Author Archives: Dr Melanie Petch

Research Seminars that bridge gaps in our thinking!

‘Bridging the Gap’ image by Jay Batchelor, PGR at University of Northampton (Entrant in 2019 Images of Research Competition)

Rapid Analysis of Environmental Mycobacteria Species in Water Samples using PCR

Speaker: Farzana Sultana

Monday 1st July 10am

Location Learning Hub 323

Speaker: Qiuling Bi

Critical Thinking Instruction Through Project-based Learning in Chinese EFL Classes: A Case Study in HE

Tuesday 2nd July 9-10am

Location: Senate 212

Teaching American Literature in the Age of Trump: An Uncanny Pedagogy

Speaker: Lawrence Phillips (Regents University)

Wednesday 3rd July 2:15pm

Location: Senate 405

Student Wellbeing in Higher Education: Sense-Making through Narrative Inquiry

Speaker: Sally Sharp (See poster for more information)

Monday 15th July 12-1pm

Location: Learning Hub 016

Annual Research Conference: Brochure Online

June 20 – 21st 2019

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone later this week at our Annual Research Conference. We have a host of treats in store for you including three distinguished keynote speakers, and our inaugural Bake your Research Competition! We also have research papers, and the famous 3MT too. The full conference brochure can be viewed here.

If you would like to book for Day One or Day Two just click the links to register your attendance. Please do join us for the conference meal too, by booking on Gateway.

Showcasing the very best research at Waterside: UoN’s Annual Research Conference

20-21 June – Town Hall, Creative Hub, Waterside Campus

Our beautiful riverside setting provides the backdrop for this year’s Annual Research Conference. With over 100 abstracts received from Postgraduate Researchers and staff for research papers, posters, 3MT presentations and Bake your Research, this year promises to reflect the very best research that University of Northampton has to offer.

We are also lucky to be joined by three distinctive and vibrant keynote speakers. Professor Deborah Johnston from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) who considers Researching Nutrition and Decision-Making: Negotiating Ethical and Analytical Challenges as she opens the conference on the Thursday.

Dr Kieran Fenby-Hulse, Coventry University
Professor Deborah Johnston, School of Oriental and African Studies

We have a Performative Plenary Provocation by Dr Kieran Fenby-Hulse at the end of the first day entitled ‘Difference and the Academy’.

While on the second day, Julia Reeve, Coordinator of East Midlands Writing Pad and Research ELT Officer from De Montfort University, invites us to think about the relationship between creativity and research.

Julia Reeve, De Montfort University

At whatever stage you are in your research career, there really is something for everyone at this year’s conference. We launch our full conference brochure very soon, but for now, please do register your interest on Gateway for Day One, and Day Two. Everyone is welcome to attend the conference meal at the end of Day One, but please do sign up on Gateway for this too.

Join us for a fabulous showcase of our university’s finest research. For further information on the event, please contact Dr Melanie Petch.

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


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

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)

PhD Transfer Seminar: ‘Sustainability in the Leather Industry’ Oluwaseyi Olomoso

Wednesday 13th February, 2019 (1-2pm) SN405

Everyone is welcome to this PhD Transfer Seminar on ‘Sustainability in the Leather Industry.’

Abstract The implementation of sustainable practices has become an increasingly important topic for industries and more specifically, the supply chains within them. This study focuses on sustainability implementation in a traditional leather industry, with a complex supply chain that has focused on the environment sustainability, even with the existence of measurement and audit tools. But can an industry be truly sustainable by focusing on one sustainability aspect, out of three? How do we effectively implement the other two aspects? After implementation of the other two aspects, how can we effectively measure and track the impacts? The aim of this research is to address these issues by exploring the views of major stakeholders in the leather supply chain. Please register your attendance via Gateway.

Faculty of Business and Law Research Seminar: ‘Institutional Quality, Political Risk and Tourism: Evidence from Gravity Model’ 6th Feb 2019 13:00 to 14:00 TPod A (2nd Floor of Learning Hub)

Everyone welcome as Dr Thaana Ghalia investigates the role of institutional quality coupled with political risks, distance and socio-economic factors to explain tourist flow by applying the gravity model. We found that institutional quality and absence of conflict are driving factors in fostering tourism flows for both source and destination countries. Our finding suggests that institutional reform can help to boost the economies of countries with low- quality institutions. While institutional change is a positive development in its own right, our results suggest that it can also have important additional economic benefits for countries that are highly dependent on tourism. Please register your attendance via Gateway:  https://research.northampton.ac.uk/83w15/fbl-research-seminar-dr-thaana-g List Table 4 A

Research Seminar: The Therapist’s Experience of the Use of Silence in Clinical Practice

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You are warmly invited to a PhD Transfer Seminar hosted by the Faculty of Health and Society. The event is being held on Wednesday 6th February 2019 in Room 404 of the Senate Building. For further details please see details to the left. Any questions can be addressed to Michelle Pyer by email: michelle.pyer@northampton.ac.uk