Research Students Support
Supporting you in your Postgraduate Research at the University of Northampton
We have a strong research community here at Northampton focused on supporting our postgraduate research students (PGRs) throughout your studies. We’ll provide you with opportunities to get involved in professional development, in social activities, networking, conferences and much more.
“I started my PhD at the University of Northampton back in 2016, as I was keen to delve deeper into gender issues within education in Ghana, my home country. I have over 30 years’ experience as a human rights lawyer, and I have a role with the UN, specifically looking at discrimination against women in society around the world, my PhD supports my career, a natural fit.”
Hilary Gbedemah, PhD student at the University of Northampton, a Ghanaian expert on the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and Human Rights lawyer.
Research Student Workspace
Located on the first floor of the Senate building at our new Waterside campus, the Research Student workspace is the multi-functional hub for all Research Students at the University. With a capacity of 82 seats, a combination of docking stations and desktop computers the workspace provides the perfect setting to undertake desk based research and network with fellow researchers. Complete with a fully equipped kitchen and dining area, meeting pod, printing facilities and lockable storage the space is a self-contained dedicated 24/7 accessible space for the University’s research student community.
Inclusivity and Diversity in Postgraduate Research
Changemaker Researcher Award
Changemaker is the University of Northampton initiative which focuses on staff and students finding solutions to environmental or social problems to improve people’s lives, either at home or abroad. The Changemaker awards is open for anyone currently undertaking a research degree at the University, as well as staff who have been awarded their research degree by the University of Northampton within the last five calendar years. It recognise the most innovative and impactful projects and showcase the achievements of staff, students and community members as a celebration of Changemaking in the local community, nationally and globally.
Anthony Stepniak, Students’ Union Research Officer, said: “The aim of this new award is to celebrate, champion and recognise the fantastic impact-rich and innovative research happening across the University, which align to one or more of the changemaker challenges. The changemaker challenges have been developed to focus the University activity to create real impact around the following four areas, Education, Health & Wellbeing, Heritage & Culture and Business & Enterprise. This award is a very exciting prospect for the PGR community at Northampton, I’m excited to see what nominations we receive.”
For more details on individual categories and the criteria for each of them, visit the Changemaker Awards webpage where you can also read about all nominees and winners from the last four years.
The Research Environment Enhancement Fund (REEF)
The REEF gives all postgraduate research students (PGRs) the opportunity to bid for initiatives for up to £500 to run, facilitate and create opportunities and events with of the aim of enhancing research environment. The aim is to enhance postgraduate research students experience and to further develop valuable employability skills, not just for careers in academia, but also in industry. For more information, please read our press release.
Dr Cathy Smith, Dean of Research at the University of Northampton said, “I’m looking forward to seeing the funding bids from the PGR community. We have a strong research community here at Northampton, and I feel it is vital to cultivate student voice to help create an event stronger research environment, as well as supporting researchers to develop not only their research skills, but the wider skill set required for life as an active research career.”