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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

Developing as an Early Career Researcher*

The Graduate School would like to invite all Early Career Researchers* to join us for a development event on the morning of Monday 22nd June.

The event is split into two sessions (you can attend just one session) and will include lunch during our second session. Both sessions will be held in Holdenby Lecture Theatre 3 at Park Campus. Read the rest of this entry

Finding Alternative Sources of Funding: Workshop for PGRs

Pound signAre you a postgraduate researcher at the University who is self-funded? If so, you might be interested in coming along to Lucy Atkinson’s new workshop, on Wednesday, 24 June 2015 from 16:00 to 18:00 in C311, Cottesbrooke, Park Campus. Lucy will show you possible routes to finding alternative sources of funding, whether for fees, maintenance, research expenses, conferences or travel.

Lucy has been very successful in obtaining funding for her self-funded PhD and she would like to share the idea, requirements, documents and enthusiasm with you to try to help alleviate some financial pressure during your postgraduate studies. The workshop looks at a major, but neglected, alternative funding source in the area of charities and external bodies.  Read the rest of this entry

Are you delivering research impact?

Impact of drop of water

By Roger McLassus (CC by-sa 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons.

Does your research make a difference? Can you articulate the impact of your research on scientific progress, economy and society?

On Tuesday 2nd June at 2pm, Dr Miggie Pickton and Nick Dimmock will examine the ways in which, as a researcher, you can reach and influence both academic and non-academic audiences. From using project plans to design impact into your research, to disseminating your research in ways which promote impact, the 2-hour workshop will allow sharing of experiences and introduce new ways to demonstrate the value of your research.

This workshop is open to all research students and early career researchers at the University of Northampton. For more information and to book a place go to

Intermediate SPSS workshops for research students – book now!

Graduate School WorkshopsDr Roz Collings will shortly be running our last two Intermediate SPSS workshops for research students and early career researchers, one on Regression Analysis and another on Psychometrics. Regression Analysis will run on Wednesday 27th May from 1pm-3pm and Psychometrics is on Wednesday 10th June from 11am-1pm. Both will be held in Grendon 152 on Park Campus.

Please book if you would like to attend (links below). Please note: Both workshops are at intermediate level and are for researchers who already have a good working knowledge of correlations in SPSS. Please don’t attend if you do not know how to run correlations on SPSS.

To book SPSS Regression Analysis
To book SPSS Psychometrics

“Constructing Questionnaires” skills workshop on Friday 1st May

QProfessor Jackie Campbell and Dr Mary Dobson will be running their excellent workshop on constructing questionnaires later this week.

Friday, 1 May 2015 from 11:00 to 13:00 in Sulgrave SO10, Park Campus.
To book your place please go to

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Intermediate SPSS workshops, starting Monday 27th April

SPSS imageThe Graduate School are holding a series of four intermediate SPSS workshops, for research students and early career researchers, starting with ANOVAs next Monday 27th April. The workshops will be run by Dr Roz Collings from the Psychology Department at the University. To book, or for more information, please go the Eventbrite links listed in the table below. Read the rest of this entry

Graduate School Workshops in February 2015

mature students photoWe have a range of workshops running in February, open to Postgraduate Research Students and Early Career Researchers at UN.  They include short 2 hour workshops in qualitative and quantitative data analysis, a CV workshop and bibliometrics. Longer sessions include a presentation skills day for those of you presenting at conferences this year, plus Hugh Kearns will be visiting us again to help you tackle self-sabotage – procrastination, ‘too busy’ syndrome and disorganisation. His seminar will help you to understand why your thesis or research isn’t getting done and what you can do about it. Read the rest of this entry