May 5, 2021, by Lisa Chin

COVID-19: Graduate School updates (5 May 2021)

Ref. UNM/GS/COVID-19/54/05/05/21

COVID-19: Graduate School updates (5 May 2021)

In light of the movement control order (MCO) in six Selangor districts including Hulu Langat (which covers Semenyih area where our campus is located) from 6 till 17 May 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 guidance 

Our commitment to your continuous training and research development

We at the Graduate School remain as dedicated as ever to delivering the highest quality training and development support for our postgraduate students amidst the ongoing pandemic.

We have been monitoring updates on COVID-19 closely and in light of the newly announced MCO which applies to us at UNM, we are maintaining our online delivery of training and development provisions until further notice.

Training and development

Upcoming courses

As MCO resumes, we are continuing our offering of online training and development provisions. Our existing researcher training courses will go on as originally planned using Microsoft Teams.

Researcher Development Programme (RDP)

Communicating your research: Dealing with media
*This course has been postponed to a later date due to some unforeseen circumstances. We apologise for any inconveniences caused.  

  • Wednesday 5 May 2021, 2pm – 4.30pm

  • This course will discuss the importance of dissemination and wider public engagement in the research process, elicit media interest in your work, and deal with sensitive issues and potentially hostile questioning.

  • Sign up

Supplementary workshop

Time to write

  • Tuesday 11 May 2021, 10am – 12nn

  • This session will assist in structuring periods of writing and limiting distractions while providing the necessary guidance and motivation to write efficiently and effectively.

  • Join now

Writing consultation for postgraduate students

Sign up is now open for Summer 2021 semester

The Centre for English Language and Foundation Education (CELFE) is continuing its offering of writing consultation service for postgraduate students.

These sessions, schedule by appointments only, provide personalised task-specific writing support for postgraduate students with the goal of helping them become better writers. They do not provide proofreading or editing service for students’ theses and dissertations.

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Developing communication skills

What we’ve learned from communicating our science during the pandemic

In this article by Prof Esther Choo and Dr Neil A Lewis, Jr, you can find out why it is more important than ever for researchers to add voices to the public dialogue and get advice and tips how to develop skill of conferring information to a broad audience.

One of the problems in modern times is that, as Nathan Robinson put it, ‘the truth is paywalled but the lies are free’. Scientists have so much knowledge to share with the world, but so often we keep it to ourselves—locked away in jargon-filled journals that live behind expensive paywalls; meanwhile, propagandists spew misinformation for free.

One of the points highlighted in the article is to seek out training and we would like to echo the following recommendation by the authors.

We recommend developing your skill set by taking part in training opportunities offered by your university, scientific society, or other organisations.

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Raya greetings

A pantun for those celebrating Eid during these restricted times this year

We would like to share a pantun (Malay poetry) and dedicate it to all Muslims as an advance Raya greetings from all of us at the Graduate Shool.


Pergi memancing di pinggir kota,
Sambil memakai topi jerami,
Ampun dan maaf ikhlas dipinta,
Salam Aidilfitri dari kami.


Eid Mubarak and Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir dan Batin.

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 before 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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