Author Archives: Simone Apel

Phone-a-Thesis! A great new initiative for PGRs

PGRs! We are looking at promoting additional peer support through a proactive “Phone a Thesis” project. The aim is to give us opportunities to talk to other PGRs about our research, to get us used to practicing this with like-minded other students in a supportive way.

Here’s how it works… You give us a short synopsis about your thesis. We put together all of the summaries we get onto an interest page. Everyone then picks their top three summaries of interest. Once all of the entries and selections have been made, the project leads can match people up to Phone a Thesis! A date and time will be arranged for a phone call. Then it’s time to relax, enjoy, listen and chat about your work. This project is designed to support your research experience, enable us to meet new/ other students, and assist in building confidence to talk about our research and the contribution(s) it makes. You can decide between you whether the session will be online or in person at the University (please take current Covid guidelines into account when deciding), and how long it will last.

For more information and details on how to take part, please see the document below.

January 2022 Graduate School Newsletter

Our latest newsletter has just been published, featuring events, seminars, new initiatives and training for PGRs and Supervisors. You can access this and the backlist in the Graduate School Yammer File store.

Compulsory online courses for PGRs

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If you are a PhD or MPHIL student at UON but have not yet applied for Transfer, please note that there are 3 compulsory elements to your doctorate which you need to satisfy before you can progress through Transfer.

  1. Induction is the first. You must have attended a PGR Induction in either October or March.
  2. and 3. The other compulsory elements comprise two online courses, Becoming an Ethical Researcher and Research Integrity (UK) Second Edition – Core course. These courses are fully online, you can access them in your own time, working at your own pace.

It makes sense to pass these courses before you consider applying for Transfer and it is best to start soon after your Induction. So click on the links above and please make sure to read the instructions for access. If you have any questions please contact Simone Apel in the Graduate School.

The process is slightly different for our Professional Doctorate students. Your induction runs at the start of your facilitated modules and the compulsory online courses are embedded into the assessment of the facilitated modules for DProfPrac students, with DBA students completing the courses at the beginning of the thesis module.

The two compulsory courses are accompanied by a number of other optional online courses in research methods and literature review. So do take a look and see what is available for you – access is via Gateway (under the menu ‘Online courses’).

Merry Christmas and a happy new year…

…from everyone in the Graduate School. We look forward to helping and supporting our research degree students and supervisors in 2022.

Dust off your cameras, dig out your sketchbook – Images of Research is back in 2022!

2021 winner, Jonathan Francis, with “The reliability of manual ultrasonics in detecting internal corrosion in Carbon Steel pipework”

The Graduate School’s Images of Research (IoR) competition is back! The Call for Images is now open, so, if you are a researcher (staff or research student) at the University of Northampton, why not take part? Pick up your camera or paintbrush and produce a unique image which captures the essence of your research, or an element of your research, in a visual, artistic or photographic way. Top that off with a snappy title and 150 word summary and that is all you need to do to participate. See the IoR 2021-22 Rules and Guidelines for how to apply.

This year’s IoR will, again, be a double competition, where viewers can vote for their top three favourites and an expert judge will also choose their top three. Entries (see below) must be emailed to Simone Apel by February 28th 2022.

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New Graduate School Newsletters

The Graduate School have launched a new series of fortnightly newsletters, published every other Thursday. These replace the Word format Graduate School Notices document. The new update will have the same notices and updates but will feature more news, features and events, relating to Graduate School operations, researcher development, information for PGRs and Supervisors, research degree notices, seminars and events running across the university and call for papers.

The first newsletter was published on October 28th, with fortnightly issues. If you have any item you would like us to consider please send content and contact details to simone.apel@northampton.ac.uk by noon on the Tuesday before publication. Back copies can be found in the Files in Graduate School Yammer.

Goodbye, thank you and good luck!

My very last post on the Research Support Hub is a personal one!

I’ll be leaving UoN tomorrow. I’d like to send my best wishes to all of you – supervisors, postgraduate researchers and everyone I’ve worked with during my time here. It’s been lovely working with you all and thank you for accepting me into the fold six year’s ago. What a super team of people I have had the pleasure of working with! I will miss you.

Best of luck with your research whatever the topic, wherever you go and hope to see you when I visit. If you find yourself at Nottingham Trent University do hunt me down! Goodbye and good luck with Waterside, All the best, Simone.

 

The social impact of driven game shooting – Transfer seminar invitation

Tracey LGTracey Latham-Green, Postgraduate Researcher from Marketing and Entrepreneurship. will be presenting her Transfer Seminar on Monday 29th October from 12-1 at Senate Boardroom 405. Please book your place here.

Tracey will be presenting on the social impact of driven game shooting.
Abstract: Driven game shooting (DGS) is a controversial topic area, with those fundamentally for and against shooting sports of any kind. There has been considerable research into the environmental and some into the economic impacts of DGS but very little into the social impacts. Read the rest of this entry

Transfer seminar invitation

research croppedCharlotte Brookes, Postgraduate Researcher in Sports, Exercise and Life Science, is presenting her Transfer Seminar on 21st September at 9:30am in the Learning Hub, room LH318.

Her research is on the Genetic Predisposition to Achilles Tendinopathy. All welcome.

Lynda online learning… for researchers?

linkedinlearningstackedfullcolorlogoThe University of Northampton subscribes to a bank of online learning resources called Lynda. Lynda features over 5,000 on-demand training courses on a variety of different business, technical and creative topics.  Lynda is particularly useful when it comes to learning software so you will find courses on Microsoft Office products, including Excel and Word, and other software such as Nvivo, SPSS and R Programming. In addition to this you can also find courses on typical transferable skills – successful presentations, communication skills, time and project management, critical thinking and building resilience, all subjects relevant to you as researchers. Read the rest of this entry