December 3, 2021, by Lisa Chin

Covid-19: Graduate School updates (3 December 2021)

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Covid-19: Graduate School updates (3 December 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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Update and guidance

In this last edition of our Covid-19: Graduate School updates for this year, we would like to share an update bringing together a number of recent communications of interest to our postgraduate community.

Our communication

We will continue providing succinct news, information and updates on our training and development opportunities through our monthly e-bulletin and quarterly e-newsletter (Nucleus). We will also continue providing updates on what we are doing to support our postgraduate community amidst the ongoing pandemic through our Covid-19: Graduate School updates. However, its frequency will be revised to monthly basis, starting next year.

We warmly invite you to get in touch with us if you have any unaddressed concerns or if there are gaps in our advocacy or communication.

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Additional University holidays

As previously announced by our Interim Provost and CEO, Professor Sarah Metcalfe, there will be additional University holidays on 24 & 31 December 2021.

The 7 types of rest that every person needs

Cognitively, we all know we need rest for our wellbeing. But as this article reveals, it is a bit more nuanced than that. We hope the upcoming holidays will provide a little respite and some time to unwind, reflect and recharge batteries ahead of the new year.

“We go through life thinking we’ve rested because we have gotten enough sleep – but in reality we are missing out on the other types of rest we desperately need.”

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UoN Research Link

A new online tool has been introduced to help identify potential research collaborators and further building teams for strategic transdisciplinary funding bids and project proposals. It allows you to search for colleagues from across our UK campuses according to research interests and expertise. Search for any topic of interest and it will return a list of researchers working in related areas, along with their interests.

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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)

[New] Starting your literature review

  • Tuesday 7 December 2021, 10am – 12nn

  • This course will consider the purpose and basic requirements of an effective literature review and provide guideline on overall literature writing process.

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Introduction to the skills of teamwork for researchers

  • Thursday 16 December 2021, 10am – 12nn

  • This course will highlight the benefits of teamwork as well as identify and analyse the features of an effective team.

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In these blog posts by Professor Pat Thomson from the School of Education, UoN UK, you can explore some useful advice and guidance about revising.

Start strategically

“Whether you are revising your own writing or responding to reviewer feedback, you need to work out what to do. But you also need to work out where to start.”

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Try a 4 step approach

“Many people approach revising as if it is a single shot process… But revising and refining a text are not one activity, they are several. ”

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Festive greetings

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Warmest wishes from us at the Graduate School to you as we reflect a year of challenges and express hope for the new year. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, in advance!

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 early next month where you can find out more about our training and development provision for the whole 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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