School of Education seminar report: Educational lives of children in western India

On 28 November 2014 Ratika Velu led an excellent School of Education seminar focusing on the educational lives of children growing up in rural Maharashtra State in western India. A full seminar report is available to download.

For further information about School of Education research seminars please contact

Easier access to resources off campus

Scholarly Systems Manager Mike Aynsworth explains the work his team has been doing to improve access to library resources:

Work has been carried out to make off campus access to the major library databases the same as on campus access. This has been achieved by using Ezproxy, an authentication service which mimics on campus access for those using resources off campus.  Read the rest of this entry

Doctoral Open Days at the British Library

The British Library are now advertising the latest round of open days for PhD students.  Full details are on the British Library website, but dates are as follows:

  • English and Drama – Monday 19th January 2015reference page 6
  • Digital Scholarship – Friday 23rd January
  • Music – Friday 30th January
  • Art and Design – Friday 6th February
  • Media, Cultural Studies and Journalism – Friday 6th February
  • History 1 – Monday 16th February
  • History 2 – Friday 20th February
  • Social Sciences – Monday 23rd February
  • African and Asian Studies – Friday 27th February

It costs £5 to attend each open day but for that you will also get lunch.

Photo credit: HeppDesigns

Should you trust that publisher?

It has been a bit of a week (already) for publishers of dubious intent to clutter my Inbox.

ScPubI must clearly be a researcher of world leading renown (not) to be so sought after.  SciencePG has this very morning invited me not only to propose a special issue of a journal but to guest edit it too!  Yesterday it was a different publisher and I have no doubt there will be further invitations coming along soon.

Some of these publishers appear to be very plausible.  They offer open access, short lead times, ‘free’ submission and they may even allow me to retain my own copyright.  So far so good.  The sting in the tail comes from the large fees demanded on publication, the absence of any rigorous peer review process and the poor quality of the dissemination. Read the rest of this entry

Qualitative Methodology: Interviews, Focus Groups, Research with Children

Graduate School WorkshopsDr Jane Callaghan will be running two qualitative methodology workshops for the Graduate School on Thursday 4th December.

The morning workshop will look in depth at both interviewing participants and using focus groups. The afternoon workshop will cover the ethical and practical issues of working with children. Both workshops will be held in Sunley Conference Centre.

The workshops are open to any student currently registered on a research degree programme or early career researchers at the University of Northampton.

Booking is via eventbrite:

Hugh Kearns returns to Northampton: a new Research Supervision Masterclass

Kearns2On February 13th 2015 we are welcoming back Australian researcher & educator, Hugh Kearns. Hugh is recognised internationally and regularly lectures at universities across the world, including Oxford, Harvard, Stanford and, for the second time, Northampton!

In February 2014 Hugh delivered the Seven Secrets of Successful Research Students for Supervisors and now he is back, by popular demand, with another workshop for University of Northampton Supervisors:

The Research Supervision Masterclass
on Friday, 13 February 2015 from 09:30 to 12:30
Sunley Lecture Theatre, Park Campus.
Supervisors: book your place here. Read the rest of this entry

Next Grounded Theory Forum – 10th December 2014

Submitted by Sarah Neill

The Grounded Theory Forum will meet next Wednesday, the 10th December from 1-3pm, in SE204, Senate Building, Park Campus. The planned topic is coding in constructivist grounded theory.

For more information and to register please email Sarah Neill.

Institute of Health and Wellbeing seminar on physical activity and sedentary time in children

The Institute of Health and Wellbeing presents:

Moderate/Vigorous Physical Activity and Sedentary Time in Children using Accelerometery Data

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

In this seminar, Dr. Sally Fenton will present a series of studies conducted as part of the European-wide Promoting Adolescent Physical Activity (PAPA) project. These studies have employed objective assessments of physical activity to examine a) levels of physical activity engagement among children active in the context of organised sport and b) psychosocial factors influencing levels of physical activity engagement and sedentary time in this cohort.

Please visit the Eventbrite page for further information and to book a place.

State of the Commons: a 12th anniversary Creative Commons report

Creative Commons licences  – a set of ready-made licences creators can apply to their work to enable and encourage sharing and reuse – are 12 years old in December, and the Creative Commons team have produced a great infographic detailing the current state of the commons. A full report looking to the future is also available – both are well worth your time, and do remember that if you’re adding your research output to NECTAR, Creative Commons licensing of uploaded material is supported – contact the NECTAR team ( for help and advice.

Prizes and Grants for Professor Janet Wilson and Dr Gerri Kimber’s Literary Research on New Zealand

This Autumn, scholars in the English Division, Professor Janet Wilson and Dr Gerri Kimber have received prestigious awards for their research on the literature and culture of New Zealand.

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