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Are you a research student at the mid-point of your studies….? Or writing up your PhD thesis?

mature students photoIf so, you might be interested in a couple of workshops the Graduate School are running in February and March. On 21st February in MY120, Avenue Campus we are running a Finishing Development Day featuring three workshops – Preparing for the Viva, Editing and Finishing your Thesis and Proofreading your Work. You can attend all three or just a single workshop – please book each workshop separately, just click on the links above or see the Calendar in Gateway.

For those students at the mid-point of their PhD or Doctorate, Dr Kate Mahoney will be visiting us on 7th March to run Effective Progress The workshop will help you to

  • recognise the progress you have made in relation to your overall project
  • define and refine your research hypothesis and your thesis structure
  • understand the requirements of the PhD, including the assessment criteria
  • review how you manage your PhD process

You will also develop a short- to mid-term action plan to help you successfully complete your thesis. Read the rest of this entry

Nvivo workshop running today

nvivo-advertDrs Sarah Neill and Hala Mansour are, today, running the first Nvivo workshop of the year for The Graduate School. The workshop is open to research students and researchers at the University and has been fully booked with a waiting list for some time. Nvivo is a tool for qualitative data analysis and the University has a subscription to the software. Research students can download a copy of the software to their computers from this page on the Student Hub.

We hope to offer the workshop again so if you are a research student, early career researcher, or a member of research staff and would like to register interest for the next workshop please email Simone.

British Sociological Association Annual Conference – funded places

BSA Annual Conference 2017: Funded Places

Have you been a concessionary member of the BSA for more than 12 months? Could you be eligible for a BSA Support Funded Place to the BSA Annual Conference 2017? Read the rest of this entry

Are you getting too many emails from GRANTfinder?

GRANTfinder is a funding database that all University staff can have access to. It holds information about a wide range of funding opportunities, from local to national schemes. This makes it a great place to start if you’re in the early stages of planning a project and would like to explore the kind of funds that are on offer or if you’re looking for the most suitable funder to submit a proposal to.

However, we’re aware that GRANTfinder can be a little, shall we say, enthusiastic, about the amount of emails it sends you. The default setting for GRANTfinder is for you to receive emails about all new funds and upcoming deadlines. However, this can be easily changed with just a few clicks!

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Research and Strategic Bidding Office – How are we doing?

Following on from the organisational changes around the University, we’re taking stock of the services we offer to make sure that we’re able to meet your needs. We’ve put together a brief (and anonymous!) survey to capture your feedback on what we offer and we’ll use the results from this to set our priorities for 2017.

 Please click here to access the survey.


Supervisor Development Programme – 2016/17

The university runs a development programme for supervisors who are new to research degree supervision, co-ordinated by Professor Ian Livingstone, Head of the Graduate School.  It is a validated university postgraduate course and it is delivered as two modules – Workshops and Observation.  It is a requirement of our research degree regulations that everyone who is new to supervision takes the first module – the workshops.  The second module is optional but if you complete both you are awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Degree Supervision which you can count as one completion when putting together supervisory teams. Even if you have previously supervised research students, there may be some elements of the programme that you would find useful.

In 2016/17 the workshops will be delivered on two occasions:

Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th February 2017
at The University of Northampton;

Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th July 2017
at Regent’s University London.

Staff from both The University of Northampton and Regent’s University London plus staff delivering our research degrees as international partners are welcome to join either delivery. You only need to join one three-day course, not both. No fees are paid by participants on this programme, but if you will be travelling away from your own university you will need to discuss travel and subsistence expenses with your line manager.

If you are intending to join this programme for either delivery and have not yet contacted Ian Livingstone, please do so now. (01604 893362; email: He will be happy to answer any questions you have about the programme.

Postgraduate Research Conference in Arts and Humanities subjects – programme now available

What has previously been called the School of the Arts Annual Postgraduate Research Conference is taking place one last time on Thursday and Friday, 15 and 16 September 2016, including students across two new faculties delivering papers:  the Faculty of Education and Humanities and the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology.

The full programme is now available – click link below to download the pdf file.


All events will be held in MY120 at Avenue Campus.  For further information, please contact Dr Rod Rosenquist at

Collecting Research Impact Evidence – Research Report from Vertigo Ventures

Vertigo Ventures have led a piece of research commissioned by HEFCE to develop guidance on research impact evidence.

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School of Education seminar – ‘I look away untul they have finished reading it!’ by Dr Michael Catchpool

The School of Education is hosting a seminar by Dr Michael Catchpool which focuses on children’s engagement with writing, particularly in the feedback process.

The seminar will be held on Wednesday 13th July, from 1-2pm in room S014 on Park Campus – all are welcome!

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Transfer Seminars in SOTA this Wednesday

You are cordially invited to the transfer seminars of two School of the Arts students on Weds 8th June starting at 2pm in MR34, Maidwell Building, Avenue Campus.

 Meriem Lamara, ‘A Study of the Gothic in Twenty-first Century Young Adult Fiction‘ at 2pm

 Meghann Hillier-Broadley, ‘Analysing Post-War Children’s Fantasy Literature Through the Evolving Narrative of the Anthropocene’ at 3pm

 The event will finish at 4pm.