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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 Two Programme.

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.

Graduate School Highlights

Research Programme

Research Culture Week

Monday 3 June - Friday 7 June 2019

Join us for a multidisciplinary showcase and celebration of postgraduate research at Queen's! This week-long programme of workshops and events cover a variety of themes aligned to the work and development needs of today's researchers. 

Click here to view the programme

 Explore more and register to attend your selected sessions here.
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Innovation after hours with Dr Bettina von Stamm

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

Powering inspiration beyond the 9-5, Dr Bettina von Stamm, an original and visionary thinker in the field of innovation, will discuss the current challenges surrounding innovating research. Dr von Stamm will explain ways in which researchers can experiment with various tools to address innovation challenges in research.

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Innovation after hours with Dr Bettina von Stamm will be followed by the launch of the Journal International Modern Perspectives in Academia and Community Today (IMPACT)

Following Innovation After Hours, Dr Lilian Simones will launch a new student-led academic journal (IMPACT) and will explain how this innovative journal aims to contribute to enhancing the exisiting dialogue between academic disciplines and wider sections of the community. The journal aims to start conversations which will lead to innovative research ideas and partnerships with the overarching goal of providing solutions to real-world problems.

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Thought Leaders

With Sir Bob Salisbury

Thursday 30 May, 18.00-20.00, Graduate School Social Space

The Graduate School invites Thought Leaders from across a range of disciplines to share their secrets to success. This event will be led by Sir Bob Salisbury.

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Sir Bob Salisbury Bio:

Sir Bob Salisbury was a professor in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham. In this role, he ran the national leadership course for future head teachers at the National College for School Leadership and encouraged collaborative international initiatives. He moved to Northern Ireland in 2001 where he has worked the Queen’s University and the Regional Training Unit.

Before this, Bob Salisbury was the Head teacher of The Garibaldi School in Forest Town, Mansfield, Notts. This 11 - 18 mixed comprehensive was in trouble. It had experienced a chequered history and by 1989 was losing a large number of pupils to neighbouring schools. Expectations were low, vandalism high, results poor, and a very negative image of the institution existed in the community. Things have changed dramatically and Garibaldi is now recognised for its achievements.

Bob Salisbury has a national and international reputation for his thought-provoking ideas on leadership styles and staff motivation. His innovative approach to challenging complacency, creating ‘enterprise cultures’ and education for the 21st Century, has brought him many invitations to speak to both educational and commercial audiences. He works regularly with schools in challenging circumstances.

He chaired the North East Lincolnshire Education Action Zone, chaired the regional Teaching Awards Panel, and is a Patron of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education group. He has been Chairman of Sherwood Partnership, Chair of Fathers Direct, Chair of the Sherwood Coalfield Development Trust, a member of the Regional Advisory Council of Carlton television and a Governor of the Integrated Education Fund in Northern Ireland. He is a patron of the IEBE was until recently Chair of Governors of two Interim Executive Boards at schools in Bradford and Salford and was Chair of the government Literacy and Numeracy Task Force in Northern Ireland.

He was chair of the review of the Common Funding Formula for schools in NI(2013) and has recently led a review of Further Education Colleges in NI. He chaired the review of the troubled De La Salle School in Belfast in 2016. He is a member of the council at the University of Ulster.

Bob is a keen angler, photographer and gardener. He writes regularly for the Irish Anglers Digest and the Canadian A River Never Sleeps. His books ‘Days with Dog and Gun’, ‘The Monk’s Pond’ and children’s books ‘A Wolf’s Tale’ and ‘Bosie’ were published recently.

For the past fifteen years , he and his wife Rosemary have been developing a wildlife area in Tyrone which this year won the prestigious Sustainable Ireland Award for the best environmental project. The book describing this work(Field of Dreams) was published in May and has received much acclaim.

He was knighted in 1998.

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Peer Proofreading

Wednesdays, 16.00 - 18.00, Training Room 2

Peer Proofreading enables all postgraduate students to develop the skills needed for the effective revision and editing of their texts. These sessions address editing for consistency (tense, voice, style); citation; spelling; grammar, and self-evaluation. Techniques for developing proofreading skills will be applied throughout. Peer support schemes offer an opportunity for students to work collaboratively to enhance their overall learning experience at the Graduate School.

