Graduate School Update Day 2019: PGR Futures

This year’s Graduate School Update Day will be held on 26 June 2019. Update Day is open to all the university’s postgraduate researchers and research degree supervisors. The theme for this year’s Update Day is ‘PGR Futures‘. It will be facilitated by Dr Billy Bryan. You can sign up here.

Programme for Update Day 2019

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Research Poster Competition, June 2019

Wednesday 15th May, 10:45-14:00pm

Exhibition Space, First Floor, Creative Hub

Late entries still being accepted!

Friendly Supportive Innovative:
last year’s poster experience

If you’d like to give the Research Poster Competition a go this year, do get in touch with Melanie.Petch@northampton.ac.uk. It’s a great opportunity to meet other PGRs and to gain valuable feedback on your work. Please see the Entry Guidelines for more inspiration and if you’re tempted, fill in the Entry Form.

The Research Poster Competition is available for everyone to view, so do drop by and see for yourselves the exciting research going on at Waterside.

Alongside the poster competition, we’ll also be announcing the winners of the Images of Research Competition we launched late last year. We have two very impressive winners this year, so do join us as we celebrate their successes too.

Supervisor Development Programme ~ 2019/20

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 2019/20 the workshops will be delivered on:

Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th September 2019 at the University of Northampton’s Waterside Campus.

You will need to attend on all three days of the programme.

There will also be a delivery of the programme in July 2020, probably on Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th. Read the rest of this entry

Practical Tips to Effectively Improve your Writing Style (Part 2)

Friday 29th March 2.00 – 3.30pm (Room 404 in Senate Building)

Professor Tony Kay is running Part 2 of this popular session hosted by the FHS, Physical Activity and Life Sciences Research Centre.

It is ideal for those who attended Part 1 and is also open to anyone who would like to attend this second part.

Academic writing is an essential communication skill that is developed with practice and guidance. Regardless of the type of document (e.g. report, article, thesis), employing the appropriate writing style will enhance the clarity and impact of your work. This session will provide a guide to improve the clarify of your writing, examine some of the common mistakes, and provide examples of effective tips and a checklist to eliminate these mistakes and improve the quality and clarity of your writing.

To book your place please register on Gateway


14th Annual Research Poster Competition: call for entries

Wednesday 15th May, 10.45am – 2.00pm

First Floor Exhibition Space, Creative Hub, Waterside Campus

The Graduate School is launching its 14th Annual Research Competition for all PGRs this week. The aim of the event is for PGRs to create an A1 poster (in landscape format) that explains their research to a mixed audience of non-subject specialists.  At whatever stage in the research process you are, and whether you are based on or off campus, do take this opportunity to share your work with others and gain valuable feedback. For further information on the rules of entry, please see the Guidelines.

For those new to producing a research poster, there will be a Producing a Research Poster workshop on Tuesday 26th March to support you with your entry. Please see Gateway for further details. An online version of the workshop will also be available for off-site students – if you are interested in attending, please contact Melanie.Petch@northampton.ac.uk

To enter, please complete the entry form and email to Melanie Petch.

The closing date for the submission of the entry form is Monday 29th April.

All the best with your entry!

The Graduate School launches its Sixth ‘Images of Research’ competition.

Viewers at the launch of our 2019 digital exhibition this evening cast their votes from a series of stunning entries.

2019 Images of Research Competition

If you missed the opportunity to attend the event, please do browse the full exhibition catalogue here.

Once you’ve viewed all fourteen images and accompanying text, keep a note of your favourite three entries and their numbers. You can then use our online poll to submit your vote.

The winners will be announced on 15th May 2019 at our Research Poster Competition (more details to follow shortly) There will be two winners. The ‘People’s Choice’ voted for by you! We will also have a special prize chosen by our expert judge, Ben Thomas, editor of All Things Business.

For further information on how to vote or information on the Images of Research competition, please contact Dr Melanie Petch Melanie.Petch@northampton.ac.uk

Images of Research Launch on Monday. Everyone welcome!

Images of Research Launch – Monday 4th March 5-6pm

Exhibition Area, First Floor, Creative Hub, Waterside Campus

Join us for wine and nibbles as we view the very finest images of research at University of Northampton at our first-fully digital exhibition. On the night, you will be able to vote for your top three images. The exhibition will be displayed on the plasma screens around campus until 4th April with the winners announced on 15th May 2019. A full exhibition catalogue will also be posted online after the launch. We look forward to seeing you there! For further information, contact Melanie Petch – Melanie.Petch@northampton.ac.uk

Call for papers and entries: University of Northampton’s Annual Research Conference

Thursday 20 – Friday 21 June, 2019

The University of Northampton’s Annual Research Conference provides an ideal development opportunity for all researchers to present their research and to discuss and share good practice with others in a supportive environment. This year, we are offering some exciting, new ways of presenting research and are looking for researchers who are keen to submit one, or all, of the following:

  • Research papers: presentations should be 15 minutes long, with 10 minutes allocated for questions after each presentation.
  • Research posters: exhibit an A1 poster (landscape only) that explains your research to a mixed audience of non-subject specialists. Entrants can re-submit the same poster already entered into the Graduate School Research Poster Competition 2018 or for planned entry into the competition in May 2019.
  • Thesis in Three Minutes: outline your thesis in a three-minute presentation and one slide! See the guidelines for further information.
  • Bake your Research Competition: bake your research as a cake (or other baked goodies) in this tasty new competition! Please read the guidelines for further information.

If you are a UoN researcher and are interested in submitting your research in one, or all, of these formats, please complete a separate Register your Interest Form for each entry where you will be asked to upload an abstract for each one. Closing date for submission is: Friday 29th March 2019.
Please direct any questions to Melanie.Petch@northampton.ac.uk.

If you don’t wish to present but would like to be part of the conference selection panel, be a chair, or help out on the day, then please get in touch with Melanie.


Images of Research Launch

In the Graduate School, we’re excited to be launching our sixth annual Images of Research competition. The first to be fully digital! Join us as we browse images that capture the diversity of research here at UoN.

The event takes place on: Monday 4th March between 5-6pm in the First Floor Exhibition Area, Creative Hub, Waterside Campus.

Professor Matthew McCormack, Head of the Graduate School, will open the competition with a short presentation at 5pm. On the evening you can vote for your top three entries, but if you can’t make it, don’t worry. There will be further opportunities to vote and view the exhibition on the plasma screens around campus from 5th March to 5th April, and to vote and view online via the Research Support Hub! More details will follow …

A larger version of the launch poster with more information, and a chance to remind yourself of last year’s winning entry can be seen here. For catering purposes, please email Melanie Petch Melanie.Petch@northampton.ac.uk if you would like to attend on the evening. By all means, do circulate to anyone who might be interested.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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PhD transfer Seminar: Antony Bounds, ‘Decolonisation and Federation in the West Indes, 1945-62’

Antony Bounds discusses ‘Decolonisation and Federation in the West Indes, 1945-62’ at his PhD Transfer Seminar tomorrow, Thursday 14th February. The event will be located in the Learning Hub LH017, Waterside Campus at 6pm.

If you are interested in attending future events, Antony’s seminar is part of a wider History seminar programme, which can be viewed here:

Any enquiries can be directed to Matthew McCormack
(Professor of History)