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OA and the research lifecycle 2: producing the research proposal

OA Lifecycle: Research Proposal

Your research proposal is likely to address a range of issues arising throughout the research lifecycle, some of which are covered by the other posts in this series.  To avoid repetition, in this post I will focus on some of the things to consider if you plan to engage with open access in a collaborative project.

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Open Access Week webinars

OAWLogoNext week (October 19th to 25th) is international Open Access Week. It is a great time to catch up on what open access means for you and your research.  Here at Northampton we will mark the occasion with a series of posts on the subject of open access throughout the research lifecycle.  These will expand on the guide we produced earlier this year and will hopefully answer some of the questions you may have.  Look out for them here on the Research Support Hub.

Other organisations are celebrating Open Access Week with various events, including a number of webinars which are, of course, open to everyone.  Why not check out some of these?

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Are you an active researcher….

…looking for new interdisciplinary areas to collaborate on?

Collaboration2Moulton College would like to invite interested University of Northampton researchers to view their facilities and discuss potential collaborations. Three dates are available for visits

Friday 5th December @ 1:30-3:00pm
Wednesday 14th January 2015 @ 3-4:30pm and
Tuesday 17th February 2015 @ 9-10:30am

For more information see the attached flier or contact Dr Wanda McCormick at Moulton College.

Workshop: Social Media for Researchers on 14th January

Graduate School WorkshopsResearch students – are you sure you’re keeping up to date with the research activity of others in your field? Do you exploit contemporary media to enhance communication and collaboration with fellow researchers? Today, these vitally important activities cannot simply be achieved through traditional means (published articles, books and conferences) but increasingly happen through professional networking tools, such as LinkedIn, ResearchGate and blogs/microblogs. Read the rest of this entry

Thriving in Research and Professional Collaborations: A Collaborative Learning Lab

Working within or developing successful interdisciplinary collaborations, research groups or supervisory relationships is at the heart of professional development for scientists today. Yet, with the growing complexity and demands on research collaborations, daily challenges have increased significantly. At stake here are innovation, societal and research impact of science, as well as the research efficiency, motivation, inspiration, fulfillment, employability and well-being of researchers.


Vitae presents an intensive two-day professional development and Collaborative Learning Lab for scientists on
Thursday 17 & Friday 18 January 2013 in Oxford. The event will offer cutting edge insights and hands-on tools in building effective and fulfilling collaborations, research groups and knowledge-exchange partnerships.

This Collaborative Learning Lab is particularly suitable for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and principal investigators who work within groups or some form of supervisory relationships, or with colleagues from other disciplines, sectors or institutions. Read the rest of this entry