July 1, 2020, by Lisa Chin

Graduate School Newsletter, July 2020

Nucleus Issue 03/20 (39)

Read on for all the latest news from the Graduate School. Don’t forget you can get in touch with us via Facebook or by email at graduateschool@nottingham.edu.my.


UNM 2020 Virtual 3MT®

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia. The challenge is for doctoral researchers to explain the complexity and relevance of their research to a non-specialist audience in a concise and engaging way.

The competition got even more challenging this year when it was moved online due to C0VID-19 pandemic. This temporary move to a virtual setting allowed 10 of our doctoral researchers to present their research in just 3 minutes to a panel of judges in our 3MT® Live! which took place entirely online using Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 24 June 2020. The Winner and Runner Up were selected by a panel of judges drawn from academic and professional services while the People’s Choice was voted by our campus-wide community.

The Winner will now progress to the video round to compete against the other Nottingham campuses. The overall winner will represent the entire University of Nottingham at the Universitas 21 (U21) Final, also via video, which will be judged by an international panel of industry and academic professionals.

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Winner & People’s Choice

Swaraj Sunilkumar Dube

Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Runner Up

Sharoen Lim Yu Ming

Division of Biomedical Sciences

UoN 2020 Tri-Campus Postgraduate Awards

Each year, the University of Nottingham Tri-Campus Postgraduate Awards recognise the accomplishments and contributions of some of our most outstanding postgraduate researchers.

This year we are unable to host a live event to celebrate so we have put together this digital presentation as a small mark of their achievements.

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UNM 2020 Postgraduate Prize and Teaching Awards

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

The Postgraduate Teaching Award recognises and celebrates example of innovative teaching and support of learning.

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Postgraduate Prize Award Winners

Apurav Krishna Koyande

Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering

Quang Nhat Nguyen

School of Education

Or Oi Ching

School of Environmental & Geographical Sciences

Postgraduate Teaching Award Winner

Denesh Sooriamoorthy

Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

An extraordinary photography competition for postgraduate students

We organised a photography competition in May 2020 where we asked our postgraduate students: “What does the current situation mean to you?“. They had to answer it by using only a photo with a caption. We received a total of 12 entries with representation of subjects ranging from restriction and social distancing to online learning, civic responsibility to hope and positivity.

Top 5 Winners

  • Kelvin Tan Sim Zhen, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

  • Paulina Tan Pei Suu, School of Pharmacy

  • Mak Yin Ying, Division of Biomedical Sciences

  • Darshana Darmalinggam, Nottingham University Business School (NUBS)

  • Hoh Chin Chin, Division of Organisational & Applied Psychology

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Researcher training courses & workshops

Researcher Development Programme (RDP)

Light Your Fire – Motivational Tools for Researchers

  • Monday 6 July 2020, 10am – 12noon

  • This course will explore procrastination and discuss time management techniques.

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Introduction to the Skills of Teamwork for Researchers

  • Thursday 9 July 2020, 10am – 12noon

  • This course will highlight the benefits of teamwork as well as identify and analyse the features of an effective team.

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Planning Research and Time Management

  • Monday 13 July 2020, 10am – 12noon

  • This course will support the development of good time management and enable students to plan their research development more efficiently.

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What Do I Want to Get Out of a Conference? 

  • Thursday 16 July 2020, 10am – 12noon

  • This course will discuss key issues when choosing a conference and how to maximise participation when attending a conference.

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Creative Thinking

  • Monday 20 July 2020, 10am – 12noon

  • This course will introduce the techniques to enhance creative thinking and subsequently promote critical thinking.

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Nature of the PhD and the Supervision Process

  • Thursday 23 July 2020, 10am – 12noon

  • This course will introduce the expectations of a doctoral study and provide an understanding of the roles of supervisors and research students.

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Using Posters to Communicate Research

  • Tuesday 28 July 2020, 10am – 12noon

  • This course will introduce and support the creation and design of a poster that communicates research work in an innovative and informative manner.

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Introduction to Development Needs Analysis and Goal Setting for PGRs

  • Thursday 30 July 2020, 10am – 12noon

  • This course will introduce the tool to evaluate and plan personal, professional and career development.

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Supplementary courses

In addition, we are offering the following courses in July 2020, via Microsoft Teams. These are aimed at postgraduate students. The joining instructions and guides are available on the sign up page.

Microsoft Teams – A Practical Guide

  • Wednesday 1 July 2020, 10am – 11am

  • This course will explore the many functionalities of Microsoft Teams and experiment with the basic functions when in a live meeting. Participants will know how to compose their own Teams and integrate files, notes, apps in Teams.

  • Use this token to join the course in Microsoft Teams: kta33e1

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Shut Up and Write

  • Session 07/01: Friday 3 July 2020, 10am – 12.30pm

  • Session 07/02: Tuesday 14 July 2020, 2pm – 4.30pm

  • Session 07/03: Friday 24 July 2020, 10am – 12.30pm

  • These sessions will assist in structuring periods of writing and limiting the distraction at home while providing the necessary guidance and motivation to write efficiently and effectively.

  • Use this token to join the sessions in Microsoft Teams: bkjn59

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Research and Academic Development (RAD)

We are offering the following Research Supervisory Seminar Series of workshops in July 2020, via Microsoft Teams. These are aimed at academic staff, in particular early career researchers. The joining instructions and guides are available on the sign up page.

Examining a Doctorate

  • Wednesday 15 July 2020, 10am – 12noon

  • This workshop will consider the purposes of the viva voce examination used for UK and Nottingham doctorates and help supervisors identify how they can best prepare their students for this examination.

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Managing Research Students’ Progression

  • Wednesday 22 July 2020, 2pm – 4pm

  • This workshop will provide information on key stages of the annual review process and roles of relevant parties in ensuring satisfactory progression of research students.

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Contemporary Issues in Supervising Research Students

  • Wednesday 29 July 2020, 2pm – 4pm

  • This workshop will discuss and identify the characteristics of an effective supervisor over the early, mid and closing stages of a research degree.

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On our blog

Another virtual induction for new postgraduate research students

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Examining a doctorate online

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What does the industry look for in PhD graduates

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Getting published

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Surviving an online viva amid C0VID-19 pandemic

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A chat with Professor Deborah Hall

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Are we seriously missing the point?

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A virtual postgraduate induction

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Research visit to the United States Geological Survey National Training Center in Colorado 

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PhD Comics

Look out for our next issue of Graduate School Bulletin in August!

In the meantime, please observe and follow the safety advice and precautionary measures by our local authorities and University.

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