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Bake your Research, plus Graduate School Update Day!

The Graduate School are pleased to announce our first Update Day since June 2019 on December 15th from 11-4:30. Annually, prior to the pandemic, we have held this day for postgraduate researchers and their supervisors to get together to discuss one or two topics of relevance via workshops. And, just as importantly, to provide a space for both parties to meet, discuss issues and support each other, as well as a nice lunch! 

As well as Update Day, we’ll be holding a Christmas “Bake your Research” competition – open to both supervisors and PGRs. So why not get into the Christmas spirit and bring along your research in cake form! We will have judges judging the cakes and then all the cakes can be sampled at an afternoon tea session at the end of the day.

So why not come along, join in the discussions, meet your university colleagues and get into the Christmas spirit with a little cake and conversation. Find out more information and book your place here.

Do you like baking? Bring a cake which reflects your research for the GS Update Day!

New Graduate School Newsletters

The Graduate School have launched a new series of fortnightly newsletters, published every other Thursday. These replace the Word format Graduate School Notices document. The new update will have the same notices and updates but will feature more news, features and events, relating to Graduate School operations, researcher development, information for PGRs and Supervisors, research degree notices, seminars and events running across the university and call for papers.

The first newsletter was published on October 28th, with the second edition published on November 11th. The next newsletter is due out on Thursday 25th November. If you have any item you would like us to consider please send content and contact details to by noon on the Tuesday before publication. Back copies can be found in the Files in Graduate School Yammer.

Workshops for Postgraduate Researchers

After 18 months online, the Graduate School are pleased to be offering face to face workshops on campus as well as online webinars. There are sessions for PGRs available to book now on Gateway, with many more to follow next year. Please see Gateway for more information and booking.

Coming up for our new PGRs….

Getting Started Development Day part 1: Monday 22 Nov 2021, 10:00 to 16:00 (online)
Getting Started Development Day part 2: Saturday 29 Jan 2022, 09:15 to 16:15 (f2f)

For PGRs approaching the end of their doctorate

Finishing your Thesis day – Submitting and preparing for viva: 23 Nov 2021, from 13:00 to 16:00 (f2f)
Finishing your Thesis day – Proofreading, Editing and Finishing: 29 Nov 2021, from 14:00 to 17:00 (f2f)

For all PGRs (all f2f)

Ethics Drop In 01 Dec 2021, from 13:00 to 14:00
Questionnaires: An Introduction and Overview 01 Dec 2021, from 15:00 to 17:00
Analysing survey data 08 Dec 2021, from 15:00 to 17:00
Research Data Management 15 Dec 2021, from 14:00 to 17:00

Supervisor Development Programme ~ 2022

The university runs a development programme for supervisors who are new to research degree supervision, co-ordinated by Professor Ian Livingstone.  It is a validated university postgraduate course and it is delivered as two modules – Workshops and Observation.  It is a requirement of our research degree regulations that everyone who is new to supervision takes the first module – the workshops.  The second module is optional but if you complete both you are awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Degree Supervision which you can count as one completion when putting together supervisory teams. Even if you have previously supervised research students, there may be some elements of the programme that you would find useful.

In 2022 the workshops will be delivered on:

Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd September 2022 at the University of Northampton’s Waterside Campus.

You will need to attend on all three days of the programme. Read the rest of this entry

University of Northampton Annual Research Conference 2021

This year’s Annual Research Conference will be held online on Wednesday 16 June to Friday 18 June. You’ll find a brochure listing sessions and presentations with links here. The brochure contains all aspects of the conference, including Collaborate links, dates, times, abstracts and much more! Please use the links provided in the brochure to access sessions (note: they will not open until 30 minutes before the allotted time).

Images of Research 2021 winner – Jonathan Francis

Congratulations to Jonathan Francis, our Judges’ Choice Images of Research 2021 winner! Jonathan’s image will be showcased in Graduate School publications.

Well done to Adnan Haq and Bethany McTrustery, who received highly commended mentions for their submissions by our judges, Drs Cathy Smith and Craig Staff. Many congratulations too, to our People’s Choice winner, Chin Guan Lim for ‘Is your business pennywise or pound foolish?’ We had 420 votes in total for the People’s Choice.

The recording and presentation slides, along with the full brochure of entries can be found in RES001>left hand menu>competitions>Images of Research 2021. Thank you to everyone who participated with their excellent submissions in this year’s competition.

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Annual Research Conference 2020

We are delighted that we have been able to modify the University of Northampton’s Annual Research Conference in 2020 and deliver it online. The Conference includes much of the usual format, although we’ve taken the decision to postpone the ‘Bake your Research’ competition until we are back face-to-face on campus. Read the rest of this entry

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

Research Seminars that bridge gaps in our thinking!

‘Bridging the Gap’ image by Jay Batchelor, PGR at University of Northampton (Entrant in 2019 Images of Research Competition)

Rapid Analysis of Environmental Mycobacteria Species in Water Samples using PCR

Speaker: Farzana Sultana

Monday 1st July 10am

Location Learning Hub 323

Speaker: Qiuling Bi

Critical Thinking Instruction Through Project-based Learning in Chinese EFL Classes: A Case Study in HE

Tuesday 2nd July 9-10am

Location: Senate 212

Teaching American Literature in the Age of Trump: An Uncanny Pedagogy

Speaker: Lawrence Phillips (Regents University)

Wednesday 3rd July 2:15pm

Location: Senate 405

Student Wellbeing in Higher Education: Sense-Making through Narrative Inquiry

Speaker: Sally Sharp (See poster for more information)

Monday 15th July 12-1pm

Location: Learning Hub 016

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.