October 2, 2018, by Lisa Chin

Graduate School Newsletter, October 2018

Nucleus Issue 04/18 (32)

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


Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®)

First developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, the 3MT® competition challenges research students to communicate the significance of their projects to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes.

We organised our annual 3MT® competition on 5 September 2018. The competition was judged by a multidisciplinary panel consisting of academic and industry professionals.

The winner will now progress to the video round to compete against the other Nottingham campuses, The overall winner will then represent the entire University of Nottingham at the Universitas 21 (U21) Final.

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Anusha Devi Nawoor, School of Biomedical Sciences

Title: The future – Personalised medicine!

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Runner Up

Yap Jing Ying, Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering

Title: Papaya leaf for dengue?

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2nd Runner Up

Denesh A/L Sooriamoorthy, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Title: A tick in time saves lives

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Postgraduate Prize Awards

The annual University of Nottingham Postgraduate Prize Awards recognise accomplishments in research, publications, conferences and contribution to the postgraduate community.

The prize winners and their guests were invited to an awards ceremony on 27 July 2018. The awards were presented to some of the University’s top postgraduate research students by Professor Deborah Hall, Vice-Provost of Research & Knowledge Exchange.

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Prize Winners

Tham Shiau Ying, School of Biosciences

Jecksin Ooi, Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering

Lee Shi Ting, School of Pharmacy

LINK’18 Conference

Student-led Interdisciplinary Research Conference

LINK is an annual research conference by postgraduate students, for postgraduate students. Its goal is to empower postgraduate students to share and celebrate their research in a positive, constructive and collaborative space, and to facilitate the development of interdisciplinary connections and networks.

The second installment of LINK Conference was held on 26 July 2018. It was organised by the Postgraduate Students’ Network (PGSN) and supported by the Students’ Association (SA) and Graduate School.

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Best PGR Presenter

Yen Yee Chong, Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering

Title: Catalytic Pyrolysis of Empty Fruit Branches with Metal Oxides

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Runner Up for Best PGR Presenter

Kumbirai Ivyne Mateva, School of Biosciences

Title: Root System and Architecture in Bambara Groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc.) Genotypes

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Best PGT Presenter

Zerin Momtaz Chowdhury, Nottingham University Business School

Title: Factors Influencing Work-Life Balance of White Collar Women in Private Sector of Bangladesh

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Best Abstract

Anusha Devi Nawoor, School of Biomedical Sciences

Title: Development of the High Resolution Melt (HRM) Method to Detect the HLA-B*58:01 Allele in Order to Prevent Allopurinol-Associated Drug Hypersensitivity

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What’s happening next

Postgraduate Welcome Programme

This programme aims to introduce the scope of the Graduate School to the postgraduate community on campus, in terms of support and development opportunities. It is a good opportunity for new postgraduate students to assimilate into the postgraduate community and hit the ground running, socially and academically.

Welcome Day

This is scheduled for 1 October 2018 in H1B13. The full details are as follows:

9.30am Welcome Presentation
9.40am Introduction to Our Support and Services
10am Introduction to Training Programmes and Campus
10.30am Thinking About Your PhD
11am SWIRL – So What’s It Really Like? *The panel consists of current PhD students and alumni
12.30pm Networking Lunch (in H1B11)
2pm A Session with Supervisors *The panel consists of PhD supervisors
3.30pm Networking Activities

Faculty of Science Induction

The induction for the Faculty of Science is scheduled for 2 October 2018 at 10am – 1pm in H1B13.

Research Boot Camp

This is an intensive programme of courses, from the Researcher Development Programme (RDP) module, that are designed to get your PhD off to a flying start.

Date Time Workshop
2 October 2018 2pm – 4pm Nature of the PhD and the Supervision Process
3 October 2018 10am – 12noon Planning Research and Time Management
3 October 2018 2pm – 4pm Philosophy of Science
4 October 2018 10am – 12noon Creative Thinking
4 October 2018 2pm – 4pm Introduction to Development Needs Analysis
5 October 2018 10am – 5pm How to be an Effective Researcher
8 October 2018 10am – 12noon Getting into the Habit of Writing

Training Courses & Workshops

Researcher Development Programme

Apart from the Research Boot Camp, we are also offering the following RDP courses this month.

Date Time Workshop
10 October 2018 10am – 12noon Preparing for Your Viva
15 October 2018  10am – 12noon Introduction to ORIS for New Postgraduates
19 October 2018  10am – 12noon Understanding How to Use EndNote
22 October 2018  10am – 12noon Understanding How to Use Mendeley
29 October 2018  10am – 12noon Communicating Your Research: Dealing with the Media
31 October 2018  10am – 12.30pm Creating a Poster in PowerPoint

Research and Academic Development

We are offering the following workshop for all academics on campus, especially early career researchers.

Date Time Workshop
17 October 2018 2pm – 5pm Academic Promotion

Coffee & Cake Session 6/2018

Our sixth and last Coffee and Cake session of this year is scheduled for 26 October 2018 at 3pm – 4pm in H1B14.

We welcome all our postgraduate students to attend this casual yet interactive session.

Call for entries

Images of Postgraduate Experience Photography Competition

Can you creatively capture the essence of your postgraduate experience with just one photo and an abstract?

If you are a postgraduate student with a flair for photography, we would like to hear from you!

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On our blog

Coffee & Cake Sessions 

The fourth and fifth Coffee and Cake sessions for this year were held respectively on 27 July and 28 September 2018. These social gathering sessions were great avenues for postgraduate students to temporarily get away from their work and catch-up with fellow postgraduate students whilst enjoying coffee and cake.

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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.

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