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Graduate School Weekly Update

Welcome to The Graduate School Weekly Update!

Click here to see a full list of upcoming events. Download a copy of our Semester One Programme here.

Training provided by The Graduate School can be booked via MyFuture.

Once logged in go to: 
Events > Workshops (Careers, Grad School & LDS) 

Type 'GS' as a key word to get a list of training and events provided by The Graduate School.

We hope that you find plenty of events and useful information for the coming week. 

Graduate School Highlights

15.11.18 Lynn Library 150 Year Celebration

Historical Tour

2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Lynn Library building as part of Queen’s College Belfast in 1868. Join the celebrations at the Graduate School between 14 - 30 November to view the historical exhibition, view architectural images and hear the stories and memories of those who used to work in the building.

Historical tours of the Graduate School will take place on:
Wednesday 14 November at 10.00: sign up now
Thursday 15 November at 13.00 : sign up now

Now a vibrant hub for the postgraduate community at Queen’s University Belfast, the Graduate School welcomes thousands of students through its doors each year. The Lynn Library has seen significant changes throughout its history, but the building has remained at the heart of life at Queen’s for 150 years.

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Research Scholar Workshop

With Professor Christopher McCrudden

Our next Research Scholar Workshop will take place on 15 November at 1.00pm.  

On this occasion the discussion will centre on the work of Professor Christopher McCrudden, Professor of Human Rights and Equality Law here at Queen’s.

The workshop will take place in Lanyon 0G/054. Please note the change of venue from our usual location in the Graduate School. 

Major Publications by Professor McCrudden:

"The Dark Side of Nudging: The Ethics, Political Economy, and Law of Libertarian Paternalism" in Alexandra Kemmerer, Christoph Möllers, Maximilian Steinbeis, Gerhard Wagner (eds.), Choice Architecture in Democracies, Exploring the Legitimacy of Nudging (Oxford/Baden-Baden: Hart and Nomos, 2015) (with Jeff King)

“On Portraying Human Dignity,” in Kemmerer, A., Möllers, C. & Grimm, D. (eds.).Human Dignity in Context.  (Recht in Context, vol. 5, Nomos/Hart, 2017)

"What Does It Mean to Compare, and What Should It Mean?" in Samantha Besson, Lukas Heckendorn Urscheler, and Samuel Jubé (eds), Comparing Comparative Law, Publications of the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, Geneva/Zurich 2017, Schulthess Editions Romandes

“Why do national court judges refer to human rights treaties? A comparative international law analysis of CEDAW,” (2015) 109(3) American Journal of International Law, 534-550

Litigating Religions: An Essay on Human Rights, Courts and Beliefs (OUP, 2018)

“Human Rights Histories”, (2015) 35 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 179-212

“Transnational Culture Wars”, 13(2) International Journal of Constitutional Law 434 (2015)

“Human Dignity and Judicial Interpretation of Human Rights”, (2008) 19(4) European Journal of International Law 655-724


Brief Biography:

Christopher McCrudden, is Professor of Human Rights and Equality Law at Queens University Belfast, William W. Cook Global Law Professor at Michigan Law,  and a practising barrister-at-law with Blackstone Chambers. Before returning to Queen's, he was Professor of Human Rights Law at Oxford University, and a Fellow of Lincoln College. Specializing in human rights, he concentrates on issues of equality and discrimination as well as the relationship between international and comparative human rights law. Professor McCrudden is the author, most recently, of Litigating Religions: An Essay on Human Rights, Courts and Beliefs (OUP, 2018) about the relationship between religion and human rights law. An earlier book, Buying Social Justice (Oxford University Press, 2007), examined the relationship between public procurement and equality, for which he was awarded a certificate of merit by the American Society of International Law in 2008. He has co-authored (with Brendan O'Leary) Courts and Consociations (Oxford University Press, 2013), about the tensions between human rights and ethnic power-sharing arrangements that are common in peace agreements. He has also edited the multi-disciplinary volume, Understanding Human Dignity (Oxford University Press, 2013). He serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the International Journal of Discrimination and the Law, and the Journal of International Economic Law. He also participates in the European Commission's Expert Network on the Application of the Gender Equality Directives, and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs Human Rights Advisory Panel. Professor McCrudden holds an LLB from Queen's University Belfast, an LLM from Yale Law School, and a DPhil and DCL from Oxford. In addition, Queen's awarded him an honorary LLD in 2006. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2008, and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2018. He is chair of the Advisory Committee of the Institute for Advanced Studies (the Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin.


