Category Archives: Workshops & Training

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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Finding the Right Funder

Want to Know More about Finding the Right Funder?

This interactive workshop is designed to help you to navigate the funding landscape and will cover topics on identifying the main sources of funding, how to use GRANTfinder effectively and winning tactics on how to increase your chance of success.  The session is ideal if you have specific research ideas and would like help in finding external funding for them.  Facilitated by Karen Lewis, Bidding Manager for the Research and Strategic Bidding Office.

This workshop will take place on Thursday, 25th May from 10am-12pm in Room S036, Sulgrave Building, Park Campus.  To book a place, please click on the Eventbrite link.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/finding-the-right-funder-tickets-33207370138

Research Integrity and Ethics compulsory online courses for research students

Epigeum

All research students, who enrolled on a research degree from summer 2016, are required to take an online training course in Research Integrity before they reach the Transfer stage of their doctoral study. The course has been developed by the higher education courseware designer, Epigeum and is designed to provide students with a better understanding of the obligations and responsibilities needed by today’s researchers, along with practical advice on how to deal with the complex situations in which they may find themselves. The course takes roughly 300 minutes to complete, via Epigeum online, and students can dip in and out of it as they wish, juggling training around already busy schedules.  Read the rest of this entry

A warm welcome to our spring intake of Postgraduate Researchers

Colorful_spring_gardenThis week, from March 21st to 24th, The Graduate School welcomes 14 new postgraduate research students, all joining the University to start a research degree, some part-time, some full time, with many being members of University staff. Read the rest of this entry

Cumberland Lodge Scholarship Scheme 2017 – 2019

Every year, Cumberland Lodge offers first and second year doctoral students studying at universities in the United Kingdom the chance to develop skills in communication, public engagement and interdisciplinary collaboration through a scholarship scheme. Find out more about the scheme and how to apply: Read the rest of this entry

Creating a draft data managment plan

So… you want to do research?

STOP… THINK… What about the data that is going to form the basis of your research?

Think through the following first and create a draft data managment plan.  As your research develops you can modify and update this.

Creating a Data Management Plan