has been extended to 1700 on Friday 6th November.
The conference will provide opportunities for PGR students to lead oral presentations to promote interdisciplinary discussion about how research can meet societal challenges and effect change. The conference will feature a plenary lecture and workshops on academic networking and writing for publication.
Oral papers will be arranged in interdisciplinary sessions and papers may address issues in, for example, education, human rights, ethics, physical resources, business and finance, climate change, social order / disorder, justice, equity, mental health and international policy and relations.
You can register for the conference here
If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Organising Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org
KTP at Queen's, in partnership with Queen's Management School, are currently recruiting for a KTP Associate Strategic Business Development Associate with Scott & Ewing Ltd
Details of the post:
Application closing date: 09/12/2020
Salary: £25,000 – £34,500 per annum. One of the key KTP benefits for graduates is access to a £8,500 training and travel budget over the 24 month project.
KTP at Queen's, in partnership with Queen's Management School, are currently recruiting for an R&D Engineer (Polymer Composite Design & Manufacturing) with Collins Aerospace
Position: R&D Engineer (Polymer Composite Design & Manufacturing) - KTP Associate
Company: Collins Aerospace
In collaboration with: School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Open to: Anyone with at least a Masters in Materials, Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering (or closely related disciplines)
MyFuture reference: 21273
Closing Date: Wednesday 6 January 2021
Salary: £26,000 - £34,000 per annum. One of the key KTP benefits for graduates is access to a £8,500 training and travel budget over the 24 month project.