August 7, 2020, by Lisa Chin

C0VID-19: Update for early career researchers (7 August 2020)

Ref. UNM/GS-ECR/C0VID-19/10/07/08/20

Author: Dr Tissa Chandesa, Research Training Development Manager at the Graduate School

This is our monthly updates to our early career researcher (ECR) community which provides latest news and information from the Graduate School.

Don’t forget you can get in touch with us via Facebook or by email at

Upcoming training courses

We at the Graduate School continue to deliver the highest quality training and development for our ECR community amidst the C0VID-19 pandemic. We would like to give an update on our upcoming training and support provision.

Supporting your personal career development as an academician for ECRs

  • Tuesday 18 August 2020, 2pm – 4pm via Microsoft Teams

  • Starting your academic career after your PhD is no mean feat. After securing an academic position, then starts the actual journey. Now, braving the waves of research and what seems to be an iceberg of teaching load, how do you keep your bearings? What compass should your academic career needle consider North forward? This session will give a few pointers to start conversations and reflections on what fits your journey as an ECR. It will be conducted by Dr Hsin-Vonn Seow, Associate Professor of Operations Research and currently the Associate Dean of Research and Knowledge Exchange for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

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An introduction to creating surveys with Qualtrics

  • Monday 24 August 2020, 2pm – 4pm via Microsoft Teams

  • This session will introduce core Qualtrics concepts and tools that you can explore more fully at your own pace, which includes creating questions and basic question types, simple survey logic, anonymous distribution and reporting basics. It will be conducted by Jaya Kumar Karunagharan, Head of Foundation in Science.

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Introduction to the Code of Research Conduct and Research Ethics

  • Tuesday 25 August 2020, 3pm – 4pm via Microsoft Teams

  • This session will introduce researchers to the University’s Code of Research Conduct and Research Ethics and provide an overview of Research Integrity and what it entails. It will be conducted by Dr Soma Mitra, Associate Professor at the School of Biosciences and Chair of the Science and Engineering Research Ethics Committee at University of Nottingham Malaysia.

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Keep up to date

The University is regularly updating advice and general FAQs on COVID-19 on its web page. See more

The Vice Provost (Research and Knowledge Exchange) is also contributing to a more detailed page with guidance for postgraduate research students and research staff. See more

Examining a doctorate

We conducted our first Supervisory Research Seminar Series virtually on Wednesday 15 July 2020. The webinar explored the topic of examining a doctorate and was conducted by Professor Festo Massawe. Read more

Managing research students’ progression

On Wednesday 22 July 2020, we conducted the Supervisory Research Seminar Series: Managing research students’ progression. This webinar was jointly conducted by Dr Michelle Tan and Ms Nengaswary Maniam. Due to the impact of the C0VID-19 pandemic, this year’s webinar was divided into two aspect: (1) managing the university’s research degree requirements & (2) managing the project’s requirement. Read more

Contemporary issues in supervising research students

Supervising research students is a process that can be both immensely rewarding and challenging, occasionally. The expectations and approaches of the student and the supervisor, or supervisory team as well as various external influences and requirements all impact upon the process and raise many issues to consider. On Wednesday 29 July 2020, Professor Law Chung Lim conducted the Contemporary issues in supervising research students, virtually. Read more

Supervising Doctoral Studies (SDS) online course

With face-to-face classroom discussions prohibited during the C0VID-19 pandemic, the University of Nottingham offers a set of self-directed online modules for new supervisors and those who have more experience. The online course has interactive content such as videos, quizzes and a personal portfolio. Kindly use your university credentials to join the course. You may access the online course via the following link.

Engaging via Microsoft Teams

We are happy to act as the mediator for any senior researchers to engage with ECRs on issues pertaining to research sustainability. Issues may include (but not limited to) a chat about how you are currently coping with your research; how are you conducting your research when everything is shut down or unavailable; potential collaborations;and future grant applications.

If you are interested, please get in touch with us via email to

Next updates from us

Our next ECR update will be posted in early September 2020.

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

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