November 30, 2022, by Lisa Chin

Graduate School Bulletin, December 2022

Nucleus Issue 08/22 (44)

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

Laptop loan scheme for postgraduate research students

The University has put in place a laptop loan scheme to support postgraduate research (PGR) students with your technological needs.

This scheme offers a long-term loan period of up to three years upon renewals to full-time PGR students (PhD, MPhil and MRes). There is a limited supply of laptops so priority will be given to those with financial hardship, digital exclusion or other extenuating circumstances. We therefore call for only those who genuinely struggle to have your own laptop to apply for the scheme.

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Events and activities

Postgraduate Lunch

Friday 2 December 2022, 12noon

This luncheon is for all our postgraduate students where we can all get together in a friendly and relax environment. It is a casual lunch gathering with no agenda other than meeting up to chat and enjoy some delicious food together before a well-deserved end-of-year break.

UNM Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher Conference

Tuesday & Wednesday 6 & 7 December 2022, 9am – 5pm
Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre

This conference aims to bring together research scholars from multiple disciplines in the arts and sciences to share their research work towards nurturing impactful research for the future.

In addition to keynote speeches by Professor Andy Chan, Vice-Provost (Research and Knowledge Exchange) and Professor Asgar Ali, Professor in Postharvest Biology and Technology and the founding director of the Centre of Excellence for Postharvest Biotechnology at UNM, highlights include 34 presentations by postgraduate and early career researchers as well as workshops on how to produce high impact research and write good journal article by Professor Ts. Dr. Murali Raman, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Development & Strategy), Asia Pacific University (APU).

Guest Speaker Series

From acclaimed academics to renowned industrial experts and leaders, we bring them to you through lectures, seminars, talks and a variety of other forums. They provide invaluable real-world insights into critical topic areas that are of interest to our postgraduate and research communities.

Conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses: an introduction

Thursday 8 December 2022, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Cognitive Science Lab (CSL), B1A24
by Dr Alessio Bellato, Assistant Professor at the School of Psychology

Being able to conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses is a research skill that is highly valuable and expendable on the academic job market. In this introductory workshop, Dr Bellato will teach postgraduates about the main differences between a systematic review and a meta-analysis, and the main steps for these to be conducted and reported. Attendees will also work on a real dataset and will be guided and supervised in conducting a meta-analysis in R.

Registration is closed as we have reached maximum capacity. In view of the overwhelming response, this workshop will be offered again next term.

Training and development

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

Researcher Development Programme (RDP)

Starting your literature review

  • Monday 5 December 2022, 10am – 12nn, H1B13

  • This course will consider the purpose and basic requirements of an effective literature review and provide guideline on overall literature writing process.

  • Sign up

Creating a strong argument for your thesis

  • Wednesday 14 December 2022, 10am – 12nn, H1B13

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

  • Sign up


Our commitment to engaging with you through open conversations in more inclusive forums

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.

In our last town hall, held on Friday 25 November 2022, we gave an update bringing together a number of new developments featuring significant milestones in our evolving role supporting your postgraduate research journey. It was a good opportunity to reflect on the achievements made so far and even better, an opportunity to discern some constructive feedback for our continuous exercise of further improvement.

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Graduate School reward scheme

Our reward scheme rewards postgraduate students who attend our Graduate School training courses i.e. Researcher Development Programme (RDP) and Postgraduate Student Teachers (PST) programme.

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Empowering your postgraduate and research ambition

Look out for our next issue of newsletter next month!

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