February 28, 2022, by Lisa Chin

Graduate School Bulletin, March 2022

Bulletin Issue 02/22 (38)

The needs of the postgraduate and early career researcher community are at the heart of what we do at the Graduate School.

Read on for all the latest news from us.

News and guidance

Call for nominations: Tri Campus Awards 

These prestigious awards celebrate outstanding postgraduate researchers, research supervisors and postdoctoral researchers across the University of Nottingham and recognise accomplishments in research, publications, conferences and contribution to the postgraduate and research community. This year the awards are expanded to recognise the diverse contributions and achievements across the following six categories:

    • Postgraduate Award

    • [New] Outstanding Contribution to the Research Community

    • [New] Most Supportive/Inclusive Research Team Environment

    • [New] Covid-19 Impact Award

    • Outstanding Research Supervisor

    • [New] Policy Impact and Public Engagement Award

Closing date: Friday 18 March 2022

Find out more and nominate

Call for applications: Postgraduate Assistant Award 

This award recognises and celebrates examples of innovative support of learning within the last two years. Applicants may support learning through a wide range of activities, including: demonstrating in laboratory classes, distance learning, leading seminars or tutorials, supporting project work, assessing, development of resources, giving feedback on student work or welfare and support of other students. These awards are given to people who can show innovative and reflective practice by:

    • Improving effectiveness in their support of learning

    • Making appropriate changes in learning activities or techniques

    • Evidence-informed evaluation and reflection on the impact of their intervention and possibilities for further development

Closing date: Thursday 24 March 2022

Find out more and apply

Event and activity

Postgraduate induction

Friday 11 March 2022

Our postgraduate induction features welcome talk by our Associate Dean of Graduate School and introductory presentations by our staff members on a range of support services and development opportunities for postgraduate students. Key members from the faculties will also join us in guiding and preparing you to start your postgraduate journey. The inclusion of a session with your respective faculty will make sure that you receive the support, information and supervision that you need.

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Training and development

Find out more about our training and development provision for postgraduate students.

Researcher Development Programme (RDP)

Communicating your research: Dealing with media

  • Thursday 10 March 2022, 10am – 12.30pm

  • This course will discuss the importance of wider public engagement in the research process and explore how to elicit media interest in your work.

  • Sign up

Introduction to development needs analysis

  • Monday 14 March 2022, 2pm – 4pm

  • This course will introduce the tool to evaluate and plan personal, professional and career development.

  • Sign up

Nature of the PhD and the supervision process

  • Tuesday 15 March 2022, 10am – 12.30pm

  • This course will introduce the expectations of a doctoral study and provide an understanding of the roles of supervisors and research students.

  • Sign up

Creative and critical thinking

  • Wednesday 16 March 2022, 10am – 12nn

  • This course will explore how to associate creative thinking with problem solving and develop critical thinking.

  • Sign up

Planning research and time management

  • Thursday 17 March 2022, 10am – 12nn

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

  • Sign up

Philosophy of science

  • Friday 18 March 2022, 10am – 12nn

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

  • Sign up

Understanding how to use Endnote

  • Tuesday 22 March 2022, 10am – 12nn

  • This course will inform students on how to create, populate and use Endnote, a bibliographical manager in organising their literature review.

  • Sign up

Understanding how to use Mendeley

  • Thursday 24 March 2022, 10am – 12nn

  • This course will inform students on how to create, populate and use Mendeley, a bibliographical manager in organising their literature review.

  • Sign up

Research ethics and integrity

  • Tuesday 29 March 2022, 2pm – 4pm

  • This course will study the importance of research ethics and integrity, and further outline the ethics procedures in UNM.

  • Sign up

Other support

Postgraduate wellbeing: Mind Matters

The Researcher Academy ran a Mind Matters webinar covering how to manage feelings of isolation, motivation and control in the current uncertain times. The recording is now available for you where you can get advice and tips on looking after your mental wellbeing while studying for a PhD, including self-care and putting together a wellbeing plan.


On our blog

Building an inclusive, supportive postgraduate research environment

We recently hosted a town hall event where we gave an update bringing together a number of new developments following on our structural change and administrative reform. We also gave an update on the findings and targeted actions of our previous survey in understanding the issues affecting postgraduate research progression.

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On other platform

20 TED Talks worth your time

3,500 TED Talks. But only a few are worth your time. Here is a Twitter thread by @abhishekshah173 listing 20 TED Talks to help you learn, laugh, and grow.

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Empowering your postgraduate and research ambition

Look out for our next issue of newsletter next month!

Don’t forget you can get in touch with us via Facebook or by email at graduateschool@nottingham.edu.my.

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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