Category Archives: Workshops & Training

March 2022 PGR Induction: A warm welcome to our new postgraduate researchers

A four day induction from 7-10th March saw us welcome a further 24 postgraduate researchers to the University of Northampton.

A development session at PGR Induction

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 PGRs into their studies by offering them a variety of workshops and talks, including research degree processes and procedures, skills development, open access, library resources, EDI and research integrity. The students also gave presentations on their research topic, had an induction into their Faculty and met members of staff at the University who will support them along the way.

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Call for Entries; Graduate School Research Poster Competition 2022

The Graduate School has launched the call for entries for the 15th Annual Research Poster Competition and the call for entries closes on May 3rd. The competition is open to all PGRs at UON. Posters will be displayed digitally in an exhibition at Waterside, with an in-person judging session, on May 24th at Graduate School Update Day. The competition will be held from 12:15pm through to prize giving at 3:30pm.

The aim of the event is for PGRs to create a digital poster that explains their research to a mixed audience of non-subject specialists.  At whatever stage in the research process you are, 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.

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Compulsory online courses for PGRs

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If you are a PhD or MPHIL student at UON but have not yet applied for Transfer, please note that there are 3 compulsory elements to your doctorate which you need to satisfy before you can progress through Transfer.

  1. Induction is the first. You must have attended a PGR Induction in either October or March.
  2. and 3. The other compulsory elements comprise two online courses, Becoming an Ethical Researcher and Research Integrity (UK) Second Edition – Core course. These courses are fully online, you can access them in your own time, working at your own pace.

It makes sense to pass these courses before you consider applying for Transfer and it is best to start soon after your Induction. So click on the links above and please make sure to read the instructions for access. If you have any questions please contact Simone Apel in the Graduate School.

The process is slightly different for our Professional Doctorate students. Your induction runs at the start of your facilitated modules and the compulsory online courses are embedded into the assessment of the facilitated modules for DProfPrac students, with DBA students completing the courses at the beginning of the thesis module.

The two compulsory courses are accompanied by a number of other optional online courses in research methods and literature review. So do take a look and see what is available for you – access is via Gateway (under the menu ‘Online courses’).

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.

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

Showcasing the very best research at Waterside: UoN’s Annual Research Conference

20-21 June – Town Hall, Creative Hub, Waterside Campus

Our beautiful riverside setting provides the backdrop for this year’s Annual Research Conference. With over 100 abstracts received from Postgraduate Researchers and staff for research papers, posters, 3MT presentations and Bake your Research, this year promises to reflect the very best research that University of Northampton has to offer.

We are also lucky to be joined by three distinctive and vibrant keynote speakers. Professor Deborah Johnston from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) who considers Researching Nutrition and Decision-Making: Negotiating Ethical and Analytical Challenges as she opens the conference on the Thursday.

Dr Kieran Fenby-Hulse, Coventry University
Professor Deborah Johnston, School of Oriental and African Studies

We have a Performative Plenary Provocation by Dr Kieran Fenby-Hulse at the end of the first day entitled ‘Difference and the Academy’.

While on the second day, Julia Reeve, Coordinator of East Midlands Writing Pad and Research ELT Officer from De Montfort University, invites us to think about the relationship between creativity and research.

Julia Reeve, De Montfort University

At whatever stage you are in your research career, there really is something for everyone at this year’s conference. We launch our full conference brochure very soon, but for now, please do register your interest on Gateway for Day One, and Day Two. Everyone is welcome to attend the conference meal at the end of Day One, but please do sign up on Gateway for this too.

Join us for a fabulous showcase of our university’s finest research. For further information on the event, please contact Dr Melanie Petch.

Graduate School Update Day 2019: PGR Futures

This year’s Graduate School Update Day will be held on 26 June 2019. Update Day is open to all the university’s postgraduate researchers and research degree supervisors. The theme for this year’s Update Day is ‘PGR Futures‘. It will be facilitated by Dr Billy Bryan. You can sign up here.

Programme for Update Day 2019

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Supervisor Development Programme ~ 2019/20

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 2019/20 the workshops will be delivered on:

Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th September 2019 at the University of Northampton’s Waterside Campus.

You will need to attend on all three days of the programme.

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Practical Tips to Effectively Improve your Writing Style (Part 2)

Friday 29th March 2.00 – 3.30pm (Room 404 in Senate Building)

Professor Tony Kay is running Part 2 of this popular session hosted by the FHS, Physical Activity and Life Sciences Research Centre.

It is ideal for those who attended Part 1 and is also open to anyone who would like to attend this second part.

Academic writing is an essential communication skill that is developed with practice and guidance. Regardless of the type of document (e.g. report, article, thesis), employing the appropriate writing style will enhance the clarity and impact of your work. This session will provide a guide to improve the clarify of your writing, examine some of the common mistakes, and provide examples of effective tips and a checklist to eliminate these mistakes and improve the quality and clarity of your writing.

To book your place please register on Gateway


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!