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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!
for a full list of training and events coming up at the Graduate School, please see our Events page.
Training provided by the Graduate School can be booked via MyFuture.
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Welcome from your Postgraduate Student Officer
Welcome to this week's update.
A bit about what I've been up to...
QUBSU: Support the Strikes Campaign
Queens Students’ Union is committed to supporting students throughout the strike and have developed a campaign that students can engage with throughout the 14 day duration. Please checkout full details of the campaign at https://qubsu.org/studentvoice/Campaigns/SupportTheStrike/
No Tuition Fee Increase
Last week, I had the opportunity to be part of the NUS-USI joint talks with UCU at Stormont campaigning on ‘No Tuition Fee Increase’. Of particular interest for me was bringing forward issues around postgraduate funding. More talks are underway as this campaign progresses. See below photos.
Call for Postgraduate Abstracts
The TCD Research Committee proudly presents Demystifying AI as the theme for our annual Research Week Conference. This is your chance to showcase your research and how it is linked to AI at the upcoming TCD Postgraduate Research Conference on the 3rd, 4th & 5th April 2020 in Trinity College Dublin - run by postgrads for postgrads.
Prizes include €200 for each successful presenter and the best postgraduate presentation will be given an accolade by the Dean as well as winning €2,000.
Students travelling to Dublin for the postgrad research conference will have their travel and accommodation covered.
All abstracts should be submitted via email before the deadline (24th February 2020 at 12pm) To find out more please email email@example.com.
Date for your diary
18.02.20 - UCU Strikes: Students Town Hall Meeting, 4.30pm.
Join UCU and students in the upcoming town hall meeting for a co-hosted event to talk to the leaders and have your questions answered.
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1526545084170026/
Drop in Session
Every Tuesday in GR7, the Graduate School, 2.00pm-4.00pm. Come along for a chat. I look forward to seeing you there.
Thought for the week
"Problems cannot be solved by thinking within the framework in which they were created."
- Albert Einstein
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 on upcoming events.
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
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Postgraduate Student Officer
A look back at the past week...
Building Your Emotional Intelligence and Resilience
Graduate School Announcements
Applications open for April cohort
Develop Your Leadership
The aim of this programme is to support a ‘whole person’ approach to the PGR (Doctorate) experience at Queen’s University through a programme of training and development which complements disciplinary excellence and develops employability skills as linked to the Graduate School's ‘5 pillars’.
Across four days, you will gain insights into various leadership styles and begin to mature your own tailored personal development plan. Put your academic skills to the test in a research challenge where you will develop solutions and pitch back to a panel. Progress your problem-solving, communication and leadership skills. This programme is formally recognised by the Researcher Plus award scheme.
For more information and to apply visit MyFuture.
Day 2: Tuesday 21st April
Day 3: Tuesday 28th April
Day 4: Tuesday 5th May
Innovation After Hours
Dr Peter Barrett is coming!
Thursday 5th February, 5.30pm - 7.30pm, Social Space
Innovation After Hours is a chance to meet people who are interested in innovation and to be inspired by those who are working on interesting ventures.
March's speaker is Dr. Peter Barrett!
Register via Eventbrite.
Peter is the Managing Director of a new small drinks company called The Bucha's Dog. The Bucha's Dog specialises in producing craft tonic brews, and makes a fermented tea drink, known as kombucha! Peter does all the brewing, bottling, labelling and packing himself. He named his company after the British phrase “Feel as fit as the butcher’s dog“, which, especially when spoken with a Northern Irish accent, sounds like someone is saying The Bucha’s Dog.
When asked why he started his own kombucha company Peter says, 'I started the company basically because I personally wanted to drink this product and figured I wasn’t so weird as to be the only one in my area who wanted good kombucha too. There were no kombucha producers in Belfast or Northern Ireland so I figured why not do it and share the kombucha love!' - Komucha Brewers
'With kombucha being a product of a souring process, it has a bit of an acquired taste. So not all reactions are good. But nothing is better than getting a good response. And some of the early feedback has been overwhelming.' - Peter's interview with Ulster Grocer in 2019
Peter has been working in the agri-food sector his whole career. An alumni of Queen’s, he graduated with a biological BSc in 1997 and PhD in agronomy in 2000.
Find out more about March's speaker here.
Applications now open!
Catalyst: Co-Founders Programme
Application Deadline: Wednesday 26th February
Co-Founders is a unique entrepreneurship programme that helps you form a team with like-minded individuals, build creative confidence and develop a product that customers really want. It comprises two areas of focus: how to be a co-founder and how to develop a product mindset.
This programme is open to individuals who are curious and want to gain an understanding of product development and the world of start-ups.
Click here to find out more about Co-Founders and how to apply.
You could be someone with an idea for an exciting new product and need a team to make it happen. Or you might have experienced success in your career to date but want to help someone else get their idea off the ground.
The programme has attracted diverse participants such as: software engineers, data scientists, sales and marketing experts, medical professionals, mechanical engineers, researchers, undergraduates and PhDs as well as professionals with many years’ experience.
If you’re an established team, you can still apply but need to go through the Hothouse process to meet the rest of the cohort and potentially add further expertise to your team.
Queen's International Student Society
Qulture Night 2020!
Wednesday 4th March, 6.00pm - 10.00pm, Whitla Hall
“Qulture Night” is here and this year, we are going around the world in 80 days!
Join Queen's International Student Society (QISS) at the biggest student-led cultural showcase in the UK and Ireland, and travel around the world with us through a formal three course meal and live music, dance and theatre from a dazzling array of cultures!
Get your tickets here: https://fixr.co/event/311448604
New knitting workshop for postgraduates
Knit & Natter
Every Wednesday, 2.00pm - 3.30pm, Graduate School
A mindful, crafting event for PGT and PGR students who like to knit, sew, crochet, cross-stitch or generally do cool stuff with fibres!
Come along, bring yourself and your knitting, and take advantage of the mental health benefits of crafting with others.
This event is supported with funding by the Graduate School.
Opening Night: Thursday 27th February, 7.30pm, Graduate School
Runs until 12th March
Think Ecos is an artist collective that aims to develop art with an ecological narrative while seeking opportunities to promote creative possibilities for environmental dialogue.
The exhibition will be opened by Dr. Rosalind Silvester, Director of Education, School of Arts, English and Languages.
The artists exhibiting are Gwen Stevenson, Kate Ritchie and Kathryn and Roy Nelson.
The QUB Graduate School Exhibition is their first joint exhibition. They hope you enjoy it and will be prompted to take some action on behalf of our environment.
What's on at Queen's
Postgraduate Career Opportunities
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
KTP at Queen's are currently recruiting for roles that provide both home and international students, undergraduate and postgraduate, with employment post-graduation for possibly up to 3 years. These roles are research-based, offer competitive salaries, and allow graduates to gain further professional experience.
The following vacancies are currently being advertised:
Keep an eye on KTP's Graduate Webpage for upcoming opportunities.
Funding & Scholarships
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.