UON Annual Research Conference 2023 call for hosts and organisers

The University of Northampton’s Annual Research Conference is a 2-day conference run in June which gives UON researchers, from Postgraduate Researchers to Professors, an opportunity to present their research. Previous conferences have featured key notes, traditional paper presentations, posters, round table discussions and Pecha Kucha – 20 slides, each shown for 20 seconds. Last year, one of the two days was organised as an online event to give PGRs studying off-site an opportunity to present their research. This was well-received, so for 2023 we would like to continue this format.

This year we are offering the conference organisation opportunity to a Faculty or group of Centres. The chosen group will set a (broad, inclusive) theme for the 2023 Conference, choose a lead organiser/s, convene a conference organising committee (which should include representation of PGRs/ECRs), advertise a call for papers, set session timings and all other pre-conference organisation tasks. The Conference will run in mid-late June (date and venue to be announced soon) and there may be funds available to support the organisation of this Conference.

If you are interested in applying in your Faculty or Centre/Institutes (or group of Centres/Institutes) please complete the application form here by 16th December 2022. The chosen organising committee will be announced in early January 2023.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Conference organisation draft timeline:

‘Call for Conference Organisers’ deadline for applications. Apply here https://forms.office.com/r/9yhJV12ar7  16th December 2022
Conference organisers chosen  Mid-January 2023
Call for speakers and contributorsFebruary-March 2023
Arranging logistics for the conference  March-June 2023
Delegate/attendee registration  From May 2023
Full Programme by  Early June 2023
Conference date tbcMiddle/end June 2023

Call for Abstracts – Journal Of Imaginary Research Volume 8

The call for fictional abstracts for the 2022 Volume of the Journal of Imaginary Research is open!

The Journal of Imaginary Research is now accepting submissions of new short fictional pieces for their annual volume produced each November to celebrate Academic Writing Month. The Journal publishes short works of fiction in a familiar format—that of the research abstract. Follow the link above for the why, what and how of making a submission.

Read more: Call for Abstracts – Journal Of Imaginary Research Volume 8

The 2022 theme

This year the theme is ‘service’. It’s an old word that first related to ceremony or worship, like a church or wedding service. Servants are engaged in service, but so too are leaders. Service means giving time or performing duties for a person, idea or cause. There is sometimes a sense of loyalty, duty and length, but also the quick and easy service of consumerism, of waiting tables, selling with a smile, emotional labour. It’s a word deployed by the armed forces and department stores. We can service abstract things like education or science, people, institutions, or appliances like washing machines. It is both a euphemism for sex and also the word used to describe delivering a ball over the net to start a game of tennis.

The Journal would like you to interpret the theme in your own way so that your submission relates somehow to service.

A key aim of the journal-zine is to encourage academic colleagues to embrace writing simply for enjoyment, as an act of care, or as a reflective act. The Journal also hopes that reading and writing their imagined works, will bring an enjoyable diversion into your work lives.

The deadline to submit is 5pm Friday 2 December. More information and details on how to submit can be found here. Previous Imaginary Research abstracts are available here.  

PGR Cost of Living Bursary

The University of Northampton recognises that the cost of living crisis presents challenges to students who are studying here, and is developing a number of initiatives to support you. The Graduate School has therefore designed a new scheme, the PGR Cost of Living Bursary. This is intended to provide some support to PGRs who are struggling financially, by awarding grants of £500.

The application form is here, which contains details about eligibility and how to apply. The deadline for applications is 2 December and completed applications should be emailed to Laura Pereira. If you have any queries, you are welcome to email Matthew McCormack for advice.

PGRs – do you need a refresher on Transfer preparation? Ethics? Literature Searching? PURE?

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If so, the Graduate School are running a series of online sessions on Tuesday 22nd November which you can join online on Collaborate. If you need a refresher of any of these topics below do book and come along to just that session. You don’t have to attend all day if just one session is relevant. The Getting Started day will feature….

10-11 Preparing for Transfer

11:15-12:30 Research Ethics

1:30-2:45 Getting Started with your Literature search

3-4:30 PURE – your online Research Presence

Book here on Gateway, where you will find the Collaborate link.

Graduate School Development Day: Getting Started (ONLINE)

Presentation Café on the 23rd of November

The Graduate School invites PGRs to the Presentation Café on the 23rd of November at 2 to 3pm.

Presentation Cafés are a great opportunity for PGRs to practice their presenting skills to each other and to gain confidence and feedback. Whether you are practising for a Transfer seminar, a presentation for a conference or simply talk about your research to others, the presentation cafes are there for you. We will be holding these every month. Presentations should be 10-15 minutes long with time for questions after.

To sign up to present your research at a café, please go fill in this form.

To be in the audience (no presenting required!) just click on the green Respond button on the café workshop page on Gateway. Please note, do think about signing up to make a presentation – we will have to cancel sessions if we don’t have any presenters!

There are more Presentation Cafés scheduled for:

Tues 13th Dec 1-2pm

Mon 9th Jan 11am-12pm

Wondering how to start your very own Research Blog? Join our new online workshop

A practical introduction to creating and publishing a Blog for your Research (online workshop)

24 Nov 2022, 12:00 to 14:00

Have you ever thought about starting a Research Blog but wasn’t sure where to begin or how to go about it?

Keeping a Research Blog is an excellent way to document your experience, keep track of your progress and share your research journey with others.

The Graduate School is hosting “A practical introduction to creating and publishing a Blog for your Research”, an online workshop that will introduce you to creating and setting up a blog on Campus Press (the University’s version of WordPress), how to customise it to your needs and how to publish it.

Find out more and sign up for the workshop on Gateway.

Are you a PGR in the beginning stages of your research journey?

Whether you have just joined the University of Northampton or have been with us for some time and need a refresher on the beginning stages of your research journey, the Graduate School would like to invite you to our Development Day: Getting Started which will take place online on November 22 from 10:00 to 16:30.

This series of webinars is for students who have recently joined a research degree programme at the University of Northampton. We will cover what to expect in your first year, how to prepare for key stages and events in your research project and how to prepare for the ethical approval process. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.

To find out more information and to sign up please follow this link to the event’s Gateway page.

NVivo training for PGRs and staff doing research

Would you like to learn how to use NVivo? NVivo is a qualitative data analysis (QDA) management tool and Dr Hala Mansour is running two in-person workshops for the Graduate School, one for beginners in November and one for more experienced users in December on campus at Waterside. The workshops are open to Postgraduate Research Students and Early Career Researchers, academics and research staff.

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Research student and supervisor toolkits on the web

Here are links to the supervisor toolkit, the research student toolkit and Information for examiners on the university websites:

Supervisor toolkit, including information on examination (requires login to the Staff Intranet)

Student toolkit (requires login to Student Hub)

Research governance and policies

Explore the UK’s museums for just £5

Museums and galleries offer a unique cultural experience, but ticket prices can often be unaffordable for regular visits. Fortunately, the Student Art Pass offers free or reduced-price access to arts experiences across the UK, and an opportunity to get involved with a variety of museums and arts organisations. It lets you dive into culture on a budget with free entry to hundreds of museums and galleries across the UK, and 50% off major exhibitions.

You’ll gain access to paid arts opportunities and grow your network by joining the #WeAreArtful @StudentArtPass community. The Pass costs just £5 for a year and is available for a limited time until 12 December to all full-time students studying any subject. You can get your Student Art Pass here.