Please bring samples of your own work to use in each session. Pizza will be provided! Sign up now via MyFuture.

Postgraduate Experience Surveys

Have Your Say!

Master's students, there is still time to complete your postgraduate experience survey! In the time it takes you to make a cup of coffee you can help us to improve the postgraduate offering at Queen’s by telling us about your unique experience.

Your responses will be combined with those of other students to tell us what is working well, and where improvements could be made. The feedback you provide will inform policy-making and improve student experience across the sector. On completing this survey you will automatically be entered into a weekly prize draw for the chance to win one of twenty-five £10 Amazon gift vouchers.

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 19th March - 14th June 2019

If you need further support please contact Nicole Mulholland via n.mulholland@qub.ac.uk or the Graduate School at graduateschool@qub.ac.uk.

PTES is a UK-wide survey and will take less than fifteen minutes to complete. Thank you for your feedback.

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Postgraduate Career Opportunities

Don't miss out!

Postgraduate Career Opportunities

Please see below for other career opportunities:

The Graduate School recruits for Community Assistants periodically and will advertise on the Weekly Update as and when posts become available.

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Funding & Scholarships

Find out more!

Funding & Scholarships

To be taken through to the Graduate School's Funding and Scholarships webpage click here.

For Scholarships administrered by Academic and Student Affairs click here.

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.

Guidance and 1-2-1 Appointments

Career Consultations at the Graduate School
Partake in a thirty minute confidential career consultation with a qualified Employability and Careers Officer.

Postgraduate Research Consultant
The Graduate School’s Postgraduate Research Consultant, with an interdisciplinary background in Psychology, Education and Gesture Studies, offers career support and guidance to PhD students and early career researchers at QUB.

Now available: new and innovative learning programmes aimed at developing future-ready and resilient researchers, who perform confidently in a currently challenging employment market.

Researcher Development Consultant
Appointments with the Researcher Development Consultant at the Graduate School offer PhD students career support and guidance. Topics that can be discussed at these appointments include:

  • Careers after the PhD
  • How to transfer academic skills to non-academic work environments
  • Review of job application documents
  • Interview Preparation

Graduate School Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Entrepreneurship and innovation consultations give you the opportunity to discuss the following:

  • Ideas you have to start a business or social enterprise.
  • Support with setting up a business.
  • Advice on where to get started as an entrepreneur.
  • Guidance on specific support you need.
  • Signposting to opportunities for finance and investment.
  • Information on the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa.

CV Clinic at the Graduate School
A fifteen minute confidential CV assessment with a qualified Employability and Careers Officer.

Would you like feedback on your current CV? This CV Clinic will assess your CV’s layout and content. If you are applying for an immediate job, please bring the relevant information with you to this appointment. A job description and person specification will enable staff to provide criteria-specific guidance.

Please note, your CV can be presented on paper or on your own laptop. Documents on mobile/smart phones or USBs will not be reviewed.

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For all Postgraduate Students

PG Book Club

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 PG Book Club in Training Room 3 from 17.00-19.00. Participants will have the chance to prompt their interests and propose readings to share with the rest of the group allowing members to read books that they normally wouldn’t consider. No need to book, just drop in! Refreshments will be provided.

'Conversation is a meeting of minds '

Join us on the first and third Tuesday of the month to share and discuss some of our best readings. To make sure every voice is heard and every member really enjoys the meetings, at the end of the session a different member picks up a book (or a novel, or a thriller, or a poem etc.) which may also gives us the opportunity to get out of our comfort zone and get inspired!

We, then, discuss their salient and most interesting aspects, what we loved or what we did not, what caught our attention, what parts were the most or least original. The aim of the Book Club is to share our passion in reading getting some time out from our academic works; share our ideas while spending time with new people and making sure we are enjoying our time together.

The club provides a safe and warm channel to exchange and challenge ideas, encouraging self-expression while enhancing your critical thinking.

Session Dates:
April (2, 16)
May (7, 21)
June (4, 18)

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For all Postgraduate Students

Summer Coffee Catch Up

Coffee Catch Up takes place at 10.00am every Wednesday throughout the Summer in the Graduate School Social Space.

Join us for some sweet treats & great conversation.

No registration necessary, just drop-in.

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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