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PGR Student Poster Competition 2017: Call for posters from research students

PostergenericThe Graduate School would like to invite research students to submit an application to present a poster at their 12th Annual Poster Competition on Wednesday 17th May 2017, 11am to 2pm, in the Dialog Cafe, ground floor of Rockingham Library, Park Campus. We are offering a first prize of £100, and two second prizes of £75 for the top three posters.  Read the rest of this entry

A warm welcome to our spring intake of Postgraduate Researchers

Colorful_spring_gardenThis week, from March 21st to 24th, The Graduate School welcomes 14 new postgraduate research students, all joining the University to start a research degree, some part-time, some full time, with many being members of University staff. Read the rest of this entry

Are you a PhD/MPhil student? Would you like to work part-time for the Graduate School?

workThe Graduate School are offering a 9-month paid internship for a Postgraduate Research Student, starting end of March 2017.

The purpose of the role is to provide administrative support and services for researcher development activities and to develop organizational skills transferable to a research career. If you would like part-time paid work (18.5 hours a week) whilst you study for your PhD then please see the Unitemps job outline below. Please also apply through the Unitemps link. If you have any questions on the position then please contact Simone.
https://www.unitemps.com/Search/JobDetails/12957

Part-Time Researcher programme for PGRs running on May 25th 2017

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If you are a Postgraduate Research Student studying part-time then you might be interested in the Part-Time Researcher Development Day The Graduate School are running on Thursday 25th May, in collaboration with the University of Leicester.

Originally developed through Vitae, the Programme is a day-long series of discussions and workshops, offering part-time research students the time and space to share and discuss issues which directly affect their research degree study.

During the day there will be a number of development sessions, which will include how to get the best from your supervisor at a distance and part-time and a workshop on time, productivity and motivation management. A facilitated discussion on the ethos and problems of part-time research will be tackled through the day, with a problem solving session later on. Additionally, the programme offers a valuable opportunity for students to meet and chat with fellow part-timers to share experiences and solutions.

The programme will be advertised to all part-time research students from the regional Midlands Universities. For more information and to book a place see the Eventbrite booking page. For more information please contact Simone Apel from The Graduate School.

Invite to the PGR Student Network Christmas get-together

chocsAll postgraduate research students are cordially invited to the PGR Network and Graduate School’s Christmas get-together in Top Lodge Conservatory, Park Campus on Weds 14th December from 4:30-6pm.

Drinks and snacks will be provided so why not come along to network with colleagues from the research community and celebrate the end of 2016. Book your place through Gateway or email Simone if you are interested in attending.

Research students – thinking about your career development?

Research Careers front coverDid you know that 78% of research staff aspire to a career in HE, but only a handful get permanent positions? A recent jobs.ac.uk report indicates that 92% of the advertised job opportunities on their site are contract/temporary. So if you are thinking of a career in research after your PhD, then looking outside of academia, where there are permanent and well-paid positions for researchers, might be a good idea for you.

To focus your mind on this I have organised some short 2 hour careers management workshops in partnership with our careers service at UN. All the workshops are tailored to research students.

All workshops are bookable through Gateway for University of Northampton research students and 1-1s are also possible to arrange.

There are other resources out there to help you focus your mind on careers. One such resource is Vitae Researcher Careers links, which include examples of researcher CVs, researcher career stories on film, careers outside of HE, entrepreneurial researchers, What Do Research Staff do next career stories and much more.

And the British Council Euraxess website features a database of jobs available for researchers throughout the EU and advice on the research landscape in the UK, amongst other useful information.

The Thesis Whisperer has a great guest article on PhD careers.

Your PhD alone probably won’t be enough to get you your next job, as the job market is very competitive. So take advantage of any generic skills training you see which will supplement your transferable skills – these look great on your CV. If you are doing your PhD to support your future career, then you should be thinking about what that career might be… now! Don’t wait until you get to the end before you think about it.

Graduate School workshops for researchers in October and November 2016

The Graduate School Development Programme is designed for all University of Northampton researchers, research students and early career researchers. The following workshops are coming up and are open for booking through Gateway. See the instructions at the end of the post to see the full calendar, or you can click on the links in the table below to the individual workshops. [Please note: you will need to log into Gateway to access the information].

Finding Resources on the Web 19 Oct 2016, from 14:00 to 16:00
Shut Up and Write! writing session 31 Oct 2016, from 10:00 to 13:00
Preparing for the Viva 08 Nov 2016, from 17:00 to 19:00
Smarter speed reading 15 Nov 2016, from 12:00 to 15:00
SPSS 1 beginnner’s workshop 16 Nov 2016, from 14:00 to 16:00
Grounded Theory 24 Nov 2016, from 10:00 to 12:00
SPSS 2 (follow on workshop from 16th November) 30 Nov 2016, from 14:00 to 16:00

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Supervisor Development Programme – 2016/17

The university runs a development programme for supervisors who are new to research degree supervision, co-ordinated by Professor Ian Livingstone, Head of the Graduate School.  It is a validated university postgraduate course and it is delivered as two modules – Workshops and Observation.  It is a requirement of our research degree regulations that everyone who is new to supervision takes the first module – the workshops.  The second module is optional but if you complete both you are awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Degree Supervision which you can count as one completion when putting together supervisory teams. Even if you have previously supervised research students, there may be some elements of the programme that you would find useful.

In 2016/17 the workshops will be delivered on two occasions:

Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th February 2017
at The University of Northampton;

Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th July 2017
at Regent’s University London.

Staff from both The University of Northampton and Regent’s University London plus staff delivering our research degrees as international partners are welcome to join either delivery. You only need to join one three-day course, not both. No fees are paid by participants on this programme, but if you will be travelling away from your own university you will need to discuss travel and subsistence expenses with your line manager.

If you are intending to join this programme for either delivery and have not yet contacted Ian Livingstone, please do so now. (01604 893362; email: ian.livingstone@northampton.ac.uk). He will be happy to answer any questions you have about the programme.

Dust off your cameras, dig out your sketchbook – Images of Research is back!

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Last year’s winning images.

The Graduate School’s Images of Research competition is back! The call for research images for 2016-17 is open so, if you are a researcher (staff or student) at the University of Northampton, why not take part? Pick up your camera or paintbrush and produce a unique image which captures the essence of your research, or an element of your research, in a visual, artistic or photographic way. Top that off with a snappy title and 150 word summary and that is all you need to do to participate.

Last year’s IoR was judged in two competitions. This year’s IoR will, again, be a double competition, where viewers can vote for their top three favourites and an expert judge will choose their top three. Entries for IoR 2016-17 must be emailed to Simone by November 9th 2016. There will be a launch party, where you can view all the images for the first time, on January 31st from 5-6:30pm in the Avenue Gallery corridor. Read on for the rules of entry…

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Robinson Crusoe, apps, smart cities and harvest mice!

PGR conference 2016On Tuesday 14th June diverse research topics took the stage at The University of Northampton Graduate School’s 2016 Postgraduate Researcher Conference. 18 postgraduate research students, in various stages of their research degree, each presented a 10 minute paper, with other student colleagues chairing or helping organise the event.

The conference is held annually to give the University’s cohort of doctoral students a chance to present to a friendly audience, practice communicating their research and engaging a general academic audience with their project. They also get a chance, in 5 minutes of questions, to discuss their research in a supportive environment with an audience of fellow students, academics and supervisors. The conference was opened by Andrew Scarborough, the Chair of the Board of Governors, and speakers were chosen from across the University’s six schools. Read the rest of this entry