Events

Shut up & Work

Date
Monday 5th September 2016 (09:30-16:30)
Location:
Westmere PGR Hub
Description
Who said writing (or reading) needs to be a solitary experience? Our Shut up & Work sessions aim to help you work more productively in a supportive environment. You come along, set your target for the day and work until you achieve your target. Each session starts at 9:30 and finishes at 16:30 and has coffee breaks to allow you to recharge and network with other postgraduate researchers without feeling guilty. Other Shut up & Work sessions are scheduled to take place on: 27, September, 4 October, 18 October, 1 November, 15 November, 29 November so make sure you save these dates in your diary.

Westmere PGR Hub Tours

Date
Tuesday 20th September 2016 (10:00-16:00)
Location:
Westmere PGR Hub
Description
Westmere PGR Hub, which is located on Edgbaston Park Road (G15 on campus map), is the home for postgraduate researchers where you can attend workshops, training, social events as well as network with other postgraduate researchers. Our guided tours will give you an opportunity to meet the Westmere Scholars and members of the University Graduate School team and learn more about the opportunities for postgraduate researchers at the University. Tours will start at 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00 and will last approximately 15-20 minutes, followed by an opportunity to meet other postgraduate researchers. Refreshments will be provided.

Insider secrets for postgraduate researchers

Date
Wednesday 21st September 2016 (12:00-13:30)
Location:
Westmere PGR Hub
Description
If you are a new postgraduate researcher at the University of Birmingham, then this is a session not to be missed. The session aims to bring new postgraduate researchers and current postgraduate researchers together to share tips, advice and discussions about postgraduate life at the University of Birmingham. Whether it is planning your first year of PhD, finding out about useful postgraduate activities on campus, managing your time or finding about the best coffee shops, we will cover a wide variety of topics. If you have any specific questions or topics you would like us to include in this session, please get in touch with Dr. Eren Bilgen (f.erenbilgen@bham.ac.uk) before the session. Lunch will be provided.

Postgraduate Coffee & Cakes

Date
Friday 23rd September 2016 (10:30-12:00)
Location:
Westmere PGR Hub
Description
Postgraduate Coffee & Cakes event is a great opportunity to meet other postgraduate researchers as well as some of the University's support providers for postgraduate researchers and get advice about how to make the most of your time as a postgraduate researcher - all in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere with lots of cake and refreshments.

Postgraduate BBQ

Date
Friday 23rd September 2016 (12:00-14:00)
Description
What better way to start the new academic year with a BBQ at the Westmere PGR Hub. This will be a great opportunity to relax, take a break from your busy schedule and meet other postgraduate researchers. As well as food and drinks, we will have fun activities for you to enjoy as well! The cost will be covered by the University Graduate School, so the BBQ is free for all postgraduate researchers. Places are limited, so please reserve your place to avoid disappointment!

Insider secrets for part-time and distance PGRs

Date
Saturday 24th September 2016 (10:00-12:00)
Description
If you are a part-time or distance postgraduate researcher at the University of Birmingham, then this session is for you. The session aims to bring new and current part-time and distance postgraduate researchers together to share tips, advice and discussions about surviving a part-time/distance postgraduate degree. Whether it is managing your time, finding about online resources, staying motivated or creating a support network, we will cover a wide variety of topics. If you have any specific questions or topics you would like us to include in this session, please get in touch with Dr. Eren Bilgen (f.erenbilgen@bham.ac.uk) before the session. Refreshments will be provided.

PGR Networking Sunday

Date
Sunday 25th September 2016 (10:00-12:00)
Location:
Westmere PGR Hub
Description
Pursuing a postgraduate degree can be a challenging process, especially if you are a non-traditional postgraduate managing many other life roles. The aim of this event is to bring together new and current postgraduates (and their families) together for sharing experiences and tips such as managing a postgraduate degree and a other work commitments, balancing research, family and work, building relationships while you are away from campus and making the most of your time as a postgraduate researcher – come to the Westmere PGR Hub for some Sunday networking and feel free to bring your family or a guest. Refreshments will be provided.

PhD Chat

Date
Monday 26th September 2016 (13:00-15:00)
Location:
Westmere PGR Hub
Description
Being a PhD researcher is hugely rewarding in many ways, but can also be a lonely process with many obstacles. The good news is that you are not the only one, and the University Graduate School PhD chat session will introduce you to fellow postgraduate researchers and support services that are happy to help. If you are a current postgraduate researcher, you can just pop by for a chat and help others! Do come and contribute to the wonderful and supportive postgraduate community at the University of Birmingham. Lunch will be provided.

Let's Get Started

Date
Wednesday 28th September 2016 (14:00-17:00)
Location:
Westmere PGR Hub
Description
This is an introductory workshop for new postgraduate researchers at the University of Birmingham. During this workshop you will begin to develop the skills and capabilities you need to be a successful researcher. It is also an opportunity to meet other new postgraduate researchers and find out about resources to help you make a great start to your time at Birmingham.

Wellbeing Friday (Qigong )

Date
Friday 30th September 2016 (13:00-14:00)
Location:
Westmere PGR Hub
Description
Join us to try Qigong as a relaxation technique and improve your wellbeing. This will be an introductory session and is suitable for all body types and fitness levels.Qigong is the basis upon which Chinese medicine first developed. It entails learning to guide Qi (vital energy) through a series of movements, postures and focused mind activities. Zhineng Qigong is the world's most widely practised qigong, with millions of practitioners globally. It lays equal emphasis on the body and the mind and involves both movement sequences and standing/seated meditation. The methods and exercises are simple to learn and relax the body and mind, relieving stress.

PGR Social

Date
Friday 30th September 2016 (17:30-19:30)
Location:
Westmere PGR Hub
Description
All new and current postgraduate researchers are invited to join us to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year. Come and meet your colleagues from across different disciplines and make connections in a relaxed atmosphere after a busy week. Refreshments will be provided.
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Coming soon

The Westmere PGR Hub will be organising wellbeing sessions such as yoga, wellbeing walks and therapy dogs will have regular visits to Westmere soon. Make sure you follow us @UoBWestmere and @UoBGradSchool to hear about these events.

If you have any suggestions or would like to run an event in Westmere, please get in touch with Dr. Eren Bilgen, our Community Engagement Officer or email the University Graduate School

 

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