Catalyst news

We are pleased to announce that we will be re-opening the ground floor of Catalyst on the 13th August at 9.00am . We are just finishing off checking all of our safety measures and we look forward to seeing you on the 13th.

You will be able to:

  • Use the brand new ‘Click and Collect’ service based on the ground floor
  • Return books you have had on loan
  • Access our ground floor printers and PCs

Here’s more detail about a temporary measure we are providing in response to COVID – it’s called ‘Click and Collect’. The service allows you to choose the items you need – you can use your reading list or the Library Catalogue or Discover More to find the books you want to borrow. You will place a request and then we will retrieve your items. We will let you know when they are ready for collection. You can pop in and we will hand the books over!. We will issue more information when we re-open.

We will initially open 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday only.

Unfortunately Catalyst Help desk will not be open at this time – but you can access help and support via email or Live Chat. We will let you know as soon as we can about the return of the Help Desk and also changes to opening hours.

Follow us on social media for more updates.

See you soon

Catalyst Team

Be Kind. Be Patient. Be Responsible.

We Are Getting Ready to Welcome You Back

Hello everyone! How are we all doing?

It’s been a while since we shared any news about Catalyst and we’d like to thank you for your patience over the last few months. We have all missed our beautiful building and campus – these lovely flowers have greeted us this week.

We wanted to share with you the updates to the building we are making to ensure that when we do reopen in mid August, everything is safe for you and our staff.

Throughout the building we are installing hand sanitising stations and rearranging furniture to support social distancing. We are installing screens at our help-desk and are reviewing our working practices across Library and Learning Services, Student Services and Careers to ensure our students and staff are safe when we reopen.

We are excited to announce that we will be launching our new Click and Collect service in August which will allow you to reserve books online and then pop over to Catalyst and collect them. We’ll share more details on this with you soon.

If you have any books that you would like to return, we ask that you keep hold of these until we reopen and you come back onto campus. If you have graduated and still have some books, you should have received an email from us on how to send these back.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you all back to Catalyst, and meeting our new students too, we really have missed you!

Catalyst Team

Be Patient. Be Kind. Be Responsible

Pure Research Information Repository now launched

You may have heard about the new research information and management system – Pure.  Pure now contains all the outputs previously available in EHRA (Edge Hill Research Archive).

The previous online form you may have used to submit your research outputs has now been retired and is no longer available.

Pure is entirely browser-based so you can access it on any device, smartphone, PC or Mac, using your Edge Hill log-in details.   The Research Support Team will be available to help you navigate the deposit process and any open access queries.  Find out more and access via the Pure – Research Information Repository service gateway page

There will also be several training sessions open to all.  If you would like to contact us to arrange training or work with you to deposit items, please email

Library and Learning Services are responsible for the management of the repository within Pure and can be contacted via

Pure research management repository: coming soon…

You may have heard about the new research management repository – Pure.  When Pure fully launches on Wednesday 17th April, it will also contain all the outputs which would have previously been available in EHRA (Edge Hill Research Archive).  All research outputs will have a new home in Pure.

The new system isn’t available to Edge Hill staff or the public via the portal quite yet, we are busy building the system in the background.

During the preparation time, you won’t be able to submit any outputs.  The previous online form you may have used to get in touch with Library and Learning Services has now been retired.

When we launch Pure – which is entirely browser-based so you can access it on any device, smartphone, PC or Mac, using your Edge Hill log-in details – you will be able to deposit your outputs using the publication and research type templates available within Pure. This will make for a quicker and simpler process. The Research Support Team in Library and Learning Services will be available to help you with deposits and Open Access questions and queries.

There will be several training sessions to help you with deposits and the Open Access agenda, we will let you know more details when we have launched the system.  If you would like to contact us to arrange training email

Library and Learning Services are responsible for the management of the repository within Pure and can be contacted via

This post has been amended: the launch date for Pure was originally listed as April 5th

Cite This For Me

All Edge Hill RefMe users were emailed about 6 weeks ago to let them know that the service was changing.

RefMe has now become Cite This for Me and you can no longer access RefMe.  If you use the app or the RefMe website you will be directed to the brand new Cite This For Me service.

The account migration process has started.  You will be able to login into Cite This For Me – although you do need to set a new password. The first time you login – it  will send an email instructing you to set a new password. Cite This For Me have reported that the migration of references may take a couple of days so if your references aren’t there yet, please check back in a few days.

