October 20, 2021, by Lisa Chin

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

Ref. UNM/GS/Covid-19/65/20/10/21

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


As we transit into Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), 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.

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News and guidance

Our gradual return 

We are coordinating our gradual return to “normal” working following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions by the government and reopening of our campus.

In line with the University’s planning, we are looking forward to return to on-campus working, with the aim to be back at full capacity by December.

With the return of on-campus working, it will allow us to resume some of the support services eg. reward scheme redemption. More information will be announced to you as soon as details become available.

A survey for postgraduate research students (PGRs)

We highly value our postgraduate researchers and we want to reassure you that the University is looking at how best to support your needs.

At the Graduate School, we spend a lot of time advocating for our PGRs especially on issues affecting your research progress. As you are aware, we have recently launched a PGR survey earlier this month. The information from this survey will help us in supporting strategic decisions and determining areas for improvement.

The survey is still open and we would like to encourage all our PGRs to respond.

Closing date: Friday 29 October 2021 (5pm)

Take the survey

Join us at our next postgraduate induction

Our postgraduate induction features welcome talk by our Vice-Provost for Research and Knowledge Exchange and introductory presentations by our staff members at the Graduate School on a range of support services and development opportunities for postgraduate students. The next one is scheduled for Friday 22 October 2021 at 3pm – 5.30pm.

This time, key members from the faculties will also join us in guiding and preparing you to start your postgraduate journey. The inclusion of a session with your respective faculty will make sure that you receive the support, information and supervision that you need.

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Last call

The Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES) is an innovative global competition developed to raise awareness among postgraduate students, postdoctoral and early career researchers on how ideas from science and engineering can be commercialised.

Training and mentorship worth RM4,500 will be provided as scholarship to shortlisted teams. Prizes worth RM7,500 await winners!

Closing date: Wednesday 20 October 2021

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Training and development

As we enter into NRP Phase 4, we wish to update you on our continuing provision to keep your research training and development going.

Researcher Development Programme (RDP)

Nature of the PhD and the supervision process

  • Monday 25 October 2021, 10am – 12.30pm

  • This course will introduce the expectations of a doctoral study and provide an understanding of the roles of supervisors and research students.

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Planning research and time management

  • Tuesday 26 October 2021, 10am – 12nn

  • This course will support the development of good time management and enable students to plan their research development more efficiently.

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Creative thinking and problem solving

  • Wednesday 27 October 2021, 10am – 12nn

  • This course will explore how to associate creative thinking with problem solving and develop critical thinking.

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Introduction to development needs analysis

  • Thursday 28 October 2021, 10am – 12nn

  • This course will introduce the tool to evaluate and plan personal, professional and career development.

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Philosophy of science

  • Friday 29 October 2021, 10am – 12nn

  • This course will explore the critical and independent thought on science; its foundations, methods and implications.

  • Sign up

Research and Academic Development (RAD)

Time to get published

  • Wednesday 27 October 2021, 2.30pm – 4pm

  • This workshop will demonstrate how Web of Science and the Journal Citation Reports are essential tools to use as part of your research work.

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Writing consultation for postgraduate students

Appointments for one-to-one session are now open 

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

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

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For any queries, please email in-sessional.english@nottingham.edu.my.

On other blog

Starting the PhD? 25 things to consider

In this blog post by Professor Pat Thomson from the School of Education, UoN UK, you can explore some useful advice and guidance about starting the PhD.

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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 graduateschool@nottingham.edu.my. 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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