Graduate School Update Day 2017

Graduate School Update Day 2017

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Holdenby Lecture Theatre 3, Park Campus


Graduate School Update Day

An annual event open to research degree students and supervisors.

09:00 Refreshments
09:15 Research ethics for research degree students and supervisors – Professor John Horton, UoN
10:15 Refreshments
10:30 Researcher Futures – Clare Jones, University of Nottingham
13:00 Lunch
13.30 Graduate School Q&A – a chance to air your comments and ideas
14.30 Close


Ethics Update – Professor John Horton, UoN. Chair of Research Ethics Committee.
This session will provide an update on changes to research ethics processes for research degree students at the University of Northampton. The process and proforma for ethics applications is about to change. This session will tell you everything you need to know!

Researcher Futures: Where Next? Developing a career strategy beyond academia – Clare Jones, University of Nottingham
There is no doubt that there is a very different researcher employment landscape from that of 20 years ago, with most research students gaining employment outside of academia. Findings from the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey show that supervisors are seen by their students as being their main source of careers advice and support. So we are focussing this year’s Update Day on helping supervisors and PGR students together

  • explore the pathways open to research degree graduates
  • introduce techniques and resources that can support further career exploration and decision making
  • recognise potential in skills, experience, attributes and achievements whether the student wants a career in academia or, increasingly commonly, outside it.

The workshop recognises that supervisors are not careers advisers, but rather will offer the opportunity to develop approaches that will enable supervisors to provide support and, importantly, encourage students to take responsibility for their own career. The session will also help students and supervisors develop knowledge of options as well as providing techniques and resources to support formal and informal career development conversations.

About Clare Jones

Clare is an expert in researcher careers for research staff and PhD students at the University of Nottingham. Clare’s own career has been a varied one from a short career commission in the WRNS, to the NHS, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Young Enterprise before moving into the Higher Education sector and undertaking the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) Dip in Careers Education, Information and Guidance (HE). She is an Associate Fellow of the HEA. Clare has been working with research staff and students since 2005 offering individual careers guidance, advice and information and delivering career management training courses across the university. Clare is a former member/Chair of the AGCAS Research Staff and Research Students Task Group providing a professional focus for the network of Careers Advisers who provide support for research students and staff. She has authored e-books and articles for, including the “Career Development Toolkit for Researchers”, co-authored the AGCAS report “Getting the first lecturing job” (AGCAS Dec 2014) and contributes to the Nature Careers Community as an expert panel member.