New Development Days for PGRs

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The Graduate School are running new monthly Development Days for PGRs – a full day on campus on a theme – featuring practical workshops with lunch and the opportunity to meet with your fellow PGRs from across the university. Seriously consider taking a day out to do this. Doctoral study can be isolating and meeting up with others is a great way to share your concerns, chat about your research, share tips and tricks for progressing and increasing your motivation.

Please book on Gateway using the links below (click on the green Respond button). Contact Simone with any booking issues.

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Wellbeing Day for researchers on January 18th 2023

Following on from our successful Wellbeing Week in September, we are hosting, on campus, a Wellbeing Day for researchers on the topic of Resilience in Research on the 18th of January. It is open to all postgraduate researchers and all staff doing research at UON. There will be two main sessions held on the day.

The morning session will be facilitated by Daniela Bultoc, an award-winning emotional intelligence and resilient leader coach. This interactive session aims to provide researchers with the space to focus on themselves, review where they are now and gain a renewed perspective on what is important to them. The session provides practical insights into building resiliency and refocusing in times of uncertainty or when dealing with setbacks.

Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on what helps them be at their best, what motivates them and what their strengths are. They will become more aware their own communication approach in different situations, and especially when solving problems or working with others.

The afternoon session will be facilitated by Cathy Smith, Dean of Research and Innovation, and will be a discussion based around different themes concerning the various challenges and concerns faced by researchers. There will be an opportunity for attendees to briefly discuss wellbeing issues they have experienced as a researcher at UON. And the discussion will cover how the University can support the researcher community and how we can support each other. You can choose to remain anonymous by submitting your thoughts, experiences, and questions around these areas beforehand to be brought up at the event in this section of the day.  You can follow the links above for the sessions’ respective Gateway pages for more information, to see the schedule and to sign up for the sessions. Please note that the two sessions have separate sign ups and you need to sign up for both of them if you wish to attend the whole day. Lunch will be provided

Graduate School Workshop No-Shows – active from January 2023

The Graduate School is implementing a no-show policy for signing up to but not attending workshops that will take effect from January 2023.

We understand that plans change, and that you might no longer be able to make it to a workshop or an event you thought you would like to attend. The aim of the policy is not to discourage you from registering for events you might be interested in. Instead, if your plans change, we ask that you simply let us know that by cancelling your registration.

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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.

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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.