Our Summer Programme for the months of June – August has now launched! We hope these opportunities will inspire and support you to continue to progress on your postgraduate journey and to stay connected between semesters.Browse
Graduate School Announcements
A reminder for Postgraduate Research students that the deadline to apply for Stage 4 Stipend Funding Extensions is Monday 21st June.
Please refer to the email you received on Wednesday 26th May for more information, or click here to read our guidance.
The Dissertation Support series will run this week, and for a week in August, to support you in getting started with and finishing your dissertations. These workshops can be individually booked via MyFuture, and you may attend as many as you like. While the main focus of these workshops will be Master’s dissertations, many of these topics may be relevant to postgraduate research students, who are also welcome to attend.
Click 'Read more' to find out what workshops are coming up this week.
Searching the Literature
Tuesday 15th June, 12.00pm - 1.30pm
Learn how to effectively search the literature to find materials most relevant to you, and how to manage and keep track of your sources.
Critical Reading and Note-Taking
Wednesday 16th June, 12.00pm - 1.30pm
Get the tools you need to question and learn with an open mind. You will also learn how to consolidate and reflect on your learning through note-taking.
Thursday 17th June, 12.00pm - 1.30pm
Understand how to appropriately incorporate sources when citing, paraphrasing, summarising, quoting and referencing.
The Basics of Academic Writing
Friday 18th June, 12.00pm - 1.30pm
Learn or recap on the basics of academic English. You will be introduced to some key principles and conventions of academic English, including puncutation and sentence structure.
Thursday 17th June, 12.30pm – 2.00pm
Dr Bettina von Stamm is an original and visionary thinker in the field of innovation, who has focused on deepening understanding of innovation and the conditions in which it thrives since 1992. In 2004 she founded the Innovation Leadership Forum (ILF), a Think & Do Tank dedicated to helping organisations understand and improve their innovation performance.
The Graduate School invites you to join Bettina as she discusses the current challenges surrounding innovative research.
Register here or via MyFuture.
A Message from Your Postgraduate Student Wellbeing Adviser
A few updates this week!
Last week Student Wellbeing staff worked with the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. We held a week of events, one of which was called 'Wellbeing Wanders'. This is a different angle on the 'Wellbeing Walk n Talks', and is aimed at encouraging people to "Take Notice" by listening to a specially designed podcast while wandering around Botanic Gardens. This podcast episode is narrated by Darryl Stewart, the Director of Education at EEECS. Darryl will take you on a 10-15 minute guided walk, which starts and ends at the Botanic Gardens gate just beside the McClay Library.
The podcast is just 11 minutes long and very relaxing, feel free to listen yourselves or to share and enjoy!
The 5 steps to Wellbeing
I am currently planning specific Wellbeing support for PG students in the Summer months, further details to follow. Please be assured that Student Wellbeing staff work throughout the summer, and we can be contacted by the Drop-in Phone, the Contact Us Form or by calling in to the Student Guidance Centre.
Please note, the final deadline for Hardbound submissions of your thesis for Summer Graduation 2021 is Monday 28th June 2021. Research students must also have submitted their electronic copy to PURE before submitting the hardbounds.
Please note that on submitting your harbound copy of your thesis, you can collect a PhDone! bag from either the Student Guidance Centre or the Graduate School reception.
Are you experiencing financial difficulty? The University's Student Support Fund is available to support students in financial hardship during their studies. The Student Support Fund provides:
- Financial assistance to students* from Northern Ireland and Great Britain experiencing financial hardship
- Financial assistance for hardship caused by the exceptional circumstances as a result of COVID–19.
Eligible students include: All full-time and part-time (25% of equivalent full-time course) undergraduates and postgraduate students from NI and GB. Undergraduate students must have taken out the maximum tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to which they are entitled.
There is no requirement to be in overdraft in order to apply.
Apply online: https://qsis.qub.ac.uk/
Are you experiencing financial difficulty? The Student Hardship Fund is open to all students (NI, GB and international) experiencing financial difficulty during their studies and who are not eligible for the Student Support Fund.
There is no requirement to be in overdraft in order to apply.
International students who are experiencing financial difficulty are encouraged to apply.
Apply online: https://qsis.qub.ac.uk/
On Monday 26 April, an additional testing site opened at the Elms Village Treehouse, with testing available at this location from 9.00am - 1.00pm, Monday to Friday.
