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Welcome to the Graduate School's Weekly Update!
This part of our website is yours to find out what we have coming up at the Graduate School, as well as highlights from the past week.
If you're a postgraduate student who has done something special recently or have a story to tell, please contact us as we would love to feature you here!
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Welcome from your Postgraduate Student Officer
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...
Thank you to all the parents and carers who came to the first QUBSU Parents and Carers Network event for this academic year held last Thursday. Several suggestions came out of the event. Two action points going forward are:
- First, the need to create a flyer which contains all the QUB services and support available to all student Parents and Carers;
- Second, that a monthly meeting would be held with different activities planned in advance.
See the picture below of some of us who were present on the day!
The next Parents and Carers Lunch Time Catch Up will take place on Thursday 21 November from 1.00pm - 2.00pm, venue TBC.
Introducing Nermin Al Sharman...
My study “The Need for Training Programmes for Medical Interpreters in Jordan: A Qualitative Study” examines the status of medical interpreting and current provision of interpreter training in Jordan. It seeks to deepen our understanding of the implications of using untrained medical interpreters especially those who provide interpreting service for refugees. In 2017, I was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s International Attainment Scholarship which made all this possible. I love volunteering and it’s indeed an integral part of my life. I’m an event volunteer and Cancer Focus NI community ambassador as well as a Handy Helper. As a result, I’ve received in May the Prestige Award for completing 200+ hours of volunteering. I’m also honoured to be a member of the Founding Editorial Team of IMPACT journal and a Community and Engagement Editor. I’ve completed several programmes such as Inspiring Leaders, Leadership in Practice, Future Ready and IMPACT: Global where I was one of the ten postgraduate students to travel to South Africa to learn design thinking and create innovative solutions to social challenges. I’m an international student ambassador, a Postgraduate Community Assistant at the Graduate School and a former postgraduate student representative. I’m currently working on several projects in collaboration with Cancer Focus NI, the Graduate School and Handy Helpers, and I aim to start a new peer support scheme for PhD students hopefully soon.
Dates for your diary
Drop in Session will be Tuesday 22 October from 2.00pm – 4.00pm in Group Room 7, the Graduate School. Come along for a chat. I look forward to seeing you there.
Semester One Programme
Check out the Graduate School's Semester One Programme here.
Thought for the week
"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
If you would like to feature in ‘our people’ section of this weekly update 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.
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 email@example.com
As always, QUBSU services are available for your support so feel free to get in touch by sending an email or calling in to see me on the ground floor of the SU Elmwood.
Your Postgraduate Student Officer
Gift Sotonye-Frank #Gift4All
Phone: 028 9097 1068
A look back at the past week...
Personal development workshop
Building Your Emotional Intelligence and Resilience
Last Tuesday, a group of postgraduates got their creative hats on when they took part in our new 'Building Your Emotional Intelligence and Resilience' workshop. The students learned about the impact of emotions on their relationships, influence and resilience, as well as how to manage pressure and stress. Practicing 'mindful self-esteem', they created 'My Gift to the World' in a creative exercise that aimed to encourage them to reflect on their own good qualities.
Belfast Design Week
Launch of Belfast Design Week!
On Friday, representatives from the Graduate School attended the Launch of Belfast Design Week at Bullitt Hotel.
The theme for this year’s Belfast Design Week is power. As a hub that promotes a culture of innovation and research impact, the Graduate School has themed its activities around the power to design meaningful change for yourself and others.
The full programme of our events for Belfast Design Week are listed on our Events Page. Sign up to come along and find out about exciting ventures that are happening locally and to learn how you can collaborate with us around design!
Also stay tuned to the Graduate School's social media for updates using #BDW19, and check out our Instagram Stories highlight!
Coffee and Games
Thursday 24 October, 4pm - 6pm, Training Room 7
Start your weekend early at the Graduate School! Every Thursday you can join us for social, after work and early evening events; the perfect place to meet and be motivated. Enjoy evenings of innovation, music and games. Join the conversation online with #ThursdayLates.
No need to register, just drop in!
Monday 4 November, 11.30am - 1.00pm, Training Room 2
The Graduate School has funding available throughout the year to assist current postgraduate students in organising academic events and cultural interventions, which work to bring together the wider communities within both postgraduate taught and research student bodies at Queen’s University.
The funding is allocated for initiatives developed and delivered by postgraduate students to help enrich the experience of the wider postgraduate community. The programme supports in skills development such as leadership, effective communication and project management by providing students with the opportunity to manage events and budgets through first-hand experience.
Join us at this information session to hear directly from students who are currently availing of postgraduate-led initiative funding, discover past events and learn more about the application process. Register to attend via MyFuture.
