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Showcasing the very best research at Waterside: UoN’s Annual Research Conference

20-21 June – Town Hall, Creative Hub, Waterside Campus

Our beautiful riverside setting provides the backdrop for this year’s Annual Research Conference. With over 100 abstracts received from Postgraduate Researchers and staff for research papers, posters, 3MT presentations and Bake your Research, this year promises to reflect the very best research that University of Northampton has to offer.

We are also lucky to be joined by three distinctive and vibrant keynote speakers. Professor Deborah Johnston from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) who considers Researching Nutrition and Decision-Making: Negotiating Ethical and Analytical Challenges as she opens the conference on the Thursday.

Dr Kieran Fenby-Hulse, Coventry University
Professor Deborah Johnston, School of Oriental and African Studies

We have a Performative Plenary Provocation by Dr Kieran Fenby-Hulse at the end of the first day entitled ‘Difference and the Academy’.

While on the second day, Julia Reeve, Coordinator of East Midlands Writing Pad and Research ELT Officer from De Montfort University, invites us to think about the relationship between creativity and research.

Julia Reeve, De Montfort University

At whatever stage you are in your research career, there really is something for everyone at this year’s conference. We launch our full conference brochure very soon, but for now, please do register your interest on Gateway for Day One, and Day Two. Everyone is welcome to attend the conference meal at the end of Day One, but please do sign up on Gateway for this too.

Join us for a fabulous showcase of our university’s finest research. For further information on the event, please contact Dr Melanie Petch.

Graduate School Update Day 2019: PGR Futures

This year’s Graduate School Update Day will be held on 26 June 2019. Update Day is open to all the university’s postgraduate researchers and research degree supervisors. The theme for this year’s Update Day is ‘PGR Futures‘. It will be facilitated by Dr Billy Bryan. You can sign up here.

Programme for Update Day 2019

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Dr Mike Daniel Scholarship for Postgraduate Researchers

The application form for the Dr Mike Daniel Scholarship is now available with a 31 May deadline.  Open to all current postgraduate researchers, and those who enrol in March.

https://www.northampton.ac.uk/student-life/bursaries-scholarships-and-awards/dr-mike-daniel-research-degree-scholarship/

Also, just a reminder that PGRs students can also apply to the T D Lewis Scholarship, with the same deadline https://www.northampton.ac.uk/student-life/bursaries-scholarships-and-awards/td-lewis-scholarship/  Read the rest of this entry

MOOC – Open Science – Free

The TU Delft Library together with the TU Delft Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, has launched its Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the topic of Open Science https://www.edx.org/course/open-science-sharing-your-research-with-the-world

This MOOC covers an introduction to Open Science and the FAIR principles, open research data, open access to data and publications and how to increase research(er) visibility. It might be of interest to you or colleagues.

It starts on October 30, takes 4 weeks (about 4 hours per week) and you can register through the link below.

The course is open to anyone and is completely free

https://www.edx.org/course/open-science-sharing-your-research-with-the-world

Interested in Impact and Impact Case Studies…

Have a read of the top scoring impact case studies from the last REF (Research Excellence Framework) at: https://www.fasttrackimpact.com/top-rated-impact-case-studies

Library & Learning Services – Research Conference

If you’ve ever wondered about the reasons behind the support LLS (Library and Learning Services) offer students and staff at the University… But haven’t got the time to spend the whole day in a conference… Choose a session that suits… and join us in Cottesbrooke for 30 min to an hour!

