Reservations Are Back!

Click and Collect/Reservation:

Our temporary click and collect service finished on Friday 16th October as we reintroduce the reservation process to enable fair access to stock for all students, including Distance Learners.

Users will be able to reserve items currently out on loan, as well as request items from our Manchester site.

Reservations are back.

Reservations

Users will be able to reserve items currently out on loan, as well as request items from another site. You will not be able to reserve items which are showing available at Ormskirk, if you are collecting from Catalyst.

You will be emailed when your item is ready to collect, and you will have 7 days to collect it.

All loans will automatically renew 3 days before their due date and, if the item is not reserved, this process will continue with unlimited renewals.

You can manually renew items, without reservations,  via the My Account function in the library catalogue or by contacting us.

If any item(s) are reserved, you will be notified by email, and the reserved item(s) should be returned by their due date. Fines will start to accrue after a grace period to allow for quarantine and fewer days attendance on Campus.

Reservations may take longer to fulfil as all returned stock is quarantined for 3 days prior to processing.

If you are shielding or self-isolating & require access to library stock, please contact us ehu.ac.uk/askus

Roll Up, Roll Up! Autumn UniSkills Webinars are here!

We know that you’ve all been eagerly awaiting our Autumn timetable and we can announce that bookings are now open!

The UniSkills webinars are delivered by our knowledgeable team of Academic Skills Advisors and are jam packed with the very best advice to help you ace your assignments. Whether you’re just starting out on your student journey, or you’re a postgraduate who need help with your Masters dissertation, there really is something for everyone. There’s everything from academic writing, critical analysis, proofreading, referencing and all the way through to writing your dissertation.


If you’re new to writing at university level and have your first assignment title but you’re not sure how to get started then Introduction to Academic Writing would be ideal for you. There’s also Being Critical, Become a Paraphrasing Pro and Using Harvard Referencing which can be useful as you approach each stage of your assignment. If you are struggling to find resources for your assignment and want some help finding your eBooks and eResources, we even have bite size sessions such as Finding Online Resources via the Library Catalogue and your Reading List and Finding Electronic Journals in Discover More.


If you have had a break in your studies, and possibly feeling a little overwhelmed, the Returning To Learning community is a chance to meet other students, chat about your learning experiences, and discover study tips and strategies, as you settle back into University life.


UniSkills also has loads to offer returning students so you may be interested in Developing Academic Writing further as you move in to higher level writing and our Grow Your Academic Resilience session can help you to cope with the challenges this may bring. If you’re going in to your final year then I’m sure that lots of you are thinking about your dissertation and Writing Your Undergraduate Dissertation can help you on this journey. We haven’t forgotten about postgraduate’s either as the Writing Your Postgraduate Dissertation session will help you consider how to keep a narrow focus and originality of research.


Also for the first time this year we are offering UniSkills Extra sessions. Find out how assistive technology software can be used to support your studies with the Using Assistive Technologies at University and Harnessing Digital Accessibility sessions or if you want to stop procrastinating Developing Strategies for Learning is ideal for helping you to devise strategies to manage your time better.


You can check out the full line-up and book your place at ehu.ac.uk/workshops. There are various times and dates to choose from and there is no limit on the number of webinars you can attend. All the sessions are delivered virtually through Blackboard Collaborate and can be accessed on or off campus. Don’t worry if you haven’t used this technology yet as we’ll send you a link to join the session along with a handy technical guide. You can also watch our useful video guide, for how to really get the most out of attending a UniSkills webinar.

If you are unable to attend a session but would like some additional guidance on any of these topics then please get in touch with us or book a 1-2-1 appointment here.

We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

Study tips for the term ahead…

As we all know, things are going to be a little different this new academic year. But with a bit of planning we can all still study productively and happily 😊

Hi, I’m Claire, an Academic Skills Advisor in the Student Engagement Team. My role is to support students to develop their academic writing skills, but up until recently I was also a student at EHU – having just completed my PGCTHE over the summer. Between March-July of this year, I (like many of you) juggled work and home schooling alongside completing my final assignments. I learnt a lot during this time and can empathise fully with those of you who have been balancing so much these past few months – and may be continuing to do so.

With this in mind, I thought I’d share some of my top study tips..

