Looking forward to 2018 Newsletter, PhD community - Faculty of Education and Humanities



SuCCEED@8 Blog page

One of the most important things which happened at the beginning of this academic year was gaining funding for the SuCCEED@8 project. SuCCEED@8 is a follow-up of the FEASST@8 project and it aims to develop an online community for all the PhD students in the Faculty of Education and Humanities.

The project is an initiative of the students who organised the 2017 PhD conference. They felt that while the conference was a success, there were few opportunities to bring together the student community throughout the year.

There were even less opportunities to be part of a thriving community for those students who are part-time and off-site.

Did you know?

The PhD students in our faculty are truly international! Some are based on site in Northampton, but the majority are studying in their own countries, or studying in various parts of the UK.

Mapping our PhD students [https://mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org/]

Thinking of joining the community? Here is how

SuCCEED@8 is run by PhD students for PhD students. Currently, students from Northampton and Bangalore, India, are working on submitting abstracts to the ECER conference through a series of online activities.

We already have a thriving SuCCEED@8 blog space and we are looking for more contributions.

Soon, we will start planning the 2018 student conference. We need volunteers to help us organise it.

And why not just joining our Facebook group, PhD Northampton? Or follow us on Twitter @Succeedat8?

How to join the PhD community

Seminar series

Seminars - contacts

Weekly seminars

Throughout the year, academics in the Faculty of Education and Humanities organise weekly seminars. They provide a wonderful opportunity to hear about research in Education, History and English.

You can find more information about our incoming seminars in History here

We look forward to you joining the conversation. But there are seminars and events organised by other faculties as well. Do follow the Research Support Hub to find out more.

Transfer seminars

The first few months of the new year will see at least 8 PhD students going through their transfer viva. We are planning ways to use various technologies to allow all of you to attend and support your colleagues.

Conferences and symposia

Anthony Stepniak and his supervisor Dr Sonia Andermahr in ECW/ The Centre for Critical and Creative Writing (ECW) organised the 'Investigating Identities in Young Adult YA Narratives' conference which was held on December 16th 2017. You can read a report on the conference here

Identities in YA conference logo

Prof Richard Canning organised the 4th Annual John Clare Memorial Lecture which this year was given by Peter Parker.

Stay informed



We are delighted to congratulate Dr Rev Anna Crouch who graduated in December with a thesis titled 'The perceptions of how dyslexia impacts on nursing and midwifery students and the coping strategies they develop/use to manage difficulties associated with dyslexia in clinical practice; an embedded case study'

We are looking forward to the February Graduation Ceremonies to congratulate:

  • Ratika Malkani for gaining her PhD with a thesis titled Investigating the Educational Opportunities Provided for First Generation Learners in Rural Maharashtra, India
  • Nicola Kentzer for gaining her PhD with a thesis titled An investigation into the mentoring experiences of inservice trainee teachers in Further Education (FE): A Q methodology study

Successful vivas

2017 has been a very successful year for many more students who have passed their viva and will graduate in 2018. Well done to:

  • Gary Hill for his thesis titled Evaluation and proposed enhancements in learning undergraduate computer programming using visual Problem Based Learning (PbBL) visual Project Based Learning (PjBL) and visual computer programming.
  • Andy Smith for his thesis titled Investigating the professional status of the newly appointed special educational needs coordinator
  • Wendy Turner for her thesis titled Health literacy in the lives of young people 16-19 years in England: a participatory study


Well done to Anthony Stepniak who gained a publication for his PhD work: Stepniak, A. 'Actualising Abjection: 'Drusilla the Whedonverses Queen of Queerness'. Slayage The Journal of Whedon Studies, Issue: 15.2 (46) Summer/Fall 2017


Sue Watling is a keen blogger on all matters related to her PhD research titled Digital Shifts. How staff in UK HE conceptualise blended approaches to learning and teaching. Her blog digital academic is an example of how social media can be used as way to reflect on the PhD journey while contributing to issues which are relevant to many in the field of education and digital pedagogies.

Her latest blog 'be the change' reflects on the digital divide existing still in our universities and how to bring about the needed change.

Conference presentations

Wendy Bannerman, ISIRC conference

Wendy Bannerman has presented at the ISIRC conference "Beyond boundaries? Organisations, systems and social innovation" hosted by Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne this week with colleague Kenji Iwamitsu, Aichi University, Japan.

The paper entitled "To what extent can practices be shared across cultural, socio-political and linguistic boundaries to co-create innovative intervention models delivered through social enterprise?"


Let us know about you and your achievements

Celebrate success

While we are happy to celebrate the success of so many of you, we also want to include more in our future newsletters.

  • Are you presenting at a conference?
  • Have you had a paper accepted for a conference or for publication?
  • Or maybe you gained a publication?
  • Do you have your own blog?
  • Did you pass your transfer viva or the final viva?
  • What else have you achieved which deserves celebrating?

Contact Dr Cristina Devecchi cristina.devecchi@northampton.ac.uk

Share your ideas and let's build a community together

The SuCCEED@8 Team is keen to hear from you. Maybe there is something that you would like to propose? A workshop? A seminar? A reading group? or maybe you came across very useful resources others can find useful?

Whatever you have in mind which can foster our community, do share it! We want to hear from you.

Thank you for reading our first newsletter and ...

We wish you all a fantastic and successful

Happy New Year
Created By
Cristina Devecchi


Created with images by sciottcameronreed - "traincar04" • BiljaST - "new year 2018 numbers"

Report Abuse

If you feel that this video content violates the Adobe Terms of Use, you may report this content by filling out this quick form.

To report a Copyright Violation, please follow Section 17 in the Terms of Use.