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Happy Birthday ORCID!

ORCID is FIVE today! Congratulations!

They’ve launched lots of new resources to celebrate!

The University of Northampton has 433 registered ORCID Ids… If you haven’t got yours yet, register today at

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized. Find out more.

1 REGISTER Get your unique ORCID identifier Register now!

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2 ADD YOUR INFO Enhance your ORCID record with your professional information and link to your other identifiers (such as Scopus or ResearcherID or LinkedIn).
3 USE YOUR ORCID ID Include your ORCID identifier on your Webpage, when you submit publications, apply for grants, and in any research workflow to ensure you get credit for your work.


Images of Research 2016-17: Vote for your 3 favourites

The Images of Research (IoR) exhibition, run by the University of Northampton Graduate School, is now open in the Avenue Gallery corridor and will stay there until February 17th 2017. After this it will travel to Park Campus, to be displayed on the ground floor of Rockingham Library until mid March, then at Avenue Library entrance until Easter.

The IoR competition offers researchers a chance to illustrate or represent their research using a unique image, along with an abstract of up to 150 words describing how the image reflects their research. An annual competition which started in 2013, IoR creatively showcases research at the University and the competition reflects a wide range of research projects as diverse as the images are creative. The images are the perfect medium for engaging non-specialists and capture the essence of even complex research projects in an accessible way.

If you don’t manage to see it in the flesh, so to speak, then why not vote online? Just take a look at the IoR 2017 Catalogue and follow the guidelines below. Voting closes on 13th April 2017. Read the rest of this entry

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

Grounded Theory Forum – meeting dates spring/summer 2017

Grounded theory forumSubmitted by Dr Sarah Neill

Dates for the Grounded Theory Forum meetings have been set for the spring and summer terms.

If you have an interest in Grounded Theory then please do come along. The meetings will be held in Sulgrave, S007.

  • Wednesday 15th February 1-3pm
  • Wednesday 12th April 1-3pm
  • Wednesday 7th June 1-3pm

If you would like to attend any meetings, or be on the Grounded Theory Forum mail list, please contact Sarah Neill.

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


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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Focus group invitation: give your views on the journal article publishing process

TFbookslogoAs part of their forthcoming workshop on publishing and reviewing, journals publisher, Taylor & Francis, are looking for 15 researchers to take part in a short focus group. Forming part of a project to improve the author journey, your views will influence and inform how their researcher-facing processes work in the future, with the aim of ensuring they meet the needs of the many researchers they work with.

Date: Thursday 30th June

Time: 1pm to 2pm (come from 12:30pm t0 to get your free lunch!)

Venue: Pytchley 101, Park Campus

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Images of Research 2015-16 winners announced!

Kim Dodd's winning image

Kim Dodd’s winning image

The winners of the Graduate School’s Images of Research (IoR) exhibition and competition have been chosen!

There were two competitions – 3 winners chosen by guest judge, Roy Wallace, Senior Lecturer in Media Production at the University of Northampton, and a ‘People’s Choice’. The ‘People’s Choice’ competition votes were counted from those on paper at the exhibition at Avenue gallery corridor in February and the university library exhibitions, plus 300 online votes via the Research Support Hub.

Karen Anthony's Muscle by Numbers

Karen Anthony’s Muscle by Numbers

Congratulations to Kim Dodd, Helen Scott and Charmaine Sonnex who were Roy Wallace’s winners. The People’s Choice winners were Karen Anthony, Carmel Capewell, Meriem Lamara and Emma Whewell. For more information about the winners please see the links above. The Images of Research Catalogue 2015-16 shows all the 2015-16 entries.  Read the rest of this entry

Researcher help desks – Summer 2016

I’m so sorry – we’ve been having a somewhat hectic few weeks and I completely forgot to post the new term’s help desk dates!

These are the dates we have planned but of course you can always contact Nick or myself directly to fix up a time to meet that suits you better.

nu-information-services-park-401Park Library R2.20:

  • Friday 29th April – 2 to 4pm
  • Wednesday 11th May – 10am to 12 noon
  • Monday 23rd May – 10am to 12 noon
  • Friday 10th June – 10am to 12 noon
  • Thursday 23rd June – 2 to 4pm
  • Thursday 7th July – 10am to 12 noon (**updated)

Avenue Library MG1:

  • Tuesday 3rd May – 10am to 12 noon
  • Thursday 19th May – 10am to 12 noon
  • Wednesday 1st June – 2 to 4pm
  • Monday 13th June – 10am to 12 noon
  • Tuesday 28th June – 2 to 4pm

We look forward to seeing you at Park or Avenue library.

Images of Research 2015-16 online poll now closed

Charlotte Dann Images of Research 2014-15

Charlotte Dann Images of Research 2014-15

The Graduate School’s Images of Research (IoR) exhibition and competition which opened in the Avenue Gallery corridor on 1st February 2016 is now complete and the winners have been announced.

There were two competitions – 3 winners chosen by guest judge, Roy Wallace, Senior Lecturer in Media Production at the University of Northampton and a ‘people’s choice’, votes from the exhibition and via an online poll. See the Images of Research Catalogue 2015-16 for all the entries.  Read the rest of this entry

Volunteers wanted to test new University website

nu-library-ave-619Calling research students and research active staff:

The University’s new public facing website is nearly upon us and the Digital Services Team are looking for volunteers to check that everything is working as expected before it goes live.  It would be good if we had some representatives of the research community to take a look at the research related pages.

Testing will be done between 4th and 12th February and a workshop for testers is to be held before then.

If you are would like to get involved then please contact Mary Joseph, Senior Project Manager, IT and Portfolio Services.