09:30 – 11:00: Morning Plenary Session [ C101 ]
● Welcome from Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor of the University of Northampton
● Chris Powis – Tall Shelves and Ladders: student perceptions of the library
● Rob Howe, Vicky Brown and Julie Usher – Understanding the student
digital experience
● Paul Rice and Rob Farmer – Evaluating the effectiveness of a quiz in an educational video

11:15 – 12:00: Parallel Session 1 [ C203 ]
● Richard Byles – Advocating active blended learning through video case studies
● Joanne Farmer and Hannah Woods – Digital value: some reflections
on Resources Week at the University of Northampton
● Vicky Brown – Electronic Evidence & Expression: Evaluating the efficacy of and support for ePortfolio systems at UoN

11:15 – 12:00 Parallel Session 2 [ C101 ]
● Kate Coulson and Alison Loddick – Using Research to Grow a Service
● Rob Howe and Jim Atkinson – Exploring staff digital competencies

Afternoon Sessions

12:00 – 13:00: Panel Discussion [ C101 ]
● Chris Powis (chair), Cheryl Gardner, Sheryl Mansfield, Lisa Anderson,Dawn Hibbert

14:00 – 15:00: Parallel Session 3 [ C203 ]
● Susannah Quinsee – Citizen Researcher

14:00 – 15:00: Parallel Session 4 [ C101 ]
● Rob Howe – Enhancing the student experience through the use of NILE (Blackboard) templates – where is Wally?
● Sam Thomas – ‘How can I help?’ What impact does our language have on student perception, understanding and the development of academic skills?
● Gillian Siddall, Cheryl Gardner and Emily Oakley – Evaluating online reading lists – the student experience
● Al Holloway – Everybody deserves a captioned video]

15:20 – 16:30: Afternoon Plenary Session [ C101 ]
● Nick Dimmock – Off the shelf: thesis digitisation in LLS
● Kate Swinton – UNPAC – Take 2
● Dr Cleo Cameron – Implementing ERM: Electronic Resource Management or Extremely Riddlesome Matter?
● Dawn Hibbert – Do we really need a CRIS?

The Graduate School’s New Coaching Programme for PGRs

A student using a laptopThe Graduate School are offering five Postgraduate Research Students the opportunity to have a course of professional coaching sessions to support and help them progress in their doctoral studies. If you are a UoN Postgraduate Researcher and are interested in applying for these sessions, you have until 8th December to apply. Read on if you are interested…. Read the rest of this entry

Open Access Week

We are holding a competition to find the best examples of where open access has benefited your research, if open access has made a difference to your work or research then we’d love to hear from you!  All that’s required is a few minutes of your time, a short paragraph will suffice… though please don’t be limited by this!

The best judged entry will rewarded with a lovely bottle of champagne… and will featured on the staff intranet research page!  All entries will also go into a draw for a further bottle of champagne!  If champagne is not to your liking, then a £20 amazon voucher will be awarded instead!

Get your entry in by 5pm today!


Do you want to make sure that your data counts?  Come along to a seminar on Research Data ManagementMaking your data count – maximising impact – 11 am to 12 pm 24th of October at the Hub, Cottesbrooke, Park Campus.  Note – this presentation uses images from the genocide memorial in Kigali, Rwanda that may be upsetting).


Professor Stephen Hawking has granted the University of Cambridge permission to make his thesis freely available Prof. Hawking’s ‘Properties of expanding universes’, published in 1966, is now available freely and openly to anyone in the world. Download Prof. Hawking’s thesis here: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.11283

ETHICS and Research Data Management

Most research data – even sensitive data – can be shared ethically and legally if researchers employ strategies of informed consent, anonymisation and controlling access to data. Researchers obtaining data from people are expected to maintain high ethical standards and comply with the relevant legislation.

Researchers must adhere to data protection requirements when managing or sharing personal data. However, not all research data obtained from people count as personal data. If data are anonymised then the Act will not apply as they no longer constitute ‘personal data’.

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Happy Birthday ORCID!

ORCID is FIVE today! Congratulations!

They’ve launched lots of new resources to celebrate!

The University of Northampton has 433 registered ORCID Ids… If you haven’t got yours yet, register today at www.orcid.org

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized. Find out more.

1 REGISTER Get your unique ORCID identifier Register now!


Registration takes 30 seconds.

 

2 ADD YOUR INFO Enhance your ORCID record with your professional information and link to your other identifiers (such as Scopus or ResearcherID or LinkedIn).
3 USE YOUR ORCID ID Include your ORCID identifier on your Webpage, when you submit publications, apply for grants, and in any research workflow to ensure you get credit for your work.