If you were using RefMe and had references in the app, they will move over and you will have free access to Cite This For Me for the rest of the academic year 2016/17, however, Cite This For Me is a paid for app and has different functionality to RefMe and may not be as suitable once Edge Hill free access has terminated.

To help you manage your references,  why not take a look at RefWorks which is provided by Learning Services.

Here is the current RefWorks guide or you can contact us via

Rachel Bury  – Academic Liaison Manager

Learning Services

Do you use RefMe?

If you are a RefMe user you will have received an email about 4 weeks ago all about the up and coming changes.

If you have references in  RefMe, you need to export them before 7th March 2017 and your best option is to use RefWorks.

You can Import your references into Edge Hill’s reference management software, RefWorks. Follow the instructions in this guide to ‘Exporting your references out of RefMe and importing them into RefWorks’.

 If you haven’t used RefWorks before and would like some help, please contact Learning Services.

From 7th March 2017, RefME will become Cite This For Me and all RefME accounts will be migrated to Cite This For Me which has different functionality and may not be as suitable.

Because exporting to RefWorks will not be available after 7th March we are advising you to take action now.

FAQs from RefMe:





Rachel Bury  – Academic Liaison Manager

Learning Services



Study Apps

Over the last academic year Learning Services have undertaken 2 projects to identify apps that can support study for our students.

The first project, led by Andrew Billington, aimed to identify apps that could be used to support students with note taking, as a result of changes to the Disability Students Allowance. The second project, led by Lorna Clarke and Emma Child, looked at apps that support student progress, and covered a range of activities including revision, assignment planning and content management. Both projects carried out a review of apps on the market and narrowed this down depending on their accessibility, cost, and usefulness. Testing of the apps was carried out by staff and students, and focus groups with students was used to collect feedback for the final recommendations.

The results identified three new apps that Learning Services will promote and signpost.

Evernote  takes notes, creates to-do lists, and saves online information and content. It has the functionality to sync everything between your phone, tablet, and computer automatically.

Instapaper is the simplest way to save and store articles for reading offline, on-the-go, anytime, anywhere. Articles are perfectly formatted and the app allows readers to change the font and background style. The speak function allows you to listen to articles on the go and the archive ensures you can manage what you have read.

Go Conqr allows you to create Mind Maps, Flashcards, Quizzes, Slides and Notes for study and learning. You create resources on the website version then sync using the mobile app to revise and study offline and on-the-go. Share your resources with classmates or search for ready-made resources to learn collaboratively with others.

We have had a soft launch, promoting the apps with the new Faculty of Health and Social Care nursing students who started with us in April.  We have also been giving demos and discussing with academic teams at the recent Programme Boards across departments and have received some great feedback from staff.  The main campaigns will begin in September as we welcome new students.  If you would like to find out more or discuss promoting with your students please get in touch with your academic liaison librarian. RachelBury

Rachel Bury

Academic Liaison Manager

Learning Services On Location – bringing support to you!

During May, Learning Services will be ‘On Location’ in your faculty to offer academic and administrative staff help and advice on a wide range of services.  Engaging with staff is key to our service and recent feedback from the academic staff survey highlighted that staff would find it very useful if we could be around in your buildings and departments to provide bespoke support.

Each event will run between 10am-3pm and will offer different ways in which you can:

  • MEET a range of Learning Services staff to discuss your needs.
  • LEARN how Learning Services can help you achieve your (course/online/development) goals.
  • DEVELOP your (Library & Learning Edge) knowledge with practical discussions

Our first event is Wednesday 18th May in the Faculty of Education Building

There will be CPD events throughout the day from Learning Technology Development, Academic Support, Digital Capabilities Development, Classroom Technologies support and Learner Support (SpLD) teams, whilst Librarians, Learning Technologist and Skills Advisors will be available for help.

In E16 you can drop-in and meet the Learning Services FOE Teams for problem solving and learn more about how we can support you.

In E22 a range of our teams are offering bite-sized CPD to enhance your practice.
The programme for the day in E22 is:

10am  – Find out about Learning Technologies – LTD Team

11am – A partnership approach to education resources –
Ruth Wilson & Andy Tomkins

12pm – Digital capabilities – Heather Johnston

1pm – Lecture capture – Howard Turpin

2pm – Changes to Disabled Student Allowances and inclusive practices – Andrew Billington

Just before the event we will be dropping in to see people to ensure you know when and where we will be on the day and whether you want to make an appointment for a 1-2-1 on the day.
For more details or if you would like a 1-2-1 appointment with one of the teams (we can come to your desk), contact Rachel Bury, Academic Liaison Manager.

