Author Archives: Miggie Pickton

Workshop: Publishing and reviewing with Taylor & Francis

Library and Learning Services in conjunction with the Graduate School are delighted to announce a new workshop for research students and staff.

Elaine Devine from Taylor & Francis will be leading the workshop and will bring a publisher perspective to the two important scholarly activities of getting published and becoming a peer reviewer.


10 – 11am How to get published in an academic journal: tips to help you succeed
  Questions / break
11.15am  – 12pm How to be an effective reviewer for an academic journal
12 – 12.30pm Breakout review exercise on effective reviews for journals Including feedback and questions
12:30 – 1pm Lunch
1pm – 2pm Taylor and Francis focus group: give your views on the journal article publishing process (optional)

Where:  Pytchley 101, Park Campus

When:   Thursday 30th June from 10am to 1pm (includes lunch)

Who:      Research students and staff

To book a place:      Please register on our Eventbrite site

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Researcher help desks – Summer 2016

I’m so sorry – we’ve been having a somewhat hectic few weeks and I completely forgot to post the new term’s help desk dates!

These are the dates we have planned but of course you can always contact Nick or myself directly to fix up a time to meet that suits you better.

nu-information-services-park-401Park Library R2.20:

  • Friday 29th April – 2 to 4pm
  • Wednesday 11th May – 10am to 12 noon
  • Monday 23rd May – 10am to 12 noon
  • Friday 10th June – 10am to 12 noon
  • Thursday 23rd June – 2 to 4pm
  • Thursday 7th July – 10am to 12 noon (**updated)

Avenue Library MG1:

  • Tuesday 3rd May – 10am to 12 noon
  • Thursday 19th May – 10am to 12 noon
  • Wednesday 1st June – 2 to 4pm
  • Monday 13th June – 10am to 12 noon
  • Tuesday 28th June – 2 to 4pm

We look forward to seeing you at Park or Avenue library.

Visiting Professors and Fellows: policy and guidance

Submitted by Matthew Watson on behalf of Research and Enterprise Committee

Revised policy, guidance and nomination forms for new Visiting Professors and Fellows are now available.

Visiting Professors and Fellows – Policy

Appointment of Visiting Professors and Fellows – Guidance

Visiting Professors and Fellows – Nomination Form


Each Unit of Assessment will need to submit a section on “open research”, detailing the submitting unit’s open access strategy, including where this goes above and beyond the REF open access policy requirements, and wider activity to encourage the effective sharing and managment of research data.

To assist us in meeting this criteria, please ensure that all research outputs that are accepted for publication are uploaded to NECTAR as soon as they have been accepted

Note – copyright will be checked, and all publisher’s policies will be respected. What can be made open, will be!

Note – by depositing your work in NECTAR this does not make your work automatically open access.

If you have any questions about embargo periods or credibility of journals that you are looking to publish in please email

Open Access Requirements for all journal articles and conference proceedings accepted for publication from the 1st of April 2016 are:

Deposit – within 3 months of acceptance

Embargo Periods – 12 months – Panel A and B (STEM), 24 Months Panel C and D




Report: Taylor & Francis – Insights into publishing

Last week I attended an interesting event put on by Taylor and Francis (T&F) and, knowing that quite a few Northampton researchers publish with T&F, I thought I’d share some of the things I learned.

There were several talks during the day, covering support for early career researchers; peer review and journal development; the role of the editorial team; journal production; dissemination; and open access.  The full slide presentation is available here but for me a number of points stood out.

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Seminar: A monstrous child; childhood disability and the making of the human

Submitted by Sharon Meredith, Institute of Health and Wellbeing

Institute of Health and Wellbeing logoSpeaker: Dr Katherine Runswick-Cole, Senior Research Fellow in Disability Studies & Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University

Date: Wednesday 13 April 2016, 1-2 pm

Venue: Sulgrave, S029, Park Campus, The University of Northampton

A sandwich lunch will be provided.

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Seminar: Vehicle dynamics and safety research at Coventry University

Submitted by Prof Stefan Kaczmarczyk

Speaker: Mike Blundell, Professor of Vehicle Dynamics and Impact, Centre for Mobility and Transport, Coventry University.

Date: Monday 4th April 2016 New date Monday 11th April

Time: 13:30 – 14:30

Venue: NW101, Avenue Campus
Refreshments will be available before and after the presentation.

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Reminder: ‘Working with industry’ seminar

It’s all go in the School of Science and Technology on Thursday!

Dr Terry Tudor has asked us to remind you that the ‘Working with industry: funding opportunities‘ seminar will be taking place this Thursday, 17th March in Newton Hall.

The seminar will be conducted by Professor Carolyn Roberts (Specialist) and Dr Lis Broome (Knowledge Transfer Manager), from the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), which is the engagement arm of Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.

For further details please see the original post.

Guest lecture: Endangered sea turtles

Submitted by Professor Jeff Ollerton

1024px-Green_Sea_Turtle_grazing_seagrassOn Thursday 17th March at 11:00 in NW205 there will be a guest lecture by Rowan Byrne, Senior Marine Environmental Scientist at the firm Mott MacDonald, entitled:

“Endangered Sea Turtles, Research, Biodiversity and Infrastructure Projects”.

This is a great opportunity to find out more about the kind of work these companies do and to ask questions about getting a career in conservation and environmental consultancy.

Photo credit: By P.Lindgren (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Science and Technology Research Conference – programme

Submitted by Professor Jeff Ollerton

The programme for this Wednesday’s Annual Science and Technology Research Conference has just been announced:

Time Name Area Title
1230 LUNCH
1300 Mu Mu Computing Towards immersive user experience: web-based media orchestration
1315 Ameer Al-Sadi Computing Management of Distributed Software-Defined Networks in Smart Cities
1330 Duncan McCollin Ecology Islands – natural laboratories for studying ecology
1345 Jeff Ollerton Ecology Extinctions of British pollinators and the role of large-scale agricultural changes
1400 Riyadh Abass Engineering Development of scheduling process for the M2M communications system in Smart Cities
1415 BREAK
1430 Joseph Maina Wastes Towards sustainable solid waste management in Kenya
1445 Lauren Samet Moulton – Animal Welfare The efficacy of herbal nutraceuticals in improving captive animal welfare.
1500 Douglas Mills Engineering Development of a hand held electrical device (the Procometer) to assess the protection afforded by an organic coating to a metal substrate in the field
1515 TianYang Lan Engineering Development of assessment method for conservation coatings applied to archaeological objects
1530 Oyin Olajubu Computing A textual language for requirement modelling
1545 BREAK
1600 Robin Crockett Maths/Physical Geography Patterns and trends in flows in the River Nene
1615 Zainab Al-Rubaye Computing The use of multivariable wireless sensor data to early detect lameness in sheep
1630 Melanie Limb Human Geography One in four
1645 Ian Livingstone Physical Geography Wind-blown sand in complex terrain: a case study from the Mojave Desert, California
1700 END

If you have not yet told that you are attending, please do so for catering purposes.  Thank you.