The Graduate School plays a central role in providing the framework for training, support, career preparation and administration across the University. This ensures that all postgraduate research degree students and early career researchers have the support and assistance needed to achieve their full potential.
The school works collaboratively with Library and Learning Services (LLS) Research Support and the Research and Strategic Bidding Office to give you a unique support system through the Research Support Hub which provides the latest research news, upcoming events and support. Support and information can also be found in the research student toolkit, which has been designed to guide you through the research degree process.
Professional doctorate students are able to access Graduate School resources at any time, including contacts, training programmes and events.
Research degree induction programme
The research degree induction programme introduces all aspects of studying a research degree. The programme is mandatory for all research students, with the exception of professional doctorate students.
The programme covers:
- induction to the University's procedures and the process of research
- generic skills associated with research
- discipline based methods, skills and techniques
- project specific training related to your individual research project
The Graduate School's annual programme of workshops and events can be found on the Research Support Hub. Events taking place over 2014 include:
- PGR student poster competition – 7 May
- Graduate School annual PGR research conference – 26 June
- Graduate School update day for supervisors and research students – 28 June
Research Student Committee (RSC)
The Research Student Committee (RSC) represents the views of the postgraduate research community at the University of Northampton and acts as a forum for the discussion of matters relating to the research student experience.
All research degree students at the University are encouraged to attend meetings of the RSC. Meetings take place at least once every term and you will be invited to attend the RSC by email during induction.
Examples of issues successfully raised at the RSC are:
- an increase in the payment level of bursaries
- clarification of research ethics guidelines
- equality of access to resources for students based at Avenue campus
- the provision of appropriate campus accommodation for students
Resources for research students
RefWorks is an online reference management, writing and collaboration tool. It allows you to easily gather, manage, store and share bibliographic information, as well as generate citations and reference lists.
Write-N-Cite allows you to add your RefWorks references to your work. Write-N-Cite is available on University computers or can be downloaded from the RefWorks website.
For advice on resources for specific subjects, please contact the relevant member of the Academic Liaison Team.