Listen back to talks from New Zealand in the First World War Conference

Sarah Schieff (NZSN Conference)

Sarah Shieff

Marking the centenary of the First World War, the New Zealand Studies Network (UK & Ireland) convened their second biennial conference on ‘New Zealand and the First World War’ at Birkbeck College, University of London (3-4 July 2014).  Co-organised by Professor Janet Wilson (The University of Northampton) and Professor Rod Edmond (The University of Kent), the conference featured an excellent range of papers on historical, literary and cultural responses to New Zealand’s involvement in the Great War. To listen back to presentations on the second day of the conference by Dr Felicity Barnes (The University of Auckland); Professor Rod Edmond (The University of Kent); Professor Alex Calder (The University of Auckland) and Professor Sarah Shieff (The University of Waikato), please read the full version of this post.

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School of the Arts Postgraduate Conference, 18th-19th September 2014

We are delighted to announce that the annual School of the Arts Postgraduate Conference will be held on the 18th-19th September 2014.  MA and PhD students from the School of the Arts are strongly encouraged to submit papers on their research projects to by 31 July 2014.

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The Graduate School PGR and ECR Skills Development Programme 2014-15

mature students photoThe new generic Skills Development Programme for Postgraduate Research Students (PGRs) and Early Career Researchers (ECRs) is currently under design. Dates will be released as soon as confirmed and they’ll be added to the document below.

Why not bookmark this post and check back here regularly? Do add confirmed workshop dates to your diary/calendar now so that you can make arrangements to attend. Although you can’t book your place on the workshops at the moment, during August and September I will be hastily creating Eventbrite booking pages, details of which will feature in the document below.

So please do come back here and check this Research Hub Post regularly for updates. It’s good to be organised!
Graduate School generic workshops list 2014-15 (Updated July 10th 2014)


“Research Diversity” takes to the stage.

research diversityOn Thursday 26th June, The Graduate School held their 2014 PGR Conference, where Postgraduate Research Students and Early Career Researchers had an opportunity to practice and hone their presentation skills in front of an audience comprised of the University of Northampton research community; staff and students.

Emma Clarke, presenter (left), and Anna Crouch (Chair).

Emma Clarke, presenter (left), and Anna Crouch (Chair).

Research Diversity was a perfectly fitting title! After an introduction by Professor Jon Stobart, research student Emma Clarke (pictured) kicked off the day with a very amusing presentation on how it feels being at the start of her ‘journey’, asking “Am I a proper researcher?” She was followed, throughout the morning, by papers on pollinators, a World Bank case study, cyborgs, families and British drug treatment. Read the rest of this entry

Feldman, Fangdom and the First World War: Summer Research at the School of the Arts Continues…

Matthew Feldman

Matthew Feldman

In June, I was fortunate to catch up with University of Northampton favourite, Dr Matthew Feldman (Teeside University) as he gave a talk on Samuel Beckett and BBC Radio at St. John’s College, Oxford University (3 June 2014).

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PhD peer support lunch on Thursday 3rd July @12:30

Deli lunchThere will be another PhD lunch this Thursday 3rd July, at 12:30 in Avenue restaurant. Bring your sandwiches, pasta and chocolate bars and meet us there for a peer support chat!

Based in the Schools, research student communities often feel fragmented, not having a central place to gather and talk outside of their disciplines. These lunch breaks attempt to counterbalance this by offering a ‘place’ for students to gather. It is hoped that further down the line other socials might include meals and seminars with social time after. If you are interested in organising anything please contact Simone Apel. All doctoral research students, from all disciplines, are welcome.

New School of the Arts Research Website Launched!

A new School of the Arts Research Website has been launched which provides information on the Centre for Contemporary Narrative and Cultural Theory and the Centre for Practice-Led Research in the Arts as well as information on the scholarly and impact-related activities of our research staff, events and postgraduate students.

To explore the new School of the Arts Research website, visit:

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Postgraduate Researcher Conference on June 26th: Book now!


The University of Northampton Graduate School presents

Research Diversity

The 2014 Postgraduate Researcher Conference.

This year’s conference showcases the diverse range of research activity within the University of Northampton and will provide an excellent opportunity for research students to practice their presentation skills to an equally diverse audience. Why not come along and support our research students and early career researchers? Book your place here – you don’t have to attend all day.  Read the rest of this entry

Do you know how to argue?!

Graduate School WorkshopsArgument mapping (AM) is an innovative technique for visualizing arguments. AM helps individuals and groups to reach better decisions. AM can also be used in educational settings to promote a deeper understanding of complex arguments and to develop critical thinking skills.

Dr Graham Smith is running an AM workshop for University of Northampton doctoral research students on Monday, 23 June 2014 from 16:00 to 18:00 in MY120, Avenue Research Centre, Avenue Campus. To book, or for more information, see the Eventbrite booking page.

Calling all part-time doctoral research students!

Graduate School WorkshopsAre you a research degree student studying part-time? If so, why not come along to the Graduate School’s second Part-Time Researcher Development Day on Tuesday 8th July.

Vitae logoOriginally developed through Vitae, the Programme is a day-long series of discussions and workshops, offering part-time research students the time and space to share and discuss issues which directly affect their research degree study.

During the day there will be a number of development sessions. A facilitated discussion on the ethos and problems of part-time research will be tackled throughout the day, with a problem solving session later on. Additionally, the programme offers a valuable opportunity for students to meet and chat with fellow part-timers to share experiences and solutions.

The programme will be advertised to all part-time research students from the regional Midlands Universities. For more information and to book a place see the Eventbrite booking page.


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