Category Archives: Workshops & Training

Research Support Centre – Coffee Morning

Fresh into a new Academic year, the RSB team have their first Coffee Morning next Wednesday, 18th October 2017 in the Top Lodge Conservatory, Park Campus.

Drop in anytime between 10.30am-12pm for a chat about Gateway Haplo, our new funding system or help on funding applications. You may have a project you wish to discuss or want to know more about the opportunities and support we have available.   Tea and coffee, nice biscuits and friendly advice is on offer.

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Grounded Theory Forum

grounded-theory-forumThe first Grounded Theory Forum meeting is led by Fiona Barchard on 11th October from 1-3pm in S036. The topic of discussion will be ‘The trials and tribulations of Constructivist Grounded Theory analysis’.

For those who are interested in Grounded Theory, here are the dates for the coming meetings:

• Thurs 7th Dec 2017

• Tues 6th Feb 2018

• Wed 2nd May 2018

If you would like to attend or be on the Grounded Theory Forum mail list, please contact Sarah Neil 

The 2017-18 Graduate School’s Development Programme is live!

Thmature students photoe 2017-18 Development Programme for postgraduate research (PGR) students and early career researchers is now live on the Gateway Calendar and workshops are open for booking. Just log into Gateway and you will see workshops, development days and events run by the Graduate School.

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Preparing for the Viva Workshop

Are you in a post transfer phase, writing up or about to hand in your research degree thesis? If so, then you are invited to preparing for the viva workshop with Professor Chris Roe .This workshop will be held on the 2nd October from 5pm to 7pm in SO36 (near Dialog Café), Rockingham Library Ground Floor. We’ll discuss the purpose of the viva from the different perspectives of the student, examiner and university and use these insights to help planning the best way to prepare for your own viva. There’ll be lots of opportunity to ask questions, discuss concerns and share experiences!

To book, please see:Gateway Calendar 

Workshops for Research Degree Supervisors

Theses at UoNNew for this year, we are running a series of workshops for research degree supervisors related to the stage that your student has reached. These workshops will be a mix of information about the formal procedures with a discussion about how to support the student through this phase of their programme. The two ‘early stages’ workshops are timed to coincide with student induction when you may have a student starting their research degree programme.  All workshops are equally appropriate for those new to supervision and for those experienced supervisors who need a refresher.

Supervising the early stages of a research degree

David Watson and Ian Livingstone

This workshop is intended for supervisors who are supervising a research degree student who is just starting. We will cover the formal requirements of the student and the supervisory team between initial enrolment and transfer. We will ensure that you are aware of the university’s but we will also have some discussion about how we can supervise students in these early stages. This workshop is equally appropriate for those new to supervision and for those experienced supervisors who need a refresher. The workshop will run again on Wed 14 March 2018.

 Date: Thursday 19 October 2017 12:00-14:00 ( Lunch provided) 
Venue: MY120 Avenue Campus
To book, please see the link

Maintaining your research degree student’s momentum

Jeff Ollerton and Ian Livingstone 

This workshop will consider your strategies as a research degree supervisor for supporting your students through the middle stages of their research degree programme when some students run out of steam or lose focus. We’ll consider how you can help them to keep going, and we’ll think about the priorities for you and the student. This workshop is equally appropriate for those new to supervision and for experienced supervisors.

Date:  Wednesday 24 January 2018 12:00-14:00  ( Lunch provided)
venue: Tba
To book, please see the link

Supervising the early stages of a research degree

Ian Livingstone and David Watson

This workshop is intended for supervisors who are supervising a research degree student who is just starting. We will cover the formal requirements of the student and the supervisory team between initial enrolment and transfer. We will ensure that you are aware of the university’s procedures but we will also have some discussion about how we can supervise students in these early stages. This workshop is equally appropriate for those new to supervision and for those experienced supervisors who need a refresher.

Date:Wednesday 14 March 2018 12:00-14:00 ( Lunch provided)
Venue tba
to book, please see the link

Supervising the end game

Chris Roe and Ian Livingstone 

This workshop will consider how you as a research degree supervisor can support your student through the final stages of writing up, submission and viva. We’ll provide a reminder about the university’s formal requirements but we will also have some discussion about how we can supervise students in these final stages. This workshop is equally appropriate for those new to supervision and for experienced supervisors.

