Take part in the Festival of Communities 2019 Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June 2019

The Festival of Communities is returning for its fourth year on the weekend of 15-16 June 2019, taking place in Stepney Green Park on the Saturday and the Queen Mary Mile End Campus on the Sunday.

The Festival of Communities is a collaboration between Queen Mary and local-based organisations, and over 3500 visitors joined us over the weekend last year. The activities at the festival are designed for local families to learn something new or try something different. These varied activities range from hands-on experiments, sharing stories and views, interacting with demonstrations and trying out fun new things. Watch what went on last year here.

We are looking for staff and students to take part by showcasing research, teaching, and other Queen Mary projects by running a hands-on activity, demonstration, stall, exhibit or in other ways –we’re open to fun and creative ideas!

The Festival is a great opportunity for PhD students to engage local residents with your work and research in a ready-made event. The students who were involved last year gained lots by featuring and talking to different audiences, as well as developing their engagement, project management and communication skills.
The Centre for Public Engagement (CPE) team will help you in planning and shaping your activity ideas through Festival advice sessions and a hands-on engagement training session. You can also apply for up to £500 of funding to develop your activity.

The Festival call to tell us how you’d like to be involved and the funding opportunity closes on Monday, 1st April 2019, at 10am.

Visit the Festival website or email publicengagement@qmul.ac.uk for more details.

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BBSRC Impact Competiton

Are you aware of inspiring research, supported by BBSRC, making a real, tangible difference to people’s lives? If so, this is an opportunity to put your writing skills to the test.

BBSRC invites PhD students and early-career researchers to submit an impact case study clearly describing the economic or societal impact of BBSRC’s activities and investments.
The winner of the competition will receive £1,000, with £500 each for two runners-up.
Deadline: 18 March 2019, 17:00

The Impact Team can help on impact@qmul.ac.uk

Bitesize webinars in February for Science and Engineering PhD students

Join our bitesize research skills webinar at the comfort of your chosen space.

Open to everyone within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, but especially to PHD students and Early Career Researchers.

The only requirement is that you have an internet connection and are willing/able to participate for 10 minutes.

After the success last year, we are offering this series of webinars, which all cover an introduction to a specific database:

To see our full S&E training offering to Science and Engineering PHD students and Early Career Researchers, please go to: www.library.qmul.ac.uk/serdfprogramme

For more information about specific databases, please go to: www.library.qmul.ac.uk/subject-guides

If you have suggestion for future webinars from the Library, please email: library-sande@qmul.ac.uk.

Women in Mathematics 2019 – 12 March


Join us for a FREE day of talks and workshops celebrating the range of opportunities open to women in maths – supported by the London Mathematical Society.

Come along to hear from inspirational women working in academia and industry and find out where your maths could take you.


  • Enjoy a free buffet lunch
  • Visit our Careers and PhD stands
  • Chat to mathematicians like you at our Poster and Networking Reception
  • Research students – share your work by submitting a Poster

This event is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students, and early-career mathematicians.

Limited funding is available for students to cover travel expenses, available on a first-come first-served basis. If you would like to apply for a travel grant, please email maths@qmul.ac.uk to request more information by Tuesday 26th February.

Schedule – Women in Mathematics 2019 [PDF 562KB]

For more information and to register please see here.

Recruitment of unscripted simulated patients

We are looking to add to the pool of unscripted simulated patients that the Medical School uses for events such as OSCE examinations and clinical teaching. The events take place from March through to December. The event organisers need people (simulated patients) in the medical stations of the exam room for students carry out a brief examination under supervision. The examination might be something like a knee, chest or an eye exam. Students will ask some basic questions and might point at or press parts of the body gently. You might also be asked to expose part of the body (arm, head/hair, lower leg, or chest -male only if it is a chest exam). The modesty of the simulated patient will be respected at all times. Before each event takes place, simulated patients will be informed of gender and clothing requirements to help you decide if you are eligible/suitable before you sign up. In the unlikely event that an unscripted simulated patient is found to have a significant clinical sign that may represent a medical problem, the academic/clinical examiners will make this known to one of the OSCE organisers who will discuss this with you and write a letter for you to take to your GP.

