Graduate School Announcements
Our guest speaker for March is Dave Linton. Dave is an innovator, social entrepreneur, thought leader, mentor of social enterprises, motivational speaker and the founder and managing director of multi award-winning Madlug C.I.C. which won the Social Enterprise UK consumer facing award in 2018.
Prior to beginning his journey with Madlug, Dave was a youth worker for over 20 years, and for the past three years he has also become heavily involved in mentoring and raising awareness of social enterprises. While working as a youth worker, Dave was heartbroken to learn that most children in care transport their worldly belongings in a bin bag. In that moment, Dave set out to do something about it. With just £480, he started Madlug and came up with their ‘Buy one Give one’ approach: with every bag you purchase, one will be given to a child in care.
Following a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign with Madlug over the summer of 2017, Dave was given the opportunity to have brunch with Sir Richard Branson in what was a great opportunity to share the story of Madlug with a global business leader.
Dave is extremely passionate about using Madlug to influence a new young generation of social entrepreneurs. Join us on 4th March at 6pm to hear more about his inspirational journey.
Book your place here
Master Your Leadership helps postgraduate taught students develop and enhance their personal skills and grow their networks in a rapidly changing world.
On this 4 day programme, you will tailor your own 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.
Parentkind Northern Ireland will be setting the challenge for Cohort 8, having previously taken part in Master Your Leadership in 2019. Programme Manager, Jayne Thompson, said:
“We have been able to translate some of the ideas that Master Your Leadership students presented last year into our work, looking at our new strategy for the year ahead. I would like to think that many of the students’ solutions will be incorporated into how we work.”
Register now via MyFuture.
The Graduate School is launching a new podcast series. We'll be speaking with postgraduate students and staff to find out about their experiences here at Queen's.
We would love for you to help us name our podcast. There is a £20 Amazon voucher prize for the best name!
Please submit your suggestions before 5pm on Tuesday 2nd March.
This week, Claire Graham, Impact Consultant at the Graduate School, is recommending 'Second Life Podcast'. Second Life is a podcast which spotlights successful women who've made major career changes - and fearlessly mastered the pivot. New episodes are released every Monday morning, making it the perfect way to begin your week feeling motivated, inspired and ready to take on whatever challenges you may face!Find out more and listen
It’s even more important than ever that our students’ views are fully represented!
We encourage you to choose who you want to become your new: School Rep, Faculty Rep, Full & Part-Time Student Officers.
Visit www.qubsu.org and vote 1-4 March.
Plus, you’ll automatically be in with a chance to win £250!*
Every year, the Cumberland Lodge Scholarships gives 10 doctoral students the opportunity to spend two years involved in their work; bringing people together, from different backgrounds, ages and perspectives, to address the causes and effects of social division and work towards more open and inclusive societies.
Scholars have the chance to network with senior figures in public life and to participate in, or help to lead discussions with people of all ages, backgrounds and perspectives that ultimately inform recommendations for practical action and policy change. Scholars also have opportunities to take part in Programme topics outside their own academic disciplines. In doing so, they will gain experience in: working collaboratively; engaging in cross-disciplinary discussion; public engagement and facilitation at events; networking; and writing for a range of different audiences.
The Scholarships fit around the demands of doctoral research. The Scholarships are open to students of any age who are enrolled on a doctoral programme within the UK.
There is no contribution towards tuition or maintenance costs. Scholars are, however, provided with meals, accommodation and standard economy return travel to Lodge events, amongst priority attendance at other digital events. A Personal Development Grant of up to £300 is also accessible.
- Have at least two years left to complete their PhD
- Be studying at a UK university
- Provide a CV and covering letter demonstrating a commitment to working for ‘the betterment of society’ through their academic research and/or other activities.
All types of doctoral candidates are eligible to apply, including full-time, part-time and those on non-traditional pathways and professional doctorate programmes. Since 2014, a total of 57 students have enjoyed, and are currently enjoying, the benefits of this programme.
Potential Scholars are welcome to apply between 1 March 2021 – 9 April 2021. For more information about Cumberland Lodge and the Scholarship scheme, please visit their website.
First webinar in the series on a future for Geothermal Energy, Northern Ireland.
Eavor Loop - Deep Geothermal closed-loop technology for providing baseload power
Eavor Technologies Inc.
Following on from their successful conference in December 2020, wthis marks the first webinar on a Future for Geothermal Energy, Northern Ireland.
Mr. Robert Winsloe, Vice President of Business Development from Eavor Technologies Inc., will talk about their Eavor-Loop Deep Geothermal Energy technology. Eavor claim this could be the ‘holy grail’ of the power industry, the solution the world has been waiting for and what could be the first truly scalable form of clean baseload power.
The School of Education and Lifelong Learning, UEA, invites you to a doctoral student (PGR) virtual conferenceentitled ‘Your voice matters: Postgraduate research in the social sciences’. The conference offers a platform and opportunity for doctoral candidates from various disciplinary backgrounds within the social sciences to presenttheir work in progress, share ideas, raise questions, discuss and receive constructive feedback, in addition tonetworking with fellow Postgraduate Researchers.
- Research in the midst of COVID-19 Impact on Policy and Practice
- Ethical Considerations Emerging Findings
ABSTRACT AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:
- Presentation title
- A maximum 300-word abstract comprising of: research area/background, aim of research, brief descriptionof the methodology and research methods, summary of findings (if available), recommendations andimplications
- 5 keywords
Each presenter will be allocated a 20 minute slot, including time for questions and feedback from the audience. If you are interested in attending the virtual conference please complete form (either click here or scan the QR code) by 31 MARCH 2021 .
