Part-Time Research students: Are you 18 months away (or less) from submitting?

university-of-birminghamIf so, you may be interested in a Part-Time Researcher Finishing Workshop, which will take place on September 30th.

Graduate School WorkshopsA joint workshop by the Universities of Birmingham and Northampton, it will be hosted here in Northampton in the TPod, Rockingham Library, Park Campus. Sessions will include Editing & Finishing your Thesis, Preparing for the Viva, Careers talks with advisers via Skype from the University of Birmingham and a session on Getting Published.

For more information please see the booking page. Please note there are few places left on the workshop, as it has been open to regional universities, so get in quick if you are interested! Please note this is only for part-time students and those with less than 18 months to thesis submission.


ECER Conference report and update

The European Conference of Educational Research, organised by the European Educational Research Association (EERA) ( is now over. An update on the conference and a full report can be obtained from the following links..ECER 2014 – report ECER CONFERENCE 2014 UPDATE AND CONGRATULATIONS

Programme for the SOTA Postgraduate Conference Announced!

On Thursday 18th September and Friday 19th September, the School of the Arts will be convening its annual postgraduate conference.  We are looking forward to keynote lectures on Thursday 18th September by Visiting Professor, Victor Ukaegbu (The University of Bedfordshire) and Professor Ebitsam Ali Sadiq (King Saud University) on Friday 19th September.

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Resource trial: Photographic Youth Music Culture Archive

PYMCA logoThe Library has just arranged trial access to the Photographic Youth Music Culture Archive (PYMCA).  This extensive resource comprises over 100,000 images of social history and youth culture covering ” fashion, music, art, design, travel, genres, social issues, lifestyles, sports, nightlife, environments, humour and much much more…”.  It also includes text based materials.

The free trial lasts until the end of November.

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Meeting funders’ open access requirements – your views needed

NorthUni277Would you like to be submitted to the next REF?

Are you likely to bid for Research Council funding?

If the answer to either of those questions is ‘Yes’ then you may already know that you will be expected to publish your research articles, and maybe even your data, in an ‘open access’ manner (HEFCE, RCUK) .

But do you know how to go about doing this? Do you have any concerns about it? Do you need any help?

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Data Protection and research data: Q&A

FAQ: How can I be sure that my research does not contravene Data protection law?

JISC Legal have just published a useful set of questions and answers on Data Protection and research data.  Beginning with “What is ‘personal data’?”, the 24 questions cover topics such as “What are the basic rules for processing ‘personal data’?”, “What is a Subject Access Request?” and “Can I store my data in the Cloud?”.

If you are working with any type of personal data then these Q&As could be worth a look.

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Child Language Brokering in School Project and its Implications for Healthcare Settings

The Institute of Health and Wellbeing present:

Child Language Brokering in School Project and its Implications for Healthcare Settings

Wednesday 10th September 2014, 1-2pm, Sunley Conference Centre

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Top tips for finishing your PhD

Headphones study 3Are you a PhD student struggling to meet a submission deadline?  If so, Kim Thomas’s article in last Wednesday’s Guardian may give you some useful ideas:

Finishing your PhD thesis: 15 top tips from those in the know


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Workshop: Preparing Bids for Small Grants

Aims of the workshop:

This workshop supports all staff who wish to develop their skills at preparing small bids. However, this event is specifically aimed at staff who wish to apply for the Learning Enhancement and Innovation Fund (deadline: 22 September).

Day 1: Monday, 8 September, 10.00 to 12.00, Cottesbrooke 303

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Get out your cameras… or pencils! Images of Research is back

IoR strip short

Some images from IoR 2013

Images of Research is back! So charge up your cameras, or dust off your sketchbooks, and come up with an image which captures the essence of your research in a visual, artistic or photographic way.

This years IoR will be a ‘gentle’ competition, where viewers can vote for their top three favourites – a people’s choice you might say! Entries for IoR 2014 must be submitted by November 6th 2014.

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