Date: Tuesday 1 May 2018 12:00-14:00 ( Lunch provided)
Venue tba Lunch provided
To book, please see the link

How confident are you presenting at conferences? Would you like some free skills training?

AdairIn advance of our 14th September Postgraduate Researcher Conference, The Graduate School has asked Dr Adair Richards, trainer, broadcaster and consultant, to facilitate conference skills and 3 Minute Thesis training for our researchers. Even if you are not presenting at our conference, learning these skills is immensely valuable to you as a researcher and Adair is a master of teaching presentation techniques. Read the rest of this entry

Gateway – New Funding Module

new systemThe RSB office are excited to announce that the Funding Module of Gateway will be going live from Friday, 15th September.  This new system will replace the RGA forms and the need for paper sign off.  From the 15th anyone developing or submitting an application for research or enterprise funding will be able to get their application signed off in Gateway.

You’ll be happy to know that the new system will deliver a number of improvements:-

  • Better reporting of projects
  • Improved visibility of workloads, deadlines and outstanding tasks
  • Increased accuracy in fund reporting
  • Ability to request review of proposals by peers, RSB or others at a touch of a button.

To help staff in the introduction of this new funding module, a Drop-In Session will take place on Monday, 18th September from 10am-2pm in the Top Lodge Conservatory – bring your laptop or phone and the RSB team will be available to talk you through this new process.  If you prefer a 1:1 or group session, please contact RSB@northampton.ac.uk and we will be happy to come to you.  Depending on demand, further drop-in sessions can be planned.

We are looking forward to this new system going live and believe it will provide a more efficient way of managing research funding.

UEA Online Training Series for PGR’s 2017-18

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If you are looking for training courses to enhance your research skills and prepare for your post-PhD life, then the University of East Anglia (UEA) is offering online research and professional training series for postgraduate research students in a Live-taught online format. This online training is organized in five modules on the following topics: Academic writing, qualitative research skills, finishing your PhD, teaching skills and quantitative research skills. The overall series of 29 online training sessions can be available to all PGR students for £70 per session. All you need to know about the context, rationale and delivery of the training, the benefits for you and the potential costs involved is found in the UEA Online Training Series for PGR’s Brochure (1).

Project Management in Science and Technology Workshop on September 19th 2017

tke logoWe are pleased to announce that thyssenkrupp , a leading international company with their manufacturing, service and research and innovation centres (RIC) located in Brazil, China, Spain, South Korea, UAE, UK, and USA, in cooperation with the Graduate School, is organizing a workshop on Project Management in Science and Technology. The workshop falls within the framework of Partnership for Research and Innovation between the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology and thyssenkrupp Elevator AG (tkE) and will take place on Tuesday 19th September 2017 from 10am to 5pm in Grand Hall, Newton building, avenue campus.  Facilitated by experienced senior management staff from (tkE), the workshop aims to develop an understanding of efficient adaptive Project Management (PM) methods. This event is open to PGR students, specifically in science/technology, engineering/product design and manufacturing.  This one day workshop will be organized in two parts (theory and Practice), for more information about the workshop, please see the Programme

To book please visit the link

 

 

Graduate School Update Day

DDek5n1WsAATqCdOn Thursday 29th June, Graduate School Update Day was held on Park Campus with an attendance of over fifty PGR students and supervisors. Every year The Graduate School hold this event to provide a space for both PGRs and supervisors to get together, discuss one or two topics of relevance to them via workshops and provide an opportunity for both parties to feed back on the year’s Graduate School provision and service.  This year, the event started with a one hour session on research ethics, during which Professor John Horton, Chair of Research Ethics Committee provided an update on changes to research ethics processes for research degree students at the University of Northampton including the new proforma for ethics applications. The second workshop of the day was led by Clare Jones, an expert in researcher careers for research staff and PhD students from the University of Nottingham. Clare started her workshop providing an overview of the PhD landscape with examples of some career related issues and challenges that postgraduate students encounter in their PhD journey.DDewiNOXYAAAMiu Read the rest of this entry