Category Archives: Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology

Impact & the REF – Introductory Session

Thank you to all who attended the sessions today on Impact & the REF.  If you were unable to attend today’s sessions, please take the time to have a look over the slides. If you haven’t yet booked for the 3 hour workshop session relevant to your unit of assessment please do as soon as possible (email SDbookings@northampton.ac.uk).

Impact and the REF Standard Sized Screen

If you have any questions please email dawn.hibbert@northampton.ac.uk

Note:  Recommendations from Lord Sterns Review in the REF: (Final guidelines to be published in Summer 2017)

  • Impact – Proposal for impact in REF 2021 is to remain consistent with REF 2014 process
  • Impacts are submitted by the institution or institutions in which the underpinning research has been conducted.
  • Impacts are submitted by the institution or institutions in which the underpinning research has been conducted.
  • Aspects captured by the impact template should be incorporated into the environment statement.
  • Propose to take account of the unit’s approach to supporting and enabling impact as an explicit section of the environment element of assessment – impact template would no longer be required.
  • 100% of the impact sub-profile would be attributed to the impact case studies.
  • Case study ratio should be based on HESA data on research active staff.
  • All institutions should be required to submit some institutional-level case studies which arise from multi- and interdisciplinary and collaborative work.
  • Proposed that case studies are submitted via a web form in REF 2021 that will include a number of mandatory fields.
  • Case studies should continue to be based on research of demonstrable quality, but could be linked to a research activity and a body or work as well as to specific research outputs.
  • Proposed that examples of impact in REF 2021 must be underpinned by excellent research, research activity, or a body of work produced by the submitting unit in the period from 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2020.

Butterflies and other animals: Tom Brereton inaugural professorial lecture

Butterfly

Uwe H. Friese Bremerhaven, GermanyOwn work
Kleiner Fuchs (Nymphalis urticae)
CC BY-SA 3.0

John Sinclair, The Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology has pleasure in inviting you to the Inaugural Professorial Lecture entitled

Butterflies and other animals:
40 years of adventure in ecology and conservation

The lecture will be delivered by Professor Tom Brereton, on Tuesday 16 May 2017 at 6 pm in The Grand Hall, Newton Building, St George’s Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JD

Coffee & biscuits will be served on arrival at 5.30 pm. Following the lecture there will be an opportunity for networking and discussion over drinks & nibbles. For catering purposes, please advise Val Howe if you are able to attend.

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.

University’s Enterprise Priorities 2017-2020

The aim of the University’s Enterprise Plan for 2017-2020 is to deploy existing and new, resources in coordinated partnership with key local stakeholders to improve the economic metrics and business environment of Northamptonshire.   In achieving this aim the plan will also improve graduate employability, wellbeing, environmental and other metrics.

The University’s Enterprise Priorities 2017-2020 document has been written by Professor Simon Denny, Executive Dean for Research, Impact and Enterprise.  Find out more about these Priorities by reading the full document UoN Enterprise Priorities 2017 – 2020

 

FAST PhD Student awarded best paper

PhD Student Alyaa Al-Barrak has been awarded the best paper at the eighth Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Conference held at the University of Essex.  Her paper on wireless communication was awarded first place out of 93 other papers and will also be published in a digital library for publications in the engineering and computer science field.

Read the rest of the article here http://www.northampton.ac.uk/news/phd-student-awarded-best-paper-for-her-revolutionary-research-in-wireless-communication/

How to be an Unplugged Artist

A recently released book Teaching Computing Unplugged in Primary Schools edited by Helen Caldwell (University of Northampton) and Neil Smith (Open University) has a number of interesting chapters by authors who are passionate about how computing is taught in schools. The central theme is unplugged activities, without using computers, that still teach the fundamentals of computational thinking.

For more information and details on how to obtain this book, please visit
https://computingnorthampton.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/how-to-be-unplugged-artist.html