March 25, 2020, by Lisa Chin

C0VID-19: Graduate School updates (25 March 2020)

Ref. UNM/GS/C0VID-19/03/25/03/20

C0VID-19: Graduate School updates (25 March 2020)

Our commitment to your continuous training and research development

We wish to reiterate that we remain as dedicated as ever to delivering the highest quality training and development support for our postgraduate students in these most difficult of times.

In the current situation with C0VID-19, we aim to still maintaining a supportive culture in which our postgraduate students can advance and thrive in their postgraduate journey. We strive to still facilitating training and providing support for our postgraduate students, using a selection of digital technologies in line with the University’s prompt measure to move all teaching to digitally supported guided learning.

Therefore, we would like to give an update on the new development of our training and support provision.

Postgraduate Induction 

Our postgraduate induction is rescheduled to Monday 30 March 2020 at 2.30pm to 3.30pm via Microsoft Teams.

This is an opportunity for all new postgraduate research students to hear about how we can support you with training and development opportunities. It features welcome talks and presentations by senior staff from the Graduate School which introduce a range of support services, training programmes, public engagements and activities for postgraduate research students. It also features an introductory talk about Postgraduate Students’ Network (PGSN) by the Students’ Association (SA) Postgraduate Officer.

Joining instructions

You will be able to join the induction using this designated token:

  • booxq0d

and you will need:

  • PC/laptop/mobile device with a stable internet connection

  • If on a mobile device, we recommend you to download the Microsoft Teams app available on both Play Store and App Store

Useful guides

Access and Download Microsoft Teams for students

Participate in a class by using token for students

Other features of Microsoft Teams for students

New online course

Recognise and build your digital capabilities

This new and very timely module enables you to explore your ‘digital capabilities’ and find out how you can develop and enhance your digital practice.

Through answering the questions in the Discovery tool you will:

  • assess your confidence and capability in the areas relevant to your own research and personal development needs.

  • receive a personal report which signposts actions and resources that you can use to further enhance your digital capabilities.

Link to course

The PhD Movies

Here is something lighter for when you need a break…

The nice folks at ‘the PhD Comics’ have made both of their ‘The PhD Movies’ available for free during the C0VID-19 situation.

Link to watch

Managing research risks – riding the wave of #phdpandemic

A lot of research doesn’t go to plan. Researchers encounter a few hiccups along the way and in order to avoid problems, they make adjustments to their process. The research goes ahead, just slightly differently. But what usually goes wrong in research?

Pat Thomson, Professor of Education in the School of Education, University of Nottingham, writes about research risk management in light of the current pandemic.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone put down pandemic as a risk. Who actually knew that this was going to be a thing, and that it would close down labs, projects, and perhaps even the PhD? But now it is on us. Now is the time when risk management thinking becomes really real. What do we do?

Read more

Contact us

If you are unable to engage with the online platform for any reason, please contact us via email to so that we can work on how best to support you.

If you have any queries or concerns, please also contact us via email to

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