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The Graduate School Goes Virtual
Browse our Summer Programme!
Our innovative virtual Summer Programme will run from June - August. We hope these opportunities will inspire and support you to continue on your postgraduate journey and help you to stay connected between semesters.Discover Opportunities!
Graduate School Announcements
Graduate School Reopening 3rd August
Informal Student Feedback Session
Thursday 9th July, 10.00am - 11.00am, Microsoft Teams
The Graduate School is currently finalising plans to reopen the building on Monday 3rd August for postgraduate students to use the silent study in the lead up to dissertation submission deadlines. Operationally, there are many things for us to consider to allow us to offer you a space that is safe, practical and in line with social distancing guidelines, while also allowing you to focus on your studies with as little disruption as possible.
We would like to hear your thoughts on the reopening of the building, to gather student feedback and insights into how the reopening would best work for you.
Join us for an informal chat via Microsoft Teams with Graduate School Manager Kara Bailie and members of the Graduate School’s operations team. Register via MyFuture.
Great Creators Podcast
Episode 1: Product Innovation
Great Creators is a new podcast series by the Graduate School in partnership with Belfast Design Week.
This podcast will share the diverse stories of entrepreneurship in Northern Ireland. We’ll feature start-ups, community-led projects and established businesses which together make up the rich innovation ecosystem. We want to highlight that opportunity is all around, if you know where to look for it! Delve deeper into understanding how a product or service comes about from those "in the know" - the entrepreneurs themselves! The podcast will share different business models and approaches, the challenges and pivots of entrepreneurial journeys and contain useful and easy-to-implement advice and resources.
DR. PETER BARRETT / THE BUCHA’S DOG
Dr. Peter Barrett is a scientist who has recently set up the first kombucha company in Northern Ireland - The Bucha’s Dog. Starting as a passion project in Peter’s kitchen for his own enjoyment and for family and friends, The Bucha’s Dog has grown organically to become a business and Peter's kombucha can now be found in many cafes, delis, bars and restaurants in Belfast and beyond. The Covid-19 lockdown has hit the hospitality sector hard but Peter has used this period to continue developing The Bucha’s Dog through rebranding, designing a new facility to make kombucha, coming up with new recipes and planning future workshops to teach people how to make their own home brews.
AZHAR MURTUZA / BORN MAVERICK
Azhar Murtuza is an entrepreneur who initially came to study at the Graduate School at Queen’s University in Belfast from Mangalore in India and decided to stay and set up an ethical food business, Born Maverick. He believes strongly that “change is up to us” and brings this philosophy to all aspects of his “flexitarian” food products and it is also his advice to entrepreneurs and “want”repreneurs. Azhar believes that Northern Ireland is an excellent place to set up a business and that opportunities are there all around us waiting to be found and made use of. Entering competitions and pitching has given Azhar the confidence to boldly forge forward with new products including coconut milk popsicles, vegan eggs, vegan prawns and coffee alternatives. As well as being an entrepreneur, Azhar is a keen writer and photographer taking in the beautiful landscapes of Northern Ireland.
Master Your Leadership
Summer School Applications Open
28th July, 30th July, 11th August and 13th August
Preparing you for leadership in the new normal!
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.
This year, the employer challenge will be set by Pivotal Public Policy Forum and will explore retaining and regaining talent in Northern Ireland.
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.
Applications in the Age of AI
Online Workshop with Co-Founder of Equitas, Michael Blakely
Friday 10th July, 2.00pm - 2.45pm, Microsoft Teams
Did you know that some employers are now using tools such as games-based assessment and Artificial Intelligence when recruiting new candidates?
Join us for a presentation which will explore the different types of first-stage applications you might face when applying for graduate, postgraduate and entry-level job roles. Michael will cover applications as simple as a CV and cover letters, through to more complex application processes such as gamification and the use of AI. You will come away from the session with practical tools and best practice advice that you can use when applying for these roles.
