Graduate School Announcements
Thursday 16 September, 2pm - 4pm
Come along to this event and listen to inspiring stories told by postgraduate students who have stepped out of their comfort zone. By finding their purpose and following their passion, they are inspiring others to step forward.
Laura Cushley - MHLS
Laura Cushley is currently a 3rd year PhD student in the Centre for Public Health, School of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences. She is undertaking a study into how visual impairment impacts daily tasks such as moving and navigating around our towns and cities. Before commencing her PhD studies, Laura completed an undergraduate degree in Environmental Planning at Queen’s University Belfast. After her degree she worked for a year as a research assistant in the Centre for Public Health at Queen’s University working on projects on diabetes and different eye problems.
Savannah Dodd - AHSS
Savannah Dodd is a current PhD student in anthropology at QUB. Alongside her studies, she founded the Photography Ethics Centre, a social enterprise that promotes education about the ethics of taking and sharing photographs and other visual media. Savannah designs and delivers workshops, lectures, and other educational content for international audiences from a variety of sectors including academia, international development, media, and communications. In 2020, her edited volume titled Ethics and Integrity in Visual Research Methods was published by Emerald Publishing Group. She sits on the UK committee for the Ethical Journalism Network and on the board of Dignifeye. Earlier this year, she was named as one of the UK's most inspirational female entrepreneurs by Small Business Britain.
Tuesday 21st September, 2pm - 4pm, Microsoft Teams
Join Katie Matthews as she discusses:
- What is “Growth Mindset” theory?
- Fixed vs Growth Mindset
- Positive Self-Talk
- The Power of YET
- Learning Zones
- Growth Mindset phrases, self-talk and effective praise
Katie Matthews is a 28-year-old, multi-award-winning entrepreneur, growth mindset educator, speaker, founder, mentor, trauma-informed practitioner and mental health and well-being trainer. With 11 years lived experience with mental illness, Katie is passionate about supporting other’s mental health, entrepreneurship, leadership, community development, growth mindset development and supporting our next generation of children and young people.
Tuesday 21st September, 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Join Hugh Kearns, internationally recognised public speaker, educator and researcher, for his workshop which will look at:
- managing your time in a busy research environment
- publishing strategically
- linking publications to grants
- using the team (or others) to increase publication productivity
- keeping track of publications to increase motivation and accountability
- managing your publication “resources” for maximum output
- attributes of a successful (and highly productive) research leader/team.
A Message from Your Postgraduate Student Wellbeing Adviser
Please check out the events we have for next week and beyond. We are now in the midst of our Queen's community expanding and new people will be joining us. Looking forward to getting to know you all!
I am particularly looking forward to Talking Tables and Coffee Catch Ups, also the Compassion Challenge event on Sunday 19th September.
Time to meet new people and make new friends/ colleagues and acquaintances!
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The Pre-Semester Engagement Programme takes place this week from Monday 13 September until Sunday 19 September.
It is filled with face-to-face and virtual events and activities to connect students with campus and student life! The team over at the Student Wellbeing Service are putting on a number of events to support students to make new connections, and find out all that Belfast has to offer.
The Programme is available to view and register on MyQueen’s.
Are you experiencing financial difficulty? The Student Hardship Fund is open to all students (NI, GB and international) experiencing financial difficulty during their studies and who are not eligible for the Student Support Fund.
There is no requirement to be in overdraft in order to apply.
International students who are experiencing financial difficulty are encouraged to apply.
Apply online: https://qsis.qub.ac.uk/
On Monday 26 April, an additional testing site opened at the Elms Village Treehouse, with testing available at this location from 9.00am - 1.00pm, Monday to Friday.
Testing continues to be available from the Whitla Hall test centre, with hours of operation changing from 26 April to 9.00am-1.00pm and 2.00pm - 6pm, Sunday to Thursday.
While we strongly encourage all students and staff to consider getting a vaccine, it is not mandatory. However, the more of us who are vaccinated the more it helps reduce transmission and the health consequences if you do catch the virus.
It is therefore important to get vaccinated as soon as possible and before you leave for Queen’s if you can.
If you do not currently have an appointment for your first or second dose of the vaccine, you can find out how to arrange an appointment or access a walk-in vaccination centre in Northern Ireland at:
You will just need to bring your photographic ID and proof of address (for example, a bill or letter from the University).
For further information, including other FAQs relating to Covid-19, please visit and regularly review our Covid-19 FAQs for Students.
Click here to watch a video of Dr Lindsay Broadbent, Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, discussing the benefits of being vaccinated.
The European Commission Joint Research Centre is currently collecting Expressions of Interest for a number of scientific trainees in different thematic areas relevant to the organisation.
The scheme focuses on candidates with strong scientific background. However, some fields also give the opportunity for candidates with business and communications profile to apply.
Find out more and express your interest here.
The Queen’s University Planning Office requires one student to assist with preparation of the University’s annual submission to the THE Impact Rankings exercise. Based the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the THE rankings assess universities against a comprehensive range of indicators covering four broad areas: research, stewardship, outreach and teaching.
This post is available from 27th September 2021 until 19th November 2021, working a maximum of 15 hours per week.
Apply via MyFuture by searching 'OnCampus jobs' in the search bar.
Interviews for this post are expected to take place on Thursday 23 September.
- Currently registered and attending a course at Queen's for the 2021-22 academic year.
- Registered postgraduate student for the academic year 2021-22.
- A minimum pass mark of 7.0 in the writing and speaking band of IELTS (for students for whom English is not their first language).
- Ability to carefully interpret questions and provide optimal responses.
Main duties associated with this post are:
- Review requirements of the 2022 THE Impact Rankings exercise (see here).
- Work with colleagues in the Planning Office to identify and prioritise the evidence needed for the 2022 submission (due 12 November 2021).
- Liaise with staff in various departments (Schools, Directorates) within Queen’s (as directed) to identify and record suitable evidence.
- Maintain a master document (MS Excel) of evidence and assist in finalizing the submission to THE portal.
- Carry out any other duties which are appropriate to the post as may be reasonably requested by Supervisor.
The Fredrik and Catherine Eaton Fellowship Awards scheme supports scholarship and mobility in the context of exchanges between Queen’s University Belfast and the University of New Brunswick, Canada. Applications are now open to support travel, accommodation and research expenses for staff and postgraduate students between January 2022 and June 2023 (including summer 2022). Funding of up to CA$ 10,000 is available for exchanges between four weeks and six months.
Postgraduate students should email firstname.lastname@example.org to access further information and the application form.
Closing date is 4pm on Friday 12th November 2021.
The School of Pharmacy is currently seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to the post of Research Assistant. As part of the UK Covid Mass Testing Programme, Queen’s University are partnering with local NHS Trusts in Northern Ireland to deliver a testing service for asymptomatic NHS staff. Frontline staff will be able to obtain a saliva test using the OptiGene Direct Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) assay via their place of work.
Closing date: Wednesday 22 September 2021
• Degree in Microbiology, Pharmacy, Microbial Ecology, Molecular Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Biochemistry or related discipline.
• Have relevant experience working in a laboratory setting.
• Be highly adaptable and capable of working comfortably across all sections of the laboratory.