Author Archives: Leila Benseddik

The Academy 2017: From Universal Man to Identity Politics: The Rise and Fall of The Self

durer_self_portraitThere are still places left for the Institute of Ideas annual Academy with discounted tickets for students. This year’s Academy will take place on Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 July 2017, Wyboston Lakes Executive Centre, Bedfordshire and it will look at the rise and fall of the self. The first day will cover the historic formation of the self, its role as a motor to historical development, and its classical formulation in political theory, economics, philosophy and law. The relationship and contradictions between the individual self and society will be explored in the context of the relationship between the particular and the universal. Read the rest of this entry

Graduate School Update Day

DDek5n1WsAATqCdOn Thursday 29th June, Graduate School Update Day was held on Park Campus with an attendance of over fifty PGR students and supervisors. Every year The Graduate School hold this event to provide a space for both PGRs and supervisors to get together, discuss one or two topics of relevance to them via workshops and provide an opportunity for both parties to feed back on the year’s Graduate School provision and service.  This year, the event started with a one hour session on research ethics, during which Professor John Horton, Chair of Research Ethics Committee provided an update on changes to research ethics processes for research degree students at the University of Northampton including the new proforma for ethics applications. The second workshop of the day was led by Clare Jones, an expert in researcher careers for research staff and PhD students from the University of Nottingham. Clare started her workshop providing an overview of the PhD landscape with examples of some career related issues and challenges that postgraduate students encounter in their PhD journey.DDewiNOXYAAAMiu Read the rest of this entry

YES Competition 2017

YES competitionTake part in YES17 this autumn and spend three days immersed in developing enterprise skills; thinking creatively to produce innovative solutions to major challenges; and discovering how to communicate research with impact.

YES is an opportunity for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers wishing to:

  • Enhance CVs
  • Develop transferable skills
  • Cultivate business acumen
  • Become career-wise
  • Collaborate with peers and network with industry experts
  • Pitch for a share of the £7,500 prize fund

The application deadline is the 9 July 2017.

For more information, please see the link

 

 

Nominations for the Times Higher Education Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year 2017 are NOW OPEN!

 

outstanding research supervisor of the yearNominations for the outstanding research supervisor of the year award are now open.  Sponsored by the Times Higher Education, this award will be given to the individual who has created the most supportive, stimulating and inspirational research environment for doctoral students. Entries will be accepted from institutions, supervisors themselves or their students or colleagues, but in all cases the institution must support the submission and student testimonies must be included in the supplementary documentation. Entries are open online until Wednesday 28th June 2017. Read the rest of this entry

PGRs, don’t be a No show!

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Since we are in the last few months of the development programme 2016/17, this is a gentle reminder of the attendance, cancellation and booking guidelines for our workshops.

As you know, all the workshops are found via the Gateway Calendar and you just need to click on the Green dot ‘Respond ‘and then Choose ‘Attending’ to register on a workshop. You have the option to write a note, for instance if you know you are going to be late arriving at the workshop. Please remember that by registering on a workshop you are committing to attend, our facilitators spend hours preparing and then delivering the material to an expected number of students beforehand.  Read the rest of this entry

Call for Papers from PGRs – September 2017 Conferences

The East Midlands Doctoral Network (EMDoc) would like to invite PGR students to submit an abstract for a paper or poster to their Postgraduate Research Conference. This year conference will be hosted at the University of Nottingham and is a great opportunity to promote students’ research, and meet and network with other postgraduate research students from around the East Midlands. The conference will be held on the 13th September which is the day before the University of Northampton PGR/ ECR conference. So, aiming at encouraging our students to communicate their research both in internal and external settings, and seeking to help them improve their presentation skills, the Graduate School is offering PGR students the opportunity of covering the expenses of their trip to Nottingham if  they are also planning to present in the PGR/ECR conference in Northampton. Read the rest of this entry

Images of Research 2016-17 winners announced!

The winners of the Graduate School’s Images of Research (IoR) exhibition and competition 2016-17 have now been chosen

Claire picThere were two competitions – 3 winners chosen by guest judge Ralph Derbyshire, Principal Lecturer and Subject Leader in Fine Art, UoN , and a people’s choice. The ‘People’s Choice’ competition votes were counted from those on paper at the exhibition at Avenue gallery corridor and the university library exhibitions, plus the online votes via the Research Support Hub.

Congratulations to Claire Clews, Jacquie Ridge and Kardi zainab s picSomerfield who were Ralph Derbyshire’s winners. The People’s Choice winners were Zainab Al-Rubaye, Maitreyee Buragohain and Saneeya Qureshi. For more information about the winners please see the links above. The IOR 16-17 catalogue shows all the 2016-17 entries.

NVivo intermediate level workshop: with a beginner’s online training course

On 10 Jul 2017, from 13:00 to 16:00, the Graduate School is running a workshop on using Nvivo for intermediate level. Attendees are expected to have access to NVivo and have basic NVivo knowledge (adding data sources, creating node trees and coding). Nevertheless, there is still an opportunity for students without prior knowledge of NVivo to attend the workshop. Lynda, an online training package, offers the basics of Nvivo in an easy and simple way through an online course. This can be found here but make sure you read the getting started with Linda below for instructions.

Getting Started with Lynda – updated Nov 2016

To book your place, please visit Gateway

Qualitative Research Methods Workshop: An Interactive Guide

 

On the 4th of July 2017, the Graduate School will be running a one day workshop on qualitative research methods. In this workshop Dr. Neil Raven will introduce participants to a range of qualitative research methods that can be used separately or as part of a mixed methods approach. The day will begin by considering the use of interviews in academic research, before exploring the potential of focus groups. During the afternoon attention will turn to the use of observation and photography as methods that have the capacity to generate a wealth of rich qualitative data.  Read the rest of this entry