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On the 23rd October 2017, the Graduate School team ran the four day biannual induction programme welcoming twenty six new postgraduate research students who joined the University of Northampton this year. The head of the Graduate School Prof. Ian Livingstone started the programme introducing the Graduate School members and explaining their roles.
This was followed by different informative sessions ranging from responsibilities of the research student, the supervisor and the institution, research degree processes and procedures, research integrity and preparing for a research degree. Reflecting on those sessions, a student said: “I found it very useful and really important information”.
Connected Communities: Diversity at UoN was the theme of the Graduate School’s annual Postgraduate Research Conference which was held on 19th September 2017. The conference was an excellent opportunity for research students from every stage in the doctoral process to share, discuss and network with other research students and supervisors from across the University. The key note address was given by UoN Chair of the Board of Governors, Andrew Scarborough who said he was impressed with the breadth and variety of research. Read the rest of this entry
Every year The Graduate School holds an ‘Update Day‘ where the focus is on topics of interest to supervisors and their postgraduate research students. This year, after an update on UoN ethics processes, a session on ‘Researcher Futures’ looks at career direction strategies beyond academia for researchers. In an employment landscape vastly different from that 20 years ago, research students often look to their supervisor for guidance on career support, even on non-academic choices. This workshop will help both supervisors and PGR students together to
- explore the pathways open to research degree graduates outside of academia;
- introduce techniques and resources that can support further career exploration and decision making;
- recognise potential in skills, experience, attributes and achievements whether the student wants a career in academia or, increasingly commonly, outside it.
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