Category Archives: Library

New Visiting Professor – Learning & Library Services

We are delighted to announce that Professor Susannah Quinsee, Professor of Learning Development and Director of Learning Enhancement and Development; City University of London will be joining us as the new visiting professor for Library and Learning Services.

Susannah leads the Learning Enhancement and Development Directorate which encompasses educational development and technology enhanced learning activity; academic skills, dyslexia and disability support, and student counselling and mental health services for the City University of London.

Susannah was Chair of the Heads of E-Learning Forum (HeLF) Steering Group from 2007-2011 and as a founder member of HeLF still remains on the HeLF Steering Group.

Susannah has worked as a lecturer and in academic support roles at a number of other higher education institutions in the UK as well as leading on large scale institutional change projects.

In 2011, Susannah became a National Teaching Fellow. She has considerable experience in the areas of online learning, student support, implementing learning and teaching strategies and project management in relation to higher education. Susannah’s current research focuses on leadership and change management in relation to learning development, developing communities of practice in higher education and engaging staff in new learning and teaching methodologies, particularly using technology.

Susannah will provide academic leadership and mentoring to LLS staff engaged in research activity and will play an active role in the research life of the department.

IT issues – Library Database A-Z down

We are aware that there is a problem with the A – Z List of Library databases today (3 June) .  IT Services staff have been notified and the server has been rebooted.  We are waiting to see if the list comes back up.

A workaround in the meantime is to Google the name of the database that you want to access, along with ‘login’, and you will usually get a hit with a link to the database login screen. Look for the ‘UK Federation’ login option and then you should be able to login with your UoN login.

Whilst this isn’t ideal, it should keep you going for now.

 

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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