January 17, 2022, by Lisa Chin
Covid-19: Graduate School updates (17 January 2022)
This is the final edition of a series of regular updates which provides latest news and information from us at the Graduate School amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The University is regularly updating advice and general FAQs on Covid-19 on its web page.
News and guidance
This is the final edition of our Covid-19: Graduate School updates. 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.
As the University is set to welcoming the full return of its staff community on campus, it is ever important that we play our part in keeping ourselves and those around us safe. So please continue to adhere to the safety and precautionary measures by the University and local authorities.
At the Graduate School, we are operating business-as-usual and our staff offices remain open during standard office hours of the University. As a safety and precautionary measure, if you would like to meet and consult any of our staff members, we would strongly encourage you to make an appointment prior to meeting us. You can make an appointment by emailing the respective staff member. Our contact details are available on our website.
In case you missed it, this month’s issue of our Graduate School newsletter is available on our blog.
Our reward scheme
New merchandise is now available for redemption under our reward scheme.
Our Graduate School reward scheme rewards postgraduate students who attend our Graduate School training courses i.e. Researcher Development Programme (RDP) and Postgraduate Student Teachers (PST) programme.
Requisition & collection
Make a verification request for merchandise redemption via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will then check your training attendance, confirm your eligibility and advise the time slot for merchandise collection at our administration office (BA02a)
A reminder for you to join our town hall
Building an inclusive, supportive postgraduate research environment
Our town hall events are proving to be a highly valued forum to discuss how we work together to grow and develop our plans and strategies amidst the ongoing pandemic.
Our upcoming town hall is scheduled for Friday 28 January 2022 at 3pm – 4.30pm. We encourage our whole postgraduate community to join us as we will be sharing a number of recent developments of our role beyond supporting your research training development.
This town hall also follows the first step of our recent survey approach in understanding the issues affecting postgraduate research progression. We will update you on the findings and address the delivery of targeted actions. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.
[New] Blended delivery
We are preparing a blended approach for our town hall this time with a combination of virtual platform and face-to-face (on-campus). We are adopting new arrangements to meet the new norms while ensuring all activities are conducted in a safe environment.
For virtual platform, you can join our town hall here.
Whereas for face-to-face, you need to RSVP here as space is limited in view of the social distancing requirements and related SOPs. The venue details will be made available in due course.
Training and development
We wish to also remind you on our upcoming researcher training courses this month.
Researcher Development Programme (RDP)
Using poster to communicate research
Thursday 20 January 2022, 10am – 12nn
This course will introduce and support the creation and design of a poster that communicates research work in an innovative and informative manner.
Light your fire – Motivational tools for researchers
Wednesday 26 January 2022, 10am – 12nn
This course will explore procrastination and discuss time management techniques.
Celebrating your successes
Merdeka Award Grant
We would like to congratulate Jessica Ooi Sui Ying, our PhD student from the School of Pharmacy, for her achievement in securing the 2021 Merdeka Award Grant for International Attachment.
In a blog post, Jessica shares her top 3 tips on applying for the grant.
Young Entrepreneur Scheme (YES)
We would also like to congratulate team SCIONEO for their commendable achievement making it through to the finals of YES 2021. The team comprised four of our postgraduate students: Hina Kamal, PhD Bioscience; Aiman Syahmi Bin Mansol, PhD Bioscience; Lamia Noushin Sadeque Chowdhury, MPhil Pharmacy; Tan Guang Heng, PhD Bioscience; and Maisarah Mohd Mazlan, UNM alumna and postgraduate student at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).
Warmest wishes for Thaipusam from all of us at the Graduate School.
Happy Chinese New Year
Warmest wishes for Chinese New Year from all of us at the Graduate School.
Happy Chinese New Year in advance!
新年快乐 (xīn nián kuài lè Happy New Year)
恭喜发财 (gōng xǐ fā cái Happiness and Prosperity)
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 before 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 email@example.com. 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!