Author Archives: Simone Apel

Highlights from the Graduate School Poster Competition 2017

2017-05-17 11.46.55The Graduate School’s 12th Annual Poster Competition for research students was held on Weds 17th May in Rockingham Library, Park Campus.  The event offered UoN research students the opportunity to present their research in the form of a poster, practice their presentation skills to a non-specialist audience and a chance to win a prize of £100 or £75. 17 research students presented their work and eight judges, a mix of University staff, academic and support staff, plus an external judge from the University of Warwick, chose one first and two second prizes. Read the rest of this entry

Graduate School Update Day looks to the future for research students

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Every year The Graduate School holds an ‘Update Day‘ where the focus is on topics of interest to supervisors and their postgraduate research students. This year, after an update on UoN ethics processes, a session on ‘Researcher Futures’ looks at career direction strategies beyond academia for researchers. In an employment landscape vastly different from that 20 years ago, research students often look to their supervisor for guidance on career support, even on non-academic choices. This workshop will help both supervisors and PGR students together to

  • explore the pathways open to research degree graduates outside of academia;
  • introduce techniques and resources that can support further career exploration and decision making;
  • recognise potential in skills, experience, attributes and achievements whether the student wants a career in academia or, increasingly commonly, outside it.

For more information please see the programme or book via Eventbrite.

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Butterflies and other animals: Tom Brereton inaugural professorial lecture

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John Sinclair, The Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology has pleasure in inviting you to the Inaugural Professorial Lecture entitled

Butterflies and other animals:
40 years of adventure in ecology and conservation

The lecture will be delivered by Professor Tom Brereton, on Tuesday 16 May 2017 at 6 pm in The Grand Hall, Newton Building, St George’s Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JD

Coffee & biscuits will be served on arrival at 5.30 pm. Following the lecture there will be an opportunity for networking and discussion over drinks & nibbles. For catering purposes, please advise Val Howe if you are able to attend.

PGR Student Poster Competition 2017: Invitation to all

PostergenericThe Graduate School would like to invite you to their Annual Research Student Poster Competition 2017 on Wednesday 17th May 2017, 11am to 2pm, in the Dialog Cafe, ground floor of Rockingham Library, Park Campus.

The poster competition is a development opportunity for doctoral research students, who present their research on an A1/A0 poster, giving short 1-1 verbal presentations alongside. So why not come along to meet some of our research students. They have been given a brief to present their research for a general, non-specialist audience, accessible to all. Read the rest of this entry

A warm welcome to our new PGR Intern, Leila Benseddik.

LeilaThe Graduate School are delighted to announce that we have recruited our new PGR Intern, Leila Benseddik – congratulations and welcome to Leila, who started working with us yesterday, Tuesday 25th April.

Leila is a PhD student in English and Creative Writing in the Faculty of Education and Humanities and she will be working with us 2.5 days a week for 9 months. Our part-time, paid internship post, administrated through Unitemps, will be a rolling internship, providing a current research student with skills transferable to a research career. Leila will be working here in Top Lodge, supporting The Graduate School’s many development activities and providing administrative support for workshops and events. Leila will develop skills in supporting researchers, whilst at the same time, as a PGR student herself, be able to offer valuable input into the programme. She will also be heavily involved in the organisation of this year’s Graduate School PGR Conference, which will be held on June 20th.

If you would like to contact Leila then you can contact her on her Graduate School work email Leila.Benseddik2@northampton.ac.uk.

PGR Poster Competition 2017: Call for posters extended!

PostergenericThe call for posters for The Graduate School’s 12th Annual Poster Competition has been extended for another 5 days.  If you are a UoN research student and would like the chance to win a £100 or £75 prize then why not take part and submit your Entry Form to Simone by this Friday 28th April. Please also read the Rules of Entry 2017.

You have until the Poster Competition date to design and print your poster. The competition will be held on Wednesday 17th May 2017, 11am to 2pm, in the Dialog Cafe, ground floor of Rockingham Library, Park Campus. To enter the competition you will need to be available from 10am on the 17th May (to set up) and be present until 2pm. During the competition you will stand by your poster from 11 until 13:00 to be judged. Read the rest of this entry

The Graduate School PGR & ECR Annual Conference 2017: Call for abstracts extended to Monday May 29th

The University of Northampton Graduate School are holding their annual Postgraduate Researcher Conference on Tuesday 20th June and would like to invite University of Northampton research students (PGRs) and early career researchers (ECRs) to present a 10 minute paper, be a chair or help organise the event.

If you are interested in presenting please register your interest by emailing an abstract & preliminary information (see below) to simone.apel@northampton.ac.uk Please submit the following by Monday May 29th:

  • Your presentation title, your full name, Faculty and email address.
  • An abstract (ca. 150 words) summarising your presentation; eg. outlining your research, its context, methods, results (if any), conclusion. Nb. Style of writing; you should write clearly for a general academic audience, so no jargon please!

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Seminar – The PhD journey: Exploring the supervision implications at key stages

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Research degree students and supervisors are warmly invited to a research seminar on The PhD Journey, on Thursday 20th April at 10am in Sulgrave 029, Park Campus. The seminar will explore various anchor points across the research supervision process taking the student journey as the overarching framework. Themes of supervision pedagogy will explored as each milestone on the PhD journey is reached.

The seminar will be delivered by participants on the supervisor development programme: Mary Doveston; Rebecca Fakoussa; Steve O’Brien; Friedemann Schaber; Asieh Tabaghedi; Olinga Ta’eed.

Image: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0. Source From geograph.org.uk, Author Kenneth Allen

Research Integrity and Ethics compulsory online courses for research students

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All research students, who enrolled on a research degree from summer 2016, are required to take an online training course in Research Integrity before they reach the Transfer stage of their doctoral study. The course has been developed by the higher education courseware designer, Epigeum and is designed to provide students with a better understanding of the obligations and responsibilities needed by today’s researchers, along with practical advice on how to deal with the complex situations in which they may find themselves. The course takes roughly 300 minutes to complete, via Epigeum online, and students can dip in and out of it as they wish, juggling training around already busy schedules.  Read the rest of this entry

Are We Prepared for Chinese Investments? Research Seminar….

China flagProfessor Guy Liu, from Peking University HSBC Business School, will be visiting the University on Weds 12th April to present a seminar on Chinese investment. The seminar will run from 13:00 to 14:00 in room C226, Cottesbrooke, Park Campus. If you would like to attend please book on the Eventbrite pageRead the rest of this entry