August 10, 2020, by Lisa Chin

C0VID-19: Graduate School updates (10 August 2020)

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C0VID-19: Graduate School updates (10 August 2020)

This is part 33 of a series of updates which provides latest news and information from the Graduate School amidst the ongoing C0VID-19 pandemic. Don’t forget you can get in touch with us via Facebook and Graduate School Blog or by email at

The University is regularly updating advice and general FAQs on C0VID-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

Researcher training courses

Weekly update of upcoming courses

Presentation Skills – Theory

  • Monday 10 August 2020, 10am – 12noon

  • This course will consider and discuss the skills of preparing an effective presentation. Please note that the theory course is prerequisite to the practical sessions scheduled for the following days.

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Presentation Skills – Practical

  • Session #1: Tuesday 11 August 2020, 10am – 12noon
    Session #2: Wednesday 12 August 2020, 10am – 12noon
    Session #3: Thursday 13 August 2020, 10am – 12noon

  • These practical sessions will provide a friendly platform to practise and improve the skills of delivering an effective presentation. Please make sure you have met the prerequisite before attending the session.

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On our blog

A conversation with our postgraduate research students 

We organised a consultation session with our postgraduate research students on Thursday 6 August 2020 via Microsoft Teams. The primary focus of this session was to capture and further understand the general as well as specific training and development needs of our postgraduate research students before we start planning our training schedule for the next academic term.

Thank you to those who attended the session and we are thoroughly pleased to have an opportunity to talk and listen to you. Your input is having a direct influence in refreshing and renewing our strategic development plan of support for the postgraduate research community.

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On other blog

How to start your literature review

Professor Pat Thomson from the School of Education, UoN, writes about how you can start your literature review.

“Well, when it comes to working with literatures, the old saying that there’s more than one way to skin a cat might be ugly, but it contains an important truth. There is no one best way to do the literature review.

But don’t despair. The literature review is not entirely unknown territory. There are three well-trodden literature pathways you can consider – a trio of ways to think about how to begin and get stuck into the initial reading, summarising, thematising, categorising, mapping. If you don’t want to invent your own process, then take a look at these.” 

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Next updates from us

Our next C0VID-19: Graduate School updates will be posted on Monday 17 August 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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