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Celebrating live events at the 2022 Graduate School Poster Competition

Graduate School Poster Competition winners from left. Runner up Patrick Yeboah; winner Hadiza Azi, runner up Allyson Green. Head of Graduate School Prof Matthew McCormack

On Tuesday 24th May the Graduate School held their first poster competition for 3 years, running alongside the annual Update Day. The exciting face to face event was held in the Creative Hub space, with posters displayed on the fixed TV screens, with postgraduate researchers presenting their research alongside.

The winners were announced by Professor Matthew McCormack, Head of Graduate School. First prize, a £100 Amazon voucher, was won by researcher Hadiza Azi from Health and Biological Sciences. Hadiza’s poster was entitled “Utilisation of Maternal Health Care Service in Bauchi State, Nigeria: Exploring the Limiting Factors”. Hadiza said of the competition “The event was great, and it provided us the opportunity to meet face-face after such a long time.” Two second prizes of £75 in vouchers were won by Allyson Green from Humanities and Patrick Yeboah from Accounting and Finance. Congratulations to all the winners.

Presenters commented how good it was to back on campus for an event. One said “I met some lovely people and it’s so interesting to discuss research with each other. Reinforcing what we are doing helps the critical discourse and reflection.” Another commented “. I got a lot out of the day as it gave me the confidence to talk about my research and really own it. I wasn’t sure what to expect initially but I’m trying to challenge myself more this year and it was a great experience. I would definitely welcome more face-to-face activities. It was good to meet new people and catch up with others.”

Invitation to the Annual Research Student Poster Competition 2022

2017-05-17 11.47.00The Graduate School would like to invite you to their Annual Postgraduate Researcher Poster Competition on Tuesday 24th May 2022, 1pm to 4:15pm, in the First floor exhibition space of the Creative Hub, Waterside campus. The poster competition is a development opportunity for doctoral research students, who present their research on a research poster, giving short 1-1 verbal presentations alongside. So why not come along to meet some of our PGRs. Read the rest of this entry

UON Annual Research Conference 2022: Call for submissions extended to Monday 23rd May

Tuesday 21st June (online) and Weds 22nd June (on campus)

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Hosted by The Graduate School

The University of Northampton’s Annual Research Conference provides an ideal opportunity for all researchers to present their research and to discuss and share good practice with others in a supportive environment. We are offering researchers the opportunity to present online on Tuesday 21st June and on-campus (with synchronous live streaming) on Wednesday 22nd June.

If you do not wish to present but would like to help at the Conference, for example as a session Chair, then please also get in touch with Simone.

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Holiday reading… and watching for PGRs!

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If you are looking to develop some research skills during the Easter (or summer!) holidays we have a wide range of courses, slides and other resources on offer online, as well as recordings of Graduate School webinars. Read on to find out where you can access these….

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The Graduate School’s New Coaching Programme for PGRs

A student using a laptopThe Graduate School are offering six Postgraduate Research Students the opportunity to have a course of professional performance coaching sessions to support and help them progress in their doctoral studies. If you are a UON Postgraduate Researcher and are interested in applying for these sessions, you have until Friday 29th April to apply. Read on if you are interested…. Read the rest of this entry

Postgraduate Researcher Award 2022

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PGRs are invited to apply for funding from the 2022 Postgraduate Researcher Award and have until Friday 29th April to do so. The Postgraduate Researcher Award provides up to £1,000 to support a research student in the pursuance of their research degree programme at the University of Northampton. The Award is available to full-time or part-time postgraduate research students at the University of Northampton. DBA and DProfPrac students must have completed the facilitated modules and be eligible for registration on the Professional Research Module.

The intention of the Award is to support and enhance research activity of various kinds (for example, additional travel costs, purchase of specialist equipment, researcher development). Funds awarded must be spent by 31 July 2022. Read on for conditions and how to apply.

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Graduate School Update Day and 2022 PGR Poster Competition

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When: Tuesday 24th May 2022 10:30am-4:15pm;

Where: CH105, First floor, Creative Hub, Waterside Campus

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the first Update Day since June 2019. Annually, prior to the pandemic, we have held this day for postgraduate researchers and their supervisors to get together to discuss topics of relevance via workshops. And, just as importantly, to provide a space for both parties to meet, discuss issues and support each other – and enjoy a nice lunch.

This year’s workshop sessions will be on Equality and Diversity for Researchers and a discussion session on doctoral study and supervision in a post-Covid environment. As well as Update Day, we’ll be holding our annual PGR Poster Competition. Please add the event into your calendars. For more information, the schedule and to book a place see the Gateway page.

March 2022 PGR Induction: A warm welcome to our new postgraduate researchers

A four day induction from 7-10th March saw us welcome a further 24 postgraduate researchers to the University of Northampton.

A development session at PGR Induction

The 4-day biannual Induction Programme is run by The Graduate School in October and March and is compulsory for all research students starting out on their PhD or MPhil. The Induction aims to launch PGRs into their studies by offering them a variety of workshops and talks, including research degree processes and procedures, skills development, open access, library resources, EDI and research integrity. The students also gave presentations on their research topic, had an induction into their Faculty and met members of staff at the University who will support them along the way.

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Reminder – only a few days left to enter into Images of Research!

The Graduate School’s Images of Research (IoR) competition Call for Images will close on March 31st – so do get your entry in soon! For the Call for Images article see https://researchsupporthub.northampton.ac.uk/2021/12/08/dust-off-your-cameras-dig-out-your-sketchbook-images-of-research-is-back-in-2022/

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 the extended close date of March 31st 2022.

Call for Entries; Graduate School Research Poster Competition 2022

The Graduate School has launched the call for entries for the 15th Annual Research Poster Competition and the call for entries closes on May 3rd. The competition is open to all PGRs at UON. Posters will be displayed digitally in an exhibition at Waterside, with an in-person judging session, on May 24th at Graduate School Update Day. The competition will be held from 12:15pm through to prize giving at 3:30pm.

The aim of the event is for PGRs to create a digital poster that explains their research to a mixed audience of non-subject specialists.  At whatever stage in the research process you are, do take this opportunity to share your work with others and gain valuable feedback. For further information on the rules of entry, please see the Guidelines.

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