Call for papers and entries: University of Northampton’s Annual Research Conference

Thursday 20 – Friday 21 June, 2019

The University of Northampton’s Annual Research Conference provides an ideal development opportunity for all researchers to present their research and to discuss and share good practice with others in a supportive environment. This year, we are offering some exciting, new ways of presenting research and are looking for researchers who are keen to submit one, or all, of the following:

  • Research papers: presentations should be 15 minutes long, with 10 minutes allocated for questions after each presentation.
  • Research posters: exhibit an A1 poster (landscape only) that explains your research to a mixed audience of non-subject specialists. Entrants can re-submit the same poster already entered into the Graduate School Research Poster Competition 2018 or for planned entry into the competition in May 2019.
  • Thesis in Three Minutes: outline your thesis in a three-minute presentation and one slide! See the guidelines for further information.
  • Bake your Research Competition: bake your research as a cake (or other baked goodies) in this tasty new competition! Please read the guidelines for further information.

If you are a UoN researcher and are interested in submitting your research in one, or all, of these formats, please complete a separate Register your Interest Form for each entry where you will be asked to upload an abstract for each one. Closing date for submission is: Friday 29th March 2019.
Please direct any questions to Melanie.Petch@northampton.ac.uk.

If you don’t wish to present but would like to be part of the conference selection panel, be a chair, or help out on the day, then please get in touch with Melanie.


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)

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

PhD Transfer Seminar: ‘Sustainability in the Leather Industry’ Oluwaseyi Olomoso

Wednesday 13th February, 2019 (1-2pm) SN405

Everyone is welcome to this PhD Transfer Seminar on ‘Sustainability in the Leather Industry.’

Abstract The implementation of sustainable practices has become an increasingly important topic for industries and more specifically, the supply chains within them. This study focuses on sustainability implementation in a traditional leather industry, with a complex supply chain that has focused on the environment sustainability, even with the existence of measurement and audit tools. But can an industry be truly sustainable by focusing on one sustainability aspect, out of three? How do we effectively implement the other two aspects? After implementation of the other two aspects, how can we effectively measure and track the impacts? The aim of this research is to address these issues by exploring the views of major stakeholders in the leather supply chain. Please register your attendance via Gateway.

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

Postgraduate Researcher Award 2018 – winners’ reports

In 2018 The Graduate School launched the Postgraduate Researcher Award to provides up to £1,000 to support a research student in the pursuance of their research degree programme at the University of Northampton. The Award was available to full-time or part-time postgraduate research students at the University of Northampton. The award was to support and enhance research activity of various kinds (for example, additional travel costs, purchase of specialist equipment, researcher development). The four successful applicants have submitted reports on their award, what they used it for and the benefit it had on them and their research. Read the rest of this entry

IUK/ESRC Innovation Caucus PhD Intern Opportunities

The Innovation Caucus is an initiative funded by Innovate UK and the ESRC to support innovation-led growth and promote greater engagement between the social sciences and businesses.

Serving as a gateway to the social sciences, the Innovation Caucus comprises 66 academics working across different disciplines with a focus on innovation. As well as promoting the awareness of and engagement with social science research, the Innovation Caucus is focused on understanding the dynamics of innovation ecosystems.

Applications are invited from highly motivated PhD candidates for a three month internship to undertake research to inform the strategy and practice of Innovate UK and ESRC. 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

Focus on you – Wellbeing day

We don’t always prioritise our own wellbeing even when we know we should. Staff, students and researchers have the chance to focus on their wellbeing on Thursday 7th February 2019 at a dedicated Wellbeing day: Focus On You – part of Changing Futures Week 2019: Read the rest of this entry