Testing continues to be available from the Whitla Hall test centre, with hours of operation changing from 26 April to 9.00am-1.00pm and 2.00pm - 6pm, Sunday to Thursday.
Are you an Early Career Researcher working on a business idea, a product or a service? Then the Innovate UK funded Lean Launch Programme may be for you! This game-changing 10 week online customer discovery programme allows you to rapidly test whether there is a market for your idea, product or service.
Click 'read more' for more details.
- A 2-day Bootcamp training session
- 10 weeks of market validation under the guidance of expert coaches and mentors
- Pitch training and opportunity to pitch to an experienced panel of funders, stakeholders and investors
- Over £3,700 available for market discovery activities and business advisor support
- Access to experts, entrepreneurs, investors and funders
- A personalised market explorer report with data about potential customers, competitors and suppliers
- Online delivery means that the programme can work around your schedule
Friday 25th June, 9.45am - 4pm
The growing body of scientific evidence confirming the catastrophic environmental impact of anthropogenic activities cannot be ignored. Urgent responses are required to mitigate the effects of climate breakdown and environmental degradation. Join the Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action (SECA) as it asks, What ‘life innovations’ are required in the transition to a fair and sustainable future?
Focusing on core issues regarding the sustainable use of land and space, cultural transformations and sustainability transitions, this multidisciplinary conference will bring early career researchers from across Queen’s University Belfast together with leading climate activists and sustainability professionals in the first event of its kind for SECA. This will showcase some of the extensive sustainability PhD research underway at Queen’s in three interactive panel sessions which prioritise discussion and promise to be intellectually stimulating.
Register here and you will be sent a Zoom before the event takes place.
We are delighted to announce our guest speakers:
- Anna Kernahan (Climate activist, Fridays for Future)
- Kaitlyn Laverty (Climate Youth representative NI).
Panel 1: Sustainable use of land and space
Chaired by James Orr (Director, Friends of the Earth NI).
- Future blueprints of climate adaptation
Rebecca-Jane McConnell, School of Natural and Built Environment
- Predicting the Unpredictable: the role of eco-evolutionary experiences in species interactions across taxa and habitat
Joshua Clarke, School of Biological Sciences
- Can sustainable protein sources support healthy muscle ageing?
Rachel Reid-McCann, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences
Panel 2: Cultural Transformations
Chaired by Rachel Woods (Green Party MLA for North Down).
- Navigating the mystery of future geographies in climate change fiction
Matthew Munro, School of Arts, English and Languages
- Deconstructing ‘Nature Connection’. Is ‘nature connection’ a concept which supports capitalism?
Louise Taylor, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics
- In Other Wor(l)ds: the conundrum of Anthropocentrism in the Anthropocene
Matt Valler, School of Arts, English and Languages
Panel 3: Sustainability Transitions
Chaired by Jacqueline Gibson (Sustainability consultant, Belfast Harbour Commission, Radius Housing and Blenheim Palace).
- Transitioning Through a Crisis: industrial customer responses to a government-led green technology innovation
Amani Gharib, Queen’s Management School
- Investigating public perceptions and willingness to pay for carbon capture and storage in the United Kingdom
Tanisha Waring, School of Biological Sciences
- Exploring the transformative potential of marine community science
Benedict McAteer, School of Natural and Built Environment
British Red Cross, Ulster GAA and Volunteer Now are looking for volunteers in the role of a Meet & Greeter to support the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme across Northern Ireland. This role is an opportunity to help support the community against a pandemic that is affecting everyone. The number of volunteers requested will vary at times depending on the levels of supply and demand of the vaccine.
Material Evolution's mission is to build the world’s most sustainable materials company, creating materials that are carbon negative, require no virgin materials, and are superior in terms of mechanical properties. They are doing this by using data, waste, and science to create the next generation of materials.
Material Evolution are scientists and engineers with a passion for green materials and a shared vision to re-write the story of waste and materials. The team partners with industry leaders to implement our technology at scale.
Material Evolution is a growing team on an ambitious mission, and they are looking for leaders in their fields who are passionate about the future of materials.
Click 'read more' to see what roles are available and to apply.
- Project Coordinator
- Chemical and Process Engineer
- Chief Material Chemist
- Senior Material Chemist
- Lab Assistant