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Upcoming workshop: Developing a research track record on a shoestring

Kearns2On February 8th 2017 we are welcoming back researcher & educator, Hugh Kearns, who will be running a workshop for academic staff and researchers “Developing a research track record on a shoestring”. Hugh is recognised internationally and regularly lectures at universities across the world, including Oxford, Harvard, Stanford and, now for the fourth time, Northampton.

Academics and researchers are constantly being told to increase their research outputs if they want to get promoted or funded, but it becomes a catch 22 when you can’t do much research because you have no money, but no one will give you money because you haven’t done enough research. Despite this situation there are ways to build a research track record that require less money and can give you the start you need to build a decent track record (or even just to keep your head above water!). Read the rest of this entry

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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Research project management in science and technology event

Submitted by Stefan Kaczmarczyk

On Tuesday 20th September 2016 a series of workshops and lectures will be held in Newton Hall, around the theme of research project management in science and technology. The event will be held from 9am – 7pm and is open to all research staff, academic staff and research students from all faculties in the University. Read the rest of this entry

Workshop: Publishing and reviewing with Taylor & Francis

Library and Learning Services in conjunction with the Graduate School are delighted to announce a new workshop for research students and staff.

Elaine Devine from Taylor & Francis will be leading the workshop and will bring a publisher perspective to the two important scholarly activities of getting published and becoming a peer reviewer.

Programme:

10 – 11am How to get published in an academic journal: tips to help you succeed
  Questions / break
11.15am  – 12pm How to be an effective reviewer for an academic journal
12 – 12.30pm Breakout review exercise on effective reviews for journals Including feedback and questions
12:30 – 1pm Lunch
1pm – 2pm Taylor and Francis focus group: give your views on the journal article publishing process (optional)

Where:  Pytchley 101, Park Campus

When:   Thursday 30th June from 10am to 1pm (includes lunch)

Who:      Research students and staff

To book a place:      Please register on our Eventbrite site

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Discipline-related research skills from the School of Social Sciences

SchoolsocscienceThe School of Social Sciences offers a programme of multidisciplinary training workshops. Subject-specific training and support is also offered via a diverse range of specialist research groups. Their programme is open to all PGRs at the University of Northampton.

Workshops coming up in 2016 include Research Impact, Researching with Vulnerable Groups (a joint workshop with the School of Health), and Open Access in the REF. Read the rest of this entry

Discipline-related research skills from the School of Health: open to all

research croppedThe School of Health have recently launched their discipline-related development programme, which includes a range of workshops and seminars on a variety of themes, open to all PGRs at the University of Northampton. This development programme has been designed to support researchers – and those supporting research – in subjects which relate, broadly, to Health and Social Care. The sessions detailed are available to research students (PhD and Professional Doctorate) within the School of Health and from across the University. Staff from the School and further afield are also welcome. Workshops coming up include public involvement, academic writing and research impact. Read the rest of this entry

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

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

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Images from the 2014-15 competition

It’s time for the call for research images, so why not take part in the Graduate School’s 2015-16 Images of Research competition? If you are a researcher at the University of Northampton, grab 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.

This years 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 6th 2015. Read on for the rules…

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Workshop – Open Access: the implications for your research

Graduate School WorkshopsIf you are a researcher, whether a research student or research staff, it is important that you understand the implication of open access, where research papers are made freely available online, rather than published in high-cost subscription journals. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) announced last year that all post April-2016 UK research must be open access in order to qualify for funding assessments.

In the light of this, Dr Miggie Pickton and Nick Dimmock from LLS are holding a 2 hour workshop on Open Access on Thursday, 12 March from 15:00 to 17:00 in the TPod, Rockingham Library, Park Campus. If you would like more information please see the booking page here https://openaccessmar15.eventbrite.co.uk.

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Join us for the Images of Research private viewing on 4th February 2015!

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Some images from IoR 2013-14

You are all invited to join us at the 2014-15 Images of Research private viewing, which will be held on Wednesday February 4th 2015 from 5pm to 6:30pm in the corridor outside Avenue Gallery. Wine and other refreshments will be on offer, so come along and see this year’s fabulous research photographs and illustrations – and vote for your top three favourites!

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