Bake your Research, plus Graduate School Update Day!

The Graduate School are pleased to announce our first Update Day since June 2019 on December 15th from 11-4:30. Annually, prior to the pandemic, we have held this day for postgraduate researchers and their supervisors to get together to discuss one or two topics of relevance via workshops. And, just as importantly, to provide a space for both parties to meet, discuss issues and support each other, as well as a nice lunch! 

As well as Update Day, we’ll be holding a Christmas “Bake your Research” competition – open to both supervisors and PGRs. So why not get into the Christmas spirit and bring along your research in cake form! We will have judges judging the cakes and then all the cakes can be sampled at an afternoon tea session at the end of the day.

So why not come along, join in the discussions, meet your university colleagues and get into the Christmas spirit with a little cake and conversation. Find out more information and book your place here.

Do you like baking? Bring a cake which reflects your research for the GS Update Day!

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 the second edition published on November 11th. The next newsletter is due out on Thursday 25th November. If you have any item you would like us to consider please send content and contact details to by noon on the Tuesday before publication. Back copies can be found in the Files in Graduate School Yammer.

Workshops for Postgraduate Researchers

After 18 months online, the Graduate School are pleased to be offering face to face workshops on campus as well as online webinars. There are sessions for PGRs available to book now on Gateway, with many more to follow next year. Please see Gateway for more information and booking.

Coming up for our new PGRs….

Getting Started Development Day part 1: Monday 22 Nov 2021, 10:00 to 16:00 (online)
Getting Started Development Day part 2: Saturday 29 Jan 2022, 09:15 to 16:15 (f2f)

For PGRs approaching the end of their doctorate

Finishing your Thesis day – Submitting and preparing for viva: 23 Nov 2021, from 13:00 to 16:00 (f2f)
Finishing your Thesis day – Proofreading, Editing and Finishing: 29 Nov 2021, from 14:00 to 17:00 (f2f)

For all PGRs (all f2f)

Ethics Drop In 01 Dec 2021, from 13:00 to 14:00
Questionnaires: An Introduction and Overview 01 Dec 2021, from 15:00 to 17:00
Analysing survey data 08 Dec 2021, from 15:00 to 17:00
Research Data Management 15 Dec 2021, from 14:00 to 17:00

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.

You will need to attend on all three days of the programme. Read the rest of this entry

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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Update on IT from the Graduate School

Dear PGRs and supervisors

You will be aware that the university is experiencing disruption with its IT systems. This may continue for a few days, so here is some information about how it affects PGRs in particular.

Graduate school staff have some access to email and NILE, but cannot access Gateway or any of the student records systems. We are also aware that your access to systems may be affected, as it appears to affect users in different ways. Therefore please note the following:

  • Workshops scheduled for this week (w/c 22/3/21) will be postponed.
  • The announcement of the winner of Images of Research will be postponed until everyone can join in the celebrations.
  • Vivas will go ahead provided all participants have access.
  • Thesis submission and resubmission may be disrupted, so if you are affected please contact Laura.
  • Gateway appears to be inaccessible, so any delays in using the system for time-sensitive tasks will be taken into account.
  • Online supervision can take place where both PGR and supervisor/s have access, but may need to be postponed if not.

We will do our best to keep you updated, given the issues with email. This message will also be posted on the Research Support Hub with links from social media.

Best wishes


Call for papers and submissions – UoN Annual Research Conference 2021

Wednesday 16th – Friday 18th June 2021

Hosted by The Graduate School

The University of Northampton’s Annual Research Conference provides an ideal opportunity for all researchers to present their research and to discuss and share good practice with others in a supportive environment. We hope to have the opportunity to offer both face-to-face and synchronous live streaming on Wednesday 16th (subject to university guidelines on returning to campus and social distancing), with online sessions only running on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th June.

Building on last year’s successful online conference, we are offering a variety of exciting ways to present your research and we are looking for researchers who are keen to submit one, or all, of the following:

  • Research paper (open to all researchers): presentations should be 15 minutes long, with time allocated for questions after each presentation. [Please note that if we are over-subscribed for submissions and a single researcher submits multiple entries we will, where appropriate, ask the researcher to reduce the number of presentations as required]. Presentations will be placed in themed sessions once all entries are received.

There are plenty of other ways for PGRs to become involved too:

  • Research poster (open to PGRs only): exhibit a poster (landscape only) that explains your research to a mixed audience of non-subject specialists. A digital copy will be required for submission. You will find the guidelines for posters on the Research Support Hub.
  • Three Minute Thesis© – 3MT (open to PGRs only): join the worldwide competition and outline your thesis in a three-minute presentation and one slide! See the guidelines on the Research Support Hub for further information.

Please check your eligibility to participate in each part of the conference (i.e. for PGR only competitions). If you wish to submit in one, or all, of these formats, please complete a separate form for each entry using this link:, You will be asked to provide an abstract of 50-150 words for each poster or paper application (abstract not required for 3MT, but a title of your proposed presentation is needed).

The closing date for entry forms for individual research papers, posters and 3MT submissions is: Monday 26th April 2021. Once you have entered, the deadline for the submission of your poster or 3MT slide is Wednesday 2nd June 2021, by email to Linda Maguire.

  • Themed sessions only: Research Institutes, centres or groups who would like to propose a themed session/roundtable within the Conference programme should email Linda Maguire directly by Wednesday 7th April 2021.

Please note that ‘Bake Your Research’ has been postponed due to social distancing concerns – we aim to host this competition at the start of the new academic year.

If you do not wish to present, but would like to help at the Conference, for example as a session Chair, then please get in touch with Linda.

Note: Publications and conference proceedings are not usually organised as part of internal university conferences. Our Conference is an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your research and to support our research community. We would strongly encourage you to become involved!

Any questions regarding submissions or the Conference in general should be directed to:

Annual Research Conference 2021 – Three Minute Thesis competition

16th to 18th June 2021

Online via Collaborate and the Creative Hub, Waterside (subject to campus return and social distancing rules)

To take part, you will be required to outline your thesis in a three-minute presentation and one slide! Rules of entry are as follows:

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

If we cannot hold the first day of the Conference on campus, judging will take place on a remote basis only.

The 3MT competition is open only to PGRs.

Please complete an entry form, including the title of your presentation using this link:

Closing date for entry forms: Monday 26th April 2021.

Once you have entered, please send your single slide to Linda Maguire. The deadline for the submission of your slide is Wednesday 2nd June 2021.

It is anticipated that the winner of 3MT at the Annual Conference will represent UoN at the East Midlands Doctoral Network (EMDoc) 3MT Conference later in the year.

Please view this link for further information on 3MT worldwide:

Please direct any questions to