We facilitate several programmes and events for postgraduate students that are ongoing throughout the academic year:
See which events are coming up next on our Calendar.
Monthly Coffee Social
Join us for a cup of coffee and a chat.
The coffee socials are a great way to meet fellow postgraduate students in casual and relaxed setting.
Our next coffee social is on 10 am Friday 3rd March, 2023 @ Superfino.
No registration required.
Apply to be a Buddy Group leader
Applications close Monday 10th March 2023.
Got questions? Feel free to email our Buddy Programme Co-ordinator, Francis, email@example.com
The buddy programme provides postgraduate students with a support network and knowledge sharing community. Doctoral candidates are selected as buddy group leaders (BGLs) and facilitate casual meetings with their small group of buddies (PgDip, Honours, or Masters students) throughout the semester. The buddy programme aims to improve:
Understanding of Academia
Academic Leadership Initiative (ALI)
Seminars on teaching, research, service (and more) give students the opportunity to learn about the possibilities and realities of a career in research.
Seminar schedule for 2023 to be confirmed soon!
What is a teaching portfolio and is it important? How do I get a job as a professional teaching fellow? Teaching is an integral part of a research career from one-on-one mentorship to full class lectures. The teaching seminars show you how to prepare for the road ahead, and the different pathways on offer.
A research career involves more than data analysis and write-up. Researchers need to apply for grants, manage a budget, peer review publications, and more. Early career and seasoned researchers tell you what you should know before embarking on a research career of your own.
Service typically takes up 20% of an academic’s workload. Service might include reviewing articles, editing a journal, or membership on a community board, among other options. The service seminar will shed light on the reasons for doing service and the different types available,.
Doctoral Workshop Series
These workshops answer common questions and problems faced by doctoral students (though all FMHS postgrads are welcome to attend). Dates for the workshops will be sent out via email.
The Provisional Year
A general discussion led by Prof Trevor Sherwin on what the provisional year is, how the review process works and what is expected in the full thesis proposal.
How to Write Your Thesis
A discussion on different types of theses, copyright rules, timing of examination, when to hand in your thesis and what happens after that.
Thesis with Publication
Thesis with publication or traditional thesis? In this workshop, Prof Trevor Sherwin answers your questions about including publications in your doctoral thesis. Even if write-up feels like a long time away, it’s a good idea to start thinking about the different options for your thesis early on.
An overview of the types of support available to doctoral students, including when, where, and with whom to seek this support.
Managing Stress and Staying Resilient
Achieving and sustaining an optimum level of performance is paramount to post graduate students, yet challenging due to this highly demanding context they operate in. In order to thrive and sustain optimal performance, functioning and health, effective demand /stress management is essential as is the maintenance of high levels of resilience.
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Want to get more involved? We are also open to new board members. If you are interested in improving the experience for your fellow postgraduates, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.