July 3, 2018, by Lisa Chin

Graduate School Newsletter, July 2018

Nucleus Issues 03/18 (31)

This newsletter provides quarterly updates on recent events and activities by the Graduate School.


Postgraduate Showcase 

Up until 2017, we had been organising an annual event called the Research Showcase; a poster and presentation competition for postgraduate research students to communicate their research projects to a non-research lay audience. However, for 2018 we decided to be inclusive of the entire postgraduate community. Therefore, the event was re-branded to Postgraduate Showcase and participation was welcomed from both taught and research postgraduate students.

The poster round competition was held on 3 May 2018. It enabled us to showcase the breadth and originality of the research undertaken by our postgraduate students.

Read more


Best Poster: ‘Electricity from Photosynthesis – A Reality?’ by Phon Mun Haeng, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Best Press Release, Best Communicator & Overall Winner: ‘Allopurinol Use for Gout Treatment: A Double-edged Sword! No More!’ by Anusha Devi Nawoor, School of Biomedical Sciences

Read more

Best Press Release

Do you know someone who has gout and takes allopurinol? You probably do! Billions of people worldwide have gout, a disease caused by the build-up of uric acid in the bloodstream. The most effective treatment given to patients is allopurinol. Little do people know that this drug is a double-edged sword; it has a high efficiency of lowering the uric acid level but it also causes severe adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and leads to death! So how do we prevent this? Who is at risk?

Read more

Participation Experience

As postgraduate students, we are always cooped up in lab or in front of our laptops as we strive for daily progress in our research. Event like this gives us the opportunity to get out of our bubble and hone our interpersonal skills with the public.” – Anusha Devi Nawoor, Overall Winner & recipient of the Best Press Release and Best Communicator awards, Postgraduate Showcase 2018

Read more

Our PhD student wins the Sparrho Early Career Researcher Prize

Shi Ting Lee, a PhD student from the School of Pharmacy, has won the Sparrho Early Career Researcher Price for May 2018.

Sparrho will support Shi Ting’s trip to the 9th World Congress on Biosensors and Bioelectronics scheduled for 29-30 August 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

Read more

Workshops & Training Courses

Researcher Development Programme

We are offering the following Researcher Development Programme (RDP) course this month. This course will be delivered by Professor Dominic Foo.

Date Time Workshop
18 July 2018 2pm – 4pm Anatomy of a Good Journal Paper

Researchers’ Writing Workshops

We are also offering the following writing workshops for all academic staff, especially early career researchers, and postgraduate students. These workshops will be delivered by Professor Graham Kendall and Dr Tissa Chandesa.

Date Time Workshop
10 July 2018 9.30am – 4.30pm Word Vs. LaTeX – Which One is the Best to Write Your Journal Paper?
25 July 2018 9.30am – 4.30pm How to Publish in High Quality Journals?

LINK’18 Training Support

We are also offering the following specialist training to help participants with their presentation skills.

Date Time Workshop
4 July 2018 10am – 12noon Presentation Skills
4 July 2018 2pm – 4pm What Do I Want to Get Out of a Conference?

To register, please click on the workshop title. This will direct you to our Moodle page where you can log in using your university credentials.

Call for Participation

3 Minute Thesis Competition

Participation is currently being welcomed for this year’s 3MT® competition. 3MT® competition challenges research students to communicate the significance of their projects to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes. The competition is open to active doctoral students who have successfully passed their first year confirmation review milestone (including thesis under submission). You can stand a chance to win prizes worth RM2,500.

Read more

If you are interested to participate in this competition, please sign up for the compulsory briefing scheduled for 6 August 2018 23 July 2018 at 10am in H1B13.

Sign up

Call for Articles

Have an idea or experience to share? Send to us!We invite you to write a one page article on your life as a postgraduate student at UNMC. We would like to capture and showcase the experience of our postgraduate students through our blog and newsletter. There is no limit to what you can write about – it can be a sharing of experience or knowledge, postgraduate life, internal or external engagement, etc. This is a platform for you to practise and enhance your writing skills.Please email your article to us at graduateschool@nottingham.edu.my.


Future Events

LINK’18 Conference

We are pleased to invite all staff and students to attend the LINK’18 Conference scheduled for 26 July 2018 at 9am in the Great Hall. LINK is a student-led interdisciplinary research conference by postgraduate students, for postgraduate students. The goal of this conference is to empower postgraduate students to share and celebrate their research in a positive, constructive and collaborative space while facilitating the development of interdisciplinary connections and networks.

Read more

Coffee & Cake Session 4/2018

Our fourth Coffee and Cake session of this year is scheduled for 27 July 2018 at 3pm – 4pm in H1B14. We welcome all our postgraduate students to attend this casual yet interactive session.

Past Events

Hari Raya Celebration

Our annual Hari Raya celebration was held on 27 June 2018. This festive gathering was well attended by both local and international postgraduate students.

Read more

Coffee & Cake Session 3/2018

The third Coffee and Cake session for this year was held on 27 April 2018. It was a casual session for postgraduate students to temporarily get away from their work and catch-up with fellow postgraduate students whilst enjoying coffee and cakes.

Read more

Teh Tarik Session Vol. 3

Our third series of Teh Tarik session was held on 25 April 2018. This session featured a talk by Dr Jim Chai on Photovoice – a qualitative method used for community-based participatory research to document and reflect reality.

Read more

We welcome you to write to us at graduateschool@nottingham.edu.my with any suggestions and ideas that you would want us to include in our future issues.

Posted in News and EventsPostgraduate lifeResearcher Development