Study Space

Try and find somewhere comfortable to study. Whilst we might not all be lucky enough to have the space (or funds) to kit out a spare room as an office, there are ways you can make sure that your studying life doesn’t overtake your personal life. I happily spent time in both my living room and bedroom writing assignments; propped up against pillows and blankets with notes all around me will always be my most comfortable place to study! That said however, I made a conscious effort to tidy away the laptop, notes, articles and books each time I finished for the day. Out of sight, out of mind, is a positive here; as you want to be able to switch off when you are not in studying mode. I found a cheap collapsible storage box helped with this.

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I’d fill it with all my ‘stuff’ once I had finished and then put the lid on it! So, if you haven’t got a permanent space to study, think about how you can adapt a temporary or flexible space to work in.

Caring Responsibilities

Studying with children around can be hard. As a single mum of a very lively seven-year-old, I know only too well that juggling studying alongside being a parent is not easy, particularly if you are unable to rely on your usual family/friends to help with childcare. For me, during lockdown, I often had to rely on TV and YouTube Kids to help keep my daughter entertained – I now know more YouTubers than I ever did pre-COVID! Whilst parent-guilt can be difficult to deal with when you’re juggling everything – remember it’s never a long-term situation and workloads will vary at different points in the semester.

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Whilst working to a deadline, I worried at times that my own stress and anxiety was visible to my little girl. However, I was also showing her the importance of not giving up – even when things were proving difficult. Resilience is something we can all develop and rely on to help overcome obstacles and setbacks. My colleagues and I have put together an Academic Resilience toolkit, which you might find useful if you would like to develop these skills further. You may also want to check out Fika, an app which can help support good wellbeing and study habits.

Remember, Library & Learning Services are here to support you with your study skills but do reach out to a tutor or Student Services if you are struggling to balance your commitments.

Time Management

With so much studying taking place now online, the onus is on you more than ever to be organised and keep to deadlines. If you don’t already, try using your phone calendar to keep track of where you need to be and when. I’d be lost without Google calendar and the ability to colour code all my different activities across the week. Set reminders, not just for final deadlines, but also for targets such as completing readings or making plans.

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If you’re looking for tips on how to manage your time or put together a study timetable, our Getting Organised webpages may prove useful. Remember to also take regular breaks from studying, we all need down time and the opportunity to relax 😊

Motivational Support

Whilst studying online, I found staying in touch with friends from my course helpful as we could support and motivate each other. You might find group message chats or online catch-ups useful if you are unable to meet in person.

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The Student Engagement Team are continuing to deliver UniSkills (our programme of academic skills support) virtually online. Our team is here to support and motivate you via friendly webinars and 1-2-1 support sessions. Whether you need support with referencing, academic writing or finding relevant literature we can help.

The next few months might be rather different, but there is plenty of study support available. Focus on the positives and plan for any challenges. Finally, good luck to all our new students and those of you returning to your studies – we hope to see you in our webinars and 1-2-1s very soon!

Take care and stay safe 😊

Welcome Back to Your Studies from UniSkills

A warm welcome back to all our returning students!

Getting back into the flow of studying again after a break can feel exciting, but also challenging.  This year, our whole University community will be getting to grips with living our lives in new ways, whilst re-engaging in and enjoying our studies, both on and offline. You may feel like you are starting all over again, but whether you are anxious about returning to learning after a break, or are ready to dive in and take the opportunity to gain some new skills, UniSkills is here with lots of resources and support to help you stay on track and do the best you can.

UniSkills Webinars

All Edge Hill University students can join our interactive UniSkills webinars for a chance to learn, discuss, and improve their academic skills.  From the 5th October, you can choose from a wide range of online workshops to refresh and grow your skills. Take your pick from brand new and returning favourite sessions, and book yourself a place at ehu.ac.uk/workshops.

1-2-1 Academic Skills Support

Whether you have a draft up and running, want to nail your search strategies, or would like to focus on using feedback to develop, you can book a UniSkills 1-2-1 appointment with an Academic Skills Advisor here.

Learning Communities

Being part of a learning community and engaging in discussion and peer support with fellow students is one of the best things about studying at university, and is important to flourishing as a learner.  One place to forge these links, in an informal and friendly setting, is the UniSkills Returning to Learning (R2L) community. Sessions are running virtually this semester and take place fortnightly on a Wednesday afternoon (2-4pm), with the first one starting on October 21st. Make yourself a cup of something warm, and follow the booking link to join our friendly academic skills advisors Kat and Helen for a chance to meet other students, chat about your learning experiences, and discover study tips and strategies, as we settle back into University life together.

