Coming Up! On the Academic Development and Researcher Training Programme for University staff

Examining a Doctorate

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 1pm – 3pm

This session is aimed at those who are new to examining doctoral candidates and the primary responsibilities involved. It will focus on the procedures at Northumbria University and in addition will discuss how examiners can ensure that the work is of an appropriate standard.

Aims and Objectives

  • How a doctoral examination proceeds
  • How to support doctoral candidates through the process

Postgraduate Researcher Supervisors Workshop

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 10am  – 12pm

This workshop is an opportunity PGR supervisors to learn about the support mechanisms available for PGRs at Northumbria. This session will introduce staff to the procedures and practices at Northumbria for postgraduate research including recruitment, progression and examination.

Aims and Objectives

  • Introduce processes and procedures at Northumbria
  • Cover ethics and integrity of research and supervisory relationship

European funding: individual fellowships

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 10am – 11am

This session focuses on the fellowship awards available for individuals in Horizon 2020, including both Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions and the European Research Council.

Potential applicants with a strong track record can apply for independent fellowships that do not require collaboration with other institutions. Generous grants are offered for academics at various stages in their careers and this session will acquaint participants with the components and eligibility requirements of the scheme.

Aims and Objectives

  • The awards available
  • The eligibility criteria
  • How to apply

Getting started with grant-writing

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 12pm  – 1pm

This session will help colleagues who are new to grant-writing by talking them through key issues to consider when developing a funding application. It is suitable for those who have little or no research funding experience but who are keen to start seeking external funding to develop their research and collaborations further.

Aims and Objectives

  • Improve understanding of key issues in funding applications
  • Discuss benefits of external funding and collaboration

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Academic Development and Researcher Training Programme for University staff – March 2018

These training sessions are coming soon as part of our Academic Development and Researcher Training Programme for University staff. They are aligned to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework and contribute to your continuous professional development. View the rest of the programme here.

European funding: individual fellowships

6th March 2018, 10am – 11am

This session focuses on the fellowship awards available for individuals in Horizon 2020, including both Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions and the European Research Council.

Potential applicants with a strong track record can apply for independent fellowships that do not require collaboration with other institutions. Generous grants are offered for academics at various stages in their careers and this session will acquaint participants with the components and eligibility requirements of the scheme.

Aims and Objectives

  • The awards available
  • The eligibility criteria
  • How to apply

Independent Non Examining Chair Briefing

7th March 2018, 10am – 12pm

The Independent Non-Examining Chair College was created to ensure equity and fairness in the examination process. ICs should be current members of the Universty’s academic staff who have:

  • successfully supervised to completion at least one research degree candidate (PhD or Professional Doctorate);
  • experience of examining for, or has attended as supervisor, the degree being examined

Members of the University’s Research Degrees Committee are automatically members of the IC College. Faculty Associate Pro Vice-Chancellors (Research and Innovation) should nominate sufficient members who satisfy the above criteria, to make certain that enough capacity is available in each Faculty to ensure the volume of annual research degree examinations can take place.

Aims and Objectives

  • Know the nature of the role as specified in the current regulations
  • Consider the actions & good practice required in the role
  • Wrestle with some of the typical challenges and dilemmas inherent in the role.

Writing Retreat

9th March 2018, 9.30am – 4pm

This is a session dedicated to writing, whether that be grant writing or writing for publication. It will allow people a space away from their office where they can come along and write free from distraction. There will be a quiet room to work in (with no talking and phones on silent please!). This will also be an opportunity to meet and talk to colleagues from across the university.

Please note that you must must bring your own writing instruments/electronic writing device.

Aims and Objectives:

  • Developed your academic writing skills
  • Will have completed a personal writing aim
  • Will have planned your next writing aim

Examining a Doctorate

14th March 2018, 1pm  – 3pm

This session is aimed at those who are new to examining doctoral candidates and the primary responsibilities involved. It will focus on the procedures at Northumbria University and in addition will discuss how examiners can ensure that the work is of an appropriate standard.

Aims and Objectives

  • How a doctoral examination proceeds
  • How to support doctoral candidates through the process

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Supporting student mental health – free activities!

In support of University Mental Health Day on 1 March, Northumbria Sport and Student Support and Wellbeing are offering a number of free activities to all students.

Northumbria Sport are offering the following sessions (to book visit their website):

Stan Calvert Memorial Fun Run ​Saturday 24 February 2018
​Coaches/Staff Workshop Tuesday 27 February 2018
Mental Health Workshops ​Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 February 2018
Bring a Friend – Free Sessions ​Between 26 February – 4 March 2018

Student Support and Wellbeing, are running the following workshops (all are taking place from 14.00-15.30). To  book send an email to as.counsellingandmentalhealth@northumbria.ac.uk

Social Confidence​ ​Wednesday 28 February 2018
​Getting Things Done ​Wednesday 7 March 2018
​Stress and Worry ​Wednesday 14 March 2018
​Relaxation ​Wednesday 21 March 2018
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Don’t miss out! How to create and deliver impact-led research initiatives with Professor Alister Scott – 13th February 2018

Join Professor Scott for a briefing session followed by questions and answers where he will explore how to create and deliver impact-led research initiatives in innovative ways.

Alister works at disciplinary and professional boundaries in dealing with interdisciplinary problems in his field of Geography. Bringing expertise from both policy and academic positions, his research model involves co-developing research projects with policy and practice communities who then become embedded as members of research teams to maximise impact and social learning.

