Masters in Clinical Research

Submitted by Sarah Neill

The School of  Health are now recruiting to the next intake of their Masters in Clinical Research programme. This course is an exciting opportunity for nurses and allied health care professionals in clinical practice to develop their career as a clinical academic. It forms the masters step on the clinical academic pathway and as its focus is on clinically based research it is applicable to a wide range of clinical specialisms.

The next intake for this part time programme is in October 2015. Closing date for applications is Friday 29th May 2015 and interviews will be held on 16th, 17th and 18th June 2015. If you would like to explore this opportunity further please contact the course leader Associate Professor Sarah Neill by email on or on 01604 892871.

The Graduate School PGR Annual Conference 2015: Call for papers

The University of Northampton Graduate School are holding their 2015 Postgraduate Researcher Conference on Wednesday June 17th and would like to invite UN research students and early career researchers to present a paper. Read the rest of this entry

Research methods training from the NRCM

NCRM_new_LogoThe National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) run a varied programme of workshops for research students and staff. Workshops coming up include Designing and implementing mobile web surveys‘Missing data’ in qualitative research: problems and responsesAdvanced methodologies in researching families and relationships. Most workshops cost just £30 for PGR students and £60 for university staff. For full details of NCRM workshops please see the Training Page on their website.


Exciting Scholarship News for Masters Students at 78 Derngate Event!

On Wednesday 18th March, English staff, current MA and PhD students and prospective MA students gathered for a special event at 78 Derngate, Northampton.  Courtesy of the School of The Arts, staff and students were treated to a tour of the beautiful restored Modernist interior of 78 Derngate, to see the gorgeous designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  Tours of the house were followed by refreshments and canapes in the 78 Derngate atrium, where students were treated to a special announcement by Professor Richard Canning and Dr Sonya Andermahr.

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PGR Induction week: Small but perfectly formed!

IMG_20150318_150450Last week saw the induction of 13 new postgraduate research students to the University of Northampton’s doctoral cohort. Throughout the four days the group participated in presentations, workshops, networking sessions and met with a diverse team of University staff from support departments and Schools. Read the rest of this entry

Psychology Research Seminar: Child language brokering in schools

The next psychology research seminar will be on Wednesday 25th March 2015 at 3.30pm in F43.  Refreshments will be available from 3.15pm.

The speaker is Dr Sarah Crafter who will be speaking about child language brokering in schools.  Her title, abstract and a brief biography are available below. Read the rest of this entry

Supervisor Development Programme 2015-16

The university runs a development programme for supervisors who are new to research degree supervision, co-ordinated by Professor Ian Livingstone.  It is a validated university postgraduate course and it is delivered as two modules – Workshops and Observation.  It is a requirement of our research degree regulations that everyone who is new to supervision takes the first module – the workshops.  The second module is optional but if you complete both you are awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Degree Supervision which you can count as one completion when putting together supervisory teams. Even if you have previously supervised research students, there may be some elements of the programme that you would find useful.

In 2015/16 the workshops will run 9.30-4.00 on Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th and Friday 18th September 2015. There will be a further session of seminars led by participants – dates to be negotiated.

If you are intending to join this programme in 2015/16 and have not yet contacted Ian Livingstone, please do so now. (x 3362; email:

Images of Research is at Park Campus!

IMG_20150309_132015Images of Research is now on display on the ground floor of Rockingham Library at Park Campus until 23rd March so, if you missed it at Avenue, do go along for a browse and vote for your favourite three. It is generating a lot of interest among students and staff, a fascinating exhibition of research excellence.

If you don’t manage to see it in the flesh, so to speak, then why not vote online? And do tell your colleagues and students about it!

Wellcome Trust takes publishers to task

The Wellcome Trust has long had an open access policy, expecting all the authors that they fund to make their published outputs available immediately upon publication in an open access form.Wellcome Trust London

However, in recent years they have stepped up their compliance monitoring, not only of their authors’ publishing behaviours, but also of the publishers’ practices subsequent to publication.

This post, published this week, analyses Wellcome Trust open access spending for the year 2013-2014.  It makes fascinating reading.

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Call for papers: School of Education conference deadline end of March

SoE research conferenceThe closing date for the submission of abstracts is fast approaching for the School of Education’s 6th Annual Research Student Conference. PhD and Masters students are invited to submit an abstract by 31st March 2015. The conference will be held in the Sulgrave Building, School of Education, Park Campus, on Friday 26th June and Saturday 27th June 2015. Please see the call for papers post for more details on the conference and how to submit.


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