Easter Holiday Period
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The Postgraduate Weekly Update
Helping you to stay connected.
Welcome to your postgraduate Weekly Update.
This Weekly Update will bring you the latest information on the support that the Graduate School will continue to provide virtually. The Graduate School is currently working to deliver workshops and training online where possible. Please continue to check this update and our Events Page where new virtual sessions will be advertised as we continue to update our programme.
The Graduate School is committed to continuing to maintain our postgraduate community online, and our staff will remain on hand to answer any queries you may have. Despite our building remaining closed, we are contactable via telephone, email and social media. Our contact details can be found here.
Welcome from your Postgraduate Student Officer
Welcome to this week's update.
PG Reps and Student Engagement
The Students' Voice and Student Officer Team would like to get an understanding as to what the issues are that students are facing, so that this informs our conversations with University Senior Management. We have therefore created a Student Rep Forum on our website, where your PG Reps can post anonymously about the issues that are coming to the fore. We will answer them where we can and bring others to University Senior Management to get the answers or to National Unions so we can lobby Government.
Digital Data Research
Angela Rogan, our AHSS Faculty Rep has put together a digital data research resource to support PGs during lockdown. View this resource here.
Support when you need it...
Last week, the Students' Union started a Facebook -COVID-19 Community Group, for students of Queen’s University to come together during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is aimed at amplifying the student voice and staying connected and provides a space to share ideas. If you have not already joined this group, please click on the link and request to join. See you there!
Please check out the QUBSU FAQs for updates and support.
There is also funding available for students who find themselves in financial hardship at this time. Find out more here.
Also get in touch with the Students Renters Group via their Facebook page if you need help on issues with your landlord or letting agents or help giving and receiving essential food items.
Nominations for Postgrad Awards
Nominations for the 2020 FindAMasters.com and FindAPhD.com Postgrad Awards are now open! Students and staff can nominate excellent PG student, an academic at QUB, a department, the Graduate School or even QUB. Find out more here.
COVID-19 and Working from Home
A quick reminder from last week on 5 tips to help make the best of your work from home:
- Experiment with your work set up- consider working from different areas of your home and discover which part is most suitable.
- Create a routine- this will help you get into a habit just as you would were the library, the Graduate School or other parts of the University where you usually study.
- Set clear goals for your working day- remember it is easy to get distracted particularly if you have kids or dependants you support, pets, or domestic chores.
- Take regular breaks- it’s okay to stretch your legs and get some coffee/tea.
- Take care of your mental health and wellbeing- The University’s wellbeing service is available and can be contacted through their website here.
I will be attending NUS and NUS-USI virtual conferences for the next couple of Tuesdays. However from the 14th of April Virtual Drop-in Sessions will commence from 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Feel free to get in touch via my Face Book VP Postgraduate page or via email.
Thought for the Week
"Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness." - Desmond Tutu
I would love to have your contribution for future 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.
Please keep an eye out on future Graduate School Weekly Updates, where I will be keeping you up to date.
As always, if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to ask. If you have any queries or you are a postgraduate that would like support, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gift Sotonye-Frank #Gift4All
Postgraduate Student Officer
Graduate School Announcements
Virtual 1-2-1 Appointments
Book your virtual appointment now with our dedicated Careers & Employability Team
The Graduate School will be offering virtual 1-2-1 careers & employability appointments throughout the coming months. These appointments can be booked via MyFuture.
Postgraduate taught students should book with Joan Connolly, and postgraduate research students with Lilian Simones.
Please click on 'Book an Appointment' on the left-hand side and you will see the following options:
By dragging your cursur over each appointment listing, you can see topics that will be covered and decide which option is most appropriate for you. Please click the box beside each appointment to see current availability and to book your appointment.
1-2-1 appointments will take place via Microsoft Teams. After booking your appointment you will receive instructions from your consultant on how the appointment will take place.
If you have any difficulty booking your appointment, please email email@example.com.
Applications are now open for students to undertake a virtual Postgraduate-led Initiative.
