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University’s Enterprise Priorities 2017-2020

The aim of the University’s Enterprise Plan for 2017-2020 is to deploy existing and new, resources in coordinated partnership with key local stakeholders to improve the economic metrics and business environment of Northamptonshire.   In achieving this aim the plan will also improve graduate employability, wellbeing, environmental and other metrics.

The University’s Enterprise Priorities 2017-2020 document has been written by Professor Simon Denny, Executive Dean for Research, Impact and Enterprise.  Find out more about these Priorities by reading the full document UoN Enterprise Priorities 2017 – 2020


Research Internship Opportunity

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Currently, there is limited evidence of the impact of engaging in, and completing, NHS Digital Badges on children, young people and their teachers. The focus of the evaluation will be to investigate the psychosocial impact of NHS Digital Badges on children and young people and teachers within a primary school setting.

Aims are to:

  1. explore children and young people’s experiences of engaging in, and completing, digital badges;
  2. investigate the psychosocial effects of participating/completing digital badges with peers and teachers.

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Research Internship – Sharing Stories Programme Evaluation

The Institute of Health and Wellbeing is pleased to offer an internship for a suitably skilled student or recent graduate.

Sharing Stories Programme Evaluation
Principal Investigator: Alison Ward

The Sharing Stories Programme is delivered by storyteller Miranda Quinney at Peace Hospice Care in Watford. Through a series of workshops, Miranda works with people in palliative care to tell their life stories, which are then recorded as a legacy to leave their families. During her work Miranda has noticed significant benefit to the participants of the workshops and their families. This evaluation will begin the process of evidencing the impact on participants, which will be used to inform the roll out of storytelling across other Hospices. Read the rest of this entry

Postgrad Teaching Assistant Opportunities in The International School of Moscow

See below from The International School of Moscow (further info in links at the bottom)

The International School of Moscow is looking for post graduates who might be interested in a gap year experience as Teaching Assistants at our school. We would like to advertise the opportunities we are offering among the students of your institution, who might be particularly interested in living and working in Moscow. The International School of Moscow is a member of the British Schools Foundation, an organisation with schools in Beijing, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Moscow, Kuala Lumpur, Spain and Brazil whose aim is to offer an excellent standard of British education to International students. We are seeking to recruit teaching assistants who are native English speakers, with recent experience of education in the UK, who have a strong academic background and are able to offer enthusiasm and commitment to our school. We also encourage students with particular strengths in languages and music to apply as these are key areas for development within the school. We are looking for students with an enthusiasm for working with children and who may be considering a future in teaching. Read the rest of this entry

Negotiating the PhD Journey Workshop

Please open the BPS PES Postgrad workshop flyer to find out more about this workshop in Milton Keynes on Friday 7th November

Article – 10 ways to make public engagement work for you

This article talks about public engagement with research.

Look out for details of our forthcoming Images of Research Exhibition 2014-15 and Research Poster Competition and think about how you can engage with non-academic audiences.



Northampton Learning & Teaching Conference 2014

“Northampton 2018: Planning, Designing and Delivering Student Success”

The University of Northampton’s Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education is to host a one-day Learning and Teaching conference, entitled Northampton 2018: Planning, Designing and Delivering Student Success. The event will provide an opportunity to celebrate research from within the institution. Read the rest of this entry


I thank my colleague, Helen Asquith, for cheering me up with this link this afternoon. You might enjoy a bit of Friday afternoon fun too.

Here are Rebecca Schuman’s thoughts on the use of Powerpoint in higher education.

We all know I’m guilty of these crimes. Are you?


Opportunity to teach English in Iraq

An opportunity has arisen in collaboration between Salahaddin University and the University of Northampton. A six-month-training course in IELTS preparation for students is being planned and requires at least two teachers for a period of six months.

You would be provided with one free return ticket, accommodation and salaries according to the terms of an agreement between Salahaddin University and the University of Northampton.

If you are interested, please contact in the first instance.

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

The Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards are a fantastic opportunity for current students and graduates who are looking to secure investment for their projects.  Santander will be making an award of £5,000 for the winner of the undergraduate award, and £20,000 for the winner of the postgraduate award, together with smaller prizes for second and third places.  The competition is open to current students or alumni who have graduated within the last 2 years.  Applicants can be individuals or groups, and will need to prepare a business plan.  The University will put forward the best entry in each category for Santander to consider.

For further details, and to discuss this opportunity, please contact Sharon Irwin, Enterprise Club Manager, at or on 01604 892626.  Please note that the deadline for applications is 14 March 2014.

View the information pack: 2014 Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards Pack