November 3, 2021, by Lisa Chin
Covid-19: Graduate School updates (3 November 2021)
As the National Recovery Plan (NRP) Phase 4 continues, 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.
News and guidance
Our staff at the Graduate School have returned to on-campus working
We have returned to on-campus working with staggering work schedule, and under strict adherence to the guidelines by the government and University.
We are operating business-as-usual and our staff offices remain open during standard office hours of the University. As a safety and precautionary measure, if you would like to meet and consult any of our staff members, we would strongly encourage you to make an appointment prior to meeting us. You can make an appointment by emailing the respective staff member. Our contact details are available on our website.
Our reward scheme merchandise redemption
We are resuming the merchandise redemption for our reward scheme. Our Graduate School Reward Scheme rewards postgraduate students who attend our Graduate School training courses i.e. Researcher Development Programme (RDP) and Postgraduate Student Teachers (PST) programme.
Requisition & collection
Make a verification request for merchandise redemption via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will then check your training attendance, confirm your eligibility and advise the time slot for merchandise collection at our administration office (BA02a).
For any enquiries or more information, please send an email to email@example.com.
Bulletin Issue 07/21 (35)
This month’s issue of our Graduate School Bulletin is available on our blog where you can find out more information about our training and development provision for the whole month.
Training and development
As NRP Phase 4 continues, we wish to update you on our continuing provision to keep your research training and development going.
Researcher Development Programme (RDP)
Understanding how to use Mendeley
Wednesday 3 November 2021, 10am – 12nn
This course will inform students on how to create, populate and use Mendeley, a bibliographical manager in organising their literature review.
Understanding how to use Endnote
Friday 5 November 2021, 10am – 12nn
This course will inform students on how to create, populate and use Endnote, a bibliographical manager in organising their literature review.
Preparing for your annual review
Monday 8 November 2021, 10am – 12nn
This course will discuss the elements of the annual review process and consider the possible structures of an annual review report.
Preparing for the viva
Thursday 11 November 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.
Editing academic writing
Monday 15 November 2021, 10am – 12nn
This course will explore the different components and types of editing academic writing as well as some of the challenges commonly faced.
Structuring your thesis
Thursday 18 November 2021, 10am – 12nn
This course will consider ways of drafting and structuring a thesis.
On our blog
What’s new on our Graduate School Blog
Our induction for new postgraduate students
We conducted our fourth postgraduate induction this year on Friday 22 October 2021. Differently this time, key members from the faculties also joined forces with us in providing a more comprehensive introductory and welcome programme. The inclusion of a session with each respective faculty ensured that the new postgraduate students get to hear about the in-depth faculty support and resources.
On other blog
Starting the PhD
In these blog posts by Professor Pat Thomson from the School of Education, UoN UK, you can explore some useful advice and guidance about academic writing and reading.
Understanding academic writing
“… if you are researching, you are writing. Writing is how we communicate results, ideas and interpretations to others.”
What’s all this about reading then
“… geared to supporting you to form a clear idea of the purposes of reading and the evaluative attitude you might adopt. There’re some early reading strategies too.”
Warmest wishes for this Festival of Lights from all of us at the Graduate School.
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!