Category Archives: Workshops & Training

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.

There will also be a delivery of the programme in July 2020, probably on Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th. Read the rest of this entry

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!

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.


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


The Graduate School’s Generic Workshops 2019!

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The Graduate School will be running a series of generic workshops in 2019! The workshops will cover a wide range of skills for postgraduate research students including training on software such as SPSS and Nvivo, workshops on qualitative data, getting published in journals and more. To see the full programme of workshops and to book, Please visit the Gateway Calendar.

Part-Time Researcher Day: Starting The Journey!

Cup notebook iphone and walletThe Doctoral College Team at the University of Leicester are hosting a Part-Time Researcher Workshop for those who have just started their research degree but may also be beneficial for those who are in the pre-probation period of their studies.

It will focus on three themes: time management, managing the supervisor, and staying connected. Throughout the day there will be opportunities to mingle and discuss these themes as well as activities. We also have two guests – Prof Lisa Smith and Dr Sarah Seaton. Both did their research degrees part-time and will share their experiences while also providing some tips.

Spaces are limited so we advise booking soon. You can find out more here

Best wishes