Category Archives: Researcher development

Research Skills Workshops Coming Up!

mature students photoThe Graduate School is running a series of generic workshops in the next couple of months covering a wide range of skills. These workshops are for all postgraduate research students and booking is open through the Gateway Calendar. Just click on the green button to book your place.

Smarter Speed Reading 22 Nov 2017, from 10:00 to 13:00
Researcher careers: CV Workshop 04 Dec 2017, from 13:30 to 14:30
Word: Working with Long Documents 06 Dec 2017, from 09:45 to 12:00
Risk Assessing your Research 06 Dec 2017, from 12:30 to 14:00
Nvivo intermediate level Workshop 07 Dec 2017, from 09:30 to 12:30
SPSS 1 beginnner’s workshop 11 Dec 2017, from 14:00 to 16:00
Systematic literature searching 13 Dec, from 10:00 to 13:00

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Open Access Week

We are holding a competition to find the best examples of where open access has benefited your research, if open access has made a difference to your work or research then we’d love to hear from you!  All that’s required is a few minutes of your time, a short paragraph will suffice… though please don’t be limited by this!

The best judged entry will rewarded with a lovely bottle of champagne… and will featured on the staff intranet research page!  All entries will also go into a draw for a further bottle of champagne!  If champagne is not to your liking, then a £20 amazon voucher will be awarded instead!

Get your entry in by 5pm today!


Do you want to make sure that your data counts?  Come along to a seminar on Research Data ManagementMaking your data count – maximising impact – 11 am to 12 pm 24th of October at the Hub, Cottesbrooke, Park Campus.  Note – this presentation uses images from the genocide memorial in Kigali, Rwanda that may be upsetting).


Professor Stephen Hawking has granted the University of Cambridge permission to make his thesis freely available Prof. Hawking’s ‘Properties of expanding universes’, published in 1966, is now available freely and openly to anyone in the world. Download Prof. Hawking’s thesis here: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.11283

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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Happy Birthday ORCID!

ORCID is FIVE today! Congratulations!

They’ve launched lots of new resources to celebrate!

The University of Northampton has 433 registered ORCID Ids… If you haven’t got yours yet, register today at www.orcid.org

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized. Find out more.

1 REGISTER Get your unique ORCID identifier Register now!


Registration takes 30 seconds.

 

2 ADD YOUR INFO Enhance your ORCID record with your professional information and link to your other identifiers (such as Scopus or ResearcherID or LinkedIn).
3 USE YOUR ORCID ID Include your ORCID identifier on your Webpage, when you submit publications, apply for grants, and in any research workflow to ensure you get credit for your work.

 

The 2017-18 Graduate School’s Development Programme is live!

Thmature students photoe 2017-18 Development Programme for postgraduate research (PGR) students and early career researchers is now live on the Gateway Calendar and workshops are open for booking. Just log into Gateway and you will see workshops, development days and events run by the Graduate School.

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Research Gate – Attn All Researchers

If you use Research Gate – Please ensure that you have uploaded the accepted manuscript to NECTAR… STM (International Association of Scientific Technical and Medical Publishers) are taking on Research Gate with regards to copyright infringment…

By all means use Research Gate – but rather than uploading the full text, please provide a link to your article that’s in NECTAR.

What is made public through NECTAR has had the copyright checked by professional staff, and the University is also covered by a takedown notice.  We cannot cover you for your use of Research Gate.

More info at https://t.co/bdD2wjCYmn

 

An invitation to “Connected Communities”, the Graduate School’s conference for new researchers on 14th September

PGR_Conference_Logo jpegBook now to attend The Graduate School’s annual research conference for postgraduate and early career researchers, which will be held on Thursday 14th September in Holdenby Lecture Theatre 3, Park Campus,

We’re holding our first 3MT with a £25 prize, plus 5 panel sessions of papers from our postgraduate researchers. For more information see the conference page.

Please book your place here on our Eventbrite booking page. We look forward to seeing you there.

How confident are you presenting at conferences? Would you like some free skills training?

AdairIn advance of our 14th September Postgraduate Researcher Conference, The Graduate School has asked Dr Adair Richards, trainer, broadcaster and consultant, to facilitate conference skills and 3 Minute Thesis training for our researchers. Even if you are not presenting at our conference, learning these skills is immensely valuable to you as a researcher and Adair is a master of teaching presentation techniques. Read the rest of this entry

New Yammer Research Support Group

All staff have access to Yammer… Kind of like facebook for work… In order to give Researcher’s at our University a dedicated space for interaction, helpful files, presentations, links etc, a Research Support group has been created, including information on the REF and RDM. Feel free to join & access these resources! (https://www.yammer.com (log in with your Uni username and password)).

 

Gateway – New Funding Module

new systemThe RSB office are excited to announce that the Funding Module of Gateway will be going live from Friday, 15th September.  This new system will replace the RGA forms and the need for paper sign off.  From the 15th anyone developing or submitting an application for research or enterprise funding will be able to get their application signed off in Gateway.

You’ll be happy to know that the new system will deliver a number of improvements:-

  • Better reporting of projects
  • Improved visibility of workloads, deadlines and outstanding tasks
  • Increased accuracy in fund reporting
  • Ability to request review of proposals by peers, RSB or others at a touch of a button.

To help staff in the introduction of this new funding module, a Drop-In Session will take place on Monday, 18th September from 10am-2pm in the Top Lodge Conservatory – bring your laptop or phone and the RSB team will be available to talk you through this new process.  If you prefer a 1:1 or group session, please contact RSB@northampton.ac.uk and we will be happy to come to you.  Depending on demand, further drop-in sessions can be planned.

We are looking forward to this new system going live and believe it will provide a more efficient way of managing research funding.