Category Archives: Support

Bake your Research, plus Graduate School Update Day!

The Graduate School are pleased to announce our first Update Day since June 2019 on December 15th from 11-4:30. Annually, prior to the pandemic, we have held this day for postgraduate researchers and their supervisors to get together to discuss one or two topics of relevance via workshops. And, just as importantly, to provide a space for both parties to meet, discuss issues and support each other, as well as a nice lunch! 

As well as Update Day, we’ll be holding a Christmas “Bake your Research” competition – open to both supervisors and PGRs. So why not get into the Christmas spirit and bring along your research in cake form! We will have judges judging the cakes and then all the cakes can be sampled at an afternoon tea session at the end of the day.

So why not come along, join in the discussions, meet your university colleagues and get into the Christmas spirit with a little cake and conversation. Find out more information and book your place here.

Do you like baking? Bring a cake which reflects your research for the GS Update Day!

New Graduate School Newsletters

The Graduate School have launched a new series of fortnightly newsletters, published every other Thursday. These replace the Word format Graduate School Notices document. The new update will have the same notices and updates but will feature more news, features and events, relating to Graduate School operations, researcher development, information for PGRs and Supervisors, research degree notices, seminars and events running across the university and call for papers.

The first newsletter was published on October 28th, with the second edition published on November 11th. The next newsletter is due out on Thursday 25th November. If you have any item you would like us to consider please send content and contact details to simone.apel@northampton.ac.uk by noon on the Tuesday before publication. Back copies can be found in the Files in Graduate School Yammer.

COVID-19 update: guidance on planned research and enterprise activities

**Updates: As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, the default institutional expectation remains that research and enterprise activities should proceed in online or virtual formats. It is recognised that exceptions will exist, but until further notice, all face-to-face research/enterprise activities work can only proceed with the approval of the most relevant Dean or Deputy Dean (or for LLS/ILT – Head of LLS), following risk assessment in alignment with current University of Northampton guidelines. As a default position, research/enterprise work will not be allowed to proceed if:

  • alternative, remote research methods could be used which will meet the objectives of the research in an ethical manner;
  • the planned work involves UK or international travel;
  • the planned activity can feasibly be postponed.

Further guidance, plus expectations about risk assessments and new resources for online research methods are outlined below.

Current position

The University of Northampton’s Situation Updates page is the primary source of information and updates for colleagues and researchers at the University of Northampton: https://www.northampton.ac.uk/about-us/situation-updates/

Given the exceptional, unprecedented situation which is ongoing as a result of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all researchers must reflect on their planned and ongoing activities: this may necessitate pausing, rescheduling or amending activities. Amendments to activities, or proposals for new research/enterprise activities, must be reviewed and approved by the University of Northampton’s Research Ethics Committee or Faculty Ethics Committees.

It is likely that COVID-19 will cause significant disruption for research activities, particularly where:

  • proposed/ongoing research activities require face-to-face contact with participants, particularly those who are at-risk or require self-isolation as per the latest UK Government advice;
  • researchers are themselves at-risk or require self-isolation;
  • proposed research involves UK or international travel;
  • planned research requires visits to settings which are closed or have restricted access as a result of COVID-19.

If you are concerned about the impacts of the current situation on your ongoing/planned research, support is available as follows:

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David’s top tips for being productive at home

I’ve been having real difficulty concentrating whilst working at home. I find it hard to start tasks, my eyes are sore, a 5-day week feels daunting and I feel anxious when I don’t complete the tasks I planned to do. I miss going to work!

At the Graduate School Drop-In today, we talked to a PhD student about concentration and productivity. We came up with a few practical ideas that I thought I’d share with you: Read the rest of this entry

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?