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Graduate School Weekly Update

Welcome to the Graduate School Weekly Update!

Click here to see a full list of upcoming events. Download a copy of our Summer Programme.

Training provided by the Graduate School can be booked via MyFuture.

Once logged in go to: 
Events > Workshops (Careers, Grad School & LDS) 

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

Welcome from your Postgraduate Student Officer

Gift Sotonye-Frank

Hi Everyone, 

As always, I am here for you and the QUBSU services are available for your support so feel free to send an email, call or come in and see me on the ground floor of the SU Elmwood.

A couple of updates...

This week I have been in meetings with members of Queen’s senior management discussing issues around the supervision relationship and also about 24 hour access to study spaces for postgraduate students. There are still more meetings and discussions to be held and decisions to be taken but as always I am there for you. If there are any issues that you feel should be looked into or needs to be given more attention, please feel free to drop me an email or come in and have a chat at the Students’ Union Elmwood.

Drop-in session

This week's Drop in Session will be Tuesday 20th August at 2pm-4pm in Group Room 7, the Graduate School. I will be away on annual leave but Lucia Klencakova, your PGR representative, will be there to chat with you.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Curriculum

If you are a postgraduate student involved in teaching, then consider participating in the forthcoming EDI seminar. Since January, QUB Centre for Educational Development (CED) have put in place a number of steps to promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in the curriculum. As part of promoting EDI in the Curriculum, a Seminar has been organised to take place on 2 September 2019. The seminar will include a keynote with expertise in EDI and two active workshops.

The first workshop will be on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the second on Internationalisation of the Curriculum (IoC). This seminar aims to promote EDI in Queen's, to increase staff awareness around EDI concepts, and engage staff to consider current practices and pedagogies. To register for this seminar please register here. You can also send an email to ced@qub.ac.uk to find out how you can help with organising this seminar.

Our People

Introducing Adedayo Akingbade...

My PGR experience in QUB School of Law has been exciting and challenging – given the rigours of doing a PhD while being a Parent. Over the last two years in QUB, I have had the opportunity to:

  • Work as a Teaching Assistant in the School of Law; and privileged to have received a QUBSU Education Award for ‘Superb Teaching by a PhD Student.’
  • Secure scholarship to attend the Winter Courses on International Law at The Hague Academy of International Law, the Netherlands.
  • Work as a Research Assistant on a pilot research project that aligns with my PhD.

I can be contacted via Email: aakingbade01@qub.ac.uk


If you would be interested in joining a postgraduate working group to look into improving supervisory relationship for postgraduate students please get in touch with me via email before 26 August 2019.

Please feel free to send a photograph and 100 words summary of what you have been up to, activities you have been involved in at any stage of your studies whether individually or as a group for ‘our people’ section of this weekly update.

I would love to have your contribution for future weekly updates and blog posts so please email me your thoughts, ideas and suggestions. You are welcome to suggest a great book you have read or even if it’s a resource that would be helpful to other postgraduate students, or you just want to see a topic featured, just send an email to su.postgraduate@qub.ac.uk  

As always, QUBSU services are available for your support so feel free to get in touch.

Stay blessed,

Your Postgraduate Student Officer

Gift Sotonye-Frank #Gift4All
Phone: 028 9097 1068
Email: su.vppostgraduate@qub.ac.uk

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Graduate School Highlights

Photo Competition

#TeamGradGoesGlobal Postcard Photo Competition

Take us on your travels! Grab a Graduate School postcard at reception to snap a photo with wherever you go in the world this summer. There are prizes to be won!

For your chance to be featured in our stories and win a prize:

1. Collect a Graduate School postcard at reception;

2. Take it with you on your travels;

3. Snap a photograph with your postcard wherever you are in the world!

4. Tag @qubgradschool on Instagram or Twitter, or post your photo in the comments on our Facebook post. Remember to include your location and use the hashtag #TeamGradGoesGlobal.

Good luck!

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Welcome and Induction

Postgraduate Welcome Week 2019

The Graduate School will be hosting a variety of events throughout Welcome Week to welcome new postgraduate students to Queen's.

Click here to view the full programme of events that will be on offer throughout Welcome Week. Feel free to come along and help us welcome new students!

Please note some events will require registration via Eventbrite.

Ongoing Training & Events

Mindful Meditation


Mindful Meditation

Summer Mindful Meditation drop-in sessions led by Orla Wallace will be held at 13.10 in the Well Being Space (9th floor of the School of Law) on the following dates: 21 August, 28 August, 4 September.

At this week's session, Wed 14 August, members of HIVE choir (SARC) will lead a special sound and listening session. Stop by for a chance to receive free vouchers, books and journals!

If you have any questions about this event, contact cmglade06@qub.ac.uk.

For All Postgraduate Students

1-2-1 Professional Support

Career 1-2-1 Appointments will be running throughout the summer.

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.

Guidance and 1-2-1 Appointments

Career Consultations at the Graduate School
A 30 minute confidential career consultation. Areas for discussion include: career choice, job hunting, LinkedIn profile, further study or CV guidance.

Academic Skills Consultations
Guidance on general academic writing style and grammar. We aim to help you find your own voice within academic writing to ensure that you reach your potential. Each session will conclude with take-away action points to allow you to continue to develop your writing skills.

Enterprise Consultations
Guidance around business or enterprise start-up and information on opportunities for finance, investment and further support.

Please note, your CV can be presented on paper or on your own laptop. Documents on mobile/smart phones or USBs will not be reviewed.

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Peer Proofreading

Wednesdays, 16.00 - 18.00, Training Room 2

Peer Proofreading enables all postgraduate students to develop the skills needed for the effective revision and editing of their texts. These sessions address editing for consistency (tense, voice, style); citation; spelling; grammar, and self-evaluation. Techniques for developing proofreading skills will be applied throughout. Peer support schemes offer an opportunity for students to work collaboratively to enhance their overall learning experience at the Graduate School.

Please bring samples of your own work to use in each session. Pizza will be provided! Sign up now via MyFuture.

For all Postgraduate Students

Summer Coffee Catch Up

Coffee Catch Up takes place at 10.00am every Wednesday throughout the Summer in the Graduate School Social Space.

Join us for some sweet treats & great conversation.

No registration necessary, just drop-in.

For all Postgraduate Students

Shut Up & Write

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!

Postgraduate Career Opportunities

Don't miss out!

Postgraduate Career Opportunities

Please see below for other career opportunities:

The Graduate School recruits for Community Assistants periodically and will advertise on the Weekly Update as and when posts become available.

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Funding & Scholarships

Find out more!

Funding & Scholarships

To be taken through to the Graduate School's Funding and Scholarships webpage click here.

For Scholarships administrered by Academic and Student Affairs click here.

For available funding by subject area please click here.



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