Keep in touch and we look forward to meeting you soon!  You can also get news about our latest events and activities by following us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and find more news and tips at the UniSkills Blog.

Temporary change affecting the Wiley open access deal

EHU researchers have enjoyed fee-free open access publishing with Wiley since March. This post reports on a temporary ‘lever’ being applied to the deal, restricting researchers’ ability to publish open access.

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Negotiated through Jisc, Edge Hill and other UK universities have had a open access (OA) deal in place with Wiley since March. The arrangement is rapidly opening up access to UK research articles, and nationally Jisc reports that compared with 2019 there has been an 82% increase in OA Wiley articles. 
The deal means no processing fees for publishing research articles OA in both hybrid and fully OA Wiley journals - EHU researchers have saved >£10000 in APCs so far.

A ‘lever’ in the deal
The deal though, is a victim of its own success. 
97% of UK authors have chosen to publish their journal articles OA, more than projected. As a result, the fund for this is running low, so from 12 October-31 December 2020, only funded* research can benefit from the scheme. This exercises a ‘lever’ in deal, to be applied by Wiley when the cost of the deal is set to exceed the fund.

The deal resumes in January 2021."

Announced in March, the deal has enabled UK-based researchers to publish research articles in Wiley academic journals without facing open access charges.

To date, seven articles have been published by Edge Hill researchers through this arrangement, and ₤10,226 has been waived. However, since the deal has been hugely popular with UK researchers, a limit or ‘cap’ is set to be reached ahead of schedule – this determines how many articles can benefit.

As a result, only research funded by certain funders will be eligible for the deal from 12 October. The funders are: Wellcome, UKRI, Blood Cancer UK, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson’s UK and Versus Arthritis.

Funds will be replenished for the start of 2021 so researchers can resume using the deal as normal from then. Jisc has provided more deals here: https://www.jisc.ac.uk/blog/the-uk-wiley-read-and-publish-agreement-nine-months-on-25-sep-2020#

Open access options for researchers

If you had planned to use the deal for publishing your next journal article, but would now like to look into other options, please see our ‘Open access options for researchers’ webpage: https://go.edgehill.ac.uk/display/ls/Open+access+options+for+researchers

Please email liam.bullingham@edgehill.ac.uk if you would like to discuss this further.

New Students: Welcome to Library and Learning Services

Hello and a massive welcome to all our new students, we look forward to meeting you and getting to know you all. Welcome back to all returning students too. We are the Student Engagement team and we are here to provide support with all aspects of academic skills. Although this year may feel a little different please be reassured that we are here to support you!

Induction

Head over to the Learning and Support Services Induction pages to find out more information about who lives in Catalyst, what they do and how they can support you. There’s an interactive induction toolkit that you can work through at your own pace, which will introduce you to Library and Learning Services, Student Services and Careers, or you can even watch an induction video if you prefer.

Uniskills

The best place to find out more about how we can support you is to head over to the UniSkills web pages where there’s a vast wealth of information around academic writing and research skills. Here you’ll find our interactive online UniSkills Toolkits which contain loads of tips and tricks to help you with assignment planning, critical thinking, punctuation, proofreading and much more. There’s also some handy guides and videos too!

We’ve also put on some some ‘Getting Started With Uniskills’ sessions especially for new students. They’ll help you log in, explore the Blackboard Institution homepage, show you how to find academic information for your university assignments and give you an overview of the UniSkills support available – all the essentials to ensure you’re ready for the start of your course.  There’ll even be a prize drawer for a £25 Amazon voucher simply for attending the session so book your place now!

You can also check out what Uniskills Webinars we have on offer throughout the year or if you require more specific support you can also book a 1-2-1 virtual appointment with an Academic Skills Advisor who can work with you on a piece of work or research.

Finding Your Resources

Once you start your tutor will provide with your reading list and I’m sure many of you will be keen to get started! To find your resources the Library Catalogue is a great place to start. From here you can access your Reading List online and, by clicking on the book titles, you can jump straight through to the catalogue where you will find details on the items location and availability.

