Category Archives: Workshops & Training

Intellectual Property and Partnering with Industry Workshop

Do you want to learn about IP?  Protect your knowledge and creations?  Look at ways in which you can work with industry?

Come along to the RSB Workshop and learn more about IP and why you need to protect creations and knowledge when partnering with industry.  This Workshop is facilitated by Christi Mitchell of Highbury Consulting, the University’s partner for IP protection and commercialisation.  Christi brings with her vast experience of supporting Universities and other organisations with their IP.

To book a place on the workshops, please click on the Eventbrite links.

Wednesday, 8th February from 2-4pm in Room 22, Brampton Building, Park Campus

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/intellectual-property-and-partnering-with-industry-workshop-tickets-31444626725

Thursday, 23rd February from 2-4pm in the Board Room, Avenue Campus

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/intellectual-property-and-partnering-with-industry-workshop-tickets-31444696935

Upcoming workshop: Developing a research track record on a shoestring

Kearns2On February 8th 2017 we are welcoming back researcher & educator, Hugh Kearns, who will be running a workshop for academic staff and researchers “Developing a research track record on a shoestring”. Hugh is recognised internationally and regularly lectures at universities across the world, including Oxford, Harvard, Stanford and, now for the fourth time, Northampton.

Academics and researchers are constantly being told to increase their research outputs if they want to get promoted or funded, but it becomes a catch 22 when you can’t do much research because you have no money, but no one will give you money because you haven’t done enough research. Despite this situation there are ways to build a research track record that require less money and can give you the start you need to build a decent track record (or even just to keep your head above water!). Read the rest of this entry

Research students – thinking about your career development?

Research Careers front coverDid you know that 78% of research staff aspire to a career in HE, but only a handful get permanent positions? A recent jobs.ac.uk report indicates that 92% of the advertised job opportunities on their site are contract/temporary. So if you are thinking of a career in research after your PhD, then looking outside of academia, where there are permanent and well-paid positions for researchers, might be a good idea for you.

To focus your mind on this I have organised some short 2 hour careers management workshops in partnership with our careers service at UN. All the workshops are tailored to research students.

All workshops are bookable through Gateway for University of Northampton research students and 1-1s are also possible to arrange.

There are other resources out there to help you focus your mind on careers. One such resource is Vitae Researcher Careers links, which include examples of researcher CVs, researcher career stories on film, careers outside of HE, entrepreneurial researchers, What Do Research Staff do next career stories and much more.

And the British Council Euraxess website features a database of jobs available for researchers throughout the EU and advice on the research landscape in the UK, amongst other useful information.

The Thesis Whisperer has a great guest article on PhD careers.

Your PhD alone probably won’t be enough to get you your next job, as the job market is very competitive. So take advantage of any generic skills training you see which will supplement your transferable skills – these look great on your CV. If you are doing your PhD to support your future career, then you should be thinking about what that career might be… now! Don’t wait until you get to the end before you think about it.

How to book Graduate School workshops and events on Gateway

Pushing_on_an_open_gate_-_geograph.org.uk_-_993511All workshops and events organised by the Graduate School are now available to view and book via Gateway, our online postgraduate research management system.

  1. Go to Gateway.
  2. Log in, choose the link ‘Calendar’ from the left hand menu.
  3. Click on the title of the workshop you’re interested in – all workshops/events are in date order.
  4. Click on the Green dot ‘Respond’.
  5. Choose ‘Attending’ then submit. You have the option to write a note, for instance if you know you’re going to be late arriving at the workshop.
  6. If you subsequently need to cancel your place just repeat the process and change the response to ‘Not Attending’.
  7. If you are interested in the workshop but cannot attend the date scheduled then choose Defer. This will let me know that you are interested in attending another time. We may be able to schedule the workshop again.
  8. To check which workshops you have booked onto and generate a list of attendances, read on.

