November 19, 2021, by Lisa Chin

Covid-19: Graduate School updates (19 November 2021)

Ref. UNM/GS/Covid-19/67/19/11/21

Covid-19: Graduate School updates (19 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.

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News and announcement

Moving on to next venture

Next month we bid farewell to our friend and colleague Dr Tissa Chandesa after more than 9 years of working at the Graduate School. Over that time, Dr Chandesa has witnessed a number of transformative changes within the Graduate School and contributed to its expansion.

One of our strategic priorities focuses on a commitment to grow our early career research community. Here, Dr Chandesa has ably led on a number of initiatives to achieve this, including spearheading a learning and development programme tailored to the needs of our early career researchers in addition to establishing a series to promote and support good supervisory practice for all research supervisors at the University.

Dr Chandesa will be taking a great next step in his academic career with the School of Computer Science in January 2022.

In his final message as the Research Training and Development Manager at the Graduate School, Dr Chandesa expresses his appreciation and gratitude for all the support and encouragement:

“My experience with the Graduate School has been truly rewarding and it has helped shape my professional career. When the Graduate School was established in 2008, it greatly helped in my researcher development as a PhD student. Then, when I joined the school as a member of staff in 2012 – it provided me with the opportunity to introduce as well as make changes to the training and development structure and portfolios for the betterment of the entire postgraduate and early career researcher community based on my experience as a PhD student and my continuous engagement with UNM researcher community. I am very pleased to bear witness that many of what introduced during my time at the Graduate School continues to be practised to this day and continue to benefit so many postgraduate students as well as early career researchers in their continuous professional and researcher development.

As I bring my association with the Graduate School to a close, I take away a lot of memorable memories and strong friendships, forged during my time at the Graduate School. It was truly a joy working with the amazing Graduate School family. I truly feel grateful to have had this opportunity in my career. Thank you everyone for the opportunity to work and contribute to the building of the Graduate School over the past 9 plus years. I wish the entire Graduate School team and UNM research community all the very best in all your future undertakings.

Till we meet again, take care and stay safe!”

We wish Dr Chandesa continued success in all his future endeavours.

Introducing your new Students’ Association (SA) Postgraduate Students’ Officer 2021/22

Amr Nabil Youssef

We are delighted to circulate the announcement of the newly elected SA Postgraduate Students’ Officer, Amr Nabil Youssef. Amr is a second year PhD student from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

His motto “Making your research journey fruitful and enjoyable” shows his enthusiasm and fervour in representing his peers and delivering his manifesto for the betterment of postgraduate community at UNM.

We at the Graduate School look forward to working with Amr and supporting him in his new role. Nevertheless, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Kelvin Tan Sim Zhen for his contribution while serving his term as the Postgraduate Students’ Officer and leading the Postgraduate Students’ Network (PGSN).

If you wish to contact Amr, he can be reached via email:

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)

Creating a strong argument for your thesis

  • Monday 22 November 2021, 10am – 12nn

  • This course will discuss the background to the nature of arguments and consider the thesis as an ‘argument’ and its structure.

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Drafting a chapter of your thesis

  • Thursday 25 November 2021, 10am – 12nn

  • This course will identify the features of good academic writing, discuss effective writing plan, and consider techniques for starting and finishing a thesis chapter.

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Building your employability 

Kick-starting with Careers Advisory Service (CAS)

CAS provides a range of careers services and events such as career talks and fairs, employer presentations, one-to-one career appointments, resume review as well as online resources for all students of the University. Here are some of its provisions for postgraduate students:

Postgraduate Careers Series

This series features career talks with a lineup of guest speakers, aim to provide useful insights, particularly from industry perspective.

The next one is scheduled for Tuesday 30 November 2021, 2pm – 4pm via MS Teams which features speaker from edotco.

For any enquiries or more information, please contact CAS at

Career resources

These sites aim to provide useful careers information and opportunities as well as access to resources that are particularly relevant to PhD students at UNM.

PhD Career Support Moodle site
SharePoint site

Virtual work experience programmes

This virtual work experience platform helps you to build your employability by gaining skills that employers desire.

UNM Careers x Forage Virtual Work Experience

Online career resources

These online resources offer many interesting career webinars.

Passport Career

Careers website

This site of our UK campus offers more useful career information.

UK Careers PhD website

For any enquiries or more information, please contact CAS at You can also engage with them via Facebook.

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 next week 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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