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. Read the rest of this entry

Gateway for postgraduate research students – getting started

Gateway is our online postgraduate research (PGR) management system. This post is to help postgraduate researchers (PGRs) to get started using it. Read the rest of this entry

‘Gateway’, the postgraduate research management system

Gateway is our online postgraduate research (PGR) management system. The objectives of the system are to:

  • Provide a shared, web-based record system for PGR students, their supervisors, school research leaders and the Graduate School;
  • Provide electronic records of supervision meetings;
  • Replace paper forms and signatures with electronic workflows and sign-off for all registration, progression and examination processes;
  • Provide online booking and records of training and development, accessible to students and supervisors;
  • Maintain support and contact with students and supervisors in any location;
  • Give access using existing usernames and passwords.

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Goodbye and thanks

Rosalie at Foxton

Rosalie at Foxton Locks

My apologies for using the Research Support Hub for a personal message, but as many of you will know, today is my last day at the University of Northampton.  I am retiring.

I wanted to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all of my research colleagues for the support you have given me over the last few years.  It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with such a committed and hard-working group of people and I have greatly appreciated the tolerance and acceptance that I have experienced.

My daughter is getting married on Friday and my husband and I have a few holidays lined up before we set off on our big trip on Rosalie, our narrow boat.  It is all really exciting but leaving Northampton is still a wrench.

I wish you all every success in your research endeavours.  Hopefully my replacement will be appointed soon, but in the meantime I leave you in Nick‘s capable hands.

Goodbye and good luck.

Miggie

 

 

Paying for open access: how much will it cost?

FAQ: How do I find out whether a journal has an option for immediate open access and if so, how much it will cost?

Does your proposed funder require immediate open access to all research outputs?

Do you need to include the cost of APCs in your bid?

Do you need to make sure your work has the earliest possible visibility and impact?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes then you will need to know whether any journal you choose to publish in offers an immediate (‘gold’) open access option and if so, how much it will cost.

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Open Access at the University of Northampton: state of play

Since 2007 Library and Learning Services have been offering services to researchers wishing to engage with the Open Access (OA) agenda.  This post summarises the policy, services and support now available at the University of Northampton.

Open Access policy:

In December 2015 the University Research and Enterprise Committee approved an OA policy for the University.  Aligned with, and supporting, HEFCE’s open access policy for the REF, the University policy states: “the University supports the principle of open access and expects researchers to share their research outputs freely, subject to legal, ethical, commercial or contractual constraints”.  The policy requires researchers to ‘act on acceptance‘ in depositing their work in the University’s institutional repository, NECTAR.

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University Open Access Fund

Open Access logoFAQ: Does the University have any funds available to pay publishers’ article processing charges (APCs) and if so, how can I apply for these?

As of August 1st 2016 the University of Northampton has set aside an Open Access (OA) fund to support the payment of article processing charges (APCs).

APCs are the charges levied by publishers to cover the cost of making an individual article OA at the point of publication (aka ‘gold’ OA).  This may be in a fully OA journal or in a ‘hybrid’ journal which makes otherwise subscription only articles available OA on payment of an APC.

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Moulton Research reaches Global Audience in the National Geographic!

Submitted by Wanda McCormick
NG screen shotIf you pop down to your local newsagents today and flick through the latest August edition of the National Geographic magazine, you will find a striking image linked to one of our ongoing research projects here at the College. The image was taken by a professional photographer who visited the College last summer to document our ongoing conservation work with the photogenic but incredibly elusive harvest mouse! We have been investigating the ecological habits of this most charismatic of creatures as a means of prescribing pro-active conservation measures to ensure its survival in our green and pleasant countryside.

With a global circulation of around 7 million, this truly puts Moulton’s research on a global stage! To find out more about this and other research activities we undertake, why not check out: https://twitter.com/MoultonResearch

Accessing resources off campus: update

FAQ: Why can’t I access resources off campus?

With very few exceptions (listed here), you should be able to use your university login details to access the library’s resources, irrespective of whether you are located on or off campus.

If you find that you are not being given the opportunity to log in with your university details then there are several possible explanations.
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