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PGR Induction week – a warm welcome to our new research students

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One of a number of workshop sessions for the new students

A four day induction from 25th to the 28th October saw the Graduate School welcome a further 23 research degree students to the University of Northampton.

The 4-day biannual Induction Programme is run by The Graduate School in October and March and is compulsory for all research students starting out on their PhD or MPhil. The Induction aims to launch research students into their studies by offering them a variety of workshops and talks, covering processes and procedures, skills development and support, library resources, copyright and much more. The students also get a chance to give a presentation on their research topic and meet members of staff in the university who can support them along the way.

New PGRs meet current PGRs for a round the table chat.

New PGRs meet current PGRs for a round the table chat.

Many of our new research students are working professionals and academics, or are studying part time. Induction aims to welcome all new students, helping them to feel part of the University and giving them the perfect grounding for the long research degree road ahead.

Feedback from the programme was excellent. One student commented “The Induction was friendly, welcoming and informative.” Another commented “Great introduction to the services on offer at UN for research students” The next PGR Induction programme will run from Tuesday March 21st to Friday March 24th 2017.

 

Graduate School workshops for researchers in October and November 2016

The Graduate School Development Programme is designed for all University of Northampton researchers, research students and early career researchers. The following workshops are coming up and are open for booking through Gateway. See the instructions at the end of the post to see the full calendar, or you can click on the links in the table below to the individual workshops. [Please note: you will need to log into Gateway to access the information].

Finding Resources on the Web 19 Oct 2016, from 14:00 to 16:00
Shut Up and Write! writing session 31 Oct 2016, from 10:00 to 13:00
Preparing for the Viva 08 Nov 2016, from 17:00 to 19:00
Smarter speed reading 15 Nov 2016, from 12:00 to 15:00
SPSS 1 beginnner’s workshop 16 Nov 2016, from 14:00 to 16:00
Grounded Theory 24 Nov 2016, from 10:00 to 12:00
SPSS 2 (follow on workshop from 16th November) 30 Nov 2016, from 14:00 to 16:00

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Supervisor Development Programme – 2016/17

The university runs a development programme for supervisors who are new to research degree supervision, co-ordinated by Professor Ian Livingstone, Head of the Graduate School.  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 2016/17 the workshops will be delivered on two occasions:

Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th February 2017
at The University of Northampton;

Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th July 2017
at Regent’s University London.

Staff from both The University of Northampton and Regent’s University London plus staff delivering our research degrees as international partners are welcome to join either delivery. You only need to join one three-day course, not both. No fees are paid by participants on this programme, but if you will be travelling away from your own university you will need to discuss travel and subsistence expenses with your line manager.

If you are intending to join this programme for either delivery and have not yet contacted Ian Livingstone, please do so now. (01604 893362; email: ian.livingstone@northampton.ac.uk). He will be happy to answer any questions you have about the programme.

Research project management in science and technology event

Submitted by Stefan Kaczmarczyk

On Tuesday 20th September 2016 a series of workshops and lectures will be held in Newton Hall, around the theme of research project management in science and technology. The event will be held from 9am – 7pm and is open to all research staff, academic staff and research students from all faculties in the University. Read the rest of this entry

The 2016-17 PGR and ECR Skills Development Programme

Graduate School WorkshopsThe 2016-17 Graduate School’s development programme for postgraduate research (PGR) students and early career researchers (ECRs*) is now live in Gateway!

Booking is open for postgraduate research students, so just log into Gateway and click on Calendar (left hand menu). For full instructions on how to book and on gateway’s development tools for research students, see this Hub post.  

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Research Support Centre Coffee Morning – Summer Edition

With Summer (supposedly!) here, we’re aware that this the time of year when people have some breathing room to consider their next steps. If you’re planning to work on an application this Summer then feel free to drop in to see us for a chat about your plans.

We can’t guarantee that it will be sunny, but we can promise that there will be friendly advice and biscuits. Join us on Wednesday, 13 July 2016 from 10:00 to 12:30, Top Lodge Conservatory.

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