In the event of substantial interest, abstracts will be selected according to the following criteria: relevance oftopic to a social science audience, clarity of focus, quality of research, significance for practice, policy, theoryand methodology in the social sciences.
If you have any queries regarding abstract submission, please contact Matthew Meangru: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ireland Canada University Foundation’s Irish Language Programme is giving a number of Irish Language Instructors an opportunity to work in their partner universities in Canada. The completed application must be submitted to ICUF before 11pm, Friday 12th March. Date of commencement of work is 1 September 2021 (and presumably subject to travel advice/CV19 restrictions).
This programme exists to support the development and growth of the Irish language in Canada. As such, the role of the Irish Language Instructor is twofold; she/he is engaged to teach the Irish Language within the university, and to support the development of the Irish Language in the wider community.
The award provides individuals with the opportunity to refine their teaching skills and extend their knowledge of Canadian society and culture, enriching their teaching work on their return to Ireland.
Further details about the scheme are http://www.icuf.ie/scholarships/clar-gaeilge/teagascoiri/#english
They are currently seeking volunteer peer reviewers to help them to continue to ensure the academic integrity of submissions to the journal. This is a great opportunity to add peer review experience to your academic CV, to build your academic citizenship and to be among the first to find out about new research projects happening in your field. Guidance on the peer reviewing process will be provided, and joining us as a peer reviewer requires no minimum commitment.
If you are enthusiastic about your subject and have good communication skills and attention to detail, they'd be very happy to have you join them!
While they welcome anyone working in media, communication or cultural studies in any academic context, they are particularly keen to attract peer reviewers with expertise in the following areas:
- Critical animal studies
- Climate and environment
- The Anthropocene and anthropocentrism
- Audio, radio and podcasts
- Folklore and mythology
- Irish media
- Rural engagement/exclusion
- Monstrosity, hauntings and the supernatural
- Social media
- Global perspectives
#QUBeWell UNIVERSITY MENTAL HEALTH WELLBEING WEEK: 1 - 5 MARCH 2021
Staff and students are invited to sign up to a selection of over 45+ events for this year's #QUBeWell University Mental Health Week.
Taking place from Monday 1 March to Friday 5 March, there is something for everyone.
Highlight events include:
- Connect Through Comedy: An Evening with Shane Todd [Open to the public]
- Influence for Good: How Social Media Influencers Are Changing the Face of the Digital Landscape [Open to the public]
- Mind Your Mood Student-Led Conference [Open to students and staff]
During the week of 1 to 5 March, the University will also be launching a website which will include an update on the development of the #QUBeWell Mental Health & Wellbeing Framework. More details to follow.
The Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action’s (SECA) have put out a call for registration of interest in participating at a future SECA event focused on showcasing PhD research from across the university.
The intended event will be an online postgraduate workshop hosted by SECA later this year (provisionally in June 2021) to give PhD students the opportunity to present their research as it relates to the Centre’s three pillars of sustainability, equality and climate action.
In line with its focus on developing interdisciplinary approaches to research in these areas, SECA welcomes interest from research students in all schools and departments across the university.
This will most likely be a one-day event, though its final structure will be subject to numbers and the interests of participants. For example, students with common research interests may want to form panels on a particular issue or topic; or the event could be broadened to include career progression/practical sessions. As the workshop will be the first of its kind for the Centre, neither its scope nor its structure is predetermined. However, it is hoped that this will become an annual event. As such, this also presents an opportunity to gain valuable experience in organising an academic event.
To register your interest in participating, and to receive further information, please send an email to Calum at email@example.com
This email should include your name, school, year of study, PhD title and research interests. If interested in joining the organising team for this event, indicate this also.
More information on SECA, including its research themes, objectives and other events can be found at https://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/SECA/
Feeling stressed? Disconnected? Want to practice self-care?
Our Wellbeing on Weekdays (WOW) programme programme for Semester 2 is LIVE
The programme is based on the ‘Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing’ model by the Public Health Agency, and we are running a variety of events that promote and support student wellbeing. With an event every week of term, from stress-relief yoga to managing anxiety using CBT techniques, there is truly something for everyone!
More information and registering for the events can be found on go.qub.ac.uk/WOWEvents
You are invited to the Queen's Gender Initiative's Annual Clare MacMahon Lecture, taking place via MS Teams on Monday 8 March from 12.30pm to 2.00pm.
This year's Keynote Speaker is Priya Lakhani OBE, who will present a lecture entitled 'Why Not Me?'.
It’s possible to be positive with COVID-19 but not be aware of it. By taking a test when you don’t have symptoms, you will help to stop the spread of the virus, protect other people and save lives.
This testing is only for students and staff without COVID-19 symptoms (asymptomatic) - to help confirm that you do not have COVID-19.
This will help to protect those at high risk, fight the virus and ultimately help enable us to go back to as normal a way of life as possible.
The lateral flow testing programme does not replace current testing policy for those with symptoms. If any member of the Queen’s community develops symptoms at any time, it is essential that you self-isolate immediately and book a test here.
Your support and commitment is vital in ensuring the campus remains a safe place to live, work and study.
IMPACT is an online peer-reviewed open access journal, founded in June 2019 at Queen’s University Belfast and published biannually - you can read the lastest edition here
For Issue 2, IMPACT is now open to submissions from any field on the theme Sustainability and Social Responsibility in Community Engagement, from:
- academics and university staff;
- students of academic institutions;
- community partners or institutions; and
- aspiring university community partners.
To initiate your submission please register here.