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UON Annual Research Conference 2023 call for hosts and organisers

The University of Northampton’s Annual Research Conference is a 2-day conference run in June which gives UON researchers, from Postgraduate Researchers to Professors, an opportunity to present their research. Previous conferences have featured key notes, traditional paper presentations, posters, round table discussions and Pecha Kucha – 20 slides, each shown for 20 seconds. Last year, one of the two days was organised as an online event to give PGRs studying off-site an opportunity to present their research. This was well-received, so for 2023 we would like to continue this format.

This year we are offering the conference organisation opportunity to a Faculty or group of Centres. The chosen group will set a (broad, inclusive) theme for the 2023 Conference, choose a lead organiser/s, convene a conference organising committee (which should include representation of PGRs/ECRs), advertise a call for papers, set session timings and all other pre-conference organisation tasks. The Conference will run in mid-late June (date and venue to be announced soon) and there may be funds available to support the organisation of this Conference.

If you are interested in applying in your Faculty or Centre/Institutes (or group of Centres/Institutes) please complete the application form here by 16th December 2022. The chosen organising committee will be announced in early January 2023.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Conference organisation draft timeline:

‘Call for Conference Organisers’ deadline for applications. Apply here  16th December 2022
Conference organisers chosen  Mid-January 2023
Call for speakers and contributorsFebruary-March 2023
Arranging logistics for the conference  March-June 2023
Delegate/attendee registration  From May 2023
Full Programme by  Early June 2023
Conference date tbcMiddle/end June 2023

Images of Research is accepting submissions!

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Runner-up of the UON Images of Research 2021-22 by Peter Jones

The Graduate School’s Images of Research (IoR) competition returns! All researchers (staff or research students) at the University of Northampton are invited to participate as the Call for Images is open. Create a unique image – a painting or a photograph – that captures the essence of your research or captures an element of it in an artistic way. Include a catchy title and a 150 word summary and your entry for Images of Research will be ready for submission. You can find more information on how to apply in the IoR 2022-23 Rules and Guidelines.

As previously, this year’s IoR will consist of two parts – viewers can vote for their top three favourites and an expert judge will pick their top three as well. All you need to do is make sure that your entries follow the Rules and Guidelines linked above and email them to Lina El-azhab by the close date of January 9th 2023.

The Graduate School launched its first Images of Research in 2013. Justin Lance, then Head of Corporate Programmes at NBS said of it “this is such a wonderfully simple, yet powerful, concept to showcase the diversity and flamboyance of research across the University.” Indeed, this is a perfect opportunity for you to express your creativity and engage a broader audience with your research. Every year, Images of Research get displayed around campus and selected images find their way into different University publications.

Browse through the Images of Research 2022 Brochure to have a look at last year’s entries.

If you are a researcher we invite you to participate in our 11th Images of Research. If you have any questions please contact Lina in the Graduate School.

We look forward to your entries!

PGRs – do you need a refresher on Transfer preparation? Ethics? Literature Searching? PURE?

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If so, the Graduate School are running a series of online sessions on Tuesday 22nd November which you can join online on Collaborate. If you need a refresher of any of these topics below do book and come along to just that session. You don’t have to attend all day if just one session is relevant. The Getting Started day will feature….

10-11 Preparing for Transfer

11:15-12:30 Research Ethics

1:30-2:45 Getting Started with your Literature search

3-4:30 PURE – your online Research Presence

Book here on Gateway, where you will find the Collaborate link.

Graduate School Development Day: Getting Started (ONLINE)

Presentation Café on the 23rd of November

The Graduate School invites PGRs to the Presentation Café on the 23rd of November at 2 to 3pm.

Presentation Cafés are a great opportunity for PGRs to practice their presenting skills to each other and to gain confidence and feedback. Whether you are practising for a Transfer seminar, a presentation for a conference or simply talk about your research to others, the presentation cafes are there for you. We will be holding these every month. Presentations should be 10-15 minutes long with time for questions after.

To sign up to present your research at a café, please go fill in this form.

