Author Archives: Simone Apel

PGR Student Poster Competition 2017: Call for posters from research students

PostergenericThe Graduate School would like to invite research students to submit an application to present a poster at their 12th Annual Poster Competition on Wednesday 17th May 2017, 11am to 2pm, in the Dialog Cafe, ground floor of Rockingham Library, Park Campus. We are offering a first prize of £100, and two second prizes of £75 for the top three posters.  Read the rest of this entry

A warm welcome to our spring intake of Postgraduate Researchers

Colorful_spring_gardenThis week, from March 21st to 24th, The Graduate School welcomes 14 new postgraduate research students, all joining the University to start a research degree, some part-time, some full time, with many being members of University staff. Read the rest of this entry

Design a logo – PGR students could win £450 pounds

logoThe East Midlands Doctoral Network (EMDoc) has launched a competition to design a new logo for them with a winning prize of £450. The competition is open to all Postgraduate Research Students in the EMDoc network and the closing date for entries is 28th April 2017. See EMDoc Logo Competition Guidelines or read on! Read the rest of this entry

Approaches to Inequalities: whose business is it? Conference call for papers – doctoral stream.

On Wednesday 20th September 2017 The University of Northampton are holding their third Approaches to Inequalities conference. Following the success of last year’s doctoral stream, Professor Chantal Davies from Chester University and Visiting Professor in Law at the University of Northampton, has kindly agreed to Chair this year’s doctoral stream.

The organisers welcome proposals for papers relating to the conference theme from Doctoral students at all stages of their PhD – closing date 24th April. This will be a supportive environment to present papers relating to your PhD research and there will be an opportunity to receive feedback and comments from both Professor Davies, other students and conference delegates. Read the rest of this entry

Bangladesh Assistant High Commissioner visits UoN.

BangladeshOn Wednesday 15 March Bangladesh Assistant High Commissioner, Mr. Muhammad Zulqar Nain, will visit UoN to deliver a seminar on “Economic Development In Bangladesh”.

His presentation will include:
1. A short introduction of recent economic development in Bangladesh.
2. Some discussion of its relationship with Britain and China (including the influence of the ‘one belt one road’ initiative’).
And more….

The seminar will be on Wednesday 15 March from 13:00-14:30 in Cottesbrooke C226, Park Campus. Some local Bangladesh food will also be provided for you to try. If you would like to book a place please go to the Eventbrite page. If you have any questions please contact Esther Ramsden.

 

Are you a PhD/MPhil student? Would you like to work part-time for the Graduate School?

workThe Graduate School are offering a 9-month paid internship for a Postgraduate Research Student, starting end of March 2017.

The purpose of the role is to provide administrative support and services for researcher development activities and to develop organizational skills transferable to a research career. If you would like part-time paid work (18.5 hours a week) whilst you study for your PhD then please see the Unitemps job outline below. Please also apply through the Unitemps link. If you have any questions on the position then please contact Simone.
https://www.unitemps.com/Search/JobDetails/12957

Part-Time Researcher programme for PGRs running on May 25th 2017

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If you are a Postgraduate Research Student studying part-time then you might be interested in the Part-Time Researcher Development Day The Graduate School are running on Thursday 25th May, in collaboration with the University of Leicester.

Originally developed through Vitae, the Programme is a day-long series of discussions and workshops, offering part-time research students the time and space to share and discuss issues which directly affect their research degree study.

During the day there will be a number of development sessions, which will include how to get the best from your supervisor at a distance and part-time and a workshop on time, productivity and motivation management. A facilitated discussion on the ethos and problems of part-time research will be tackled through the day, with a problem solving session later on. Additionally, the programme offers a valuable opportunity for students to meet and chat with fellow part-timers to share experiences and solutions.

The programme will be advertised to all part-time research students from the regional Midlands Universities. For more information and to book a place see the Eventbrite booking page. For more information please contact Simone Apel from The Graduate School.

The Internet of Things – Entrepreneurship with Technology

The second University of Northampton Internet of Things 3-day event will be held on February 4th and 5th, and March 4th, and will be dedicated to Smart Transportation. Respected speakers, from across the industry, will be presenting in a number of workshops that will aid participants to create their own “start up” in technology. Students from all academic levels and staff from across the University will blend in the development of a technology startup.

Google Digital Garage, Transport Systems Catapult, Parallel Wireless and Augmented Vacancies will join the Changemaker Hub, The Enterprise Club and the Computing Department of the University of Northampton.

Students can use this opportunity to start working on their final year dissertations based on real life technology business development ideas that will be discussed in this event and we would like to invite our colleagues to encourage attendance.

Please register here if you would like to attend or see the website for the agenda and speakers.

Images of Research 2016-17: Vote for your 3 favourites

The Images of Research (IoR) exhibition, run by the University of Northampton Graduate School, is now open in the Avenue Gallery corridor and will stay there until February 17th 2017. After this it will travel to Park Campus, to be displayed on the ground floor of Rockingham Library until mid March, then at Avenue Library entrance until Easter.

The IoR competition offers researchers a chance to illustrate or represent their research using a unique image, along with an abstract of up to 150 words describing how the image reflects their research. An annual competition which started in 2013, IoR creatively showcases research at the University and the competition reflects a wide range of research projects as diverse as the images are creative. The images are the perfect medium for engaging non-specialists and capture the essence of even complex research projects in an accessible way.

If you don’t manage to see it in the flesh, so to speak, then why not vote online? Just take a look at the IoR 2017 Catalogue and follow the guidelines below. Voting closes on 13th April 2017. Read the rest of this entry

Are you a research student at the mid-point of your studies….? Or writing up your PhD thesis?

mature students photoIf so, you might be interested in a couple of workshops the Graduate School are running in February and March. On 21st February in MY120, Avenue Campus we are running a Finishing Development Day featuring three workshops – Preparing for the Viva, Editing and Finishing your Thesis and Proofreading your Work. You can attend all three or just a single workshop – please book each workshop separately, just click on the links above or see the Calendar in Gateway.

For those students at the mid-point of their PhD or Doctorate, Dr Kate Mahoney will be visiting us on 7th March to run Effective Progress The workshop will help you to

  • recognise the progress you have made in relation to your overall project
  • define and refine your research hypothesis and your thesis structure
  • understand the requirements of the PhD, including the assessment criteria
  • review how you manage your PhD process

You will also develop a short- to mid-term action plan to help you successfully complete your thesis. Read the rest of this entry