• New times, new dates: Research Writing Group

    Maybe it’s the focused writing time, maybe it’s the free cake, but our sessions are starting to get popular! Here’s when you can join us next.

    poster for the Research Writing Group, taking place on Wednesday 29 March.

    New times and dates for your diary

    Here are the next two dates and times for the Group:

    • Wednesday 29 March: Oak Room, Catalyst at 4:30-7:30pm
    • Thursday 20 April: Oak Room + online at 4:30-7:30pm

    What is the Research Writing Group?

    Aimed at staff and PGR researchers, this is all about creating a positive environment so you can write that research paper, thesis, or dissertation. Learn more about how it works here.

    What are people saying?

    We’re getting some really lovely feedback. One person who attended in January said they got more writing done in the three hours at our session then they did in the whole of the month up to that point! Others are finding it a really useful place to focus and get away from the distractions of the office, PGR lab, or home.

    The free coffee and cake is also going down well! 🍰☕

    The times, they are a-changing

    After listening to your feedback, we’ve decided to run Research Writing Groups twice a month – not just once. This is because people have told us that they want to make it part of their routine and come regularly.

    Instead of running two sessions in a day, there will just be one at 4:30-7:30pm.

    We will alternate between in-person only sessions and ‘hybrid’ ones, which allow you to join either in-person or on Microsoft Teams.

    The room will still be Oak Room, third floor, Catalyst. If you want to join our online sessions, check out our Eventbrite page and sign up for the next one.

    Looking forward to seeing you at the next one!

  • Did you know…?

    Catalyst has a range of initiatives to contribute to a greener, more sustainable campus. Read on to learn about some of the ways Library and Learning Services teams are working together to make our building more sustainable.

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    • There is a battery recycling point on the ground floor.
    • The library collection operates an electronic resources-first policy, saving on paper and enabling students to access their library materials from anywhere they are working. No need to carry home piles of heavy books!
    • We subscribe to Box of Broadcasts which provides access to television and radio streamed for academic use. This saves on purchasing DVDs and Blu-Rays.
    • Old textbooks are made available to students at regular Pass the Book events. Textbooks that aren’t needed by students are donated to Better World Books to support students learning overseas.
    • Archive boxes are made from recycled materials.
    • Library and Learning Services have several staff representatives on SustainNET, the network community working to advance the sustainability agenda both at Edge Hill University and in the local region. This enables the department to feed into the wider sustainability initiatives of the University.
    • The Edge Hill research repository, Pure tags papers authored by our academics to align research with sustainability development goals.
    • 2022’s Open Access week had the theme Open for Climate Justice and we used this to highlight EHU research aligned with this theme.
    • All Edge Hill staff and students have access to the Libby app, enabling them to browse books and magazines on their devices.
    • There is a curated collection of sustainability eBooks on the Libby app.
    • Library and Learning Services has an extensive print fiction and well-being collection which staff and students can borrow from.
    • We have moved away from single-use plastic items for prizes, giveaways and engagement activities. We’ll be talking more about this in the coming months!
    • The library does not subscribe to print newspapers, newspapers are available through our subscriptions to Lexis+ and Gale One File.
    • All teams within Library and Learning Services have moved towards electronic marketing for events and services, rather than using paper posters and flyers.
    • The SpLD Team has moved to electronic student record files instead of paper files.
    • All Library and Learning Services staff training materials are provided electronically.
    • The Catalyst café offers a discount for customers using their own refillable cups.
    • The café offers vegan food and milk options.
    • Recycling points are available throughout the Catalyst building where students can recycle paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and more…
    • Catalyst has 900 study spaces, 450 of them with computers enabling students to study together in a warm secure space.
    • There are 100 laptops you can borrow to use on and off campus.
    • If you’d like to learn more about any of our sustainable initiatives, please just get in touch. [email protected] or lsacademicengagement
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    Post written by Olwen Pennington

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  • JISC Online Surveys Audit – User Action Required

    JISC Online Surveys

    JISC Online Surveys is the leading survey platform at Edge Hill. Many of our researchers use it to collect opinion data from research participants as part of their projects. It’s a great tool which securely protects research data but has started to look a little dated in recent years. 



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