To be in the audience (no presenting required!) just click on the green Respond button on the café workshop page on Gateway. Please note, do think about signing up to make a presentation – we will have to cancel sessions if we don’t have any presenters!

There are more Presentation Cafés scheduled for:

Tues 13th Dec 1-2pm

Mon 9th Jan 11am-12pm

Wondering how to start your very own Research Blog? Join our new online workshop

A practical introduction to creating and publishing a Blog for your Research (online workshop)

24 Nov 2022, 12:00 to 14:00

Have you ever thought about starting a Research Blog but wasn’t sure where to begin or how to go about it?

Keeping a Research Blog is an excellent way to document your experience, keep track of your progress and share your research journey with others.

The Graduate School is hosting “A practical introduction to creating and publishing a Blog for your Research”, an online workshop that will introduce you to creating and setting up a blog on Campus Press (the University’s version of WordPress), how to customise it to your needs and how to publish it.

Find out more and sign up for the workshop on Gateway.

Are you a PGR in the beginning stages of your research journey?

Whether you have just joined the University of Northampton or have been with us for some time and need a refresher on the beginning stages of your research journey, the Graduate School would like to invite you to our Development Day: Getting Started which will take place online on November 22 from 10:00 to 16:30.

This series of webinars is for students who have recently joined a research degree programme at the University of Northampton. We will cover what to expect in your first year, how to prepare for key stages and events in your research project and how to prepare for the ethical approval process. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.

To find out more information and to sign up please follow this link to the event’s Gateway page.

NVivo training for PGRs and staff doing research

Would you like to learn how to use NVivo? NVivo is a qualitative data analysis (QDA) management tool and Dr Hala Mansour is running two in-person workshops for the Graduate School, one for beginners in November and one for more experienced users in December on campus at Waterside. The workshops are open to Postgraduate Research Students and Early Career Researchers, academics and research staff.

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Black in the Ivory Conference on Wed 19th + other remaining Black History Month events

In observation of Black History Month, there are still several events planned by the UON GEM network happening soon.

The Black in the Ivory Conference, which is a Colloquium of Women Professor of Colour will take place this Wednesday the 19th. It is a free, one-day colloquium featuring research paper presentations from women professors of colour leading race equality. The conference will be held in a hybrid format, so you can attend online, or in person at Waterside Campus. To book, please go to the Eventbrite page. The conference is free and public, so all are welcome to attend.

As well as the Black in the Ivory Conference, a number of other remaining events by the GEM network are taking place in the next two weeks. Please see the calendar above – everyone is welcome. For your free ticket scan the QR code below or contact

Launch of PGR ‘Writing Buddies’ initiative

Deborah Babalola, Postgraduate Researcher and PGR Rep, and Simone Apel from the Graduate School are launching a new initiative for PGRs called Writing Buddies. Writing Buddies are small ‘micro-groups’ of writers coming together to write in a social space, which may be virtual or physical. They are micro-versions of structured writing retreats, where writers set themselves goals which they share with others, write for set periods together, then use the breaks to discuss ideas, share practice or just chat, often joining up again for another writing session. Social writing has helped many writers with productivity and motivation to overcome writing blocks and, just as importantly, can give support and a sense of belonging in a researcher writing community.

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Event – Graduate School Development Day: Finishing

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The Graduate School’s new Development days are monthly, in-person events on campus, with lunch. These will offer experiential learning, discussion and networking, group work and collaboration – all those things that are far better delivered in-person than online. Each day will have a theme and our first day is on Finishing your Doctorate

Our Graduate School Development Day: Finishing is happening on campus on the 14th of November! It is a full day event (with lunch provided!) designed for those who are in the writing up stage of their doctorate. Consisting of two parts, it will start with a workshop led by Prof Ian Livingstone about editing and proofreading your work. It will be followed by a session with Dr Emel Thomas which will explore the core aspects of the viva experience and include a Q&A panel with UON doctoral alumni.

If you are in the final stages of writing your thesis and preparing for the viva, we invite you to join us for this day packed with valuable information and opportunities to network with your fellow researchers. Find out more information about the sessions and schedule and register for the Development Day on Gateway.