January 8, 2020, by Lisa Chin

Greeting 2020

Greetings from your Graduate School  

We are now at the threshold of a new year and I would like to start off by sharing a great piece of news. Our academics have successfully secured the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund (NUOF). The details will be released in due course. Many congratulations!

Support for early career researchers

Last year, we introduced several funding opportunities for not only our postgraduate students, but also for our early career researchers. In one of our efforts to promote competitive responses to the NUOF call, we organised a programme much like a sandpit event where some of the early career researchers were awarded with a pump-priming fund to enable further development of their project proposal. Therefore, I am delighted to learn that the pump-priming fund proved to be beneficial in nurturing, facilitating and supporting research ideas and subsequently, interdisciplinary collaborations.

Apart from funding opportunities, we also introduced a new competition that gave us an exciting glimpse of innovative and transformative research undertaken by our early career researchers at the University.

Read more about our International Research Collaboration Award (IRCA)*

Read more about our Career Development Initiative Fund*

*The next call will open in the second half of the year

Read more about our Pecha Kucha competition

Support for research supervisors

We are committed to developing and maintaining the highest standards in doctoral supervision. As a result, we launched the Supervisory Research Seminar Series. This series of talks covered topics that were highlighted by supervisors as areas they would like more advice and practice-sharing opportunities.

Read more about one of the talks of the Supervisory Research Seminar Series

Support for postgraduate students

As a training provider to help our postgraduate students to develop a range of transferable skills, we have always striven to innovate our support and services. Notably, the IRCA enabled two of our postgraduate students, Wong Zheng Wei and Nur Izzati Ridzuan, to undertake a research visit at a world-leading international research institution of their choice. Evaluation is underway for this year’s applications and the deserving recipients will be announced in due course.

Other notable event last year was the poster exhibition which attracted an overwhelming response of participation. It was part of a major showcase for Food and Sustainability research at the University, under the vision of Prof Deborah Hall, Vice-Provost of Research and Knowledge Exchange. This year, we will re-introduce our poster competition (previously known as Research Showcase or Postgraduate Showcase) in line with our aim to provide a platform for our postgraduate students to improve their communication skills and engage with a wider audience.

We also rolled out a new course under our Researcher Development Programme, Research Ethics and Integrity, to ensure all research undertaken at the University is conducted according to the appropriate legal, ethical and professional frameworks, obligations and standards.

Moving forward

This year, UNM will celebrate its 20th anniversary in a land that is truly Asia. We will continue forging ahead as we strive to contribute to the new visionary University Strategy, supporting delivery plans in key areas, in particular research. We will also continue working closely with our academics and research groups associated with our Beacons of Excellence, Future Food Malaysia (FFM) and Developing Sustainable Societies. Ambitious endeavours are underway and these aim to showcase the breadth and diversity of research undertaken by young researchers at UNM, and subsequently, recognise and celebrate research excellence, world-leading achievement and knowledge discovery.

With all the interesting and exciting initiatives in place, I am looking forward to having another great year to share with all our postgraduates and academics.

On behalf of all members at the Graduate School, I wish you a happy and successful new year.


Best regards,

Deepa Kumari Veerasingam 

Head of Graduate School, University of Nottingham Malaysia 

Get in touch

As a postgraduate researcher, you may start your research degree at different times of the year. We send out a welcome email upon request to new postgraduate researchers which contains information about registering on Moodle, university support services and upcoming events as well as training and other opportunities.

So please do get in touch with us via email to graduateschool@nottingham.edu.my.

As an early career researcher or a research supervisor, we welcome you to engage with us as we offer a range of research and academic workshops to help you enhance your personal and professional development.

So please do get in touch with us via email to rad@nottingham.edu.my.

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