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The first UoN Research Conference 2018 – a great success.

stud conf photoOn the 20th to 21st June, The Graduate School and the Faculties held their first joint conference. Over two days we had over 40 oral presentations from postgraduate researchers and staff from across the University , displayed  about 30 research posters and held our second 3-Minute Thesis competition, which was won by  Emmanuel Offori-Attah, a postgraduate researcher in the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology.


photo by Maitreyee Buragohain


photo by Maitreyee Buragohain

The main conference was live streamed across the Web over the two days. Congratulations to all of those who took part in what  was a very successful event.

If you would like to watch the video of the recording, both days are available online.
For Wednesday 20th June (Day 1) there are 2 recordings due to a break in the live stream  – part one and part two. For Thursday 21st June there is just one video. Do view the programme if you would like to see the session timings. Please direct any comments and feedback to Simone Apel in the Graduate School.


The Graduate School’s Postgraduate Research Conference rescheduled to September 14th.

PGR conference 2016

The Graduate School Research Conference 2016

The University of Northampton Graduate School’s 2017 annual Postgraduate Researcher Conference for PGR students and early career researchers will now be held on Thursday September 14th 2017.

Originally scheduled for 20th June, the reschedule to September enables an important addition to the programme – the Graduate School’s first 3MT competition. Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) was originally developed by The University of Queensland in Australia and celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students around the world. The competition helps to cultivate students’ presentation and research communication skills. Presenting in a 3MT competition increases student’s capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are only allowed one PowerPoint slide, but no other resources or props.  Read the rest of this entry

PGR student? Why not present your research in Manchester next February?

Are you a postgraduate research student? Manchester Metropolitan University are holding their Annual PGR Research Conference on February 22nd 2017 and they have invited PGR students from other institutions to present their research in the form of oral presentations, posters and performances.

This is a great opportunity for research students to develop their presenting skills and meet PGR colleagues from other institutions, expanding their research networks. Last year, MMU received over 200 abstracts from 28 institutions and 6 countries, with 90 presenters and an additional 150 delegates. Students who present at the conference can receive feedback from the judging panel and the audience on their presentation – previous participants have found this to be extremely beneficial. There is also a prize for the best presentations.

Please note that the deadline for submissions is Thursday, December 1st – you can find more information and how to apply here.

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

Postgraduate Research Student Network Summer PGR get-together

All postgraduate research students are warmly invited to a postgraduate networking party, to be held after The Graduate School PGR Annual Conference in Holdenby Lecture Theatre 3 (HLT3), Park Campus on Tuesday 14th June at 4:30pm. Whether you’re doing a PhD, an MPhil or any of our professional doctorates you are all welcome to join us.

This will be a chance for all our PGR students to meet students from other Schools, socialise and enjoy a selection of drinks and snacks.Book your place here for catering purposes please

Why not come along to the PGR Conference first and see some of your fellow students present their research?

We look forward to seeing you there!
Lucy Atkinson & Simone Apel

Open invitation to the Graduate School PGR Annual Conference 2016

2014 GS Conference

2014 GS conference

The University of Northampton Graduate School are holding their annual Postgraduate Researcher Conference on Tuesday 14th June and would like to invite staff and students from the University of Northampton to join us.

The conference provides an ideal development opportunity for new researchers to present their research, discuss and share good practice with others in an informal and non-threatening setting. There will be representation from all Schools and feature a diverse range of research activity.  Read the rest of this entry

The Graduate School PGR Annual Conference 2016: Call for abstracts

2014 GS Conference

2014 GS conference

The University of Northampton Graduate School are holding their annual Postgraduate Researcher Conference on Tuesday 14th June and would like to invite University of Northampton research students (PGRs) and early career researchers (ECRs) to present a 10 minute paper, chair or help organise the event.

If you are interested in presenting please register your interest by emailing an abstract & preliminary information (see below) to Please submit the following by Thursday May 19th:

  • Your presentation title, your full name, School and email address.
  • An abstract (ca. 150 words) summarising your presentation; eg. outlining your research, its context, methods, results (if any), conclusion. Nb. Style of writing; you should write clearly for a general academic audience, so no jargon please!

Dr Adair Richards

You have until the date before the conference to prepare your paper. A workshop on making “Excellent Conference Presentations’ will run on June 10th, delivered by Dr Adair Richards. This will help you to fine tune your paper and your presentation skills. You can book here. Read the rest of this entry

East Midlands Universities Association (EMUA) research student conference

EMUAOn Thursday 3rd September the University of Lincoln Graduate School will be hosting the 2015 East Midlands University Association (EMUA) postgraduate research student conferenceRead the rest of this entry

The Graduate School PGR Annual Conference 2015: Call for papers

The University of Northampton Graduate School are holding their 2015 Postgraduate Researcher Conference on Wednesday June 17th and would like to invite UN research students and early career researchers to present a paper. Read the rest of this entry

“Research Diversity” takes to the stage.

research diversityOn Thursday 26th June, The Graduate School held their 2014 PGR Conference, where Postgraduate Research Students and Early Career Researchers had an opportunity to practice and hone their presentation skills in front of an audience comprised of the University of Northampton research community; staff and students.

Emma Clarke, presenter (left), and Anna Crouch (Chair).

Emma Clarke, presenter (left), and Anna Crouch (Chair).

Research Diversity was a perfectly fitting title! After an introduction by Professor Jon Stobart, research student Emma Clarke (pictured) kicked off the day with a very amusing presentation on how it feels being at the start of her ‘journey’, asking “Am I a proper researcher?” She was followed, throughout the morning, by papers on pollinators, a World Bank case study, cyborgs, families and British drug treatment. Read the rest of this entry