Register via MyFuture.
Meet the Facilitator
Michael Blakely is the co-founder of Equitas, an interview software company that takes the stress out of delivering live interviews, helping companies to make better and less biased hiring decisions. The company was founded after Michael delivered over 10,000 interviews and assessments all across the UK over the last 8 years (including FTSE100 & Public sector).
Every Wednesday, 1.10pm - 1.50pm, Microsoft Teams
Join us every Wednesday afternoon to relax and unwind through mindful meditation. Led by yoga instructor Orla Wallace, these sessions will teach you to practice mindfulness and give you a chance to take a break from the distractions of every day life. Mindfulness meditation involves paying attention to our thoughts, sounds, and breathing. It aims to help us become more self aware, more able to identify and respond to our thoughts and feelings, and more equipped to cope with stress.
Why not give it a try? Join our team here.
Click here to find out about the link that Queen's researchers have found between meditation and stress reduction.
Research Culture Engagement Workshops
Open to postgraduate research students
These events will be an opportunity for open and transparent discussion on, and active contribution to, the evolving Research Culture Action Plan. They will involve an overview of an early draft of the Plan, break-out groups to discuss specific issues, opportunities to suggest additional content in plenary, and interactive polls to ensure that we have representative feedback across the board.
A link to the online venue for this event will be circulated to registered attendees in advance.
In response to renewed focus on issues and challenges with the wider culture for research in higher education, Queen's is developing an institutional Research Culture Action Plan, which will represent our commitment as a University and research community to developing a creative, collaborative and supportive research culture at Queen's and beyond. The Plan will be co-created by the research community and will be driven by our aspirations for what the ideal culture at Queen's should look like.
This is a genuinely collaborative effort by the entire research community, and we are therefore particularly encouraging attendance from groups including early-career research staff, postdoctoral research assistants, technical staff, professional support staff and postgraduate research students.
A message from your Librarians...
McClay Library Book Collection Service
The Library's Postgraduate Information page is now live and contains useful information including:
- McClay Library re-opening
- Book Collection Service (see more info below)
- Support for postgraduates throughout the summer
- Online Training
You can also access the library's chat function from this page. Librarians are online and ready to answer any queries you may have.
McClay Library Book Collection Service
The Library is pleased to announce that we are introducing a book collection service in the McClay Library for academic staff, research postgraduate students and taught postgraduate students
Requested books will be made available for collection on Tuesdays and Thursdays until the Library reopens on 3rd August (NB. there will be no collections on Tuesday 14th July).
Items which can be requested:
- McClay Library items only (we do not currently have access to the Biomedical and Medical Libraries)
- Standard loan items which are not already on loan
- Short loan items which are not already on loan
- DVDs which are not already on loan
Items which cannot be requested:
- Special Collections items
- Scanned journal articles
- Reference items
Books can be requested by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please give the following information:
- Your name
- Staff/student number.
Requested books will be issued to you until September 25th and you will be informed by email when they are available to collect from the McClay Library Reception.
Collection will only be possible between 12pm and 3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Books which have not been collected within the one week will be discharged and returned to the Library shelves.
Please note, only one person at a time will be admitted to the Library to collect books.
Library staff will be using personal protective equipment when handling book stock and packaging them for collection.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
Graduate Opportunities with Liberty IT: MSc/PhD students in Mathematics, EEECS or other quantitative fields
KTP at Queen's are currently recruiting for roles specifically for MSc/PhD students in Mathematics, EEECS or another quantitative field.
Liberty Mutual seeks to exploit the field of AI to help drive efficiency within their core Claims and Underwriting value claims. The goal of this KTP is to use computer vision to drive efficiency and increase customer satisfaction.
- Machine Learning Data Scientist (MyFuture ref: 20355)
- Natural Language Processing Data Scientist (MyFuture ref: 20356)
The salary for both of these roles is £24,000 - £35,000 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.
Closing Date: Thursday 16th July