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A fond look back at my research life at the University of Northampton

By Dr Nadia Anwar

Nadia in the SOTA research office

Now that my academic life at the University of Northampton has come to a close, I take this opportunity to reflect on and share my experiences as a research student. In July 2012 the decision to leave my former university and move to the University of Northampton was not an easy one to say the least, especially when as an international student I was required to pass through the rigors of applying for a new study visa and starting my research process afresh. But my first two experiences at Northampton helped overcome my initial apprehensions and concerns to a great deal. The first was my preliminary meeting with Prof Janet Wilson, Dr Victor Ukaegbu, and Dr Jumai Ewu, my potential Director of Studies and supervisors who ensured me of the potential of my research and showed profound insight and knowledge into the field of my study. The second was the highly professional manner in which my move was handled by both the administrative staff and visa department of the UoN.

From the very beginning of my academic journey in Northampton, I realised that I was at the right place and in the right hands to receive the kind of guidance I had come to the UK for. Read the rest of this entry

The doctoral roller coaster: managing the stresses of doctoral study

Frustrated_man_at_a_desk_(cropped)If you are a research student at UN you might be interested in “Personal Effectiveness Day: Managing professional relationships & handling the doctoral roller coaster”. This unique day-long workshop focuses on emotional and personal issues, often neglected but most definitely challenged during doctoral study.

The morning session, on Tuesday 3rd March, delivered by Karin Blak, Relationship Therapist and Trainer, focuses on the challenges of handling professional relationships, (with supervisors or research colleagues, for example) and aims to hone research students’ negotiation and conflict handling skills. The afternoon session, delivered by two UN PhD alumni, Dr Matthew Callender and Dr Richard Hazenberg, addresses some of the emotional challenges of research degree study, and offers strategies & solutions for handling the lows.

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New PhD portal for postgraduate recruitment & advice

jobs_ac_uk-logoLeading global jobs board jobs.ac.uk, which focuses on careers in academia, research, science and related professions, has launched a new portal supporting postgraduate recruitment.

The new PhD portal provides postgraduate students with a dedicated resource for quickly and easily searching for the latest PhD programmes, research projects and studentships from universities and research institutes worldwide.

The Portal also provides careers support for doctoral students, in the form of ebooks and articles. See http://www.jobs.ac.uk/phd for further details.