December 29, 2023, by Lisa Chin

Graduate School Newsletter, January 2024

Nucleus Issue 01/24 (53)

The needs of the postgraduate and early career researcher community are at the heart of what we do at the Graduate School.

Read on for all the latest news from us.

News and guidance

Looking ahead

As we stand at the threshold of a new year, the Graduate School is poised for a transformative year ahead.

‌‌Your postgraduate research experience remains at the forefront of our priorities. While substantial initiatives and progress have been made, we recognise there is much to do. A comprehensive review is under way, with a focus on enhancing opportunities for postgraduate research training development and streamlining the management of postgraduate research progression. 

‌Reflecting on the past 15 years, the Graduate School has been steadfast in providing unwavering support to our postgraduate researcher community. We are committed to nurturing a supportive culture that empowers our postgraduate community to thrive and advance. 

Voting for U21 3MT® People’s Choice 

‌Diret Bitrus Tang’an, from our UK Campus, is currently representing the University in the global online Universitas 21 (U21) Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®). 

‌Diret took the top spot in our tri-campus round of competition with his presentation that explains how microwave heating can be used to help clean petroleum contamination from the Niger delta. 

You can watch Diret’s video and vote for your favourite presentation by 5 January 2024. 

Watch and vote now

Training and development

Researcher Development Programme (RDP)

Introduction to development needs analysis

    • Wednesday 3 January 2024, 10am – 12nn, H1B13

    • Discover the tool designed to empower you in evaluating and planning for personal, professional and career development.

    • Sign up

Structuring your thesis

    • Tuesday 9 January 2024, 10am – 12nn, H1B13

    • Explore effective ways of structuring a thesis and gain insights that will enhance your ability to work on and refine your thesis structure.

    • Sign up

Preparing for the viva

    • Thursday 11 January 2024, 10am – 12nn, H1B13

    • Delve into the fundamental purposes, procedural aspects, and evaluation criteria of a viva, while acquiring skills to navigate and excel in both the preparatory phase and the actual viva examination. 

    • Sign up

Light your fire: Motivational tools for researchers 

    • Tuesday 16 January 2024, 10am – 12nn, H1B13

    • Explore effective time management techniques to enhance productivity and overcome procrastination challenges.

    • Sign up

What do I want to get out of a conference

    • Thursday 18 January 2024, 10am – 12nn, H1B13

    • Explore critical factors in conference choice and adopt effective approaches to maximise your participation, ensuring a strategic and rewarding experience.

    • Sign up

Drafting a chapter of your thesis 

    • Tuesday 30 January 2024, 10am – 12nn, H1B13

    • Identify the features of good academic writing, discuss effective writing plan, and explore techniques for starting and finishing a thesis chapter.

    • Sign up

On our blog

Postgraduate Early Christmas and Year End Luncheon


Celebrating contributions

Check out our recent postgraduate luncheon — it was more than just a usual festive gathering!

Find out more





Postgraduate Research Colloquium


Unlocking insights to thesis publication

Dive into the highlights from our postgraduate research colloquium on the essentials of effective thesis publication — answering the what, why, and how questions.

Find out more



PhD Comics

Grad School New Year Resolutions

Empowering your postgraduate research ambition

Look out for our next issue of newsletter next month!

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