March 26, 2020, by Lisa Chin

C0VID-19: Graduate School updates (26 March 2020)

Ref. UNM/GS/C0VID-19/04/26/03/20

C0VID-19: Graduate School updates (26 March 2020)

Research update for postgraduate research students (PGRs) and research staff during C0VID-19

Message from Professor Deborah Hall, Vice Provost (Research and Knowledge Exchange)

We know and appreciate that this is a difficult time and that many researchers will be worried about the impact of the current situation on their research, especially given yesterday’s announcement which means an extension to our Closure Period. This is an unprecedented situation and it is impacting on researchers and their research globally. We hope that this update addresses many of your concerns, and will review our advice from time to time as more information becomes available or as the situation changes.

If you are a Primary Supervisor to one of our 300 or so PGRs, then please make sure you are in regular contact with your students, and check that they have seen and can access this Research Update. We ask this since we are not certain that all PGRs are actively reading their emails over the Closure Period.

This Research Update has three sections:

  1. Advice for anyone engaged in research (staff and PGRs)

  2. Specific advice for PGRs

  3. Personal advice and reassurance (staff and PGRs)

See Research Update #1 (26 March 2020)

Online teaching and learning

Dr Revathy Sankaran, Research and Training Assistant Manager, writes about the first online teaching course that was delivered on Monday 23 March 2020 and our postgraduate students’ engagement with the online learning.

Read more about online teaching

Read more about postgraduate students’ engagement with the online learning

Mental health in the time of COVID-19

A mentor and a graduate student offer their perspectives on maintaining mental health – and a healthy degree of productivity – amid our current challenges.

Meghan Duffy is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the chair of the Rackham Graduate Student Mental Health Task Force, University of Michigan. Dana Turjeman is a PhD student in quantitative marketing in the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, where she is also the wellbeing and research productivity chair in the school’s PhD forum. Together, they created a blog post offering the perspectives of a mentor and a graduate student who are trying to figure out how to maintain mental health – “and also hopefully some productivity, but that definitely comes second to physical and mental health” – while social distancing.

Read more

University wellbeing and learning support

Wellbeing and Learning Support Officers

Appointments can be made to talk to a counsellor/mental health advisor/disability officer via email or call the emergency number for this support +60 19 2660691 (Vasu).

If you need any assistance, please email (local students) or (international students).

Contact us

You can clarify any Graduate School related information via email to (for postgraduate students) and (for early career researchers & academic staff).

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