These events usually last a half day or a whole day. Pay is £12.81 per hour and are usually based in the Robin Brook Centre at the St Bartholemews site (Robin Brook Centre, Queen Mary University of London, Barts Hospital, West Smithfield, London, EC1A 7BE). It is vital that simulated patients are punctual as the events can not begin without the correct number of people present.

If you know of anyone interested in becoming an unscripted simulated patient please forward them this email. They must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must have a good grasp of the English language as they need to understand what the student is saying/asking them.
  • Must be healthy i.e. no pre-existing medical conditions. The importance of this is both from a safety point of view but also so that it does not skew the medical exam. If you are unsure if your medical condition precludes you, please contact me.
  • Can not be a current undergraduate at Queen Mary University.
  • Must declare if you know students at the Medical School.

For those meeting the eligibility requirements, you will need to complete and return the following by 17th February 2019

  1. The personal details form: personal details form – june 2018
  2. A copy of the front cover of your passport and the double page photo ID. The edges need to be unobscured as per the example below. And if you are a non EEA passport holder please also email in a legible copy of your both sides of your residence visa, which needs to show that you are eligible for work in this country as per the example below. Do not obscure the edges.
  3. Complete and return the confidentiality agreement: unscripted simulated patient confidentiality declaration

Please provide these documents in one email to h.noshib@qmul.ac.uk. I will eventually be forwarding them to colleagues in HR/Finance, hence I need the attachments in one email and not several. At a later stage I will need to verify your ID. I will invite those whose paperwork is complete and meets the requirements above to a quick Right-to Work-meeting. This will most likely take place in February and will take place at the Medical School in Whitechapel. The right-to-work meeting for this unscripted simulated patient role must take place before you are issued your contract, even if you are employed elsewhere within the University.

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Job Opportunity – Researcher Development E-learning Assistant

Reference: QMUL2901
Location: Mile End, London
Hours per Week: 5.0
Job Type: Temporary
Pay Rate: £12.00 per hour
Closing date: 08/02/2019
Start date: 18/02/2019
End date: 30/06/2019
Sector: Graphic Design / Creative Media / DTP Media / Publishing New Media / Digital / Creative

Job Description

Project: Development of E-learning resources for Introduction to Statistics and Research

This project will launch new e-learning resources on QMPlus to supplement the face-to-face provision of RS125 – Introduction to Statistics and R. The E-learning assistant will build and develop a new interactive QMplus space for RS125 using content that that will be redeveloped from existing materials in collaboration with the instructors, Dr Julia Ramirez and Dr Sarah Marzi, and the Researcher Development team. The project will include producing a series of short videos featuring the instructors, as well as voice-over tutorials using screen captures that cover 2 or 3 specific theoretical concepts in statistics, aimed at researchers. Each core concept that will be covered will also include text-based content, and content designed to test the comprehension of the user (e.g. quiz or exercises). The project will also involve evaluation of this new content, in order to inform future development efforts.

The E-learning assistant will also manage the project throughout, including assist in organising new video recordings with the instructors, carry out any post-production work on the videos, collect and implement feasible changes to the QMplus content based on user feedback.

Experience / Skills

PGR student– as this content is being developed with developing researchers (i.e. PhD students and early postdocs) in mind. Student does not need to have a statistics background as content will be chiefly developed by instructors.

– Experience with OLEs (e.g. Moodle) either as a student or instructor (i.e. teacher and e-learning content developer).

– Video/media editing and production experience
– HTML coding
– Time Management
– Project Management

If you have any relevant degree.

Health & Safety Considerations
General office health and safety policies

For more information and to apply online please see here.

EURAXESS Funding and Partnership Tools for career development

EURAXESS (euraxess.ec.europa.eu) is an initiative that supports mobile researchers all over the globe.  It has a funding search tool that can help you find research, mobility, and research-related travel funding from a number of sources across the globe. It has a partnerships tool that helps you seek out academic and private sector collaborators. The information and assistance section can help you find local information to support your mobility across the globe. Earlier this year, they also added a number of career development resources, including a career orientation tool to help you plan your career move beyond your time at QMUL.