Category Archives: Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology
In the Graduate School, we’re excited to be launching our sixth annual Images of Research competition. The first to be fully digital! Join us as we browse images that capture the diversity of research here at UoN.
The event takes place on: Monday 4th March between 5-6pm in the First Floor Exhibition Area, Creative Hub, Waterside Campus.
Professor Matthew McCormack, Head of the Graduate School, will open the competition with a short presentation at 5pm. On the evening you can vote for your top three entries, but if you can’t make it, don’t worry. There will be further opportunities to vote and view the exhibition on the plasma screens around campus from 5th March to 5th April, and to vote and view online via the Research Support Hub! More details will follow …
A larger version of the launch poster with more information, and a chance to remind yourself of last year’s winning entry can be seen here. For catering purposes, please email Melanie Petch Melanie.Petch@northampton.ac.uk if you would like to attend on the evening. By all means, do circulate to anyone who might be interested.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Antony Bounds discusses ‘Decolonisation and Federation in the West Indes, 1945-62’ at his PhD Transfer Seminar tomorrow, Thursday 14th February. The event will be located in the Learning Hub LH017, Waterside Campus at 6pm.
If you are interested in attending future events, Antony’s seminar is part of a wider History seminar programme, which can be viewed here:
Any enquiries can be directed to Matthew McCormack
(Professor of History)
We are currently in the process of implementing a Current Research Information System, named Pure, which will become the new platform that you engage with to upload your research outputs… And a whole lot more!
As part of this process, whilst the public facing side of NECTAR will remain, your use of it will come to an end!
I realise how busy you are with Waterside… So in a bid to make this an easier transition, from the 1st of August please do NOT put any items into NECTAR.
If you have a journal article or conference proceeding with an ISSN number that is accepted for publication from the 1st of August until Pure is launched, please email it to email@example.com and our team will ensure it is uploaded to meet HEFCE’s open access requirments for the REF (Research Excellence Framework). Please email as soon as it is accepted to allow our team adequate time to meet these requirements.
If you have any other research outputs accepted or published during this time, please hold on to them until Pure is launched! (Expected to launch late October).
Don’t be alarmed… Training will be given in how to use Pure – which is a much more user friendly platform than NECTAR in due course.
If you have any questions or concerns relating to this please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Research Support team will be wandering over to Waterside on the 1st of August… Our calendars are always up to date and open to all… So feel free to invite us to meetings at locations of your choice!
Head of Research Support
All staff who conduct research and postgraduate researchers are invited to submit an abstract for the first joint Graduate School and Faculty Research Conference, which will be held on 20th and 21st June 2018. The conference offers a chance for researchers to present a paper, a poster or win a 3-minute thesis prize (PGRs only). The deadline for abstracts has been extended to Thursday 26th April.
If you are an offsite postgraduate researcher you can submit a poster or recorded 3-Minute Thesis. Please see the call for papers for offsite students.
Please see the original Hub post for more information.
Our Research team from the Computing Department and Moulton College are developing a sensor to detect lameness in sheep. Associate Professor Dr. Ali Al-Sherbaz will be appearing on the BBC One – The One Show tonight at 7pm. Tune in to find out more about this research, how this infection costs UK farming about £80m/yr and whether the solution could lie in a ‘Fitbit’ for sheep.
All staff have access to Yammer… Kind of like facebook for work… In order to give Researcher’s at our University a dedicated space for interaction, helpful files, presentations, links etc, a Research Support group has been created, including information on the REF and RDM. Feel free to join & access these resources! (https://www.yammer.com (log in with your Uni username and password)).
The University of Northampton has an institutional fund for the payment of article processing charges.
Publishing “gold” allows your research, the published version, to be made freely available immediately upon publication to anyone with internet access. This enables people to access your work without waiting for embargo periods to pass (which can be up to 5 years or more!) and for the published version to be made freely available, rather than your accepted manuscript!
The University has entered into a number of agreements that allow us discounts on the cost of article processing charges:
- IEEE (25% discount – prepaid account)
- Springer (All APCs at zero cost – please select the open access option)
- SAGE (£200 Discount)
- Taylor and Francis (75% discount on most journals)
- Wylie (25% Discount)
When publishing with any of the above publishers, please contact email@example.com and we will guide you through the process.
If you have any questions in relation to article processing charges, copyright or the quality of a journal, please do contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to signing a copyright transfer agreement.
“One Health: linking humans, animals and landscape, a case study from Ethiopia” – Research Seminar – Prof. Nikolaus J. Kuhn
Come along to Newton Building (room NW205) at 12:00 on Wednesday 7th June for a research seminar by Prof Nikolaus J Kuhn.
The One Health approach originally linked human to animal health. Moving from prevention of transmission of diseases between humans and animals, the scope widened to improving human health through that provided food of sufficient quality to avoid malnutrition and disease. This approach can reduce health costs significantly in rural areas developing countries, including rangelands. Recognizing land degradation as a major cause of poor animal health, the inclusion of rangeland ecology was a logical expansion of the One Health approach. In this presentation, the concept of One Health is presented, in particular with regards to dryland pastoralism. The recently started Jijiga One Health Initiative (JOHI) in south-eastern Ethiopia is used as a case study to illustrate the contribution of One Health to sustainable land use and the improvement of health and livelihoods of the rural population.
Nikolaus J. Kuhn got his first degree in Physical Geography (1990-1995) in his native country Germany from the University of Trier, completing a thesis on Holocene climate change and dryland lake hydrology in NE-Spain. Winning the Government of Canada Award to undertake PhD research, he moved to the University of Toronto in 1996. There he completed a PhD in Geography (1996-2000), studying the effects of varying weather patterns on soil erosion in Canada and Mexico. The PhD was followed by postdoctoral research in Israel (2001) on the role of rainfall-surface interaction for landscape development in the northern Negev. In 2002, he started academic teaching as Visiting Assistant Professor at Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts. He joined the University of Exeter as Lecturer for Geography in July 2003. In 2007, he was appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter.
The research interests of Nikolaus Kuhn and his group focus on the physical geographic dimension of environmental change, in particular the interaction of surface processes and climate on geomorphology and associated biogeochemical cycles. Their key aim is to identify the functioning of landscape systems, their spatial extent, reaction to change and mutual effects on each other. Current major projects include the reconstruction of Carbon and nutrient cycles in rangelands, the role of agricultural dust emissions on climate and health in southern Africa, the ecological impact of the land reform on communal land in Namibia, and a grant by the Swiss Space Center supporting the search for life on Mars.