March 3, 2021, by Lisa Chin

COVID-19: Graduate School updates (3 March 2021)

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COVID-19: Graduate School updates (3 March 2021)

In light of the reimplementation of conditional movement control order (CMCO) from 5 till 18 March 2021, 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

More detailed guidance for postgraduate research students and research staff is available on SharePoint. See more

Training and development 

Upcoming courses

As CMCO resumes, we wish to update you on our continuing provision to keep your research training and development going.

Researcher Development Programme (RDP)

Planning Research and Time Management 

  • Wednesday 3 March 2021, 10am – 12nn

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

  • Sign up

Creative Thinking

  • Thursday 4 March 2021, 10am – 12nn

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

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Philosophy of Science 

  • Friday 5 March 2021, 10am – 12nn

  • This course will explore the critical and independent thought on science; its foundations, methods and implications.

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Editing Academic Writing

  • Wednesday 10 March 2021, 10am – 12nn

  • This course will explore the different components and types of editing academic writing as well as some of the challenges commonly faced.

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Light Your Fire – Motivational Tools for Researchers

  • Tuesday 16 March 2021, 2pm – 4pm

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

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On our blog

Bulletin Issue 02/21 (30)

In case you missed it, this month’s issue of our Graduate School Bulletin is available on our blog.

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Jump-starting your research degree

In this blog post, we encourage our postgraduate researchers to make the most of the resources offered by us at the Graduate School.

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Postgraduate Awards 2021

Nomination deadline extended 

The nomination call for our annual Postgraduate Awards has been extended till Friday 12 March 2021, by noon (local time). The awards recognise accomplishments in research, publications, conferences and contributions to the postgraduate community.

Nomination is done through HOS/HOD and each school/department can only nominate one student. PGR students can nominate themselves to HOS/HOD for consideration.

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Virtual Game Night

Let’s play some games!

Getting bored of doing research alone at home? It’s time to mingle around, virtually!

The Postgraduate Students’ Network (PGSN) is organising a virtual Game Night, exclusively for all postgraduate students of the University. It is scheduled for Thursday 4 March 2021 from 6.45pm to 10pm via MS Teams.

Sign up

All about writing

Writing consultation for postgraduate students 

The Centre for English Language and Foundation Education (CELFE) is pioneering one-to-one writing consultation sessions specifically for postgraduate students starting this semester until April 2021.

These sessions, schedule by appointments only, provide personalised task-specific writing support for postgraduate students with the goal of helping them become better writers. They do not provide proofreading or editing service for students’ theses and dissertations.

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Writing effectively

The University also has a section on its website dedicated for the topic of writing.

I had a discipline change and had to shift the way I write, because the writing of history is different from the way you would write for other disciplines.” – Laura Theobald, postgraduate student

From understanding the many forms of writing to managing your writing with limited time, correctly crediting your sources to maintaining integrity in your work, find out how you can develop your writing skills and your own style.

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An introduction to Hearing Science

Online course starting Friday 5 March 2021

This online course is an introduction to hearing science, and is open to anybody across the University of Nottingham campuses who is interested (including people from within hearing science, but also those from any other related disciplines such as psychology, linguistics, imaging, or biosciences).

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Next update from us

Look out for our next edition of e-newsletter 

We will continue to provide succinct news, information and updates on our training and development opportunities for our postgraduate community through our monthly e-newsletter. The next one will be delivered to your inbox by the end of this month where you can find out more about our training and development provision for the whole of next month.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need any other clarifications or support from us via email to You can also engage with us via Facebook and Graduate School Blog.

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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