September 20, 2021, by Lisa Chin
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.“
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!