Free Access to QMotion Gym for PhD students as part of GradFest!


Qmotion is the health and fitness centre right on campus which you can access for free before 1pm Monday 20 February to Friday 24 February. There is a cardio zone, weights zone, resistance zone, stretching area, and a ladies gym. You can read more about the facility and specific equipment here.  (


You will also be able to attend any of the fitness classes that run before 1pm, you can view the full timetable here (


Additionally to this, there are two dedicated sessions during the open week for PhD students and staff:

Spin Tuesday 7:00 – 8:15 Cycle Studio
Yoga Thursday 12:15 – 13:15 Mind and Body Studio

Additionally we are running three free yoga sessions through the week for PhD students across all three QMUL campuses.  Click here for more information. 

All you need to do is hand over your student card on arrival to the Qmotion reception staff and retrieve it again when you leave.



PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION: Call for submissions.

 Picture This! Research Through a Lens, call for submissions!


Imaris Snapshot
2016’s winner: Alligator in the Rain

What does your PhD look like?


The Graduate Festival is inviting entries for a photography competition that showcases elements of your research field. Whether it’s microscopic cell mutations or massive cloud formations, ancient texts or futuristic digital displays, we want to see your research through your eyes.


There are prizes to be won!


1st – £100 Amazon Voucher


2nd – £50 Amazon Voucher


3rd – £25 Amazon Voucher


Email your photo to by 5pm Thursday 16th Feburary. 


Photo guidelines


The scope for your photo entry is broad: we want to learn more about your research. What insight can you give the viewer into your fieldwork or lab experiments, your time spent in library archives or coding new software?


How to submit


  • Email your photo entries in jpeg format, at as high a resolution as possible, though good quality mobile phone pictures will be accepted, to
  • Include your name, date of photo, and location.
  • Add a short description (maximum 100 words) describing what the photograph shows and a little about your research.
  • Deadline for entry is 5pm Thursday 16th Feburary, for consideration by the judges.
  • If you have any queries, email and we’ll be happy to help.




  • The judging panel will be made up of PhD students and QMUL Staff They will be looking for images that are visually powerful, thought provoking and impactful, and that give us the best insight into your research.
  • The 10 shortlisted applicants will be notified by Wednesday 3rd June. The final 10 photographs will be professionally printed and displayed at the Grad Fest Exhibition on Monday 20th February and throughout the Graduate Festival Week.
  • At the Grad Fest Exhibition (20th February, 17:30, Graduate Centre Common Room) following the keynote address, the three winners will be announced.
  • A first prize of £100, a second prize of £50 and a third prize of £25 will be awarded to those entries the judges consider best fitting of the above criteria.


Terms & Conditions


  • Images do not have to be new, they can be taken at any point during your time as a PhD student. However, any images submitted must be taken by you.
  • One entry per PhD student.
  • By entering photographs into the competition, you give consent for GradFest and QMUL to use the image on its website and publicity materials.
  • Your name will appear as a credit with the image in any publication (including online).
  • Entries will be judged by a panel; the judges’ decision is final.


For more information on the 2017 Graduate Festival please see our website:


Getting started with Statistics and SPSS

Tuesday 21st February

9:30-11:30 – GradCentre 2.01

Still having nightmares about Maths tests from Secondary school? Do you need to produce a quantitative analysis of your data but you detest numbers? Don’t worry, this workshop is here for you. And it’s going to be fun!


This is a computer led workshop for students who have very little or no prior knowledge in Statistics and are complete beginners to SPSS. The workshop will follow a step by step guide to getting started with Statistics and SPSS and will cover the following topics:

  • Basic statistical concepts
  • SPSS at glance
  • Data entry
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Graphing Data
  • Data Manipulation

My goal is for you to leave this workshop with a basic theoretical knowledge of Statistics and SPSS, as well some more hands-on experience of using basic Stats.

Please ensure you bring your own laptop with SPSS already installed – for information on how to download SPSS (free for QMUL students) please click on the following link

To book a place to attend please click here: 

LinkedIn Secrets for Researchers: an introduction to finding jobs outside academia

Friday 24th February,

11:00-12:30, Graduate Centre, Room GC3.04 linked

LinkedIn secrets for researchers: an introduction to finding jobs outside academia 

A practical workshop for postgraduate research students who would like to enhance their job hunting and networking skills through Linkedin.

When you register for this event, please also register on Linkedin (, as having a basic Linkedin profile will help you get the most out of this workshop.

Feel free to bring your own laptop.

To book a place to attend please click here:

How do I find and fund a Postdoc?

Wednesday 22nd February

Queens Building, W2.07, 14:00-16:00

Ideally for PhD students towards the end of their degree, this course is designed to complement ‘So you want to be a postdoc’ and will give practical advice and guidance once the decision to undertake a postdoctoral position has been made. The course will take place in a computer lab and participants will use group discussion and case studies to:

  • gain knowledge of how to seek independent postdoctoral research funding in their area and identify important funding organisations
  • explore important considerations when searching for suitable research groups in which to take up a postdoctoral position
  • gain practical experience of using online tools to search for suitable postdoctoral positions

To book a place to attend please click here: 

PhD Parents and Carers at QMUL

Wednesday 22nd February, 12:00-14:00

Graduate Centre 2.01

This is an informal networking event aiming at bringing together all PhD and post-doc parents working at QMUL. We will have talks from some successful parents/scientists juggling their academic career and being a mum or dad at the same time. We will share some of our experiences, great tips and lots of funny stories!  Lunch and drinks are provided.

To book a place to attend please click here: 

Publishing in Academic Journals

Thursday 23rd February 11:00-13:30

Graduate Centre 2.01

Meredith Carroll, Journals Manager,

Manchester University Press will present a session on best practice for preparing a journal article for publication.


Luke Evans from QMUL’s library service will cover aspects of Open Access policy surrounding publishing and how to make the most of the facilities QMUL offers.



The session will cover:

  • How to choose the right journal for your paper.
  • Best practice on submitting and preparing an article for publication.
  • How to ensure your article is well received by the Journal Editors.
  • The submission, decision and production process
  • The session will end with a Q&A session with academics who have publishing in leading journals.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

To sign up please see our eventbrite here: