New Queen Mary Doctoral College Website launched

We are excited to announce the launch of the brand new website for the Doctoral College at Queen Mary.

For information on the Queen Mary Doctoral College and what we offer to postgraduate researchers please visit our web page on www.qmul.ac.uk/doctoralcollege.

The Doctoral College website includes information for current and future PhD students as well as supervisors.

There is also a new blog (superseding this one) to keep Postgraduate Researchers up to date with events, funding, conference calls and pieces of information we think might be useful, informative and fun. The Doctoral College blog can be found here

From September 2019 onwards please visit the new Queen Mary Doctoral College website on www.qmul.ac.uk/doctoralcollege.

QConsult Researchers – now open for applications

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Work on a real-life consultancy project with other PhD and early career researchers to
discover how your skills can shape the world outside the lab or the library.

QConsult Researchers

Unlock the potential of your research skills in an interdisciplinary team as you solve a real world problem for a London-based organisation.

Open to Queen Mary University of London PhD, post-doc, and teaching fellows.

Applications for Autumn 2019 will close on Monday, 9 September 2019, at 10am.

Contact us
Careers and Enterprise,
WG3, Queens’ Building, Mile End Campus
Tel: 020 7882 8533 | Email: qconsultresearchers@qmul.ac.uk 

careers.qmul.ac.uk/qconsultresearchers

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Year 1 PhD Induction – 3rd October 2019

The next PhD Induction will take place on Thursday, 3rd October 2019.

This will take place on the Mile End campus, in the Octagon, Queens’ Building.

The induction is a full day event, with registration starting at 9.30am. The programme will finish by 5pm.

This is a one day induction event for PhD students who have recently enrolled at Queen Mary.

This day will give a brief overview of a research degree at Queen Mary and allow you to meet other students who have enrolled at a similar time to you across faculties.

This is a cross faculty event and suitable for any PhD student in their first year who has not already attended a college wide induction.

Why you should attend:
The induction day will include a number of informative sessions, providing essential information on life as a PhD student at Queen Mary University of London.
In addition to this, there will be stalls by a number of Queen Mary central services, giving new students the opportunity to meet staff from these services and find out what services are available.
Last but not least, there will be an information fair and networking opportunity to share experiences with your peers and establish contact with Queen Mary’s supportive research community.

The Induction is now open for registration. To register for the course please go to cpdbookings.qmul.ac.uk  and search for course code DC100.

Digital Aid: Understanding the Digital Challenges facing Humanitarian Assistance – Workshop: 9 September 2019

The Turing Institute was asked by Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to participate in a workshop which looks at digital & AI issues in relation to international humanitarian assistance. The workshop will allow researchers from AI and data science to network with practitioners in the field of international humanitarian assistance to foster potential new research collaborations. Moreover, it will allow researchers to participate in discussions to identify key challenges and opportunities for AI application to humanitarian work as well as help inform future funding priorities for GCRF.

This workshop is open to researchers across the UK and will be hosted at the Turing Institute on Monday, 09 September 2019. It will interest researchers from Queen Mary and the other Turing university partners. Our university partner Kate Robson Brown (Bristol) participated in some of the important, initial discussions with GCRF and ICRC and will also be involved in the workshop.

The website (see link below) provides the address for expressions of interest which should be directed to the GCRF.

https://www.turing.ac.uk/events/digital-aid-understanding-digital-challenges-facing-humanitarian-assistance

If you have any questions on international engagement, please reach out to the Turing at international@turing.ac.uk

 

Year 3 PhD Cohort Day – Crossing the PhD finish line and life after the PhD

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This year’s 3rd year PhD cohort day will focus on Crossing the PhD finish line and life after the PhD.

The morning session (9:45 – 13:00) will cover wellbeing during the final stages of the PhD.  The session will look at the process of finishing the PhD whilst trying to maintain some work life balance.  This session will also look at how to combat barriers to completion such as perfectionism and imposter complex.

The early afternoon (14.00 – 15.15) will be dedicated to discussions around careers, including the role of confidence and chance in post-PhD careers. We have 4 speakers, with PhDs from different disciplinary backgrounds, now working in a variety of sectors. They will share their career journey, highlighting the highs and lows along the way.

The late afternoon sessions (15.45 – 17.00) are dedicated to marketing yourself on paper for a range of careers. The workshops are…

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‘Staying well in academia’ webinar – 09 September 2019

The Academy of Medical Sciences would like to bring to your attention our upcoming career development webinar:
‘Staying well in academia’ on Monday 9th September 2019, 13:00 – 14:00.

Working in academia is both an exciting and challenging experience. It can be an emotional roller-coaster. The excitement of working on something you care about, sharing ideas with students and colleagues and making a contribution to knowledge. The challenges of feeling isolated and overwhelmed, dealing with setbacks, uncertainty, conflict and loss of motivation. Inevitably over the course of your career you will experience times when things aren’t going so well.

This webinar draws on evidence-based strategies to help you stay well during your academic career.

Topics will include:

  • Managing the workload
  • Resilience and finding a balance
  • Learning how to switch off
  • Dealing with worries about setbacks and progress
  • Good habits e.g. exercise, sleep, routines
  • Dealing with isolation, lack of structure and loss of motivation
  • Support for more serious mental health issues
  • Supporting friends/colleagues who may be struggling

This webinar will be delivered by Hugh Kearns a researcher in high performance from Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. Hugh has worked with thousands of academics all over the world for the past 25 years, delivering lectures and workshops on strategies to navigate the challenges in an academic career. He draws on this experience and his background in psychology to provide this practical workshop on how to stay well during your academic career.

