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PGR Induction week – a warm welcome to our new research students

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One of a number of workshop sessions for the new students

A four day induction from 25th to the 28th October saw the Graduate School welcome a further 23 research degree students to the University of Northampton.

The 4-day biannual Induction Programme is run by The Graduate School in October and March and is compulsory for all research students starting out on their PhD or MPhil. The Induction aims to launch research students into their studies by offering them a variety of workshops and talks, covering processes and procedures, skills development and support, library resources, copyright and much more. The students also get a chance to give a presentation on their research topic and meet members of staff in the university who can support them along the way.

New PGRs meet current PGRs for a round the table chat.

New PGRs meet current PGRs for a round the table chat.

Many of our new research students are working professionals and academics, or are studying part time. Induction aims to welcome all new students, helping them to feel part of the University and giving them the perfect grounding for the long research degree road ahead.

Feedback from the programme was excellent. One student commented “The Induction was friendly, welcoming and informative.” Another commented “Great introduction to the services on offer at UN for research students” The next PGR Induction programme will run from Tuesday March 21st to Friday March 24th 2017.

 

New research students: getting started

FAQ: I am a new research student and the next induction week is some time away.  What do I need to know now?

First of all – welcome to the University of Northampton! There are plenty of people here to help you get started with your research – your supervisor of course, but also a number of people in the Graduate School and the Library.  If you have any questions, please don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Your top priority will be to make sure that you can access the university computer network and the various services that it offers.  The checklist for new research students elsewhere on the Research Support Hub (this blog) describes what you need to do to achieve this.

Now that you have all the right login details you should be able to find all the key information you need about being a research student at Northampton.

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Checklist for new research students

FAQ: I’ve just started as a research student at the University of Northampton.  How do I get access to university IT systems and library resources?

As a new research student it is important that you are quickly able to take advantage of the many resources and services available to you at the university.  This checklist will show you how to log in to the different services and tell you where to get help should you have any problems.

(Note: The checklist contains a lot of information and is therefore quite long, but if a quick overview is all you need then check out the summary table toward the end.)

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New research students join the Graduate School

Inductoct13A four day induction from 14th-17th October saw the Graduate School welcome a further 25 research degree students to the University of Northampton. Over the four days the students, from a wide range of disciplines, were introduced to the resources and services offered by the Graduate School and other departments across the University. They had the opportunity to present their research to each other and were given a warm welcome by University Services, Research Degree Boards and existing research students alike.

Many of our new research students are working professionals and academics, or are studying part time. Induction aims to welcome all new students, helping them to feel part of the University and giving them the perfect grounding for the long research degree road ahead.

Quick links for researcher induction

Here are some useful web links for new postgraduate students to visit during researcher induction in the library:

Checklist for new research students

NELSON (resource discovery tool): http://nelson.northampton.ac.uk

NILE (learning environment): http://nile.northampton.ac.uk

Library catalogue: http://libcat.northampton.ac.uk

Research Support Hub: http://researchsupporthub.northampton.ac.uk

Webmail: http:/www.northampton.ac.uk/mail

University account tools: http://northampton.ac.uk/user

SCONUL Access (access to other libraries): http://www.sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access

EThOS (UK theses): http://ethos.bl.uk

Updated: 25/10/2016

Rewind! Missed any workshops/training? Online resources now available.

If you are distance learner or you missed any Graduate School workshops or Induction sessions, this is a reminder that you can catch up using NILE.

You can access resources on the Graduate School Nile siteRES001: Postgraduate Research Training”.

After logging into NILE and finding RES001, choose “Training Materials” from the left hand menu. You can then choose between:-

  • Research Training Workshop Materials:  Materials from 2012 and earlier.
  • Saturday Schools:  Resources from the 8th December 2012 Saturday School.
  • Induction materials: Materials relating to Induction – now updated to include October 2012 Induction.

RefWorks induction 2012: notes and links

This is a follow-up post to the research student induction RefWorks training, with notes on the session and some useful links. Those of you who attended the attempted session will be amused (hopefully) to learn that the authentication problem was  fixed shortly after everyone went home, and RefWorks logins are now working as they should.

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