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University of Northampton PhD student oversees Moulton project on carnivorous plants

To find out what Julia Lock has been doing, follow this link!



Re-launch of the Supervisor’s Forum

(posted on behalf of Dr Ali Al-Sherbaz, Dr Wanda McCormick and Dr David Preece)

We are re-launching the University’s PhD Supervisor’s Forum.

The purpose of the forum is to enable doctoral supervisors to meet with colleagues from within and outside their disciplines, to share ideas and practice, to problem-solve with peers, to network and to have a nice lunch. Read the rest of this entry

Congratulations, Dr Johnson Jament

Johnson Jament graduated with a PhD from The University of Northampton in 2009. His new book ‘Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Indian Education’, based on his PhD research, has been published this month by Lambert Academic Publishing (LAP). Read the rest of this entry

Introducing the Skills Hub

Skills Hub screenshotA message from Georgina Dimmock, Head of Academic Liaison in Library and Learning Services:

The Skills Hub is a new open access resource from Library and Learning Services containing videos, guides, interactive tutorials and blog posts on study skills topics. The material covers an array of levels and is for use by students, schools, researchers and the community.  Academic staff are welcome to link from within NILE to specific materials on the Skills Hub. Library staff will also be publicising and tweeting links to timely resources on the hub at targeted points throughout year.

You can visit the Skills Hub at

Times Higher Education article on doctoral theses

Almost half of doctoral candidates fail to claim that their theses have contributed to knowledge despite this being the main criterion on which they are assessed, a study has found.

Postgraduate Perspective Newsletter: February 2013

The February 2013 issue of the Postgraduate Perspective newsletter is now available.  Featuring the theme of ‘sustainability’, articles include:

  • The virtue of Sustinere is its sustainability
  • Helsinki prize winner Aylwyn Walsh
  • Social network phenomena
  • Multiculturalism and sustainability
  • The Research Support Hub
  • Sustainable educational development
  • The student experience
  • Student finance and sustainability
  • Book review corner
  • New students and completions
  • Postgraduate Annual Conference
  • Graduate School training programmes

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NELSON upgrade Sunday 24th February

The software behind the Library’s resource discovery system, NELSON, is being upgraded this weekend.

During the upgrade you will only be able to access NELSON in ‘search’ mode, you will not be able to save items to your eShelf.  Additionally, links between NELSON and the library catalogue may be temporarily unavailable.
A message displaying this information has been posted on the NELSON home page.

Following the upgrade you will have further options to personalise your search results by discipline and the ability to refine a search by including and excluding multiple topic areas.

Image credit: Compass by Roland Urbanek

Must all postgrad research have ‘impact’?

Interesting piece in The Guardian last week –

Mission groups: are they worth the cost?

Is membership of a mission group such as the Russell Group, 1994 group, Million+ or University Alliance worth the financial cost?  The last year has seen a number of UK universities either switch from one mission group to another or withdraw altogether.

The University of Northampton has recently left the ‘Million+’ group of modern universities, with Vice Chancellor Professor Nick Petford stating:

“We can’t really see what value a mission group offers us anymore”.  “We’d rather be independent and pick and choose the universities we want to work with”.  “Million+, as a think tank, has a useful role to play. But it has almost become a millstone around our neck.”

Read more of this lead article in today’s Research Fortnight.

Blogging – or the power of we, not me

Now I’m blogging about blogging…. I don’t recognise myself anymore.
“Too often dismissed as narcissistic echo-chambers, blogs are the ultimate form of collegiality”, suggests Ernesto Priego in