Please make a note in your diaries for the Faculty of Health and Social Care (25th May) and Arts and Sciences (31st May) dates and we will be out and about with more information and reminders just before the day.  Again, colleagues in those faculties can make an appointment for a 1-2-1.




Rachel Bury

Academic Liaison Manager – Quality, Marketing and Communication

Semester 1 2015 – How was it for you?

As Semester 2 is now well underway we thought we would take a look back at some highlights of  the first term to just see how we were doing in terms of performance – our aim is to deliver services and support which are focused on our customers and what customers need…


So how did we do?

We extended 24/7 opening which means the University Library was open 2,556 hours from September to the end of term, that’s a whopping 56% increase from last year.

Our focus in the early part of term is very much about new students and skills sessions and this year we welcomed 3,888 new students at inductions and library tours and also delivered 162 workshops to 5,305 students.

We know accessing resources is very important to our students and this year, so far, we have spent £409,010 on 7,708 new books and to improve access to your module reading lists, there are now over 700 reading lists available via our new service ‘Reading Lists Online’.

There are lots of different ways for customers to access help and support – so you can chose the one which suits you best – including 24/7 support via either our online knowledge bank ‘Ask Us’ or live chat or coming into the library for a consultation at the Ask desk.  Using the online help is very popular and 63.5% of users found what they needed to know via Ask Us

Our student advisors are based at the Ask desk but you will also see them roving out and about in the library, departments and the HUB – they helped 697 students during the first term which is excellent news.  The Ask desk team provide 1-2-1 help at the desk – this can be anything from help with Harvard Referencing to finding out which are the best databases for your subject, and in term 1 there were 670  consultations.

The new fairer fines approach is certainly having an impact – the system made 195,771 auto-renewals which is saving you both money and time!

And finally, just as important as finding resources is finding a PC.  The Web Team provide a really useful tool – PC Finder App – which was accessed 4,348 times during our busy first term. We recently had the good news around an additional 22 PCs for the University Library and those PCs will become part of the map of available PCs.

Using statistics is just one of the ways we measure our performance, we have also undertaken impact and evaluation studies of our induction offer, Uni Skills workshops we held in term 1 and also 1-2-1 support for both study skills and SpLD support.  Hearing the student voice and finding out if the support is making a difference is key to improving our services.  We will be reporting some of those findings in the coming months.

We would love to hear what you think about any of the services highlighted so please do get in touch and give us your feedback…



Rachel Bury

Academic Liaison Manager – Quality, Marketing and Communication










2016 – Feel prepared

Revision Central now available in Learning Edge

It’s been a busy few weeks with assignments being due and on top of that the upcoming festivities to plan for, finance and of course, enjoy. For many of you, however, there is the knowledge that the New Year also brings with it the exam period. Now there are some lucky people who thrive on exams – they enjoy the pressure and it actually brings out the best in them! For the rest of us though some exam stress is inevitable and the trick is not to fall into the usual trap of ignoring it (#handsonearslalalala) or overdosing on negative thinking and caffeine.

Help and support is at hand:

Working with our colleagues in Student Services and Counselling, we are providing

two sessions as soon as we all return in January.

We have a session on Tuesday 5th Jan entitled Exam Revision: How to relax when you don’t have time for it. This session will focus on taking a short space of time out – time out can help you to be more effective and regain a sense of calm, concentration and focus.

Then on Tuesday 12th January we are providing a second session, Keep calm and master your exam preparation. This will focus on better preparation.  It’s designed to offer top tips for improving mental wellbeing and reducing text anxiety.   It addresses exam and test stress through strategies to prepare better psychologically as well as physically.

Bookings for these sessions and a complete suite of resources are available via the Revision Central panel on your Learning Edge home page. The panel is a collection of services and resources to help you with the three stages of exam preparation: planning your revision schedule, doing the revision and entering the examination room. As well as the sessions you can come along to, why not listen to Avoiding Exam Stress Section by Professor Dave Puttwain’s, this is a great little podcast on avoiding exam nerves, then consult Revision Help for tips on making a revision plan and revision strategies. Opening Hours will tell you when the Library is open over the holiday period and in January and PC Availability will help you to track down a computer on campus. When you need a bit of head space, have a look at Useful Apps.

Good luck and we will see you all in 2016.







Rachel Bury – Academic Liaison Manager – Quality Marketing and Communication

Learning Services