Author Archives: Ian Livingstone

Supervisor Development Programme ~ 2017/18

The university runs a development programme for supervisors who are new to research degree supervision, co-ordinated by Professor Ian Livingstone, Head of the Graduate School.  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 2017/18 the workshops will be delivered on:

Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd February 2018 at The University of Northampton;

Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th July 2018 at Regent’s University London.

Staff from both The University of Northampton and Regent’s University London plus staff delivering our research degrees as international partners are welcome to join either delivery. You only need to join one three-day course, not both. No fees are paid by participants on this programme, but if you will be travelling away from your own university you will need to discuss travel and subsistence expenses with your line manager.

If you are intending to join this programme for either delivery and have not yet contacted Ian Livingstone, please do so now. (01604 893362; email: ian.livingstone@northampton.ac.uk). He will be happy to answer any questions you have about the programme.

Research Impact: Faculty of Education and Humanities Research Seminar

Led by Liz Bonnett ~ REF Officer for Research Impact (De Montfort University – DMU)

The term ‘impact’ is used increasingly, not least in research. What is research impact? How is research impact measured? What does research impact mean for researchers? Why is the impact of research an important consideration for those working in universities? In this informative seminar, Liz Bonnett, DMU’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) Officer for Research Impact will explain research impact and why it matters to you.

Thursday 25 May 2017 ~ 3-4pm ~ Sulgrave 138, Park Campus, University of Northampton, NN2 7AL

All welcome

Facilitated by the Centre for Education and Research

E-mail jane.murray@northampton.ac.uk for more information

Negotiating embargoes on research degree theses

This post covers information for staff who are negotiating contracts or submitting bids which will involve recruiting a research degree student.

Once passed, electronic versions of all research degree theses (Doctorates and MPhils) are uploaded to the university’s research repository, NECTAR. Normal practice is that these are made freely available (open access). Sometimes, however, the research degree graduate requests that their thesis is not made freely available until after a set period of time, normally 12 months. Usually this will be due to commercial sensitive work or plans to publish work contained within the thesis. Research Degrees Committee, on behalf of the university, is sympathetic to these requests and frequently grants embargoes of a reasonable length when requested. You’ll find information about this in the ‘Procedure for thesis submission’.

If you are negotiating contracts or submitting bids which will involve recruiting a research degree student and the external organisation requests that an embargo on the thesis is included in the contract or bid, it is important that you gain approval for that embargo from Research Degrees Committee before the grant or contract is signed off. If you are considering such a clause in a bid or contract, you should discuss this with David Watson or Ian Livingstone in the Graduate School. They will be able to advise further.

Supervisor Development Programme – 2016/17

The university runs a development programme for supervisors who are new to research degree supervision, co-ordinated by Professor Ian Livingstone, Head of the Graduate School.  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 2016/17 the workshops will be delivered on two occasions:

Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th February 2017
at The University of Northampton;

Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th July 2017
at Regent’s University London.

Staff from both The University of Northampton and Regent’s University London plus staff delivering our research degrees as international partners are welcome to join either delivery. You only need to join one three-day course, not both. No fees are paid by participants on this programme, but if you will be travelling away from your own university you will need to discuss travel and subsistence expenses with your line manager.

If you are intending to join this programme for either delivery and have not yet contacted Ian Livingstone, please do so now. (01604 893362; email: ian.livingstone@northampton.ac.uk). He will be happy to answer any questions you have about the programme.

Graduate School Update Day

This year’s Graduate School Update Day will run on Tuesday 21 June 2016 from 9am in Holdenby Lecture Theatre 3 at Park Campus. The theme for this year’s update will be research integrity with a workshop on integrity to be led by Dr Andrew Rawnsley (UK Council for Graduate Education). Update Day is open all the university’s research degree students and supervisors. Please note this date in your diary – booking details are here.

Supervisor Development Programme – next delivery

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.

The next delivery of the workshops will run 9.30-4.00 on Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th July 2016. There will be a further session of seminars led by participants – dates to be negotiated.

If you are intending to join this programme and have not yet contacted Ian Livingstone, please do so now. (x 3362; email: ian.livingstone@northampton.ac.uk)

PhD Placements at the British Library

Placements at the British Library provide opportunities for PhD students from all disciplines to develop and apply transferable research skills outside of the university sector. They support the professional development of researchers for future career paths both within and outside academia.  Placement projects are hosted both by specialist curatorial teams and by staff working in areas such as research engagement, digital scholarship, corporate affairs and public policy.

More information can be found here

Please note that these placements are unfunded and the Graduate School has no funds to support students on placements. You should talk to your supervisor if you are considering applying for one of the placements.

Women in Research Network – new blog and Facebook group

The University’s Women in Research Network has started a new blog and Facebook group, which are open to all staff members (not just women).
 
The network aims to support female researchers, facilitating gender equality, acknowledging the good research work that academic women do, and encouraging equality through engagement in academic activities. All staff members are welcome to get involved with the network.
 
To find out more, contact Charlotte Dann, or follow the Network on Twitter: @NorthantsWIR
 

The Graduate School and the Research and Strategic Bidding Office are moving

We are delighted to announce that the Graduate School and Research and Strategic Bidding Office are moving to be together in the new Research Support Centre in Top Lodge at Park Campus. The move will take place in the week beginning Monday 20th July. As a result, our offices will be closed on Monday 20th July. The RSBO will move into Top Lodge on Wednesday 22nd July and the Graduate School will move on Thursday 23rd July. During the moving week we may not be able to provide the full range of support but we will be up and running at full strength from Monday 27th July so do drop in and see us in our new home. We will be announcing new events and support available shortly.

Santander Staff Research Award

SantanderSantander funding is available for staff that require support for a research project. The project should be aligned to the University or School’s objectives, and have an international theme or connection with one or more of the countries below. The project should also be in collaboration with a current or potential Partner University.

Santander network countries currently include Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Spain, USA, UAE and Uruguay.

There are 5 awards of £1,000 available.

Applications using this form should be submitted by 30 June 2015 to corinna.coleman@northampton.ac.uk

Further information can be obtained from
Corinna Coleman
Scholarships Administrator
Direct Line: 01604 893009
Email: corinna.coleman@northampton.ac.uk