September 20, 2021, by Lisa Chin

Covid-19: Graduate School updates (20 September 2021)

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Covid-19: Graduate School updates (20 September 2021)

As we transit into Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan, 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

Institutional update

University update on NRP Phase 2

The University previously announced that more detailed directives will be communicated as soon as information becomes available. There will be a careful and gradual approach as health and safety remains the University’s first priority.

At the Graduate School, our planning for a gradual return to “normal” working will be coordinated accordingly. This measured approach will be announced to you as soon as details become available.


Celebrating our Postgraduate Showcase 2021 winners

13 of our postgraduate researchers from a range of disciplines competed in our Postgraduate Showcase on Wednesday 8 September 2021.

Many congratulations once again to our:

Tee Wan Ting
Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering  

Wan Ting won with her poster presentation titled 3D NANO-Graphene for Purification of Pharmaceutical Wastewater, which highlighted an alarming issue of water pollution with high toxicity concentration in our natural water sources resulted from pharmaceutical waste. She explained her research on developing a wastewater purification method using 3D nano-graphene absorption technique. In her poster, Wan Ting exemplified the method with an illustration of a water purifier where she envisioned her research brings transformative solution for effective treatment on pharmaceutical wastewater.

1st Runner Up 
Azrina Ely Ahmad Azhari
School of Pharmacy

Azrina emerged as 1st Runner Up with her poster presentation titled Health literacy and diabetes self-care: Pharmacists’ Perspectives. With an emphasis that people who understand health information correctly can make informed decision about their disease outcomes, Azrina described her research on exploring pharmacists’ experiences and perceptions on disease knowledge and management to empower self-care behaviours among diabetes patients in preventing or delaying disease progression. She envisioned her research offers effective approaches when communicating with patients with different levels of health literacy for better health outcomes and self-care management.

2nd Runner Up
Stella Matthews
School of Biosciences

Stella emerged as 2nd Runner Up with her poster presentation titled Botanical and Microbial Bio-stimulant for Seed treatment: Breakthrough in Chili Production. In her presentation, Stella explained her research on bio-stimulant which consists of microorganisms and plant extract that can enhance soil fertility and plant growth for an increase in crop productivity. She further described her work using Moringa leaves extract and endophytic Actinomycetes from Moringa roots as an effective bio-stimulant for chili plantation. She envisioned her research provides a new frontier for an environmentally-friendly, organic bio-stimulant for an improved crop production.

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Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition

Tri-campus winner announced

We are pleased to announce that Samantha Harrison from the School of Medicine, UK campus, was awarded the highest score in the Tri-campus 3MT® competition and has been selected to represent the University of Nottingham in the global online U21 3MT® competition.

U21 3MT® People’s Choice

Voting in the U21 People’s Choice online competition will open Monday 20 September 2021 (UK time) and close on Monday 4 October 2021. You can cast your vote via the U21 website.

Vote now

Training and development

As we entered NRP Phase 2, we wish to update you on our continuing provision to keep your research training and development going.

Postgraduate Student Teachers (PST) programme

Preparing to teach in higher education

  • Monday 27 September 2021, 10am – 12.30pm

  • This course will introduce the practices, roles and responsibilities involved in teaching at a higher education level.

  • Join

Demonstrating in laboratory practicals

  • Tuesday 28 September 2021, 10am – 12.30pm

  • This course will consider the purpose and practice of practical classes, and subsequently develop skills in managing such classes.

  • Join

Lecturing for learning

  • Wednesday 29 September 2021, 10am – 12.30pm

  • This course will take on a very practical look at the task of giving a lecture to undergraduates; explore the aspects of preparation and delivery; and build both confidence and abilities of those who are relatively new to the role of lecturing.

  • Join

Health and safety

  • Wednesday 29 September 2021, 2pm – 4.30pm

  • This course will identify hazardous factors and inform preventive measures to ensure that the risks are adequately controlled at all times.

  • Join

Marking and assessment

  • Thursday 30 September 2021, 10am – 12.30pm

  • This course will consider the purpose and practice of assessing and giving feedback on students’ work.

  • Join

Small Group Teaching

  • Friday 1 October 2021, 10am – 12.30pm

  • This course will give advice on ways of designing, planning and leading small group teaching sessions such as seminars and tutorials.

  • Join

On other blog

Strategies for effectively editing and proofreading academic writing

A very useful post by Dr Nick Hopwood on strategies for editing and proofing academic writing.

The production of good journal articles, thesis chapters and other scholarly texts very much depends on editing and proofreading.

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Festive greetings

Mid-Autumn Festival

A very Happy Mid-Autumn Festival (also known as Moon Festival, Mooncake Festival or Lantern Festival) to everyone who is celebrating!


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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