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GS Future Ready

Application Form & Information

Are you a PhD student in years 2 or 3 puzzled about how to take your career forward after your PhD?

If so, this five days career and employability programme, aimed at supporting PGR students in the next steps of their future career, is for you.

Click here to apply. Closing date for applications to pg.skills@qub.ac.uk is 16.11.18 at noon.

The contents are as follows:
Day 1 19/11/18 : Design your life
Day 2 26/11/18 : Start preparing to get the job you want
Day 3 03/12/18 : CV Builder (Academic and non-academic CVs)
Day 4 10/12/18 : Developing effective interview skills
Day 5 17/12/18 : Employer Speed Networking

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Join our brand new Book Club

Next Book Club: Tuesday 20 November

Reading groups are a great way for intellectual stimulation, expanding personal knowledge, but most importantly they are a social experience. Join us on the first and Third Tuesday of every month for our Graduate School Book Club in TR3 from 5-7pm.

The first few sessions will explore poetry. Participants will have the chance to prompt their interests and propose readings to share with the rest of the group. This will allow members to read books that they normally wouldn’t consider. The club provides a safe and warm channel to exchange and challenge ideas, encouraging self-expression while enhancing your critical thinking.

Session Dates:
November (6, 20)
December (4, 17)
January (8, 22)
February (5, 19)

No need to book, just drop in!

Refreshments will be provided.

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IMPACT: Global

A life changing experience

The Graduate School in partnership with RCity Belfast are taking IMPACT social innovation global! Next semester a group of postgraduate students will work in multi-disciplinary teams alongside young people from Ardoynne and the Shankill, to create innovative solutions that inspire positive social change. The team will travel to South Africa in April 2019 for two weeks of design thinking in action! 

This is a real-life challenge where postgraduate participation from across disciplines will have a direct positive impact on an international community. IMPACT Global Application Form 

Run for Something

Be Inspired!

Thursday 22 November, 17.00 - 20.00, Graduate School Social Space

Come along to hear inspiring stories told by people who have stepped out of their comfort zone and ran for something. By finding their purpose and following their passion, they are inspiring others to step forward. This isn’t a night of lectures or presentations, but listening to people sharing their journeys, barriers and passions. Our inspiring speakers will use the art of storytelling to show diverse ways to be a leader. This event is a call to action, to encourage you to find your voice and shape a movement. Chill out with pizza and a beer, be inspired and find out how you can take small steps to make a huge difference.

Storytellers will include past and present inspiring students, former MLAs, leaders of national movements and representatives of minority groups.

Guests Include:

Billie-Jo McDowell: BSW Social Work Student, Washington Ireland Program Class of 2018, Student Care Leaver Ambassador and QUBSU Councillor 

Faisal Kadiri: Engineer turned Entrepreneur, QUB Graduate and former QUBSU Vice President of Student Activities 

David Anderson: History student and QUBSU Disabled Students’ Officer, Deaf, Non-Oral and British Sign Language Signer 

Gift Sotonye-Frank: QUBSU Women’s Officer, QUB School of Law Women’s Officer with research focusing on ‘Gender Stereotyping of Adolescent Pregnant School Girls’ 

Olivia Potter-Hughes: President of NUS-USI, Politics Student at QUB, Graduate of Belfast Metropolitan College Graduate and former NUS-USI Further Education Officer 

Anna Lo: Former MLA for South Belfast, Honorary Doctor of The Open University, MBE for Services to Ethnic Minorities, Former Vice Chair of NI Council for Ethnic Minorities, Founding Commissioner for the Equality Commission, First Chair for South Belfast Partnership Board, Former Director of Chinese Welfare Association, Social Worker and Ulster University Graduate  

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Industry Insights

Find out about one of Northern Ireland’s top employers

Join the Graduate School on our first Industry Insight as we visit Almac in Craigavon. You’ll get insight into the organisation and learn about their culture.

