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‘Gateway’, the postgraduate research management system

Gateway is our online postgraduate research (PGR) management system. The objectives of the system are to:

  • Provide a shared, web-based record system for PGR students, their supervisors, school research leaders and the Graduate School;
  • Provide electronic records of supervision meetings;
  • Replace paper forms and signatures with electronic workflows and sign-off for all registration, progression and examination processes;
  • Provide online booking and records of training and development, accessible to students and supervisors;
  • Maintain support and contact with students and supervisors in any location;
  • Give access using existing usernames and passwords.

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Supervisor Development Programme – next delivery

The university runs a development programme for supervisors who are new to research degree supervision, co-ordinated by Professor Ian Livingstone.  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.

The next delivery of the workshops will run 9.30-4.00 on Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th July 2016. There will be a further session of seminars led by participants – dates to be negotiated.

If you are intending to join this programme and have not yet contacted Ian Livingstone, please do so now. (x 3362; email:

Deadline extended for Images of Research 2015-16 – there is still time to enter!


Images from the 2014-15 competition

If you haven’t yet had time to take a photo or draw a picture reflecting your research there is still time. The deadline for the Graduate School’s Images of Research competition has been extended to a final deadline of 5pm on 24th November 2015. Just grab your camera or pencil/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. Add a snappy title and 150 word summary and that is all you need to do to participate.

IoR will, again, be a competition, where viewers can vote for their top three favourites. Entries for IoR 2015-16 must be emailed to Simone by November 24th 2015. Read on for the rules…

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2015-16 Changes to postgraduate research degree documentation

Top lodgeA number of changes have taken place to the regulations, policies, guidance and forms for postgraduate research (PGR) programmes. The student and supervisor toolkits now reflect all of the changes. This post will explain the changes and provide links to new content.

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Research related committees – When are they and who are they?

Welcome to the 2015-16 cycle of committees (research degrees board, research degrees committee, research ethics committee)!

The committee dates and deadlines are now available in the supervisor toolkit and student toolkit.

It is also important that you know who the members of the committees are and what their roles are. You can find a listing below. Postgraduate Research students are reminded that RDB members are available for pastoral support (please see the PGR Code of Practice in the Student Toolkit for more information)

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Top tips for doctoral examiners

In this article, Prof. Pam Denicolo gives her tips for those new to examining doctoral candidates.

Graduate School Update Day – research integrity and ethics

This year’s Graduate School’s Update Day will run on Thursday September 24th 2015 from 11am to 4pm in the Delapre Lecture Theatre at Park Campus. We are offering supervisors, research students and researchers in the University two related workshops on research integrity and ethics. We are very pleased that the workshop on integrity will be led by Dr Andrew Rawnsley (UK Council for Graduate Education). Please note this date in your diary – booking details are here.

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Postgraduate Researcher Conference on June 26th: Book now!


The University of Northampton Graduate School presents

Research Diversity

The 2014 Postgraduate Researcher Conference.

This year’s conference showcases the diverse range of research activity within the University of Northampton and will provide an excellent opportunity for research students to practice their presentation skills to an equally diverse audience. Why not come along and support our research students and early career researchers? Book your place here – you don’t have to attend all day.  Read the rest of this entry

Graduate School Update Day – Free food AND two workshops!

Danish pastryIt’s time again for the Graduate School’s Update Day, which will run throughout the morning of Tuesday 17th June and include, as usual, Danish pastries for breakfast AND a free lunch! And, this year, we are offering supervisors, research students and researchers  in the University TWO workshops, one looking at Supervision and how our past experiences influence our expectations of the supervisory process. And a second workshop which will facilitate a discussion on how we might improve the University’s Research Degrees Code of Practice. If you are free, book your place and come along to contribute to some very interesting discussions.

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Graduate School Workshops & Events June-July 2014

Graduate School WorkshopsThe last few months of the 2013-14 academic year is upon us, but the Graduate School’s programme of events and workshops is still very much alive! If you are a Postgraduate Research Student, Early Career Researcher or Supervisor, there is something below for you.
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