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Holiday reading… and watching for PGRs!

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If you are looking to develop some research skills during the Easter holidays we have a wide range of courses, slides and other resources on offer online, as well as recordings of Graduate School webinars. Read on to find out where you can access these….

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March 2022 PGR Induction: A warm welcome to our new postgraduate researchers

A four day induction from 7-10th March saw us welcome a further 24 postgraduate researchers to the University of Northampton.

A development session at PGR Induction

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 PGRs into their studies by offering them a variety of workshops and talks, including research degree processes and procedures, skills development, open access, library resources, EDI and research integrity. The students also gave presentations on their research topic, had an induction into their Faculty and met members of staff at the University who will support them along the way.

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Call for Entries; Graduate School Research Poster Competition 2022

The Graduate School has launched the call for entries for the 15th Annual Research Poster Competition and the call for entries closes on May 3rd. The competition is open to all PGRs at UON. Posters will be displayed digitally in an exhibition at Waterside, with an in-person judging session, on May 24th at Graduate School Update Day. The competition will be held from 12:15pm through to prize giving at 3:30pm.

The aim of the event is for PGRs to create a digital poster that explains their research to a mixed audience of non-subject specialists.  At whatever stage in the research process you are, do take this opportunity to share your work with others and gain valuable feedback. For further information on the rules of entry, please see the Guidelines.

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Graduate School Newsletters

Find out about events, workshops, webinars and news for PGRs, Supervisors and other researchers in the fortnightly Graduate School Newsletters, the latest published Feb 10th. They can be found in Graduate School Yammer or in emails via the PGR and Supervisor distribution lists. Contact Simone if you have any content you would like to submit.

Supervisor Development Programme ~ 2022

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 2022 the workshops will be delivered on:

Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd September 2022 at the University of Northampton’s Waterside Campus.

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Supervisor Development Programme ~ 2019/20

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 2019/20 the workshops will be delivered on:

Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th September 2019 at the University of Northampton’s Waterside Campus.

You will need to attend on all three days of the programme.

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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:

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Research Skills Workshops Coming Up!

mature students photoThe Graduate School is running a series of generic workshops in the next couple of months covering a wide range of skills. These workshops are for all postgraduate research students and booking is open through the Gateway Calendar. Just click on the green button to book your place.

Smarter Speed Reading 22 Nov 2017, from 10:00 to 13:00
Researcher careers: CV Workshop 04 Dec 2017, from 13:30 to 14:30
Word: Working with Long Documents 06 Dec 2017, from 09:45 to 12:00
Risk Assessing your Research 06 Dec 2017, from 12:30 to 14:00
Nvivo intermediate level Workshop 07 Dec 2017, from 09:30 to 12:30
SPSS 1 beginnner’s workshop 11 Dec 2017, from 14:00 to 16:00
Systematic literature searching 13 Dec, from 10:00 to 13:00

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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.

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