Invitation: Marie Curie European Funding Briefing


The Research and Strategic Bidding Office is pleased to announce this briefing session covering Marie Curie funding.

23 June 2015, 10am – 1pm, C221 (Cottesbrooke), Park Campus

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) supports researchers at all stages of their careers, irrespective of nationality. Proposals from all areas of scientific and technological research of interest are eligible for funding and there are no predefined priority areas. The MSCA also supports industrial doctorates, combining academic research study with work in companies, and other innovative training that enhances employability and career development.

In addition to generous research funding, scientists have the possibility to gain experience abroad and in the private sector, and to complete their training with competences or disciplines useful for their careers.

The session will cover:

  1. Policy background and overview of Marie Curie Actions
  2. Objectives of the scheme, eligibility criteria, financial issues
  3. Proposal submission
  4. Proposal evaluation
  5. Q&A session

The University of Northampton has had a number of successful applications to this funding source, therefore we strongly encourage you to consider this opportunity.

Refreshments will be served.

Please reserve your space for catering purposes by Friday 19 June.

Visit to reserve your place now.


Intermediate SPSS workshops for research students – book now!

Graduate School WorkshopsDr Roz Collings will shortly be running our last two Intermediate SPSS workshops for research students and early career researchers, one on Regression Analysis and another on Psychometrics. Regression Analysis will run on Wednesday 27th May from 1pm-3pm and Psychometrics is on Wednesday 10th June from 11am-1pm. Both will be held in Grendon 152 on Park Campus.

Please book if you would like to attend (links below). Please note: Both workshops are at intermediate level and are for researchers who already have a good working knowledge of correlations in SPSS. Please don’t attend if you do not know how to run correlations on SPSS.

To book SPSS Regression Analysis
To book SPSS Psychometrics

Resources for researchers – Elsevier Publishing Campus

Elsevier have produced a series of free resources for researchers in their Elsevier Publishing Campus.

They say, “The role of researchers is changing. Together with your research tasks, you have increased pressure to secure funding, collaborate internationally, share your data, publish your results, commercialize your research and have demonstrable impact. Elsevier is committed to supporting you in meeting these pressures that bring multi-faceted challenges in today’s increasingly competitive environment.”

Highlights from the Graduate School Poster Competition 2015

Saneeya poster comp 2015

Saneeya Qureshi: 1st prize winner

The Graduate School held their 10th Annual Poster Competition for doctoral research students on Weds 13th May in Newton Hall on Avenue Campus.  The event offered research students the opportunity to showcase their work, practice their presentation skills, discussing their research with a non-specialist audience, and a chance to win a prize of £100 or £75. Seven judges, a mix of University staff and Board of Governors, plus an external judge from the Open University, chose one first and three second prizes. Read the rest of this entry

Information on the Research Excellence Framework

Posted on behalf of Prof. Simon Denny

The following resources about the REF may be of interest to researchers reflecting on REF2014 and planning for REF2020:

From HEFCE’S REFlections conference – The presentations, project synopsis and completed project reports are available online at

From HEPI-Elsevier Research Conference –  The speaker presentations are available for download at

A brief history of your h-index

Join campus Columbo Professor Jeff Ollerton on an intrepid adventure to calculate the evolution* of his Web of Science h-index, using nothing more than an online database, an export file and a copy of Excel and some coffee.

It’s unfortunate that this isn’t a built-in function, because it’s interesting information that wouldn’t be too difficult for WoS to provide. But Jeff has a straightforward* procedure for extracting and presenting the data, and his post also discusses the value of the exercise beyond academic curiosity.

* Use of term may not be scientifically accurate. Sorry, Jeff.

Research seminar – ‘Can political hybridity become part of a coherent and effective alternative to the current liberal-democratic state building framework?’

All are invited to Mark Kirkham’s research seminar on Tuesday 12th May, 2-3pm in Cottesbrooke C107, Park Campus. Mark will present:

‘Can political hybridity become part of a coherent and effective alternative to the current liberal-democratic state building framework?’


Researcher Links Workshop in Brazil: Eco Food Supply Chains

Researcher Links Workshop on Eco Food Supply Chains: Exploring Industrial Ecosystems to Minimize Food Waste and Maximize Social Benefits

The Business School is now inviting researchers from the UK and Brazil to apply to attend this workshop which will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 24th to 26th August 2015. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Researcher Links programme. The application form, with more details on the initiative, is available for downloading from (scroll to the bottom of the page).

The deadline for application form submissions in both countries is 15th June 2015 and candidates will be notified about the submission result by 30th June 2015.

Dr Mike Daniel Research Degree Scholarship – £500

The deadline for applications for the Mike Daniel Research Degree Scholarship is the 15th May 2015. Find out how you can apply.

Dr Mike Daniel was Pro Rector (Academic Quality) from 1993​-2002 and played a major role in guiding the institution towards taught degree awarding powers and university college designation. At his untimely death in 2002 he was preparing the case for full university designation, friends and colleagues raised sufficient funds to create a research degree scholarship to be named after him.

New British 20 pounds banknotes, via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons)

Research Internship – Sharing Stories Programme Evaluation

The Institute of Health and Wellbeing is pleased to offer an internship for a suitably skilled student or recent graduate.

Sharing Stories Programme Evaluation
Principal Investigator: Alison Ward

The Sharing Stories Programme is delivered by storyteller Miranda Quinney at Peace Hospice Care in Watford. Through a series of workshops, Miranda works with people in palliative care to tell their life stories, which are then recorded as a legacy to leave their families. During her work Miranda has noticed significant benefit to the participants of the workshops and their families. This evaluation will begin the process of evidencing the impact on participants, which will be used to inform the roll out of storytelling across other Hospices. Read the rest of this entry


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