You can collect items directly from the shelves and check them out on the self-issue machines located around the building or you can currently reserve items straight from the shelves using our temporary ‘Click and Collect’ service. All you need to do to use this service is place a reservation on the book you want, we’ll grab if from the shelves for you and let you know when it’s ready to collect.

As an Edge Hill student you also have access to thousands of high quality academic e-resources which are particularly useful whilst on placement as they can all be accessed off campus. The Subject Resource web pages contain all the relevant journals and databases for your course or you can browse the e-resource collections using the Discover More search tool. You also find links to newspaper collections and useful websites relevant to your course.

And, if there is ever a book or journal article that we don’t have in our collection you can ask us add a copy by using the You Want It, We Get it service. Just fill in the details on the form and we’ll do our best to get it in for you – how cool is that?

Further Help and Support

If you have any general enquiries about resources for your study, IT related enquiries or academic skills support you can contact the Catalyst Helpdesk Monday to Friday between 8am and 8pm and Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 6pm.

We wish you all the best for this coming academic year and look forward to supporting you soon!

Upcoming Staff Development Sessions

As we approach the start of the new term, we understand that this year the transition to a blended learning model may feel a little different. In response to staff needs and developments in delivery styles and technology, we have scheduled some new and exciting sessions to support you and your students.

These sessions, delivered by the LTD Team, aim to enhance your digital skills and empower your learning and teaching.

Take a look at the below scheduled sessions. More information can be found on the Getting Digital Ready wiki page and booked via the digitech@edgehill.ac.uk email address.

Scheduled Sessions

  • Microsoft Teams (Part 1) – Thursday 15th October (1pm-2pm)
  • Microsoft Teams (Part 2) – Friday 16th October (11am-12pm)
  • How to Deliver Engaging and Creative Presentations Online *New* – Tuesday 27th October (12pm-1pm)
  • Using Padlet to Facilitate Discussion and Interaction with Students *New* – Thursday 29th October (12pm-1pm)
  • Digital Tools to Facilitate a Flipped Classroom – Wednesday 21st October (1pm-2pm)
  • Learn how to ‘Beautify’ your Blackboard *New* – Thursday 24th September (11am-12pm) and Friday 25th September (1pm-2pm )
  • Making Documents Accessible – Thursday 24th September (1pm-2pm) and Tuesday 20th October (11am-12pm)
  • Achievements within the Blackboard, planning, implementing and monitoring *New* – Thursday 1st October (12:30pm-13:30pm)
  • Portfolio tools in Learning Edge: Using Journals and Blackboard Portfolios *New* – Wednesday 21st October (1pm-2pm)
  • Getting Started with Panopto – Basic Setup *New* – Thursday 1st October (11am-12pm) and Friday 2nd October (11am-12pm)

Session Spotlight  

Using Microsoft Teams with Students (Part 3) *New*

Due to the demand and popularity of Microsoft Teams, this session will specifically consider how to use Microsoft Teams with students, including:

  • how to schedule and deliver online sessions
  • how to share your screen and audio
  • how to use the whiteboard function
  • how to boost interaction with the ‘Chat’ feature
  • how to set up private channels for group work/individual discussion
  • how to use breakout rooms (coming end of September)

This session will also be an opportunity to share best practice and generate ideas.

Thursday 8th October (11am-12pm)

Using Blackboard Collaborate with Students *New*

This session will cover the basics of using Blackboard Collaborate for teaching and learning.  Staff will learn how to setup a session within a module and be introduced to the Collaborate interface. At the end of the session academics will have a good understanding of the set-up procedure, options for joining a session, managing participants and be familiar with the Collaborate room interface and tools for sharing content.

Monday 19th October (12pm-1pm)

Drop Ins

Microsoft Teams – Drop In

This drop in session on Microsoft Teams will provide staff with the opportunity to come with any questions about how to use the platform, both with staff and with students. Thursday 22nd October (12pm-2pm)

Blackboard Ultra Navigation Drop-In Session for Academics

Are you unsure about how the new Blackboard home page works? We’ll be here to answer your questions. Friday 25th September (1pm-2pm)

For more information visit the Getting Digital Ready wiki page, which is part of the collaborative My Staff Development offer.

