March 31, 2021, by Lisa Chin

COVID-19: Graduate School updates (31 March 2021)

Ref. UNM/GS/COVID-19/51/31/03/21

COVID-19: Graduate School updates (31 March 2021)

In light of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) extension till 14 April 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

Postgraduate Learning Hub reopens 

Our Postgraduate Learning Hub (H1B12a) reopens in April, for a trial period of one month. This one-month reopening allows us to gauge demand and actual use of the space and further ensure that there is equitable use of the facility and our safety and precautionary measures are working properly.

In compliance with COVID-19 regulations, only three socially distanced study spaces are available for advanced booking for each limited timeslot, on a first-come-first-serve basis. These spaces are meant for individual, silent study only, and it is not possible to study and/or work as a group in any way within the facility.

See the detailed guidance for booking and using the study space
Download the booking form

It is important that everyone follows the SOPs so that we can continue to keep these spaces open.

Coming soon

UNM U21/PwC Innovation Challenge

Showcase your critical thinking and share your ideas with PwC and their clients to win a 7-day trip to Dubai and some exclusive world-class training and professional development opportunities.

Disclaimer: Travel will only take place when it is safe to do so and will be in accordance with global travel guidelines.

Look out for the advertisement which will be posted next week.

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)

Preparing for Your Annual Review

  • Tuesday 6 April 2021, 10am – 12nn

  • This course will discuss the elements of the annual review process and consider the possible structures of an annual review report.

  • Sign up

Preparing for the Viva

  • Thursday 8 April 2021, 10am – 12nn

  • This course will delve into the main purposes of viva, its process and criteria as well as some key skills to consider in the lead up to, and during the viva itself.

  • Sign up

Using Posters to Communicate Research

  • Tuesday 13 April 2021, 2pm – 4pm

  • This course will introduce and support the creation and design of a poster that communicates research work in an innovative and informative manner.

  • Sign up

Nobel Prize Summit

Our Planet, Our Future

26 – 28 April 2021
Virtual event

The first ever Nobel Prize Summit will virtually bring together Nobel Prize laureates and other world-renowned experts and leaders to focus on this question: What can be achieved in this decade to put the world on a path to a more sustainable, more prosperous future for all of humanity? The summit will put the world’s best minds to work on finding solutions to some of humanity’s greatest challenges: climate change and biodiversity loss, increasing inequality, and technological innovation in support of societal goals.

Registration is still open, which is free and open to public.

Register now
Read more

On our blog

Writing and editing

In this blog post, we share some blogs with several relevant articles on academic writing and editing, and we hope you will find them useful. We also highlight some of our training and development courses that are specifically designed to developing and improving your writing skills as a postgraduate researcher.

Read more

On other blog

How to prepare for PhD viva? Get advice from researchers around the world!

In this blog post from Motivated Academic, researchers share their tips and advice on viva preparation.

Read more


Ramadan Mubarak

We wish a blessed time upon all Muslims preparing for Ramadan in these restricted circumstances. May this Ramadan bring peace, health and prosperity in your life.

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 later this week 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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