Category Archives: Early Career Researcher

COVID-19 update: guidance on planned research and enterprise activities

**Updates: As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, the default institutional expectation remains that research and enterprise activities should proceed in online or virtual formats. It is recognised that exceptions will exist, but until further notice, all face-to-face research/enterprise activities work can only proceed with the approval of the most relevant Dean or Deputy Dean (or for LLS/ILT – Head of LLS), following risk assessment in alignment with current University of Northampton guidelines. As a default position, research/enterprise work will not be allowed to proceed if:

  • alternative, remote research methods could be used which will meet the objectives of the research in an ethical manner;
  • the planned work involves UK or international travel;
  • the planned activity can feasibly be postponed.

Further guidance, plus expectations about risk assessments and new resources for online research methods are outlined below.

Current position

The University of Northampton’s Situation Updates page is the primary source of information and updates for colleagues and researchers at the University of Northampton: https://www.northampton.ac.uk/about-us/situation-updates/

Given the exceptional, unprecedented situation which is ongoing as a result of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all researchers must reflect on their planned and ongoing activities: this may necessitate pausing, rescheduling or amending activities. Amendments to activities, or proposals for new research/enterprise activities, must be reviewed and approved by the University of Northampton’s Research Ethics Committee or Faculty Ethics Committees.

It is likely that COVID-19 will cause significant disruption for research activities, particularly where:

  • proposed/ongoing research activities require face-to-face contact with participants, particularly those who are at-risk or require self-isolation as per the latest UK Government advice;
  • researchers are themselves at-risk or require self-isolation;
  • proposed research involves UK or international travel;
  • planned research requires visits to settings which are closed or have restricted access as a result of COVID-19.

If you are concerned about the impacts of the current situation on your ongoing/planned research, support is available as follows:

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Workshops and events are now available to book for 2019-2020!

Annual Research Conference: Brochure Online

June 20 – 21st 2019

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone later this week at our Annual Research Conference. We have a host of treats in store for you including three distinguished keynote speakers, and our inaugural Bake your Research Competition! We also have research papers, and the famous 3MT too. The full conference brochure can be viewed here.

If you would like to book for Day One or Day Two just click the links to register your attendance. Please do join us for the conference meal too, by booking on Gateway.

Research Poster Competition, June 2019

Wednesday 15th May, 10:45-14:00pm

Exhibition Space, First Floor, Creative Hub

Late entries still being accepted!

Friendly Supportive Innovative:
last year’s poster experience

If you’d like to give the Research Poster Competition a go this year, do get in touch with Melanie.Petch@northampton.ac.uk. It’s a great opportunity to meet other PGRs and to gain valuable feedback on your work. Please see the Entry Guidelines for more inspiration and if you’re tempted, fill in the Entry Form.

The Research Poster Competition is available for everyone to view, so do drop by and see for yourselves the exciting research going on at Waterside.

Alongside the poster competition, we’ll also be announcing the winners of the Images of Research Competition we launched late last year. We have two very impressive winners this year, so do join us as we celebrate their successes too.

Biomolecular Skills School

Biomolecular Skills School

The Nottingham-Rothamsted BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership and the Research Complex at Harwell are pleased to announce the first fully funded Biomolecular Analysis and Manipulation Study School, taking place over six days in January 2019. Open to Early Career Researchers and PhD students from all institutions,  this is an opportunity to access high quality training in experimental design and bioinformatics analysis, imaging, synthetic biology, biomolecular analysis and industrial biotechnology.

Postgraduate research students and ECRs are invited to apply online at https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/bbdtp/skills-school/index.aspx by 2 November 2018.  Successful applicants will be notified by 4 December 2018. Read the rest of this entry

MOOC – Open Science – Free

The TU Delft Library together with the TU Delft Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, has launched its Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the topic of Open Science https://www.edx.org/course/open-science-sharing-your-research-with-the-world

This MOOC covers an introduction to Open Science and the FAIR principles, open research data, open access to data and publications and how to increase research(er) visibility. It might be of interest to you or colleagues.

It starts on October 30, takes 4 weeks (about 4 hours per week) and you can register through the link below.

The course is open to anyone and is completely free

https://www.edx.org/course/open-science-sharing-your-research-with-the-world

Interested in Impact and Impact Case Studies…

Have a read of the top scoring impact case studies from the last REF (Research Excellence Framework) at: https://www.fasttrackimpact.com/top-rated-impact-case-studies

Top 100 – Altmetrics – 2017

The Altmetric Top 100 2017 is here! Check out this year’s list of the most talked about articles.

What are Altmetrics?

  • Attention to research outputs in non-traditional sources, e.g. policy documents, news, blogs and social media
  • Indicators of research impact
  • Help understand how research is being received and used
  • Complementary to traditional citation-based analysis

Why Altmetrics?

  • Provide a more coherent understanding of research attention
  • Understand the broader reach and early impact of research
  • Track attention to a broad range of research outputs, including articles, posters, data sets and working papers, etc.
  • Help researchers get credit for impact activities

Advantages of Metrics for Single Research Outputs

  1. Real-time, immediate feedback on attention to scholarly content
  2. Useful for early career researchers whose work may not have accrued citations
  3. Showcase attention to a research output beyond academia
  4. Not biased by an over-arching metric

The Altmetric Bookmarklet

The free Bookmarklet lets you instantly retrieve altmetrics data for any article.

Altmetrics

To install, go to: http://altmetric.it

Remember that the Numbers Don’t Tell You…

  1. Quality of the paper
  2. Quality of the researchers
  3. Whole story

Adapted from https://www.altmetric.com/

 

 

Notice of transfer Seminar on Wednesday 22nd November at 3:15pm in MY120 (Maidwell)

All members of the  university are invited to attend this upcoming transfer seminar being held in MY120, Maidwell, Avenue Campus on Wednesday  22nd November at 3:15 to 4:00pm.

Imene Hamani.  The Role of In-Group Attachment Among Kabyle Migrants Living in Britain

Note the slightly later start time of 3:15pm due to the teaching commitments of the external (Melanie Crofts).

All  are welcome.

ETHICS and Research Data Management

Most research data – even sensitive data – can be shared ethically and legally if researchers employ strategies of informed consent, anonymisation and controlling access to data. Researchers obtaining data from people are expected to maintain high ethical standards and comply with the relevant legislation.

Researchers must adhere to data protection requirements when managing or sharing personal data. However, not all research data obtained from people count as personal data. If data are anonymised then the Act will not apply as they no longer constitute ‘personal data’.

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