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New Visiting Professor – Learning & Library Services

We are delighted to announce that Professor Susannah Quinsee, Professor of Learning Development and Director of Learning Enhancement and Development; City University of London will be joining us as the new visiting professor for Library and Learning Services.

Susannah leads the Learning Enhancement and Development Directorate which encompasses educational development and technology enhanced learning activity; academic skills, dyslexia and disability support, and student counselling and mental health services for the City University of London.

Susannah was Chair of the Heads of E-Learning Forum (HeLF) Steering Group from 2007-2011 and as a founder member of HeLF still remains on the HeLF Steering Group.

Susannah has worked as a lecturer and in academic support roles at a number of other higher education institutions in the UK as well as leading on large scale institutional change projects.

In 2011, Susannah became a National Teaching Fellow. She has considerable experience in the areas of online learning, student support, implementing learning and teaching strategies and project management in relation to higher education. Susannah’s current research focuses on leadership and change management in relation to learning development, developing communities of practice in higher education and engaging staff in new learning and teaching methodologies, particularly using technology.

Susannah will provide academic leadership and mentoring to LLS staff engaged in research activity and will play an active role in the research life of the department.

Open Access at the University of Northampton: state of play

Since 2007 Library and Learning Services have been offering services to researchers wishing to engage with the Open Access (OA) agenda.  This post summarises the policy, services and support now available at the University of Northampton.

Open Access policy:

In December 2015 the University Research and Enterprise Committee approved an OA policy for the University.  Aligned with, and supporting, HEFCE’s open access policy for the REF, the University policy states: “the University supports the principle of open access and expects researchers to share their research outputs freely, subject to legal, ethical, commercial or contractual constraints”.  The policy requires researchers to ‘act on acceptance‘ in depositing their work in the University’s institutional repository, NECTAR.

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Library guides to subject resources

nu-information-services-park-414-EditIf you are new to Northampton and not entirely sure which resources are available for your discipline then the Academic Librarians’ “Library Support for…” guides may be of use to you.

Each guide has information about books and journals for a subject area (e.g. Education, Accounting and Finance; Engineering); some subject specific tools and resources; tips on searching for and evaluating your results; and other expert help from your Academic Librarian.

Although these are mainly written for students on taught courses, new research students and staff may well find them a useful starting point so please do take a look.

You’ll find links to all the resources on the Academic Librarians page on the Skills Hub.

Invitation: Marie Curie European Funding Briefing

The Research and Strategic Bidding Office is pleased to announce this briefing session covering Marie Curie funding.

23 June 2015, 10am – 1pm, C221 (Cottesbrooke), Park Campus

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) supports researchers at all stages of their careers, irrespective of nationality. Proposals from all areas of scientific and technological research of interest are eligible for funding and there are no predefined priority areas. The MSCA also supports industrial doctorates, combining academic research study with work in companies, and other innovative training that enhances employability and career development.

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Weekly help desk service for researchers from LLS

The dates for this term’s ‘help desk’ slots are now up on the university website.

These slots provide you with the opportunity to drop in with your questions for the LLS Research Support team (Miggie and Nick).  We’d love to chat with you about:

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A New Approach to Support from the RSB Office

From April, the approach to support from the RSB Office will be changing.  We will still offer the same friendly, effective and efficient service we always have but we will be reorganising it to improve this even further! 

Each School will now have either Sarah Muzio or Katie Jones as their key contact within the Office.  This will mean that Sarah and Katie can get to know the research interests of colleagues within their Schools in more detail.  This will enable us to offer more effective assistance with the whole bidding process at an individual level while providing more consistent support to each of the Schools’ research strategy and Service Level Agreement with the Office. 

Tricia Powell and Lynn Hodgkiss will continue to provide consistent support with ResearchProfessional enquiries, delivering the ebulletins and assisting with electronic funding application systems (e.g. Je-S) from the Office email address to ensure you always receive a speedy response.

However, if you would like specific advice on a funding application of any kind please contact either Sarah or Katie;

Sarah Muzio: Education, NBS and Social Science

Katie Jones: Arts, Health and Science & Technology

British Science Association Media Fellowships

The British Science Association Media Fellowships application has been extended until 18 March. The scheme offers a free and unique professional development opportunity for practicing researchers by placing them at a media outlet such as the BBC, the Guardian and The Times. Participants return to their organisations better equipped to handle media enquiries, to turn their research into news and promote their research and institution. They also improve communication skills that benefit their teaching, journal articles and grant applications.