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All sessions can be booked via the digitech@edgehill.ac.uk email address. Sessions will take place via Microsoft Teams or Blackboard Collaborate – full details/instructions will be provided.

How to prepare for the start of a new term with UniSkills

The first of September means many things – new beginnings, goodbye summer and perhaps even a fresh academic diary. While our brilliant PGCE students have already joined us, we know there are a few of you still sat at home wondering how best you might pass the time until your own course kickstarts. From keeping up your motivation to getting your proverbial academic skills ducks lined up, here are our top 3 tips for staying ahead:

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Read up!

Not only can reading for pleasure be wonderfully relaxing, it can also improve your writing skills (Whitten et al., 2019). Think of it as an almost blissfully passive osmosis of new vocabulary and well-modelled sentence structures. Simply find something that piques your interest and your favourite chair to enjoy both wellbeing and brain-boosting benefits. Or, for those ready to delve back into their subject area, reignite your curiosity with your course reading list, ask your tutor for recommendations, or follow your nose in the depths of Discover More.

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Past feedback is your friend

We understand that looking at old assignments can make you wince, conjuring up memories of late nights and even anxiety to get them finished to the best of your ability. However they are also usually bursting with useful pointers for the next time you put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard!). We recommend seeing if you can pick out just 3 aspects to focus on, which might be – for example – referencing, sentence structure, and paragraphing. If you’re unsure exactly how to improve these skills, getting in touch with our team for a 1-2-1 appointment or joining us for a UniSkills webinar is a good place to start.

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Hone your skills, or learn something new

The lull before term starts is also a great opportunity to brush up on any other skills which may be useful for your personal, academic or professional development. LinkedIn Learning is a fantastic resource for exploring what the digital world can offer, while the internet in general is jam-packed with organisation apps and note taking techniques. Now may also be the ideal time to check out the wealth of resources on our UniSkills web pages, which include handy guides for topics such as proofreading and presenting with impact.

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We hope this has left you energised and inspired to make the most of the next few weeks, remembering too that rest and relaxation is equally important. In the meantime if you have any doubts or questions in relation to your academic skills before, or during next term, the Student Engagement Team is here and happy to support you.

WHITTEN, C., LABBY, S. and SULLIVAN, S., 2019. The impact of Pleasure Reading on Academic Success. Journal of Multidisciplinary Graduate Research. 2 (1).

5 ways your visit to Catalyst will be different….

1. New opening hours
We are now open 8am–8pm (Monday–Friday) and 10am–6pm (Saturday and Sunday). Be sure to plan your visit around these times. We’ll be reviewing opening times in future months, so be sure to check our webpages for the latest.

2. Swipe entry
Before you visit, please bring your UniCard or staff card – you’ll need this to get in and out! To enter, just hover your card over the scanner inside the main entrance. Even if you’re entering with friends or colleagues, everyone needs to swipe in individually so we know how many people are in the building and can keep occupancy to a safe level. Please be sure to swipe out individually too so we know when you have left the building.

3. Face coverings and social distancing
Following University advice, we require that everyone wears a mask or face covering when moving through Catalyst. You won’t need to wear one when sitting at a desk or PC though. 

There’s lots of signage throughout the building, helping everyone maintain social distancing. The furniture has been rearranged with this in mind, and the building is available for individual study only. This means there are no group rooms available, but you can book study space on the third floor. This is a silent study area with PCs and large desks. Book a study space here: https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/services/study-room-bookings/

4. Click and Collect and Return!
You might just be popping in briefly to collect a book or five.Our Click and Collect Desk is just to the right-hand side as you enter the building. Using Discover More, your Reading List, or the Library Catalogue, you can request up to five items in advance and we will retrieve them for you. We’ll send an email when they’re ready for collection, and your items will be waiting for you in a handy book bag.

We are accepting books back and you can place these on the trolleys next to the Click and Collect desk. All returned book stock will be quarantined for 72 hours, after this the books will come off your account. 

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The coffee shop in Catalyst will be reopening on 21st September. Social distancing measures will be in place and things may take a little longer but you’ll be able to grab a hot drink to fuel your study!

Tips for your visit

  • bring your Unicard or staff card and check our opening hours
  • wear a mask or face covering when moving around the building
  • allow plenty of time – you might have to queue, and simple things like using the lift can now take much longer