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.

Violence: Children, family and society conference 2015

Submitted by Associate Professor Jane Callaghan

First call for papers (first call closes 31st March)

Domestic violence conference wordleWe invite submissions for a 3 day conference exploring violence, to be held at the University of Northampton, 24-26 June 2015.

Violence is part of the daily lived experience of many people round the world. As a tool of domination and control, it impacts negatively on people’s health, mental health, interpersonal relationships, harms communities and produces a range of sociopolitical effects. This three day conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary and multi-professional context to consider the experience and impact of violence on children, families, individuals and society. We will also consider interventions and responses to violence at individual, interpersonal, community, political and social levels.

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Workshop – Open Access: the implications for your research

Graduate School WorkshopsIf you are a researcher, whether a research student or research staff, it is important that you understand the implication of open access, where research papers are made freely available online, rather than published in high-cost subscription journals. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) announced last year that all post April-2016 UK research must be open access in order to qualify for funding assessments.

In the light of this, Dr Miggie Pickton and Nick Dimmock from LLS are holding a 2 hour workshop on Open Access on Thursday, 12 March from 15:00 to 17:00 in the TPod, Rockingham Library, Park Campus. If you would like more information please see the booking page here

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Cumberland Lodge Scholarship – Opportunity for PhD researchers

Canon Dr Edmund Newell, Principal of Cumberland Lodge, invites doctoral students from The University of Northampton to apply to become Cumberland Lodge Scholars.

Launched in 2014, the Cumberland Lodge Scholarship scheme provides 1st or 2nd year doctoral students with the opportunity to take part in our conference programme over a two year period, receiving training and gaining experience in communication, public engagement, interdisciplinary collaboration, and networking.

Read more about the scheme and how to apply in the leaflet Cumberland Lodge Scholarship Leaflet. If you apply and are successful, please let the Graduate School know.

You can find out more aboutthe organisation at

Good luck!

Workshop: The digital academic, research impact and employability

Digital academic posterI have just been sent details of the following workshop (thanks to Jeff Ollerton and Cheryl Gardner) which may be of interest to research students and academic staff:

Workshop – ‘The Digital Academic: Tools and Tips for Research Impact and ECR Employability’

Monday 23rd March 2015
Coventry, UK

What does it really mean to be ‘a digital academic’? How can you build your online academic profile via social media? Do hiring committees actually care about your ‘digital academic impact’?

To help you identify the must-have technologies and tools for being a modern digital academic and the skills to manage them successfully, and Piirus are hosting an exclusive half-day workshop event. Find out more and register  on Eventbrite.

Academy scholarship competition for full time research students

academy_public_sphereThe Institute of Ideas Academy is back – a residential weekend retreat which is unashamedly intellectual. From Friday 17th July to Monday 20th July, in the countryside of Bedfordshire, you get the chance to discuss The Public Throughout History, from the Greek and Roman Republics to the more complex, mobile, global publics of the present day.

For the fourth year, The Institute of Ideas will be running the Academy Scholarship Programme for full time students of ANY academic discipline. Successful applicants will be eligible to attend the annual Academy weekend for the heavily subsidised rate of £60, including accommodation and full board. Read on for details of how to apply. Read the rest of this entry

The psychology of dance: Problem solving and mood – seminar


“Figari-tango32″ by Pedro Figari Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Submitted by Dr Helen Clegg

The next psychology seminar will be on Wednesday 25th February at 3.30pm in F43 with refreshments from 3:15pm.  The speaker will be Dr Peter Lovatt from the University of Hertfordshire. Below is his title, abstract and a brief biography.

Title: The Psychology of Dance: Studies in problem-solving and Mood.
Abstract: In this talk I will introduce several areas of Dance Psychology and describe the work of the Dance Psychology Lab. I will describe our work on the relationship between dance and problem solving and on dance and changes in mood/health. In both of these areas we have carried out lab-based research and extended/applied our work to people with Parkinson’s disease. I will also discuss some of the challenges people experience when they are asked to dance. Not everyone, it seems, feels like they are born to dance. Read the rest of this entry

Spring seminars in the School of Education

Spring sees a number of research seminars being held in the School of Education. The full programme is attached.

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Graduate School workshops in March

March hareMarch (and spring!) isn’t far away, so here is a quick rundown of the Graduate School workshops happening next month. Q Methodology is a research method used to study people’s “subjectivity” (their viewpoint) and Roshni Khatri will be running an introductory workshop to Q Methodology.

Personal Effectiveness Day focuses on negotiation, conflict handling skills, with strategies to handle the doctoral ‘roller coaster’. Quantitative Data Analysis 1 covers basic data analysis and variability and Dr Miggie Pickton and Nick Dimmock look at Open Access and the implications for your research. Please read on for full details. Read the rest of this entry

January and February Research Seminars in the School of Education

2015 has already seen a number of research seminars taking place in the School of Education as the Spring programme gets underway.

Reports from two recent events are attached to this post.

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