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Graduate School Workshops Coming Up

Here are the Graduate School workshops running for doctoral students and early career researchers from May to July 2017.  These workshops are open for booking through the Gateway Calendar. Also listed are Graduate School events. For more information please see the Calendar.

  • Word: Working with Long Documents   10 May 2017, from 09:30 to 11:30
  •  Risk Assessing your Research    10 May 2017, from 11:45 to 13:15
  • Systematic literature searching  10 May 2017, from 14:00 to 16:00
  •  Graduate School PGR Poster competition   17 May 2017, from 10:45 to 14:00
  •  Reading and writing skills at Level 8 (session 1) 22 May 2017, from 10:00 to 12:00
  •  Career management for researchers:  CV Workshop 23 May 2017, from 10:00 to 12:00
  •  Shut Up and Write!   23 May 2017, from 13:00 to 16:00
  •  Part-Time Researcher   25 May 2017, from 09:30 to 16:00
  •  Social Media Analysis Workshop – Gathering and analysing social media data from  Twitter and YouTube   25 May 2017, from 11:00 to 13:00
  •  Research Ethics Seminar   01 Jun 2017, from 12:00 to 13:30
  •  Designing Questionnaires   06 Jun 2017, from 10:00 to 12:00
  •  Analysing Questionnaire Data   06 Jun 2017, from 13:00 to 15:00
  •  Q Methodology  13 Jun 2017, from 10:00 to 12:00
  •  Shut Up and Write!   14 Jun 2017, from 10:00 to 13:00
  •  Reading and writing skills at Level 8 (session 2) 19 Jun 2017, from 10:00 to 12:00
  •  Graduate School PGR and ECR Conference   20 Jun 2017, from 09:30 to 17:00
  •  Graduate School Update Day   29 Jun 2017, from 09:30 to 14:00
  • An Introduction to Nvivo ( Intermediate)   10 Jul 2017, from 13:00 to 16:00

Writing and Structuring your Thesis

students writing imageThe Graduate School is running a workshop on Writing and Structuring your Thesis on the 2nd of May from 13:15 to 14:45 . This is part of the – Getting Started 1 Development Day – the workshop will take place in Pytchley, PY101, Park Campus, near the student center. Lunch and refreshments are provided so, if you would like some lunch before your session, please come along a bit earlier ( lunch time is 12:30-13:15).

If you wish to attend please book using Gateway.

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Part-Time Researcher programme for PGRs running on May 25th 2017

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If you are a Postgraduate Research Student studying part-time then you might be interested in the Part-Time Researcher Development Day The Graduate School are running on Thursday 25th May, in collaboration with the University of Leicester.

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.

During the day there will be a number of development sessions, which will include how to get the best from your supervisor at a distance and part-time and a workshop on time, productivity and motivation management. A facilitated discussion on the ethos and problems of part-time research will be tackled through the day, with a problem solving session later on. Additionally, the programme offers a valuable opportunity for students to meet and chat with fellow part-timers to share experiences and solutions.

The programme will be advertised to all part-time research students from the regional Midlands Universities. For more information and to book a place see the Eventbrite booking page. For more information please contact Simone Apel from The Graduate School.

PGR Induction week – a warm welcome to our new research students

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One of a number of workshop sessions for the new students

A four day induction from 25th to the 28th October saw the Graduate School welcome a further 23 research degree students to the University of Northampton.

The 4-day biannual Induction Programme is run by The Graduate School in October and March and is compulsory for all research students starting out on their PhD or MPhil. The Induction aims to launch research students into their studies by offering them a variety of workshops and talks, covering processes and procedures, skills development and support, library resources, copyright and much more. The students also get a chance to give a presentation on their research topic and meet members of staff in the university who can support them along the way.

New PGRs meet current PGRs for a round the table chat.

New PGRs meet current PGRs for a round the table chat.

Many of our new research students are working professionals and academics, or are studying part time. Induction aims to welcome all new students, helping them to feel part of the University and giving them the perfect grounding for the long research degree road ahead.

Feedback from the programme was excellent. One student commented “The Induction was friendly, welcoming and informative.” Another commented “Great introduction to the services on offer at UN for research students” The next PGR Induction programme will run from Tuesday March 21st to Friday March 24th 2017.

 

Graduate School workshops for researchers in October and November 2016

The Graduate School Development Programme is designed for all University of Northampton researchers, research students and early career researchers. The following workshops are coming up and are open for booking through Gateway. See the instructions at the end of the post to see the full calendar, or you can click on the links in the table below to the individual workshops. [Please note: you will need to log into Gateway to access the information].

Finding Resources on the Web 19 Oct 2016, from 14:00 to 16:00
Shut Up and Write! writing session 31 Oct 2016, from 10:00 to 13:00
Preparing for the Viva 08 Nov 2016, from 17:00 to 19:00
Smarter speed reading 15 Nov 2016, from 12:00 to 15:00
SPSS 1 beginnner’s workshop 16 Nov 2016, from 14:00 to 16:00
Grounded Theory 24 Nov 2016, from 10:00 to 12:00
SPSS 2 (follow on workshop from 16th November) 30 Nov 2016, from 14:00 to 16:00

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Supervisor Development Programme – 2016/17

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 2016/17 the workshops will be delivered on two occasions:

Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th February 2017
at The University of Northampton;

Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th July 2017
at Regent’s University London.

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.

Research project management in science and technology event

Submitted by Stefan Kaczmarczyk

On Tuesday 20th September 2016 a series of workshops and lectures will be held in Newton Hall, around the theme of research project management in science and technology. The event will be held from 9am – 7pm and is open to all research staff, academic staff and research students from all faculties in the University. Read the rest of this entry

The 2016-17 PGR and ECR Skills Development Programme

Graduate School WorkshopsThe 2016-17 Graduate School’s development programme for postgraduate research (PGR) students and early career researchers (ECRs*) is now live in Gateway!

Booking is open for postgraduate research students, so just log into Gateway and click on Calendar (left hand menu) and you will see the full list of workshops, development days and events coming up. For full instructions on how to book and on Gateway’s development tools for research students, see this Hub post.  

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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.

Part-Time Researcher programme for PGRs running on May 6th

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If you are a Postgraduate Research Student studying part-time then you might be interested in the Part-Time Researcher Development Day The Graduate School are running on Friday 6th May, in collaboration with the Open University and Keele University.

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