COVID-19 FAQs for PGRs and supervisors

This blog post is intended to provide specific information for PGRs and research degree supervisors about the impact of COVID-19. We will update it as advice changes and we will add new FAQs when it seems necessary.

Q: Where can I find out updates from the University about COVID-19 (‘Coronavirus’)?

A: The University of Northampton’s Situation Updates page is the primary source of information and updates for colleagues and researchers at the University of Northampton: https://www.northampton.ac.uk/about-us/situation-updates/

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University of Northampton Graduate School – 1st overall satisfaction in this year’s Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES)

Message from Professor Matthew McCormack, Head of the Graduate School: The Graduate School has some excellent news to share: UoN has come 1st for overall satisfaction in this year’s Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES). Our PGRs have rated us in the top 8 in all categories, including 1st for “resources” and “responsibilities”, and 2nd for “progression”, “research skills” and “professional development”.

I would like to thank the PGRs for completing the survey and for rating us so highly. As always, we will analyse the results carefully and will work with you on any areas where we can enhance what we do. These results are a tribute to the strength of our PGR community, and the dedication of our supervisors, the Graduate School, and all those at UoN who work hard to support postgraduate research.

Guidance on research and enterprise activities during the pandemic  

The University of Northampton’s Situation Updates page is the primary source of information and updates for colleagues and researchers at the University of Northampton: https://www.northampton.ac.uk/about-us/situation-updates/

Given the exceptional, unprecedented situation which is developing as a result of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all researchers must reflect on their planned and ongoing activities: this may necessitate pausing, rescheduling or amending activities that have previously been approved by the University of Northampton’s Research Ethics Committee and Faculty Ethics Committees. Read the rest of this entry

East Midlands Doctoral Researcher (EMDoc) Conference- 9th and 10th September 2020

The University of Northampton is part of the East Midlands Doctoral Research Network, which consists of nine universities who are keen to work collaboratively to share best practice, resources and insights into doctoral research across all disciplines. The EMDoc Conference is a great opportunity for you to discuss and promote your research, as well as meet and network with other researchers from across the East Midlands. In this year’s Conference, you are invited to explore the theme of ‘Sustainability’ through oral and poster presentations.

If you wish to submit a paper or poster for the Conference you will need to contact the Conference organisers directly, please follow the guidance on the attached document. Please also notify Linda Cooper in the Graduate School of your submission (linda.cooper@northampton.ac.uk) so that we are aware of all institution submissions. The call for papers closes on Thursday 16th July 2020. Please contact Linda with any further queries.

Annual Research Conference 2020

We are delighted that we have been able to modify the University of Northampton’s Annual Research Conference in 2020 and deliver it online. The Conference includes much of the usual format, although we’ve taken the decision to postpone the ‘Bake your Research’ competition until we are back face-to-face on campus. Read the rest of this entry

David’s top tips for being productive at home

I’ve been having real difficulty concentrating whilst working at home. I find it hard to start tasks, my eyes are sore, a 5-day week feels daunting and I feel anxious when I don’t complete the tasks I planned to do. I miss going to work!

At the Graduate School Drop-In today, we talked to a PhD student about concentration and productivity. We came up with a few practical ideas that I thought I’d share with you: Read the rest of this entry

Workshops for Research Degree Supervisors

We are running a series of workshops for research degree supervisors related to the stage that your pgr student has reached. These workshops will be a mix of information about the formal procedures with a discussion about how to support the student through this phase of their programme. The ‘early stages’ workshop is timed to coincide with student induction when you may have a student starting their research degree programme. All workshops are equally appropriate for those new to supervision and for those experienced supervisors who need a refresher. Read the rest of this entry

Workshops and events are now available to book for 2019-2020!

Research Seminars that bridge gaps in our thinking!

‘Bridging the Gap’ image by Jay Batchelor, PGR at University of Northampton (Entrant in 2019 Images of Research Competition)

Rapid Analysis of Environmental Mycobacteria Species in Water Samples using PCR

Speaker: Farzana Sultana

Monday 1st July 10am

Location Learning Hub 323

Speaker: Qiuling Bi

Critical Thinking Instruction Through Project-based Learning in Chinese EFL Classes: A Case Study in HE

Tuesday 2nd July 9-10am

Location: Senate 212

Teaching American Literature in the Age of Trump: An Uncanny Pedagogy

Speaker: Lawrence Phillips (Regents University)

Wednesday 3rd July 2:15pm

Location: Senate 405

Student Wellbeing in Higher Education: Sense-Making through Narrative Inquiry

Speaker: Sally Sharp (See poster for more information)

Monday 15th July 12-1pm

Location: Learning Hub 016

Annual Research Conference: Brochure Online

June 20 – 21st 2019

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone later this week at our Annual Research Conference. We have a host of treats in store for you including three distinguished keynote speakers, and our inaugural Bake your Research Competition! We also have research papers, and the famous 3MT too. The full conference brochure can be viewed here.

If you would like to book for Day One or Day Two just click the links to register your attendance. Please do join us for the conference meal too, by booking on Gateway.