Almac is a global company that recruit in a wide range of fields ranging from business development, project management, administrative and legal services, scientific/R&D and engineering.

To secure your place, click here and book via MyFuture.

The visit will include:

  • a brief tour of Almac, 
  • an opportunity to chat with Almac employees during lunch
  • participation in a project Management activity to allow you to practise skills relevant to this organisation
  • a presentation on the recruitment process and the roles availableTime: Friday, 23 November 2018 9.15am – 2.30pm

Hospitality: Lunch is included as part of the visit.

The Graduate School will arrange a bus to transport 24 postgraduate students, for which there will be a £5.00 to book your place on the bus. Places will be allocated on a first come first basis so booking early is advisable. Bus will leave Graduate School at 9.15am – exact pick up point will be confirmed closer to the visit. We will be in contact in due course regarding payment details.

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Thought Leaders

Thinc Schools Programme

Join us on Thursday 29 November, 18.00-19.30, Graduate School Social Space for Thought Leaders –  Thinc Schools Programme, Tool Kit Launch with Patricia Flanagan.

Postgraduates: Sign up now via MyFuture
Sign up now via Eventbrite

Patricia Flanagan Bio:
Patricia has over 25 years of experience working in the Enterprise and Education sectors in Northern Ireland. Since a visit to Stanford University in 2010 Patricia has worked exclusively in Design Thinking and Creative Problem Solving. She pioneered the use of design thinking in third level education in Northern Ireland, developing award winning enterprise education curriculum.

In 2014 Patricia founded Rejig, a specialist training and design thinking Consultancy Company. Patricia has designed and delivered a wide range of design thinking programmes and workshops to help clients build innovation capacity. Patricia has a particular interest in social innovation and her principal aim is to integrate creative thinking at all levels of education in Northern Ireland.

She works regularly with Work West, Queen’s University Belfast, Catalyst Inc and Connected delivering programmes to promote innovation and entrepreneurial mind-sets. Patricia has designed and delivered design-thinking programmes in primary schools, secondary schools, with undergraduates and with postgraduates. She has also trained teachers and lecturing staff encouraging them to integrate these processes into their own teaching.

Working with WorkWest Enterprise Agency Patricia has developed a programme called “Thinc schools”. The “Thinc schools” programme has been designed to introduce school pupils in primary and secondary level education to creative and design thinking. Students work in teams in a really interactive, hands on process to solve real problems in innovative ways. Using the thinc tool kit they develop empathy, build their curiosity, stretch their imaginations, design solutions, story tell and build prototypes of their solutions

The World Economic Forum identified four core competencies that students will require for the 21 century as Critical thinking/problem solving, creativity, communication and collaboration. Thinc Schools focuses on providing young people the opportunity to develop these competencies

Patricia has undergone extensive training in creative problem solving in USA and Europe. Patricia is a qualified facilitator for the FourSight Creative Thinking System (https://foursightonline.com/).


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Innovation Afterhours

With Sheree Atcheson

Thursday 6 December, 18.00-19.30, Graduate School Social Space

Listed as one of the UK's Top Most Influential Women in Tech & an international multi-award winner for her services to Diversity & Inclusion in the Tech industry, Sheree (@nirushika) is a Consultant, Deloitte; Founder, I Am Lanka; Board-Appointed Global Ambassador, Women Who Code.

Sign up via MyFuture now!

