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The 2018-2019 Graduate School’s Images of Research competition is back!

pexels-photo-212372The call for “Images of Research” 2018-19 is now open. The Images of Research is an annual competition run by The Graduate School for all researchers (research students, staff and supervisors) at the University of Northampton. The image could be produced in an artistic or photographic way but it should reflect your research or an aspect of it. To participate in this year’s competition, you need to send your image along with a title and 150-word abstract to Ian Livingstone by December 14th, 2018.
There will be a launch party where viewers can vote for their top three favourites and an expert judge will choose their top three. Read the rest of this entry

Supervisor Development Programme ~ 2018/19

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.

In 2018/19 the workshops will be delivered on:

Tuesday 19th, Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st February 2019 at Platform in the centre of Northampton Read the rest of this entry

Graduate School Update Day ~ Tuesday 12 June

Graduate School Update Day ~ Well-being and Resilience

Tuesday 12 June ~ 9.30-12.45 (refreshments from 9.15; lunch at 12.45)

Delapre Lecture Theatre, Park Campus

Every year The Graduate School holds an ‘Update Day‘ where the focus is on topics of interest to postgraduate researchers and their supervisors. The theme this year will be well-being and resilience.

We will run parallel workshops for supervisors and students, ending with a short plenary session. Read the rest of this entry

Short courses in statistics at the University of Hertfordshire

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If you need support in data analysis or want to improve your statistical skills, don’t miss out an interesting opportunity to attend some short courses on statistics at The University of Hertfordshire. There are still places left and the prices are quite affordable. This includes:

  • Courses in statistical data analysis (hypothesis testing/regression/factor analysis, etc.)
  • Courses in creating surveys (questionnaire design, sample size and power)
  • Courses in statistical software (introducing R)

There are also a range of “Pick & Mix” bite-size courses available (visit the link for more details).

Detailed information about the courses are available here 

 

 

Grounded Theory Forum, 06 February 2018, Sulgrave S017

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Alasdair Gordon-Finlayson will be leading a discussion on ‘Theoretical sampling’ on Tuesday 6th Feb at 1pm in Sulgrave S017. This is a great opportunity for researchers using GT to learn more about this important key component of grounded theory. If you would like to attend, or be on the Grounded Theory Forum mail list, please contact Sarah Neill.

 

Supervisor Development Programme ~ 2017/18

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

In 2017/18 the workshops will be delivered on:

Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd February 2018 at The University of Northampton;

Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th July 2018 at The University of Northampton

Staff from both The University of Northampton and Regent’s University London plus staff delivering our research degrees as international partners are welcome to join either delivery. You only need to join one three-day course, not both. No fees are paid by participants on this programme, but if you will be travelling away from your own university you will need to discuss travel and subsistence expenses with your line manager.

If you are intending to join this programme for either delivery and have not yet contacted Ian Livingstone, please do so now. (01604 893362; email: ian.livingstone@northampton.ac.uk). He will be happy to answer any questions you have about the programme.

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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Graduate School Update Day

This year’s Graduate School Update Day will run on Tuesday 21 June 2016 from 9am in Holdenby Lecture Theatre 3 at Park Campus. The theme for this year’s update will be research integrity with a workshop on integrity to be led by Dr Andrew Rawnsley (UK Council for Graduate Education). Update Day is open all the university’s research degree students and supervisors. Please note this date in your diary – booking details are here.

Hugh Kearns returns with good feedback! A workshop for supervisors.

Kearns2On March 11th 2016 we are welcoming back researcher & educator, Hugh Kearns. Hugh is recognised internationally and regularly lectures at universities across the world, including Oxford, Harvard, Stanford and, now for the third time, Northampton.

Hugh is running two workshops, one for supervisors on Giving Good Feedback, focusing on giving positive feedback, providing criticism without crushing the recipient, varying the type of feedback depending on the student’s stage, what to do when your student doesn’t listen… and more. Read the rest of this entry

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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