Category Archives: Workshops & Training

Supervisor Development Programme ~ February 2018

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 2017/18 the workshops will be delivered on:

Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd February 2017

Staff from The University of Northampton and plus staff delivering our research degrees at Regent’s University London and as international partners are welcome to join the programme. No fees are paid by participants on this programme. You should plan to attend all three days.

If you are intending to join this programme 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.

Finding alternative sources of funding: Workshop for postgraduate researchers.

Pound signAre you a postgraduate researcher at UoN who is self-funded or partially funded? If so, you might be interested in coming along to Lucy Atkinson’s workshop, on 12th July 2017 from 12:00 to 14:30 in SO36. Lucy will show you possible routes to finding alternative sources of funding, whether for fees, maintenance, research expenses, conferences or travel. Lunch is also included! Read the rest of this entry

NVivo intermediate level workshop: with a beginner’s online training course

On 10 Jul 2017, from 13:00 to 16:00, the Graduate School is running a workshop on using Nvivo for intermediate level. Attendees are expected to have access to NVivo and have basic NVivo knowledge (adding data sources, creating node trees and coding). Nevertheless, there is still an opportunity for students without prior knowledge of NVivo to attend the workshop. Lynda, an online training package, offers the basics of Nvivo in an easy and simple way through an online course. This can be found here but make sure you read the getting started with Linda below for instructions.

Getting Started with Lynda – updated Nov 2016

To book your place, please visit Gateway

Qualitative Research Methods Workshop: An Interactive Guide

 

On the 4th of July 2017, the Graduate School will be running a one day workshop on qualitative research methods. In this workshop Dr. Neil Raven will introduce participants to a range of qualitative research methods that can be used separately or as part of a mixed methods approach. The day will begin by considering the use of interviews in academic research, before exploring the potential of focus groups. During the afternoon attention will turn to the use of observation and photography as methods that have the capacity to generate a wealth of rich qualitative data.  Read the rest of this entry

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

In order to provide support to our staff in relation to the REF, a dedicated email account has been created.

If you have any questions in relation to the REF please email REF@Northampton.ac.uk

If you have not yet signed up for the REF and Impact Workshop for your panel of assessment please email SDBookings@Northampton.ac.uk

24th May – 09:30 am to 12:30 pm – Mechanical Engineering, Art and Design, Geography, Computing – Avenue Campus – MY120

7th June – 1 pm to 4 pm Allied Health & Psychology – Park Campus – C317

9th June – 9:30 am to 12:30 pm – English and History – Park Campus – C317

9th June – 1 pm to 4 pm – Education, Business and Law – Park Campus – C317

Impact & the REF – English & History; Education, Business & Law – 9th June

I am delighted to annouce that Sarah Hall will be leading the three hour workshops for English and History and Education, Business and Law on the 9th of June. Sarah has been the Research Impact Strategy and Policy Manager for the University of Leicester for the past four years, and supported the delivery of the impact aspect of the institution’s REF2014 submission. Since 2014, she has worked to embed impact into the research culture of the University and to manage preparations for the next assessment exercise. A member of the University’s Research Strategy and Policy team, Sarah works centrally across the institution supporting academic staff from all disciplines to explore, articulate and evidence the economic and societal impact of their research.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system used for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.  In order to facilitate preparation for the next REF, two meetings have been scheduled for all staff on the 19th of May.

12 pm to 1 pm – Park Campus – DLT (Delapre Lecture Theatre)

2 pm to 3 pm – Avenue Campus – MR 5

Workshop on REF and the Impact – English and History – C317 – Park Campus – 9th June – 9:30am to 12:30 pm

Workshop on REF and the Impact – Education, Business and Law – C317 – Park Campus – 9th June – 1 pm to 4 pm

To book your place please email SDBookings@Northampton.ac.uk

 

 

Impact & the REF

“In the 2021 REF the University of Northampton will submit and celebrate the excellent research it has done, and is doing, to underpin the delivery of the Changemaker Challenges and the University’s mission of Transforming Lives + Inspiring Change. The interdisciplinary nature of much of our research will be made overt. We will particularly focus on the impact our research has had, locally, nationally and internationally, and the ways the implementation of research findings (the application of our new knowledge) has improved the lives of people, and their environments.” Professor Simon Denny (Executive Dean: Research, Impact and Enterprise).

