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The 2017-18 Graduate School’s Development Programme is live!

Thmature students photoe 2017-18 Development Programme for postgraduate research (PGR) students and early career researchers is now live on the Gateway Calendar and workshops are open for booking. Just log into Gateway and you will see workshops, development days and events run by the Graduate School.

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Project Management in Science and Technology Workshop on September 19th 2017

tke logoWe are pleased to announce that thyssenkrupp , a leading international company with their manufacturing, service and research and innovation centres (RIC) located in Brazil, China, Spain, South Korea, UAE, UK, and USA, in cooperation with the Graduate School, is organizing a workshop on Project Management in Science and Technology. The workshop falls within the framework of Partnership for Research and Innovation between the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology and thyssenkrupp Elevator AG (tkE) and will take place on Tuesday 19th September 2017 from 10am to 5pm in Grand Hall, Newton building, avenue campus.  Facilitated by experienced senior management staff from (tkE), the workshop aims to develop an understanding of efficient adaptive Project Management (PM) methods. This event is open to PGR students, specifically in science/technology, engineering/product design and manufacturing.  This one day workshop will be organized in two parts (theory and Practice), for more information about the workshop, please see the Programme

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Finding alternative sources of funding: Workshop for postgraduate researchers.

Pound signAre you a postgraduate researcher at UoN who is self-funded or partially funded? If so, you might be interested in coming along to Lucy Atkinson’s workshop, on 12th July 2017 from 12:00 to 14:30 in SO36. Lucy will show you possible routes to finding alternative sources of funding, whether for fees, maintenance, research expenses, conferences or travel. Lunch is also included! Read the rest of this entry

NVivo intermediate level workshop: with a beginner’s online training course

On 10 Jul 2017, from 13:00 to 16:00, the Graduate School is running a workshop on using Nvivo for intermediate level. Attendees are expected to have access to NVivo and have basic NVivo knowledge (adding data sources, creating node trees and coding). Nevertheless, there is still an opportunity for students without prior knowledge of NVivo to attend the workshop. Lynda, an online training package, offers the basics of Nvivo in an easy and simple way through an online course. This can be found here but make sure you read the getting started with Linda below for instructions.

Getting Started with Lynda – updated Nov 2016

To book your place, please visit Gateway

Upcoming workshop: Developing a research track record on a shoestring

Kearns2On February 8th 2017 we are welcoming back researcher & educator, Hugh Kearns, who will be running a workshop for academic staff and researchers “Developing a research track record on a shoestring”. Hugh is recognised internationally and regularly lectures at universities across the world, including Oxford, Harvard, Stanford and, now for the fourth time, Northampton.

Academics and researchers are constantly being told to increase their research outputs if they want to get promoted or funded, but it becomes a catch 22 when you can’t do much research because you have no money, but no one will give you money because you haven’t done enough research. Despite this situation there are ways to build a research track record that require less money and can give you the start you need to build a decent track record (or even just to keep your head above water!). Read the rest of this entry

Workshop: Publishing and reviewing with Taylor & Francis

Library and Learning Services in conjunction with the Graduate School are delighted to announce a new workshop for research students and staff.

Elaine Devine from Taylor & Francis will be leading the workshop and will bring a publisher perspective to the two important scholarly activities of getting published and becoming a peer reviewer.

Programme:

10 – 11am How to get published in an academic journal: tips to help you succeed
  Questions / break
11.15am  – 12pm How to be an effective reviewer for an academic journal
12 – 12.30pm Breakout review exercise on effective reviews for journals Including feedback and questions
12:30 – 1pm Lunch
1pm – 2pm Taylor and Francis focus group: give your views on the journal article publishing process (optional)

Where:  Pytchley 101, Park Campus

When:   Thursday 30th June from 10am to 1pm (includes lunch)

Who:      Research students and staff

To book a place:      Please register on our Eventbrite site

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Support for part-time research students from Midlands universities

If you are a research student studying on a part-time basis, did you know that there are workshops coming up designed specifically to support your mode of study?

Three Midlands universities are holding the Vitae-inspired Part-Time Researcher’s days so, whether you are still near the beginning of your studies or coming to the end of your research degree, there is a day for you. Read the rest of this entry

New year’s resolutions: new skills anyone?

Happy new year to all from The Graduate School.

mature students photoIf you’re a Postgraduate Research Student how about making a new year’s resolution to focus more on your skills development. What knowledge or ability do you need to develop in 2016 to support your research degree? And what about your future career? Don’t wait until you’ve nearly finished your doctorate before you focus on that!

All the skills development workshops provided by the Graduate School (and the individual School’s discipline based programmes) are free to Northampton PGRs, so why not tap into them and learn some new skills to help support your doctoral studies and your career. Many workshops are also open to early career researchers working at the University.

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Workshops coming up: “Creativity in Research” and “Influencing, negotiating and networking”

AdairWe have a treat for all our postgraduate research students and early career researchers on 4th November, in the shape of excellent trainer, broadcaster and consultant Dr Adair Richards.

Adair will be running two workshops, in the morning Creativity in Research, and in the afternoon Influencing, negotiating and networking.

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Finding sources of funding for your postgraduate degree study.

Pound signAre you a postgraduate student (PhD, Professional Doctorate, Mphil or Masters student) at the University of Northampton who is self-funded? Would you like a chance to win funding for fees, maintenance, travel, conference attendance and other research expenses? If so, you might be interested in the next few paragraphs!

AltsourcefundingLucy Atkinson’s new workshop “Finding Alternative Sources of Funding” ran on Wednesday 24 June – Lucy has been very successful in obtaining funding for her self-funded PhD and in the workshop she shared her ideas for gaining funding from a variety of sources but, particularly, a major, but neglected, alternative funding source in the area of charities and external bodies.  Read the rest of this entry