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Working with Businesses

We are sorry, but this event has been postponed until later on in the year.

All you need to know when Working with Businesses

Working with a business is a valuable opportunity to enrich your research activity. This workshop will bring you up to speed with the advantages you can gain from working with businesses, key skills and potential opportunities.  Facilitated by Charlotte Patrick, Key Sector and Knowledge Transfer Manager for the Research and Strategic Bidding Office.

Interested? then come along on Wednesday, 29th March at 2pm in the Board Room, Avenue Campus.  To book your place, please visit Eventbrite on the link below.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/working-with-businesses-tickets-31993245659

Visiting Professors and Fellows: policy and guidance

Submitted by Matthew Watson on behalf of Research and Enterprise Committee

Revised policy, guidance and nomination forms for new Visiting Professors and Fellows are now available.

Visiting Professors and Fellows – Policy

Appointment of Visiting Professors and Fellows – Guidance

Visiting Professors and Fellows – Nomination Form

MOOCS and other skills development resources online for research students

FireworksWhere do you go when you want to learn a new skill or improve your competency? Sign up to a practical, hands-on workshop? Or look online?

Whilst there is no substitute for attending a good skills development workshop, face-to-face learning is not always possible for a whole host of reasons – accessibility, time, family commitments. We all know how good YouTube is for learning ‘ordinary stuff’ but, increasingly, postgraduate students can find some valuable skills development resources online, such as via MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Why not check out some of these resources below? Read the rest of this entry

Women in Research Network – new blog and Facebook group

The University’s Women in Research Network has started a new blog and Facebook group, which are open to all staff members (not just women).
 
The network aims to support female researchers, facilitating gender equality, acknowledging the good research work that academic women do, and encouraging equality through engagement in academic activities. All staff members are welcome to get involved with the network.
 
To find out more, contact Charlotte Dann, or follow the Network on Twitter: @NorthantsWIR
 

Research related committees – When are they and who are they?

Welcome to the 2015-16 cycle of committees (research degrees board, research degrees committee, research ethics committee)!

The committee dates and deadlines are now available in the supervisor toolkit and student toolkit.

It is also important that you know who the members of the committees are and what their roles are. You can find a listing below. Postgraduate Research students are reminded that RDB members are available for pastoral support (please see the PGR Code of Practice in the Student Toolkit for more information)

Each of the committees includes student representatives and if any postgraduate research students are interested in being involved, they should contact me. Read the rest of this entry

™, © and patent pending: unpicking intellectual property rights with IP Tutor

We all use intellectual property and we all create intellectual property, but the intricacies of IP law are often daunting. IP Tutor is an online course from the government’s Intellectual Property Office. For the low price of half an hour of your time it will help you understand the role and value of IP, whether you’re building on the work of others or maximising the potential of your own output.

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Resources for researchers – Elsevier Publishing Campus

Elsevier have produced a series of free resources for researchers in their Elsevier Publishing Campus.

They say, “The role of researchers is changing. Together with your research tasks, you have increased pressure to secure funding, collaborate internationally, share your data, publish your results, commercialize your research and have demonstrable impact. Elsevier is committed to supporting you in meeting these pressures that bring multi-faceted challenges in today’s increasingly competitive environment.”

Information on the Research Excellence Framework

Posted on behalf of Prof. Simon Denny

The following resources about the REF may be of interest to researchers reflecting on REF2014 and planning for REF2020:

From HEFCE’S REFlections conference – The presentations, project synopsis and completed project reports are available online at http://www.hefce.ac.uk/REFlections

From HEPI-Elsevier Research Conference –  The speaker presentations are available for download at http://www.hepi.ac.uk/2015/03/31/hepi-elsevier-conference-reflections-ref2014-next-royal-society-31-march-2015/

A brief history of your h-index

Join campus Columbo Professor Jeff Ollerton on an intrepid adventure to calculate the evolution* of his Web of Science h-index, using nothing more than an online database, an export file and a copy of Excel and some coffee.

It’s unfortunate that this isn’t a built-in function, because it’s interesting information that wouldn’t be too difficult for WoS to provide. But Jeff has a straightforward* procedure for extracting and presenting the data, and his post also discusses the value of the exercise beyond academic curiosity.

* Use of term may not be scientifically accurate. Sorry, Jeff.