Category Archives: Library

New Academic Librarians Blog

A new blog has recently been launched by the Academic Librarians to provide staff with up-to-date news and information from the library world. The blog also contains training information and other developments from the team as well as links to relevant resources, including the latest Aspire step-by-step guide.  If you want to be informed, check out the new Academic Librarians Blog.

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

 

Santander Funding Opportunities

SantanderApplications are now open for the Santander Mobility Fund and Santander Staff Research Award.  Santander funding is available to encourage student mobility for a short term project and for staff who require support for a research project.

Both forms need to be submitted to corinna.coleman@northampton.ac.uk by the 30 April 2017.

Santander Mobility Fund March 2017  2017 Santander Staff Research Application Form

Negotiating embargoes on research degree theses

This post covers information for staff who are negotiating contracts or submitting bids which will involve recruiting a research degree student.

Once passed, electronic versions of all research degree theses (Doctorates and MPhils) are uploaded to the university’s research repository, NECTAR. Normal practice is that these are made freely available (open access). Sometimes, however, the research degree graduate requests that their thesis is not made freely available until after a set period of time, normally 12 months. Usually this will be due to commercial sensitive work or plans to publish work contained within the thesis. Research Degrees Committee, on behalf of the university, is sympathetic to these requests and frequently grants embargoes of a reasonable length when requested. You’ll find information about this in the ‘Procedure for thesis submission’.

If you are negotiating contracts or submitting bids which will involve recruiting a research degree student and the external organisation requests that an embargo on the thesis is included in the contract or bid, it is important that you gain approval for that embargo from Research Degrees Committee before the grant or contract is signed off. If you are considering such a clause in a bid or contract, you should discuss this with David Watson or Ian Livingstone in the Graduate School. They will be able to advise further.

The Sociology of the Individual

What it socialization? What is interaction? What do we mean by identity? How can we explain the notion of self? What do we mean by intra-action?

The Sociology of the Individual is an innovative and thought-provoking sociological exploration of how the ideas of the individual and society relate.  Written by Dr Athanasia Chalari (University of Northampton) this is an essential read for upper level undergraduates or postgraduates looking for a deeper and more sophisticated understanding of the connection between the social world and the inner life of the individual.

For more information and details on how to obtain this book, please visit https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/the-sociology-of-the-individual/book240841

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

Goodbye and thanks

Rosalie at Foxton

Rosalie at Foxton Locks

My apologies for using the Research Support Hub for a personal message, but as many of you will know, today is my last day at the University of Northampton.  I am retiring.

I wanted to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all of my research colleagues for the support you have given me over the last few years.  It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with such a committed and hard-working group of people and I have greatly appreciated the tolerance and acceptance that I have experienced.

My daughter is getting married on Friday and my husband and I have a few holidays lined up before we set off on our big trip on Rosalie, our narrow boat.  It is all really exciting but leaving Northampton is still a wrench.

I wish you all every success in your research endeavours.  Hopefully my replacement will be appointed soon, but in the meantime I leave you in Nick‘s capable hands.

Goodbye and good luck.

Miggie

 

 

Paying for open access: how much will it cost?

FAQ: How do I find out whether a journal has an option for immediate open access and if so, how much it will cost?

Does your proposed funder require immediate open access to all research outputs?

Do you need to include the cost of APCs in your bid?

Do you need to make sure your work has the earliest possible visibility and impact?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes then you will need to know whether any journal you choose to publish in offers an immediate (‘gold’) open access option and if so, how much it will cost.

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Open Access at the University of Northampton: state of play

Since 2007 Library and Learning Services have been offering services to researchers wishing to engage with the Open Access (OA) agenda.  This post summarises the policy, services and support now available at the University of Northampton.

Open Access policy:

In December 2015 the University Research and Enterprise Committee approved an OA policy for the University.  Aligned with, and supporting, HEFCE’s open access policy for the REF, the University policy states: “the University supports the principle of open access and expects researchers to share their research outputs freely, subject to legal, ethical, commercial or contractual constraints”.  The policy requires researchers to ‘act on acceptance‘ in depositing their work in the University’s institutional repository, NECTAR.

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University Open Access Fund

Open Access logoFAQ: Does the University have any funds available to pay publishers’ article processing charges (APCs) and if so, how can I apply for these?

As of August 1st 2016 the University of Northampton has set aside an Open Access (OA) fund to support the payment of article processing charges (APCs).

APCs are the charges levied by publishers to cover the cost of making an individual article OA at the point of publication (aka ‘gold’ OA).  This may be in a fully OA journal or in a ‘hybrid’ journal which makes otherwise subscription only articles available OA on payment of an APC.

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