Impact Local: Design Jam
Expression of interest deadline: Thursday 24th!
Take part in the next IMPACT challenge!
Impact Design Jam is an opportunity for postgraduate students at Queen’s to use their research, skills and creativity within multi-disciplinary teams to make a positive change in the community around them and to create solutions to real-world social issues.
There are now three major further and higher education communities within Belfast, with thousands of students and staff. Belfast City Council has declared an ambition to increase the number of people living in the city centre from the current 3,000 to 66,000 by 2035. Meanwhile, the pressure to shift towards more sustainable, carbon neutral forms of travel increases by the day. Strategies have been developed to improve the cycling infrastructure within the city, with more designated cycle routes and better facilities.
Engaging with Queen’s University, Ulster University, Belfast MET, Belfast City Council, Sustrans, the Department for Infrastructure and Big Loop Bikes, participants in this three-day intensive design challenge will be challenged to design proposals for a social-enterprise based scheme to encourage and equip Belfast’s students and staff to get on their bikes and lead Belfast towards becoming a cycling city.
- How might the further and higher education community lead the way in supporting their staff and students to take up cycling?
- How might a social enterprise-based project improve the affordability, accessibility and convenience of bicycles?
Big Loop Bikes was born from a previous Impact programme developed and delivered by the Graduate School, it is a social enterprise that sources and professionally refurbishes used bikes. Their cycle workshops help to create jobs for people facing barriers to employment.
By attending this course, you will have the opportunity to engage with key stakeholders, use your skills and research to impact our local community through human-centred design and create viable solutions which we are committed to implementing in partnership. Further opportunities to volunteer and engage will be available post project. You will also be awarded a certificate of completion and graduate/researcher plus accreditation.
The course is open to all PGT/PGR students and is running across 31 October, 7 November and 14 November.
Express your interest via MyFuture. The closing date for expressions of interest is Thursday 24 October.
Tell Your Research Story: In Articles for Publication
New date added!
Tuesday 29 October, 10.00am - 4.00pm, Training Room 7
This is an additional date that has been added due to high demand.
Are you a PhD student considering writing articles for publications or who started this process but is struggling to get your paper/s accepted in academic journals?
If so this workshop for you. In this workshop you will gain insights into the structural components of scientific papers, writing style, and how to overcome difficulties in writing articles for publication.
Register via MyFuture.
Postgraduate Career Opportunities
Don't miss out!
Postgraduate Career Opportunities
Please see below for other career opportunities:
- For information on Oncampus jobs please click here
- To search and apply for jobs, go to MyFuture, on the left-hand side, click on “Jobs” and “Oncampus jobs” to see current vacancies
- You can also visit the Careers, Employability & Skills webpage, call 028 9097 2727, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Graduate School recruits for Community Assistants periodically and will advertise on the Weekly Update as and when posts become available.
Graduate Role/ Internship & Placement Opportunities
What makes working at Mondelez International so special? Many things. The iconic brands and global nature of the business. The continuous innovation and endless opportunities to grow. The chance, each and every day, to put a smile on people’s faces. Mondelez International is the world’s leading maker of Chocolate, Biscuits, Candy and Gum with billion-dollar brands like Cadbury, Milka, Prince and Oreo and they now have an exciting Graduate opportunity to join their team.
Big enough to reach the top. Small enough to help you get off the ground.
Funding & Scholarships
Developing and Analysing Models for Cancer Invasion
A fully funded PhD opportunity is available to start in January 2020 at the Mathematical Sciences Research Centre, Queen's University Belfast, to conduct research into developing and analysing models for cancer invasion.
Deadline for applications: 30 November 2019
Find out more here.
What's on at Queen's
What's On in Belfast and Beyond
Things to Do!
What's on in Belfast and Beyond
Whatever the time of year you choose to visit Belfast you’ll always find activities and events to keep you busy and entertained.
Belfast International Arts Festival
Tuesday 15 October - Sunday 3 November
The Belfast International Arts Festival is packed full of fantastic events showcasing some of the world's best artistic talents all right here in Belfast. This year the festival includes some truly unmissable events. With something for everyone to enjoy, the festival features theatrical events, dance, acrobatics, music, tours and much more.
Find out more here.
Pop-up World of Languages
The first UK pop-up museum of languages!
Discover the weird and wonderful world of languages!
The UK has a museum for dog collars and lawn mowers, but not for languages. This autumn an innovative Pop-Up World of Languages to fill this gap is being launched.
Join us on a journey through our three zones to uncover the hidden treasures of languages through family-friendly, hands-on activities and games. The museum will be in Belfast on 2 and 3 November, 12-13 Shaftesbury Square Belfast.
Find out more here.