October 17, 2018, by Lisa Chin

Postgraduate Welcome Programme 2018

Our annual welcome event for all new and returning postgraduate students was held on 1 October 2018. The Postgraduate Welcome Programme featured a series of introductory presentations as well as social and educational activities, aimed to get the new postgraduate students started with their postgraduate life at the University and subsequently develop their network of friends and colleagues.

Welcome Presentation & Introduction to Our Support and Services

“…we offer a range of support services, training programmes as well as educational and social events for postgraduate students.”

The programme started off with a welcome presentation by Ms Deepa Kumari Veerasingam, Head of Graduate School. The presentation also introduced the role of Graduate School in providing a range of dedicated support and services for its postgraduate students.

Introduction to Our Training Programmes and Campus

“…these courses aim to help you develop a range of transferable skills.” 

This was followed by an informative presentation by Dr Jiin Woei Lee and Dr Tissa Chandesa, Research Training Development Managers, which delved into the details of training provision by Graduate School.

Thinking About Your PhD

“…the world of today cannot predict the world of tomorrow.”

Next was a session entitled “Thinking About Your PhD” by Professor Deborah Hall, Vice Provost of Research and Knowledge Exchange. Professor Hall shared the University’s mission statement and introduced some key members of the senior management. Professor Hall then highlighted the importance of transferable skills which are highly sought after by today’s employers. Employers value PhD graduates not just for their technical expertise, subject knowledge and research skills, but also for the broader set of skills and competencies. So what skills are needed to be successful in the 21st century?

  • to think critically
  • to solve problems creatively
  • to work collaboratively
  • good spoken communication
  • good written communication
  • mastery of modern technology
  • motivation
  • persistence

Professor Hall further reiterated the importance of the Graduate School trainings and subsequently encouraged the students to make the most of the opportunities that the University offers.

So What’s It Really Like? (SWIRL)

Sharing of experiences

The programme continued on with a SWIRL session. This informal sharing session and forum was aimed for new postgraduate students to find out about life at the University of Nottingham Malaysia from a panel of three senior postgraduate students.

Read more about the SWIRL Session.

A Session with Supervisors

What are the expectations of postgraduate research supervisor?

This was the question we delved into during the session with supervisors. The panel of supervisors was made up of experienced PhD supervisors.

Read more about the Session with Supervisors.

Networking Activities

Last but no least, a session consisted of networking activities which was facilitated by Dr Jiin Woei Lee.

Research Boot Camp

What do postgraduate research students need to help them get started on their research degree?

The offering of the Researcher Development Programme (RDP) in the new academic term started off with a Research Boot Camp, held between 2 – 8 October 2018.  The boot camp, which was delivered by Dr Lee Jiin Woei and Dr Tissa Chandesa, offered a range of intensive courses to help the postgraduate research students to get going with their research degree.

We are also open to conducting tailor made courses which are driven primarily by the students request, input and interactions. If you would like us to conduct any such courses, please get in touch with us via email to graduateschool@nottingham.edu.my.

More information is available from Graduate School.

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