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Supervisor Development Programme 2014-15

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 2014/15 the workshops will run 9.30-4.00 on Thursday 5th March 2015, Tuesday 10th March and Friday 13th March. There will be a further session of seminars led by participants – dates to be negotiated.

If you are intending to join this programme in 2014/15 and have not yet contacted Ian Livingstone, please do so now. (x 3362; email: ian.livingstone@northampton.ac.uk)

Workshop: Preparing Bids for Small Grants

Aims of the workshop:

This workshop supports all staff who wish to develop their skills at preparing small bids. However, this event is specifically aimed at staff who wish to apply for the Learning Enhancement and Innovation Fund (deadline: 22 September).

Day 1: Monday, 8 September, 10.00 to 12.00, Cottesbrooke 303

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SPECTROstar Nano machine training

moultonSubmitted by Wanda McCormick, Moulton College

On Wed 20th November 2-3pm, discipline-based training on the use of Moulton’s SPECTROstar Nano machine will take place. Research students from other Schools, for whom this is relevant, are invited to attend. The training will take place in lab H6 (Holcot site, gate 3) but please email Wanda to express an interest in attending. Read the rest of this entry

’23 things’ for research

Dr Scott Turner has just drawn my attention to this latest iteration of the ’23 things’ programme: 23 things for research.

The original ’23 things’ programme was designed by Helene Blowers at the public library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County in North Carolina.  Its purpose was to introduce participants to new and emerging technologies.  The programme involved a series of 23 tasks or ‘things’, each related to the use of a new tool or service, and lasted nine weeks.  As they used the new tools, particpants were expected to maintain a reflective blog on their experiences (Wilkinson and Cragg, 2010, p.29).

This version, ’23 things for research’, is organised by the University of Oxford and aims to “expose you to a range of digital tools that could help you in your personal and professional development as a researcher, academic, student or in another role” (Bodleian Libraries, 2012). It is open to non-Oxford folk.

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Part-Time Researcher programme running in September

Vitae logoAre you a research degree student studying part-time? If so, you might be interested to learn that the Graduate School are running a Part-Time Researcher’s Programme on Tuesday 17th September.

Originally developed through Vitae, the Programme is a day-long series of discussions and workshops, offering part-time research students the time and space to share and discuss issues which directly affect their research degree study. Read the rest of this entry

Learning to be a practitioner researcher

Event report: LLS Research Summer School 2013

In keeping with its mission to fly the flag for practitioner research, Library and Learning Services (LLS) has this week presented its second biennial Research Summer School.

Designed to provide practitioners with the motivation, knowledge and tools to conduct effective research projects, the two day event was aimed at staff in libraries and learning services who were new to research or wanted to brush up on their research skills. Through a mix of talks, practical activities and networking opportunities, the event was a great opportunity for delegates to kick start their own research projects and share their research challenges with others in similar positions.

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Supervisor Development Programme 2013/14

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 2013/14 the workshops will run 9.30-4.00 on Thursday 27th February 2014, Tuesday 4th March and Friday 7th March. There will be a further session of seminars led by participants – dates to be negotiated.

If you are intending to join this programme in 2013/14 and have not yet contacted Ian Livingstone, please do so now. (x 3362; email: ian.livingstone@northampton.ac.uk)

Book your May workshops now!

Graduate School Workshops coming up in May….. click on the link to book. 

Correlation and regression: basic theory and SPSS.
Thursday, 2 May 2013 from 17:00 to 19:00 in Grendon 152, Park.

Preparing for conferences and networking.
Tuesday, 7 May 2013 from 11:00 to 13:30 in MY120, Avenue.

Successful research proposals & research ethics.
Thursday, 9 May 2013 from 09:30 to 13:30 in MY36, Avenue.

Funding your postdoctoral career.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 from 16:30 to 18:30. T-Pod, Rockingham Library, Park.

Working with Children.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 from 17:00 to 19:00. MY120, Avenue.

Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Thursday, 30 May 2013 from 17:00 to 19:00. T-Pod, Rockingham Library, Park. (Note: This workshop is fully subscribed. Please email Simone to be added to a waiting list.)

Transforming Postgraduate Research: Engaging with the Digital World

Monday 17 June 2013, University of Oxford

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Transforming Postgraduate Research: Engaging with the Digital World is a one-day interactive training initiative for postgraduate students in the arts and humanities interested in public engagement and digital media. The day will comprise keynote lectures and practical workshops with experts in this field providing insights into using the digital. Students attending this event will explore the value of digital engagement and how digital platforms can be used to enhance their academic profile and produce creative outputs.

Topics that will be covered include: social medias and academia, blogs and academic websites, creative technologies and impact, and showcasing and developing educational resources. In addition to our two keynote talks, the event will also include a student-led Q&A and discussion session between participants and our panel of experts.

Workshop report: Research data management for librarians

Yesterday’s event for Library and Learning Services staff was the third in the series of research data management (RDM) workshops being run by Digital Curation Centre (DCC) staff for the University of Northampton.  Our ‘institutional engagement’ with the DCC is part of a sector-wide initiative to enhance the skills of researchers, and those who support them, in RDM.

As a basic introduction, the session started by clarifying what research data are, then covered data management planning, data sharing and the skills required to support these tasks.  It concluded with a round-up of progress in RDM activity at Northampton.

Interestingly, some of the most energetic debate focused on the challenges of sharing data.

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