Innovation After Hours is a chance to meet up with people who are interested in innovation and entrepreneurship and to be inspired by those who are working on interesting ventures.

It’s a casual meet-up open to QUB students, staff and the general public. Come after hours to make interesting new connections over drinks and food.

Dec 6th: Sheree Atcheson

As well as her day to day life in the tech industry, Sheree is a global tech outreach leader.

As a passionate advocate for gaining/retaining women in the tech industry, she launched & led the award-winning U.K. expansion of Women Who Code (womenwhocode.com), since 2013.

Women Who Code is the world’s largest global non-profit dedicated to helping women excel in tech careers. Sheree & her work have been featured in many publications, such as HuffPost, Marie Claire, Wired, ComputerWeekly, The Guardian, Sunday Telegraph, Newsletter & many more.

She has spoken at many global events such as World Economic Forum, MIPIM, Webit.Fest, InspireFest, Tech Leadership Summits, Women Who Code CONNECT, techUK panels & more.

The aim of her career is ensuring people are aware of the fantastic opportunities the tech industry has to offer & make certain that people (regardless of gender, race, social stature) are able to benefit from these & reach their full career potential.
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Hello from your Postgraduate Student Officer - Rachel Powell

Hello from your Postgraduate Student Officer

Rachel Powell

It was been great getting to engage with so many postgraduate students over the last few weeks and I have really enjoyed getting to know so many of you. I want to keep you all in the loop with relevant QUBSU activities going on over the next week:

Drop-In PG: I will be in Teaching Room 9 every Tuesday from 10am – 4pm. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions or queries at all! If you have any queries outside of this time, keep an eye out for the Students’ Union box and comment cards that you can fill out in the Graduate School. I will make sure to get back to you all!

Elections: More postgraduate students than ever nominated themselves for election this year! You can vote for these students as your new representatives on Tuesday 9th October from 8am – 10pm on QOL. Find out more about your candidates here and get voting!

Black history Month: Last week, we launched our first ever Black History Month. If you want to get involved in any of the amazing events we have on over the next month, you can find more information here

Hungry for Change: Passionate about making a positive change in the world? Kick off your year at Queen’s by getting involved with volunteering opportunities and the major activist campaigns in Belfast and beyond! Come along, get involved and explore new and exciting opportunities for your time at Queen’s and have a free hot lunch while you’re at it! Register here

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Postgraduate Career Opportunities

Don't miss out!

Postgraduate Career Opportunities

The Graduate School is presently recruiting for a Community Assistant. Please visit OnCampus jobs below for more information & to apply.

Please see below for other career opportunities:

Funding & Scholarships

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Funding & Scholarships

For information on the latest Funding and Scholarship opportunities click here to find out more.

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For available funding by subject area please click here.


What's on at Queen's

Find out what's happening now at Queen's!

What's on at Queen's

Don't miss out on the exciting events going on at Queen's right now.

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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.

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Ongoing Training & Events

For All Postgraduate Students

Career 1-2-1 Appointments

Career 1-2-1 Appointments will be running across Semester 2.

Appointments can be booked via MyFuture. Once logged in go to

Appointments > Book an Appointment

*please note that these sessions are bookable 15 days prior to each appointment.



For all Postgraduate Students

Mindful Meditation

Join us on Wednesdays, 13.10, Wellbeing Room, Main Site Tower (School of Law) for some Mindful Meditation led by Orla Wallace.

Each class will integrate mindful movement, relaxation and seated meditation.

Drop-in – no need to register

Open to all postgraduates!

For all Postgraduate Students

Shut Up & Write

Join us for Shut up & Write, Mondays from 13.00 - 16.00. 

Shut up & Write is a movement that started in San Francisco as a way for writers to structure their time and connect with others. It is a great way to carve out dedicated writing time and make progress on thesis chapters and assignments.

Feel free to drop by for a quiet space to write with plenty of coffee and no distractions.

No registration necessary!

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