March 17, 2021, by Lisa Chin

COVID-19: Graduate School updates (17 March 2021)

Ref. UNM/GS/COVID-19/50/17/03/21

COVID-19: Graduate School updates (17 March 2021)

In light of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) extension till 31 March 2021, we are providing this update to our postgraduate community outlining latest news and information from us at the Graduate School.

The University is regularly updating advice and general FAQs on COVID-19 on its web page. See more

More detailed guidance for postgraduate research students and research staff is available on SharePoint. See more

News and update

Our staff at the Graduate School have returned to on-campus working, albeit on a rotational basis

We have returned to on-campus working with staggering work schedule, and under strict adherence to the guidelines by the government and University.

With the return of on-campus working, albeit on a rotational basis, it allows us to resume some of our services.

Issuance of certificate for Postgraduate Student Teachers (PST) programme

We are resuming the certificate issuance for PST programme that was halted in light of the movement control order (MCO).

Postgraduate students who have attended the necessary workshops and are therefore eligible for the PST certification, please follow the guidelines detailed below:

Requisition & collection

  • Make a certificate* request for the next issuance batch scheduled for next month via email to by Wednesday 14 April 2021.

  • Choose to (1) get a soft copy first (collect hard copy at a later date) or (2) collect hard copy now

  • If (2), we will advise the time slots available for you to choose

*Please note that the PST certificate is issued only once throughout studies.

For any enquiries or more information, please send an email to

Training and development

Upcoming courses

As CMCO continues, we wish to update you on our continuing provision to keep your research training and development going.

Researcher Development Programme (RDP)

Structuring Your Thesis

  • Monday 22 March 2021, 10am – 12nn

  • This course will consider ways of drafting and structuring a thesis.

  • Sign up

Drafting a Chapter of Your Thesis

  • Thursday 25 March 2021, 10am – 12nn

  • This course will identify the features of good academic writing, discuss effective writing plan, and consider techniques for starting and finishing a thesis chapter.

  • Sign up

Creating a Strong Argument for Your Thesis

  • Tuesday 30 March 2021, 10am – 12nn

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

  • Sign up

Additional resource on online presentation skills

Tips for presenting online

The Researcher Academy recently produced a video providing tips and advice for delivering online presentations. Although this video is targeted to support the upcoming online 3MT competition, it is also relevant to all other online presentations.

See now

On our blog

A network by Students’ Association for postgraduate students

In this blog post, you can find out more about Postgraduate Students’ Network (PGSN) and their support to postgraduate students of the University.

Read more

On other blog

MS Teams: Keyboard shortcuts

In this blog post by UoN Learning Technology, you can find out more about some useful tricks and shortcuts when using MS Teams.

Read more

Next update from us

Look out for our next edition of e-newsletter 

We will continue to provide succinct news, information and updates on our training and development opportunities for our postgraduate community through our monthly e-newsletter. The next one will be delivered to your inbox by the end of this month where you can find out more about our training and development provision for the whole of next month.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need any other clarifications or support from us via email to You can also engage with us via Facebook and Graduate School Blog.

In the meantime, please continue to observe and follow the safety advice and precautionary measures by our local authorities and University. Stay safe!

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