Alister’s research addresses “messy” problems in policy and decision making across both built and natural environments. He has published over 45 peer reviewed papers and secured grants in excess of £2 million. He has also produced over 100 popular articles, policy brief videos, web portals, plays and even game boards and has written regularly for national and regional newspapers as part of his knowledge exchange work.

At Northumbria, he provides leadership to the Bioeconomy multidisciplinary research theme with particular interest in realising the value(s) of nature and has just started a NERC knowledge exchange fellow post on mainstreaming green infrastructure.

Other current projects include:

  • testing and assessing a natural capital planning tool in different planning contexts (NERC);
  • developing citizen- led innovation as part of the Birmingham Urban Living pilot project (RCUK and Innovate UK);
  • using game-based formats to help improve participatory processes and outcomes (ESRC);
  • working with several planning authorities to help mainstream the ecosystem approach in local plans (Northumbria)

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How to create and deliver impact-led research initiatives with Professor Alister Scott – 13th February 2018

Join Professor Scott for a briefing session followed by questions and answers where he will explore how to create and deliver impact-led research initiatives in innovative ways.

Alister works at disciplinary and professional boundaries in dealing with interdisciplinary problems in his field of Geography. Bringing expertise from both policy and academic positions, his research model involves co-developing research projects with policy and practice communities who then become embedded as members of research teams to maximise impact and social learning.

Alister’s research addresses “messy” problems in policy and decision making across both built and natural environments. He has published over 45 peer reviewed papers and secured grants in excess of £2 million. He has also produced over 100 popular articles, policy brief videos, web portals, plays and even game boards and has written regularly for national and regional newspapers as part of his knowledge exchange work.

At Northumbria, he provides leadership to the Bioeconomy multidisciplinary research theme with particular interest in realising the value(s) of nature and has just started a NERC knowledge exchange fellow post on mainstreaming green infrastructure.

Other current projects include:

  • testing and assessing a natural capital planning tool in different planning contexts (NERC);
  • developing citizen- led innovation as part of the Birmingham Urban Living pilot project (RCUK and Innovate UK);
  • using game-based formats to help improve participatory processes and outcomes (ESRC);
  • working with several planning authorities to help mainstream the ecosystem approach in local plans (Northumbria)

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Staff Training Now Available

Northumbria University’s Academic Development and Research Training Programme for semester 2 of 2017/18 is now online at northumbria.ac.uk/StaffResearcherDevelopment

To book your place for any of the sessions, visit the online booking system here.

We are also now launching our new Blackboard resource which contains new online training content which can be accessed where this proves more convenient than attending face-to-face training sessions.

Here are some instructions on how to access this:

Any questions regarding researcher development can be directed to researchsupport@northumbria.ac.uk

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PGR Training in person and online – Available now!

Northumbria University’s Professional Development and Research Training Programme for semester 2 of 2017/18 is now online at northumbria.ac.uk/PGRResearcherDevelopment.

To book your place for any of the sessions, visit the online booking system here.

We are also now launching our new Blackboard resource which contains new online training content which can be accessed where this proves more convenient than attending face-to-face training sessions.

Here are some instructions on how to access this:

On our Researcher Development web page  you will find other resources which you may find useful for example:

  • details of our Postgraduate Research Bursary Schemes
  • career support
  • training offered by the University Library etc.

You can find helpful information from The Graduate School here.

Any questions regarding researcher development can be directed to researchsupport@northumbria.ac.uk

Any non-researcher development questions should be directed to the Graduate School staff aligned to your faulty:

Faculty Mailbox
Arts, Design and Social Sciences ad.graduateschool@northumbria.ac.uk
Business and Law bl.graduateschool@northumbria.ac.uk
Engineering and Environment ee.graduateschool@northumbria.ac.uk
Health and Life Sciences hl.graduateschool@northumbria.ac.uk

 

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PhD studentships – Richard Benjamin Trust

Applications are invited from potential students for a funding award contributing towards a collaborative PhD or D.Prof (full-time or part-time study; by thesis or by publications) in the area of social and/or organisational psychology. The topic of the PhD/DProf must have the demonstrable potential to make a positive difference to families, organisations or communities and to people’s lives.

A single, one-off award of £35,000 will be made to the university where the successful applicant will be based. The award can be used to contribute towards fees, living costs, and/or research costs. Applicants must indicate how the rest of their costs are to be met and provide evidence of financial support (e.g., from the university) if it is required.

Applications must include evidence of collaboration from i) a university of the student’s choosing, ii) a specified academic supervisor, and iii) an external third partner, such as a voluntary or work organisation, in which impact could occur.

Please see the Richard Benjamin Trust website to download an application form and view the further particulars and eligibility criteria.

Application Deadline: 16th March 2018

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Researcher drop-ins – University Library

Northumbria University Library have announced a new series of drop-ins running in the library for researchers as part of the Researcher Development Programme.  The drop-ins are based in the new Research Commons at City Campus library and researchers from all campuses are welcome to attend.  No appointment is necessary – researchers can come along with a specific question or for general advice.

Reference management – EndNote users can get additional advice and support on using their EndNote library to effectively manage their references

Seeking copyright permissions – advice on how to legally use the work of others, seek copyright permission and protect your own copyright

Getting published, where to publish – get advice on what to  consider when deciding where to publish your research

Return to research – are you returning to research and need advice on searching the literature, creating search strategies and scholarly resources available to use?

Full details of the drop-ins can be found on the Researcher Development Programme online calendar.

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