All initiatives must be aimed at bringing together the wider communities within both postgraduate taught and research student bodies at Queen's. They should fit one or more of the following themes:
- Research Culture
- Skills Development
- Community Impact
- Health & Wellbeing
- Digital Transformation
- Cultural Exchanges
- Green Impact
Find out more and apply here.
Postgraduate Book Club
Tuesday 7th April, 5.00pm - 7.00pm
Our Postgraduate Book Club has gone virtual! Join us via Microsoft Teams to discuss this week's reading.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining and Irene and Daniel, our Community Assistants, will add you to the group.
Virtual Coffee Catch Up
Wednesday 8th April, 10.00am - 10.30am
Join us via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday morning at 10.00am for our virtual coffee catch up! Stay connected with your fellow postgraduates over tea, coffee and a virtual chat.
Use the code z7vgddh to join our Team.
In Microsoft Teams, go to Teams > Join or create team > Join a team with a code.
Wednesday 8th April, 1.10pm - 1.50pm
Mindful Meditation with Orla Wallace will now be taking place virtually. Join us via Microsoft Teams to relax, de-stress and unwind through mindful movements.
Use the code aq33ol3 to join our Team.
In Microsoft Teams, go to Teams > Join or create team > Join a team with a code.
Invent Awards 2020
Applications now open
The Invent competition has been widely recognised as one of the best opportunities for innovations and proof of concept ideas that have the greatest commercial potential.
It’s an opportunity to gain high-profile exposure; to validate your idea and to unlock a quality network of influencers. There’s also a prize fund of £33,000 shared by the winners. Your innovation or proof of concept idea must fit into one of the following categories:
- Life & Health Sciences
- Enterprise Software
- Creative Media & Consumer Internet
Postgraduate-led Conference: Call For Papers
Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
‘True’ Stories: Contesting Narratives of Violence
Annual Postgraduate Student-Led Conference
The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
25th May 2020, Virtual Conference, Queen’s University Belfast
This year’s postgraduate student-led conference, hosted by the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, seeks to bring together academics, activists, and practitioners to explore how, why, and whose stories of experiences of violence are told in deeply divided societies. The virtual conference aims to address questions such as: What is a ‘true’ account of experiences of violence? Why are certain accounts privileged, while others are marginalised? What are the implications for peacebuilding and transformation? How do these narratives affect people and place?
We invite abstracts and videos on topics relating to (but not limited to):
- Storytelling/narratives of violence
- Post-conflict memories
- The politics of language
- The roles of media in conflict-affected societies
- The ethics of researching violent experiences
- Methodologies to navigate and share diverse narratives
While we aim to draw lessons from the experience of Northern Ireland, we gladly welcome narratives that relate to our main themes from around the world.
Guidelines for authors: Speaker presentations during the virtual conference will be no longer than 20-30 minutes in length. To share your idea for a virtual presentation at this year’s conference, please send an abstract of your presentation (no more than 300 words) or a video (no longer than 10 minutes) detailing your research, its title, main argument, and any supporting information for your particular topic. Please include a short biography of no more than five lines with your submission, including any relevant links to your research, website, and/or social media.
Send all submissions to: email@example.com
Deadline for submissions: 17th April 2020
Notification of acceptance: 30th April 2020
For any enquiries regarding the programme, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding & Scholarships
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
DTP: Secure Connected Intelligent Design and Manufacturing
A new Doctoral Training Programme has been launched at Queens which is themed around 'Secure Connected Intelligent Design and Manufacturing'. The programme is now offering a diverse selection of PhD opportunities across a broad range of research areas which will be supervised by multi-disciplinary academic teams from Schools across the University. Each project has the potential to deliver significant scientific and societal benefits in addition to the accelerated development of the successful PhD candidates. Working with world leaders in their field, researchers will be given access to training opportunities which will enhance their capacity to deliver impactful research and provide a solid platform for their future career either in academia or in industry.
To find out more, click here.