November 9, 2020, by Lisa Chin

COVID-19: Graduate School updates (9 November 2020)

Ref. UNM/GS/COVID-19/43/09/11/20

COVID-19: Graduate School updates (9 November 2020)

In light of yet another round of conditional movement control order (CMCO) extension till 6 December 2020, we are providing this update to our postgraduate community outlining latest news and information from us at the Graduate School.

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

News & announcement

Introducing your new Students’ Association (SA) Postgraduate Students’ Officer 2020/21

Source: FB page of the Students’ Association University of Nottingham Malaysia (

We are delighted to circulate the announcement of the newly elected SA Postgraduate Students’ Officer, Kelvin Tan Sim Zhen. Kelvin is a second year PhD student from the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

In his inaugural address as the Postgraduate Students’ Officer, Kelvin expresses his enthusiasm in representing his peers and further underlines his commitment for the betterment of postgraduate community at UNM.

“It is my greatest gratitude to be able to represent the voice of our beloved postgraduate research (PGR) student community for the upcoming year. Although it is a challenging period, I will do my very best to make sure everyone’s voice to be heard. Hence, I look forward to working with the Graduate School, Students’ Association and more importantly, our PGR students to improve our research community.”

His predecessor, Angela Paul Peter, wrote to us in her final address as the outgoing Postgraduate Students’ Officer, “It was really an enjoyable learning journey, now it’s time for Kelvin to explore the position and be the voice of postgraduate students. Thank you all once again, for the wonderful ride.”

“The Graduate School team looks forward to working with Kelvin and supporting him in his new role. Nevertheless, I would like to thank Angela for her commendable contribution while serving her term as the Postgraduate Students’ Officer and leading the Postgraduate Students’ Network (PGSN),” said Ms Deepa Kumari Veerasingam, Head of Graduate School.

If you wish to contact Kelvin, he can be reached via email:

Weekly updates of upcoming courses

Researcher Development Programme (RDP)

Drafting a Chapter of Your Thesis

  • Wednesday 11 November 2020, 10am – 12nn

  • This course will identify the features of good academic writing, discuss effective writing plan, and consider techniques for starting and finishing a thesis chapter.

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Creating a Strong Argument for Your Thesis

  • Monday 23 November 2020, 2pm – 4pm

  • This course will discuss the background to the nature of arguments and consider the thesis as an ‘argument’ and its structure.

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Getting Published
*Discussion and sharing session

  • Thursday 26 November 2020, 10am – 12nn

  • This session will highlight the importance and purpose of publishing paper. It will also offer guidance and tips on the journey of publishing.

  • Sign up

Postgraduate Careers Series

Upcoming webinar

The upcoming virtual Postgraduate Careers Series by Careers Advisory Service (CAS), this time with Vitrox, is scheduled for Thursday 19 November 2020 at 2pm -3pm via MS Teams.

For any enquiries or more information, please contact CAS at

Festive greetings

Happy Deepavali

Warmest wishes for this Festival of Lights from all of us at the Graduate School. Happy Deepavali in advance!

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

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