Category Archives: Researcher development

14th Annual Research Poster Competition: call for entries

Wednesday 15th May, 10.45am – 2.00pm

First Floor Exhibition Space, Creative Hub, Waterside Campus

The Graduate School is launching its 14th Annual Research Competition for all PGRs this week. The aim of the event is for PGRs to create an A1 poster (in landscape format) that explains their research to a mixed audience of non-subject specialists.  At whatever stage in the research process you are, and whether you are based on or off campus, 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.

For those new to producing a research poster, there will be a Producing a Research Poster workshop on Tuesday 26th March to support you with your entry. Please see Gateway for further details. An online version of the workshop will also be available for off-site students – if you are interested in attending, please contact Melanie.Petch@northampton.ac.uk

To enter, please complete the entry form and email to Melanie Petch.

The closing date for the submission of the entry form is Monday 29th April.

All the best with your entry!

The Graduate School launches its Sixth ‘Images of Research’ competition.

Viewers at the launch of our 2019 digital exhibition this evening cast their votes from a series of stunning entries.

2019 Images of Research Competition

If you missed the opportunity to attend the event, please do browse the full exhibition catalogue here.

Once you’ve viewed all fourteen images and accompanying text, keep a note of your favourite three entries and their numbers. You can then use our online poll to submit your vote.

The winners will be announced on 15th May 2019 at our Research Poster Competition (more details to follow shortly) There will be two winners. The ‘People’s Choice’ voted for by you! We will also have a special prize chosen by our expert judge, Ben Thomas, editor of All Things Business.

For further information on how to vote or information on the Images of Research competition, please contact Dr Melanie Petch Melanie.Petch@northampton.ac.uk

Images of Research Launch on Monday. Everyone welcome!

Images of Research Launch – Monday 4th March 5-6pm

Exhibition Area, First Floor, Creative Hub, Waterside Campus

Join us for wine and nibbles as we view the very finest images of research at University of Northampton at our first-fully digital exhibition. On the night, you will be able to vote for your top three images. The exhibition will be displayed on the plasma screens around campus until 4th April with the winners announced on 15th May 2019. A full exhibition catalogue will also be posted online after the launch. We look forward to seeing you there! For further information, contact Melanie Petch – Melanie.Petch@northampton.ac.uk

Call for papers and entries: University of Northampton’s Annual Research Conference

Thursday 20 – Friday 21 June, 2019

The University of Northampton’s Annual Research Conference provides an ideal development opportunity for all researchers to present their research and to discuss and share good practice with others in a supportive environment. This year, we are offering some exciting, new ways of presenting research and are looking for researchers who are keen to submit one, or all, of the following:

  • Research papers: presentations should be 15 minutes long, with 10 minutes allocated for questions after each presentation.
  • Research posters: exhibit an A1 poster (landscape only) that explains your research to a mixed audience of non-subject specialists. Entrants can re-submit the same poster already entered into the Graduate School Research Poster Competition 2018 or for planned entry into the competition in May 2019.
  • Thesis in Three Minutes: outline your thesis in a three-minute presentation and one slide! See the guidelines for further information.
  • Bake your Research Competition: bake your research as a cake (or other baked goodies) in this tasty new competition! Please read the guidelines for further information.

If you are a UoN researcher and are interested in submitting your research in one, or all, of these formats, please complete a separate Register your Interest Form for each entry where you will be asked to upload an abstract for each one. Closing date for submission is: Friday 29th March 2019.
Please direct any questions to Melanie.Petch@northampton.ac.uk.

If you don’t wish to present but would like to be part of the conference selection panel, be a chair, or help out on the day, then please get in touch with Melanie.


Images of Research Launch

In the Graduate School, we’re excited to be launching our sixth annual Images of Research competition. The first to be fully digital! Join us as we browse images that capture the diversity of research here at UoN.

The event takes place on: Monday 4th March between 5-6pm in the First Floor Exhibition Area, Creative Hub, Waterside Campus.

Professor Matthew McCormack, Head of the Graduate School, will open the competition with a short presentation at 5pm. On the evening you can vote for your top three entries, but if you can’t make it, don’t worry. There will be further opportunities to vote and view the exhibition on the plasma screens around campus from 5th March to 5th April, and to vote and view online via the Research Support Hub! More details will follow …

A larger version of the launch poster with more information, and a chance to remind yourself of last year’s winning entry can be seen here. For catering purposes, please email Melanie Petch Melanie.Petch@northampton.ac.uk if you would like to attend on the evening. By all means, do circulate to anyone who might be interested.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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PhD Transfer Seminar: ‘Sustainability in the Leather Industry’ Oluwaseyi Olomoso

Wednesday 13th February, 2019 (1-2pm) SN405

Everyone is welcome to this PhD Transfer Seminar on ‘Sustainability in the Leather Industry.’

Abstract The implementation of sustainable practices has become an increasingly important topic for industries and more specifically, the supply chains within them. This study focuses on sustainability implementation in a traditional leather industry, with a complex supply chain that has focused on the environment sustainability, even with the existence of measurement and audit tools. But can an industry be truly sustainable by focusing on one sustainability aspect, out of three? How do we effectively implement the other two aspects? After implementation of the other two aspects, how can we effectively measure and track the impacts? The aim of this research is to address these issues by exploring the views of major stakeholders in the leather supply chain. Please register your attendance via Gateway.

Research Seminar: The Therapist’s Experience of the Use of Silence in Clinical Practice

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You are warmly invited to a PhD Transfer Seminar hosted by the Faculty of Health and Society. The event is being held on Wednesday 6th February 2019 in Room 404 of the Senate Building. For further details please see details to the left. Any questions can be addressed to Michelle Pyer by email: michelle.pyer@northampton.ac.uk


Research Assistant Opportunity

To see details about a part-time research assistant opportunity (24 hours a week for 9 months), please see the link

Best Wishes

2018-19 Graduate School Development Programme is open for booking!

lossy-page1-629px-_Getting_em_up__at_U.S.Naval_Training_Camp,_Seattle,_Washington._Webster_&_Stevens._-_NARA_-_533698.tifIf you are a postgraduate researcher, or early career researcher looking to update your research skills, the Graduate School has released a programme of skills development, open for booking in time for the new academic year. The programme can be found via the Gateway Calendar. Just log in with your UoN user name and password.

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Workshops offered for Postgraduate Researchers include Preparing for Transfer and For the Viva, the latter running twice a year in October and next May as part of a Finishing Development Day along with Editing and Finishing Your Thesis and Proofreading your Work. Getting Started 1 and 2 are for research students just starting out and include workshops such as Setting out, Writing and Structuring your Thesis, Systematic Literature Searching and Risk Assessing your Research. We also have Development Days on Getting Published and Effective Progress, the latter for students mid-way through their doctoral studies. All these Development Days are planned months in advance so students can take time off work to attend. Students can also attend via Skype/Collaborate. Read the rest of this entry

Lynda online learning… for researchers?

linkedinlearningstackedfullcolorlogoThe University of Northampton subscribes to a bank of online learning resources called Lynda. Lynda features over 5,000 on-demand training courses on a variety of different business, technical and creative topics.  Lynda is particularly useful when it comes to learning software so you will find courses on Microsoft Office products, including Excel and Word, and other software such as Nvivo, SPSS and R Programming. In addition to this you can also find courses on typical transferable skills – successful presentations, communication skills, time and project management, critical thinking and building resilience, all subjects relevant to you as researchers. Read the rest of this entry