Supervisor Development Programme – 2016/17

The university runs a development programme for supervisors who are new to research degree supervision, co-ordinated by Professor Ian Livingstone, Head of the Graduate School.  It is a validated university postgraduate course and it is delivered as two modules – Workshops and Observation.  It is a requirement of our research degree regulations that everyone who is new to supervision takes the first module – the workshops.  The second module is optional but if you complete both you are awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Degree Supervision which you can count as one completion when putting together supervisory teams. Even if you have previously supervised research students, there may be some elements of the programme that you would find useful.

In 2016/17 the workshops will be delivered on two occasions:

Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th February 2017
at The University of Northampton;

Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th July 2017
at Regent’s University London.

Staff from both The University of Northampton and Regent’s University London plus staff delivering our research degrees as international partners are welcome to join either delivery. You only need to join one three-day course, not both. No fees are paid by participants on this programme, but if you will be travelling away from your own university you will need to discuss travel and subsistence expenses with your line manager.

If you are intending to join this programme for either delivery and have not yet contacted Ian Livingstone, please do so now. (01604 893362; email: He will be happy to answer any questions you have about the programme.

Invitation to transfer seminars (Faculty of Business and Law)

SeminarThe Faculty of Business and Law invite all our research staff and supervisors, PGR students and all those interested to two transfer seminars, happening next week in C227. PGR student, Louise Atkinson, is presenting at 1pm on Tuesday 4th October on “The Role of Community Influences on Socially Responsible Activity within SMEs”PGR student, Maher Daboul, is presenting at 12.30pm on Wednesday 5th October on “Impact of Brand Crises on Brand Image in the age of Corporate Social Responsibility.” Read on for the abstracts…

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Dust off your cameras, dig out your sketchbook – Images of Research is back!


Last year’s winning images.

The Graduate School’s Images of Research competition is back! The call for research images for 2016-17 is open so, if you are a researcher (staff or student) at the University of Northampton, why not take part? Pick up your camera or paintbrush and produce a unique image which captures the essence of your research, or an element of your research, in a visual, artistic or photographic way. Top that off with a snappy title and 150 word summary and that is all you need to do to participate.

Last year’s IoR was judged in two competitions. This year’s IoR will, again, be a double competition, where viewers can vote for their top three favourites and an expert judge will choose their top three. Entries for IoR 2016-17 must be emailed to Simone by November 9th 2016. Read on for the rules…

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Beware of bogus academic conferences

I have been made aware of postgraduate research students being targeted by bogus (fake) conference organisers. Early career academics are asked for payment to attend and/or speak at conferences that do not exist. There are blogs and websites that report bogus conferences such as Scholarly Open Access and Bogus Conferences.
Before you commit to attending a conference, discuss it with your supervisor – part of their role is to help you to plan your development. Also, research the conference organiser, look into any badges of authenticity they display on the website and don’t be lured by conferences that are not organised by known, reputable societies or institutions. Other bloggers have provided advice: Journalism Research News, Academia, American Psychological Association

A clean and fair Battle of Ideas!

Blurred lines: what is consent? Session

The Battle of Ideas is a weekend of high-level, thought provoking public debate, organised annually by The Institute of Ideas. This year it takes place on 22nd and 23rd October at the Barbican in London.

This, the 12th Battle of Ideas festival, provides a forum for free thinking, debate and discussion, featuring over 80 sessions and hundreds of insightful and thought provoking speakers from across the globe, representing a wide range of disciplines and viewpoints.

Early bird tickets are still available (until 14th September) and can be purchased here. There is also a limited number of Immunocore Student Champion 2016 weekend tickets for undergraduate and postgraduate students at the early bird rate of just £25. Read the rest of this entry

Postgraduate Research Conference in Arts and Humanities subjects – programme now available

What has previously been called the School of the Arts Annual Postgraduate Research Conference is taking place one last time on Thursday and Friday, 15 and 16 September 2016, including students across two new faculties delivering papers:  the Faculty of Education and Humanities and the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology.

The full programme is now available – click link below to download the pdf file.


All events will be held in MY120 at Avenue Campus.  For further information, please contact Dr Rod Rosenquist at

University of Northampton research students share their work at East Midlands Conference

Four University of Northampton research degree students recently shared their work at the 2016 East Midlands Universities Association (EMUA) Postgraduate Research Student  (PGR) Conference.


The event, Inspiring Futures, was held on Thursday 1 September, and hosted by the University of Loughborough. An annual event, the conference is open to all PGR students from the Midlands universities – Northampton, Lincoln, Loughborough, Nottingham, Derby, Bishop Grosseteste, Leicester, Nottingham Trent and De Montfort – and provides a professional, yet friendly environment in which students can practice presenting their research to a mixed discipline, academic audience.

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Research project management in science and technology event

Submitted by Stefan Kaczmarczyk

On Tuesday 20th September 2016 a series of workshops and lectures will be held in Newton Hall, around the theme of research project management in science and technology. The event will be held from 9am – 7pm and is open to all research staff, academic staff and research students from all faculties in the University. Read the rest of this entry

Will you Shut Up and Write!?

Shut up and Write! imageFrom September 2016 The Graduate School are holding a new monthly 3 hour writing cafe called Shut Up and Write! The first one is on September 28th and I will be facilitating, along with Nikki Woods from Learning Development.

The concept of Shut Up and Write! originated in the San Francisco area among creative writers, but, thanks to social media, this has spread to research students around the world. Shut up and Write! turns writing from a solitary to a social experience and involves small groups of writers getting together to have coffee (or other beverages), offer support, chat for a short while, then shut up and get down to do some writing! We will introduce the concept to you in this session and let you try it out for yourself in two (nearly three!) 45 minute Pomodoro-style free-writing sessions. Read the rest of this entry

Gateway for supervisors – getting started

Gateway is our online postgraduate research (PGR) management system. This post is to help supervisors to get started using it. We’re also running a Gateway workshop for supervisors on 21 September at 13:30pm, MY120.

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