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system used for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.  In order to facilitate preparation for the next REF, two meetings have been scheduled for all staff on the 19th of May.

12 pm to 1 pm – Park Campus – DLT (Delapre Lecture Theatre)

2 pm to 3 pm – Avenue Campus – MR 5

Further meetings have been scheduled to look deeper at impact and case studies for units of assessment for the next REF. These are 3 hour meetings which will look in detail at what makes a 4 star impact case study and how we can apply that to our own research.

Please ensure that you come along to the meeting that is relevant to you, if you are unsure of which meeting to attend please contact your Research Leader.

24th May – 09:30 am to 12:30 pm – Mechanical Engineering, Art and Design, Geography, Computing – Avenue Campus – MY120

7th June – 1 pm to 4 pm Allied Health & Psychology – Park Campus – C317

9th June – 9:30 am to 12:30 pm – English and History – Park Campus – C317

9th June – 1 pm to 4 pm – Education, Business and Law – Park Campus – C317

Note – these are based on units of assessment, not faculty structures.

Please do prioritise these dates, and attend if at all possible.

Please email SDBookings@northampton.ac.uk to book your place.

If you are a PG Student, please contact dawn.hibbert@ed.ac.uk for booking.

Making Progress Workshop for part-time researchers

OU imageOn Monday 19 June 2017, 09.30 – 16.30, The Open University in Milton Keynes is organizing a very interesting workshop, usually seen by students as a a real boost to motivation. The event is free but you will be expected to pay for your own travel. This one day workshop is open to all part-time research students within the UK. There are only few places left, so if you want to attend please book your place as soon as possible. Read the rest of this entry

Graduate School Workshops Coming Up

Here are the Graduate School workshops running for doctoral students and early career researchers from May to July 2017.  These workshops are open for booking through the Gateway Calendar. Also listed are Graduate School events. For more information please see the Calendar.

  • Word: Working with Long Documents   10 May 2017, from 09:30 to 11:30
  •  Risk Assessing your Research    10 May 2017, from 11:45 to 13:15
  • Systematic literature searching  10 May 2017, from 14:00 to 16:00
  •  Graduate School PGR Poster competition   17 May 2017, from 10:45 to 14:00
  •  Reading and writing skills at Level 8 (session 1) 22 May 2017, from 10:00 to 12:00
  •  Career management for researchers:  CV Workshop 23 May 2017, from 10:00 to 12:00
  •  Shut Up and Write!   23 May 2017, from 13:00 to 16:00
  •  Part-Time Researcher   25 May 2017, from 09:30 to 16:00
  •  Social Media Analysis Workshop – Gathering and analysing social media data from  Twitter and YouTube   25 May 2017, from 11:00 to 13:00
  •  Research Ethics Seminar   01 Jun 2017, from 12:00 to 13:30
  •  Designing Questionnaires   06 Jun 2017, from 10:00 to 12:00
  •  Analysing Questionnaire Data   06 Jun 2017, from 13:00 to 15:00
  •  Q Methodology  13 Jun 2017, from 10:00 to 12:00
  •  Shut Up and Write!   14 Jun 2017, from 10:00 to 13:00
  •  Reading and writing skills at Level 8 (session 2) 19 Jun 2017, from 10:00 to 12:00
  •  Graduate School PGR and ECR Conference   20 Jun 2017, from 09:30 to 17:00
  •  Graduate School Update Day   29 Jun 2017, from 09:30 to 14:00
  • An Introduction to Nvivo ( Intermediate)   10 Jul 2017, from 13:00 to 16:00

Writing and Structuring your Thesis

students writing imageThe Graduate School is running a workshop on Writing and Structuring your Thesis on the 2nd of May from 13:15 to 14:45 . This is part of the – Getting Started 1 Development Day – the workshop will take place in Pytchley, PY101, Park Campus, near the student center. Lunch and refreshments are provided so, if you would like some lunch before your session, please come along a bit earlier ( lunch time is 12:30-13:15).

If you wish to attend please book using Gateway.

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