Please register for this webinar:

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6402857006032396

Call for a Co-investigator for Postdoctoral Research Associate – Statistical machine learning for randomized clinical trials

The Alan Turing Institute is looking for a co-investigator role to work alongside the Programme Director for Health and Medical Sciences, Professor Chris Holmes on an exciting new collaboration between The Alan Turing Institute and the MRC Clinical Trials Unit (MRC CTU) at UCL, exploring the potential impact of statistical machine learning on the design, conduct and analysis of randomised clinical trials.

The co-investigator will work with Professor Holmes and a postdoctoral researcher to explore novel statistical machine learning methods for the identification of treatment effect heterogeneity in RCTs, and predictive models of personalised treatment effects. Particular attention will be paid to issues around interpretability, reproducible research, validation of AI methods and the assessment of false discovery rates.

Successful candidates should have a strong quantitative background and preferably a strong statistical machine learning background and be eager to do research at the interface of AI and clinical trials with a strong societal impact.

If you are available from November 2019 up until 2022 (exact dates tbc), The Alan Turing Institute will buy-out your time (0.2 FTE) from your home institution.

You can express your interest for the role by applying via the online portal Flexi-Grant at https://ati.flexigrant.com by Friday, 13 September 2019, at 23:59. You need to send a short CV, contact details for your referees and a two-page (maximum) cover letter on how you meet the person specification above and your research interests. Along with a CV and covering letter, please also submit a research output to support your application. This might be a link to a selected research or technical paper, a technical blog post or a chapter of a thesis or dissertation, but we particularly encourage applicants to submit a link to a public version control tool such as GitHub containing an example analysis script or research software library.

Interviews will take place week commencing 7 October 2019.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Turing Institute at healthprogramme@turing.ac.uk if you have any questions

The Access Project Volunteer Tutor Opportunity

Become a tutor with The Access Project

The Access Project is an exciting opportunity to gain valuable tutoring experience and add a multitude of skills to your CV. If you believe that brains, not background, should decide which university you go to and you can spare one hour a week, then you could make a real difference to a young person’s life.

  • Make a valuable difference to a young person’s future
  • Develop your communication skills
  • Gain a written reference and recognition from a respected charity
  • Develop skills and experience for your CV, future interviews and career
  • Benefit from support every step of the way with training and resources

Go to https://www.theaccessproject.org.uk/volunteer to sign up.

Email theaccessproject@qmul.ac.uk for more information.

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Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Digital Aid Workshop – 09 September 2019

The Turing are hosting the ‘Digital Aid: Understanding the Digital Challenges facing Humanitarian Assistance’ workshop with GCRF on Monday, 09 September 2019.

The event will bring together academics and practitioners working in humanitarian organisations to examine research questions arising from the intersection of global digital developments and the provision of effective humanitarian assistance in low- and middle-income countries affected by conflict and displacement. The workshop aims to better understand the needs and issues at the frontiers of development aid for the benefit of humanitarian organisations. It will also help inform UKRI’s Global Challenges Research fund as it sets priorities for funding going forward. For researchers involved, it will provide the opportunity to shape practices of research funding, aid delivery, as well as offers the opportunity to help identify the application and development of AI for the benefit of more vulnerable populations across the world and the governments and organisations committed to supporting people in politically unstable contexts. The expectation is that the ideas generated from the workshop would result in a commissioned report with emergent priorities and recommendations for the humanitarian sector.

The workshop will explore the following research questions in three breakout sessions:

  • The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Humanitarian Assistance
    • Nowcasting and forecasting to aid humanitarian response
    • Facial Recognition for restoring family links
  • The Data Vault
    • Privacy, cyber security and data protection
  • The Digital Conditions of Aid
    • Humanitarian principles, biometrics, digital ID, inclusion, data governance and ethics in the digital world

Researchers interested in participating in the workshop should express their interest to Geoff Hill (GCRF@ukri.org), ideally before 12 August 2019.
Space is limited so please notify Geoff Hill as early as possible if researchers would like their EoI to be considered.

Year 3 PhD Cohort Day – Crossing the PhD finish line and life after the PhD

This year’s 3rd year PhD cohort day will focus on Crossing the PhD finish line and life after the PhD.

The morning session (9:45 – 13:00) will cover wellbeing during the final stages of the PhD.  The session will look at the process of finishing the PhD whilst trying to maintain some work life balance.  This session will also look at how to combat barriers to completion such as perfectionism and imposter complex.

The early afternoon (14.00 – 15.15) will be dedicated to discussions around careers, including the role of confidence and chance in post-PhD careers. We have 4 speakers, with PhDs from different disciplinary backgrounds, now working in a variety of sectors. They will share their career journey, highlighting the highs and lows along the way.

The late afternoon sessions (15.45 – 17.00) are dedicated to marketing yourself on paper for a range of careers. The workshops are faculty-specific and will include tailoring your CV and improving your LinkedIn profile.

The Year 3 PhD Cohort Day will take place 3rd September 2019, from 9.30am, in room 2.10 Law Building, Mile End campus.

The programme will finish by 5pm.

The cohort day is now open for registration. To register for the course go to cpdbookings.qmul.ac.uk  and search for course code DC300.