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Research Seminars that bridge gaps in our thinking!

‘Bridging the Gap’ image by Jay Batchelor, PGR at University of Northampton (Entrant in 2019 Images of Research Competition)

Rapid Analysis of Environmental Mycobacteria Species in Water Samples using PCR

Speaker: Farzana Sultana

Monday 1st July 10am

Location Learning Hub 323

Speaker: Qiuling Bi

Critical Thinking Instruction Through Project-based Learning in Chinese EFL Classes: A Case Study in HE

Tuesday 2nd July 9-10am

Location: Senate 212

Teaching American Literature in the Age of Trump: An Uncanny Pedagogy

Speaker: Lawrence Phillips (Regents University)

Wednesday 3rd July 2:15pm

Location: Senate 405

Student Wellbeing in Higher Education: Sense-Making through Narrative Inquiry

Speaker: Sally Sharp (See poster for more information)

Monday 15th July 12-1pm

Location: Learning Hub 016

Annual Research Conference: Brochure Online

June 20 – 21st 2019

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone later this week at our Annual Research Conference. We have a host of treats in store for you including three distinguished keynote speakers, and our inaugural Bake your Research Competition! We also have research papers, and the famous 3MT too. The full conference brochure can be viewed here.

If you would like to book for Day One or Day Two just click the links to register your attendance. Please do join us for the conference meal too, by booking on Gateway.

Research Poster Competition, June 2019

Wednesday 15th May, 10:45-14:00pm

Exhibition Space, First Floor, Creative Hub

Late entries still being accepted!

Friendly Supportive Innovative:
last year’s poster experience

If you’d like to give the Research Poster Competition a go this year, do get in touch with Melanie.Petch@northampton.ac.uk. It’s a great opportunity to meet other PGRs and to gain valuable feedback on your work. Please see the Entry Guidelines for more inspiration and if you’re tempted, fill in the Entry Form.

The Research Poster Competition is available for everyone to view, so do drop by and see for yourselves the exciting research going on at Waterside.

Alongside the poster competition, we’ll also be announcing the winners of the Images of Research Competition we launched late last year. We have two very impressive winners this year, so do join us as we celebrate their successes too.

Practical Tips to Effectively Improve your Writing Style (Part 2)

Friday 29th March 2.00 – 3.30pm (Room 404 in Senate Building)

Professor Tony Kay is running Part 2 of this popular session hosted by the FHS, Physical Activity and Life Sciences Research Centre.

It is ideal for those who attended Part 1 and is also open to anyone who would like to attend this second part.

Academic writing is an essential communication skill that is developed with practice and guidance. Regardless of the type of document (e.g. report, article, thesis), employing the appropriate writing style will enhance the clarity and impact of your work. This session will provide a guide to improve the clarify of your writing, examine some of the common mistakes, and provide examples of effective tips and a checklist to eliminate these mistakes and improve the quality and clarity of your writing.

To book your place please register on Gateway


The Graduate School launches its Sixth ‘Images of Research’ competition.

Viewers at the launch of our 2019 digital exhibition this evening cast their votes from a series of stunning entries.

2019 Images of Research Competition

If you missed the opportunity to attend the event, please do browse the full exhibition catalogue here.

Once you’ve viewed all fourteen images and accompanying text, keep a note of your favourite three entries and their numbers. You can then use our online poll to submit your vote.

The winners will be announced on 15th May 2019 at our Research Poster Competition (more details to follow shortly) There will be two winners. The ‘People’s Choice’ voted for by you! We will also have a special prize chosen by our expert judge, Ben Thomas, editor of All Things Business.

For further information on how to vote or information on the Images of Research competition, please contact Dr Melanie Petch Melanie.Petch@northampton.ac.uk

Images of Research Launch

In the Graduate School, we’re excited to be launching our sixth annual Images of Research competition. The first to be fully digital! Join us as we browse images that capture the diversity of research here at UoN.

The event takes place on: Monday 4th March between 5-6pm in the First Floor Exhibition Area, Creative Hub, Waterside Campus.

Professor Matthew McCormack, Head of the Graduate School, will open the competition with a short presentation at 5pm. On the evening you can vote for your top three entries, but if you can’t make it, don’t worry. There will be further opportunities to vote and view the exhibition on the plasma screens around campus from 5th March to 5th April, and to vote and view online via the Research Support Hub! More details will follow …

A larger version of the launch poster with more information, and a chance to remind yourself of last year’s winning entry can be seen here. For catering purposes, please email Melanie Petch Melanie.Petch@northampton.ac.uk if you would like to attend on the evening. By all means, do circulate to anyone who might be interested.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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PhD transfer Seminar: Antony Bounds, ‘Decolonisation and Federation in the West Indes, 1945-62’

Antony Bounds discusses ‘Decolonisation and Federation in the West Indes, 1945-62’ at his PhD Transfer Seminar tomorrow, Thursday 14th February. The event will be located in the Learning Hub LH017, Waterside Campus at 6pm.

If you are interested in attending future events, Antony’s seminar is part of a wider History seminar programme, which can be viewed here:

Any enquiries can be directed to Matthew McCormack
(Professor of History)

Workshops for Research Degree Supervisors

We are running a series of workshops for research degree supervisors related to the stage that your pgr student has reached. These workshops will be a mix of information about the formal procedures with a discussion about how to support the student through this phase of their programme. The ‘early stages’ workshop is timed to coincide with student induction when you may have a student starting their research degree programme. All workshops are equally appropriate for those new to supervision and for those experienced supervisors who need a refresher. Read the rest of this entry

Faculty of Business and Law Research Seminar: ‘Institutional Quality, Political Risk and Tourism: Evidence from Gravity Model’ 6th Feb 2019 13:00 to 14:00 TPod A (2nd Floor of Learning Hub)

Everyone welcome as Dr Thaana Ghalia investigates the role of institutional quality coupled with political risks, distance and socio-economic factors to explain tourist flow by applying the gravity model. We found that institutional quality and absence of conflict are driving factors in fostering tourism flows for both source and destination countries. Our finding suggests that institutional reform can help to boost the economies of countries with low- quality institutions. While institutional change is a positive development in its own right, our results suggest that it can also have important additional economic benefits for countries that are highly dependent on tourism. Please register your attendance via Gateway:  https://research.northampton.ac.uk/83w15/fbl-research-seminar-dr-thaana-g List Table 4 A

UNI Club 2018-2019 – we are looking for more PGR tutors to expand our programme!

unicThe University is looking to expand the UNI Club, a project working with local schools, and need more PGR students! Recruitment has started for the third year of the UNI Club, so if you want to get more work experience with young people, whilst studying, please check The UNI Club – information 2018-2019. The post asks around 45 hours commitment, spread over the Spring and Summer term. The deadline for applications is 31st October 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact Natasha.Mycawka@northampton.ac.uk
To apply for this post, visit the link.