Phone-a-Thesis! A great new initiative for PGRs

PGRs! We are looking at promoting additional peer support through a proactive “Phone a Thesis” project. The aim is to give us opportunities to talk to other PGRs about our research, to get us used to practicing this with like-minded other students in a supportive way.

Here’s how it works… You give us a short synopsis about your thesis. We put together all of the summaries we get onto an interest page. Everyone then picks their top three summaries of interest. Once all of the entries and selections have been made, the project leads can match people up to Phone a Thesis! A date and time will be arranged for a phone call. Then it’s time to relax, enjoy, listen and chat about your work. This project is designed to support your research experience, enable us to meet new/ other students, and assist in building confidence to talk about our research and the contribution(s) it makes. You can decide between you whether the session will be online or in person at the University (please take current Covid guidelines into account when deciding), and how long it will last.

For more information and details on how to take part, please see the document below.

January 2022 Graduate School Newsletter

Our latest newsletter has just been published, featuring events, seminars, new initiatives and training for PGRs and Supervisors. You can access this and the backlist in the Graduate School Yammer File store.

Compulsory online courses for PGRs

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If you are a PhD or MPHIL student at UON but have not yet applied for Transfer, please note that there are 3 compulsory elements to your doctorate which you need to satisfy before you can progress through Transfer.

  1. Induction is the first. You must have attended a PGR Induction in either October or March.
  2. and 3. The other compulsory elements comprise two online courses, Becoming an Ethical Researcher and Research Integrity (UK) Second Edition – Core course. These courses are fully online, you can access them in your own time, working at your own pace.

It makes sense to pass these courses before you consider applying for Transfer and it is best to start soon after your Induction. So click on the links above and please make sure to read the instructions for access. If you have any questions please contact Simone Apel in the Graduate School.

The process is slightly different for our Professional Doctorate students. Your induction runs at the start of your facilitated modules and the compulsory online courses are embedded into the assessment of the facilitated modules for DProfPrac students, with DBA students completing the courses at the beginning of the thesis module.

The two compulsory courses are accompanied by a number of other optional online courses in research methods and literature review. So do take a look and see what is available for you – access is via Gateway (under the menu ‘Online courses’).

Merry Christmas and a happy new year…

…from everyone in the Graduate School. We look forward to helping and supporting our research degree students and supervisors in 2022.

Dust off your cameras, dig out your sketchbook – Images of Research is back in 2022!

2021 winner, Jonathan Francis, with “The reliability of manual ultrasonics in detecting internal corrosion in Carbon Steel pipework”

The Graduate School’s Images of Research (IoR) competition is back! The Call for Images is now open, so, if you are a researcher (staff or research 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. See the IoR 2021-22 Rules and Guidelines for how to apply.

This year’s IoR will, again, be a double competition, where viewers can vote for their top three favourites and an expert judge will also choose their top three. Entries (see below) must be emailed to Simone Apel by February 28th 2022.

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New Graduate School Newsletters

The Graduate School have launched a new series of fortnightly newsletters, published every other Thursday. These replace the Word format Graduate School Notices document. The new update will have the same notices and updates but will feature more news, features and events, relating to Graduate School operations, researcher development, information for PGRs and Supervisors, research degree notices, seminars and events running across the university and call for papers.

The first newsletter was published on October 28th, with fortnightly issues. If you have any item you would like us to consider please send content and contact details to simone.apel@northampton.ac.uk by noon on the Tuesday before publication. Back copies can be found in the Files in Graduate School Yammer.

Workshops for Research Degree Supervisors ~ 2021-22

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

Supervisor Development Programme ~ 2022

The university runs a development programme for supervisors who are new to research degree supervision, co-ordinated by Professor Ian Livingstone.  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 2022 the workshops will be delivered on:

Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd September 2022 at the University of Northampton’s Waterside Campus.

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University of Northampton Annual Research Conference 2021

This year’s Annual Research Conference will be held online on Wednesday 16 June to Friday 18 June. You’ll find a brochure listing sessions and presentations with links here. The brochure contains all aspects of the conference, including Collaborate links, dates, times, abstracts and much more! Please use the links provided in the brochure to access sessions (note: they will not open until 30 minutes before the allotted time).

Images of Research 2021 winner – Jonathan Francis

Congratulations to Jonathan Francis, our Judges’ Choice Images of Research 2021 winner! Jonathan’s image will be showcased in Graduate School publications.

Well done to Adnan Haq and Bethany McTrustery, who received highly commended mentions for their submissions by our judges, Drs Cathy Smith and Craig Staff. Many congratulations too, to our People’s Choice winner, Chin Guan Lim for ‘Is your business pennywise or pound foolish?’ We had 420 votes in total for the People’s Choice.

The recording and presentation slides, along with the full brochure of entries can be found in RES001>left hand menu>competitions>Images of Research 2021. Thank you to everyone who participated with their excellent submissions in this year’s competition.

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