Conference announcement: Interdisciplinary research with children, young people and families

Submitted by Dr. Faith Tucker

Interdisciplinary research with children, young people and families: crossing boundaries, sharing stories

Wednesday 7th September 2016, 09.30-16.30

Newton building, Avenue Campus

Boundary-crossing research methods, projects, debates and collaborations are increasingly valued and fostered by research funders, and are increasingly understood to produce rich, impactful and important research, but can also cause interdisciplinary tensions and challenges.  In these contexts the conference will bring together researchers from a range of disciplines to explore: (1) collaboration between different academic disciplines; (2) the development of collaborative research methods and practices; (3) interactions between different institutions’ ways of working, and (4) new interdisciplinary ways of thinking/writing about children, youth and families.  Professor Claire Freeman (University of Otago) will be giving a keynote address.  Details of how to register for the conference can be found here.

For further information, please contact Dr Faith Tucker (

The 2016-17 PGR and ECR Skills Development Programme

Graduate School WorkshopsThe 2016-17 Graduate School’s development programme for postgraduate research (PGR) students and early career researchers (ECRs*) is being planned and will be launched HERE! Please come back to this post later in the summer.

In the meantime we have set the dates for some of our events: Read the rest of this entry

Island Biology Conference seminars – you heard them here first.

Tenerife from the planeYou are cordially invited to a research seminar on Tuesday 12th July @1100 in Newton NW205. Duncan McCollin and Jeff Ollerton from the School of Science and Technology will be presenting two short seminars, which they will present later in July at a conference in the Azores.

Jeff and Duncan will be attending the Island Biology conference and each presenting these short (c. 15 minute) talks on recent research findings.

  • “Turnover dynamics of breeding land birds on islands: ‘true but trivial’ over decadal time-scales?” (Duncan)
  • “Spatio-temporal stability of island endemic plant-pollinator interactions” (Jeff)

All invited. Please come along if you can.

Lauren Samet to present in Soapbox Science Milton Keynes on Saturday 9th July

Soapbox science 2016From Exeter to Edinburgh, Manchester to Milton Keynes, women scientists will be taking to their soapboxes in popular public spaces such as parks, high streets and beaches to share their passion for science with the public.

University of Northampton research student, Lauren Samet, is taking part in Soapbox Science 2016 in Milton Keynes on Saturday. Soapbox Science is a series of events, organised by Bristol University, where female scientists talk about their research to the general public to get them interested in science and try to break some of the stereotypes that science is a male dominated industry.

It’s a free event and open to all. Lauren’s talk will be on Nutraceutical Use in Animal Welfare. Read the rest of this entry

Research Support Centre Coffee Morning – Summer Edition

With Summer (supposedly!) here, we’re aware that this the time of year when people have some breathing room to consider their next steps. If you’re planning to work on an application this Summer then feel free to drop in to see us for a chat about your plans.

We can’t guarantee that it will be sunny, but we can promise that there will be friendly advice and biscuits. Join us on Wednesday, 13 July 2016 from 10:00 to 12:30, Top Lodge Conservatory.

summer coffee

Collecting Research Impact Evidence – Research Report from Vertigo Ventures

Vertigo Ventures have led a piece of research commissioned by HEFCE to develop guidance on research impact evidence.

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School of Education seminar – ‘I look away untul they have finished reading it!’ by Dr Michael Catchpool

The School of Education is hosting a seminar by Dr Michael Catchpool which focuses on children’s engagement with writing, particularly in the feedback process.

The seminar will be held on Wednesday 13th July, from 1-2pm in room S014 on Park Campus – all are welcome!

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Resources: Orbis and MarketLine to replace Global Business Browser

Joanne Farmer, Academic Librarian for Northampton Business School, reports:

“Some of you will already know that I have been looking into alternatives to Global Business Browser.  This resource has served us well for many years but, more recently, has not been meeting the needs of students quite as well as it used to.


Following a trial of Bureau Van Dijk’s database Orbis, this has now been purchased as a (partial) replacement for Global Business Browser. This database provides in depth financial data in relation to very large global companies. To enhance the content on this database, I have also subscribed to the EIU Market Indicators and Forecasts component.

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Focus group invitation: give your views on the journal article publishing process

TFbookslogoAs part of their forthcoming workshop on publishing and reviewing, journals publisher, Taylor & Francis, are looking for 15 researchers to take part in a short focus group. Forming part of a project to improve the author journey, your views will influence and inform how their researcher-facing processes work in the future, with the aim of ensuring they meet the needs of the many researchers they work with.

Date: Thursday 30th June

Time: 1pm to 2pm (come from 12:30pm t0 to get your free lunch!)

Venue: Pytchley 101, Park Campus

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Seminar: Review of Selected Inorganic Surface Water Quality Monitoring Practices

Submitted by Professor Ian Foster

A Review of Selected Inorganic Surface Water Quality Monitoring Practices — Do We Really Know What We’re Doing?

P1000768This seminar, hosted by the Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences, is presented by Professor Art Horowitz, formerly of the United States Geological Survey.  Art is a brilliant speaker and has a lifetime’s experience designing monitoring networks for the US government so the seminar promises to be both interesting and fun.

Date: Monday 18th July

Time: 1pm-3pm

Venue: NW101

If you have any questions about the event or to book a place please contact Ian Foster.


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