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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Research data management principles and responsibilities

This morning the University’s Research and Enterprise Committee approved several recommendations put forward by its Research Data Working Group. Among these was the adoption of a new set of research data management (RDM) principles and responsibilities.

The principles are designed to support the University’s research data policy and roadmap, and follow a similar pattern to those in use at a number of other universities.  The group hope that these will clarify the university’s expectations of good practice in research data management as well as enabling those bidding for external funding to demonstrate their compliance with funders’ requirements.

The principles and responsibilities are outlined in this document and replicated below.  If you have any questions about these then please get in touch (contact Miggie here).

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Access to Understanding science writing competition 2015

The British Library, eLife and Europe PMC have just announced the latest round of ‘Access to Understanding’, a science writing competition for PhD students and early career post-doctoral researchers who are interested in promoting understanding of biomedical research.

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Call for Papers: The Psychology of Emotion – A new student conference

Four doctoral students from the School of Psychology have been awarded funding from the UN Innovation Fund to run a student conference entitled Exploring the Nature of Emotion and Feeling; Critical Issues and Future Directions in Emotion and Feeling Based Research. 

PoEF15 logoThe conference will be held on April 8th 2015. Aiming to provide a friendly and welcoming environment where students can explore the nature of emotion and feeling, it aims to critically consider how this shapes our understanding of emotion today. Key themes in emotion and feeling based literature will be examined, providing students will the opportunity to consider future directions of research in this area.

A call for papers and posters has been announced for doctoral students to participate, with the first call for papers deadline 30th November. Final date for submissions February 15th 2015.

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Would you like some free training in image-elicitation methods in the social sciences?

OU imageIf you are a research student, early career researcher or just wish to develop your social science methodological expertise you might be interested to know that The Open University is offering free, ESRC-funded, on-line advanced training on image-elicitation methods.

Professor Helen Lomax, from UN, is working with colleagues at the OU to deliver the training. The three short modules will provide opportunities for participants to share their research and explore case studies from contemporary social science research in small groups, facilitated by experienced visual researchers. Read the rest of this entry

Are you an active researcher….

…looking for new interdisciplinary areas to collaborate on?

Collaboration2Moulton College would like to invite interested University of Northampton researchers to view their facilities and discuss potential collaborations. Three dates are available for visits

Friday 5th December @ 1:30-3:00pm
Wednesday 14th January 2015 @ 3-4:30pm and
Tuesday 17th February 2015 @ 9-10:30am

For more information see the attached flier or contact Dr Wanda McCormick at Moulton College.

RefWorks update

Just a brief note to say we’ve made some changes to the Harvard UoN citation style in RefWorks (some minor corrections and improved support for audio recording citations), so if you use the Harvard UoN for your bibliography you’ll need to add it to your list of output styles again.

Autumn Events – Research and Strategic Bidding Office

The RSB Office present a series of events on a range of topics, including Intellectual Property, using the GRANTfinder portal and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

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Psychology research seminar on step-mothering

The next Psychology Research Seminar will be on Wednesday 26th November 2014 at 3.30pm in F43. Refreshments will be available from 3.15pm.

Sandra Roper, a PhD student from The Open University will be presenting her work on step-mothering, Talking to my sister: Reflections on some challenges and opportunities for feminist research. Read the rest of this entry


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