Academic Staff Development Fortnight

Library & Learning Services are hosting an Academic Staff Development Fortnight in Catalyst from 17th to 28th June. Come and join us to learn more about the support we can offer and update your skills!

The schedule for the fortnight can be found here and the full timetable is available below.

Timetable of events

All sessions can be booked using MyView. For further information, including a description of all the sessions, please see the Learning Services Wiki.

If you have any questions or encounter any problems, please contact your Academic Engagement Specialist.

We look forward to seeing you in Catalyst in June.

Stay up-to-date with our latest developments on our blog and WIKI.

Photograph of Laura

 

Written by: Laura Riella

Digital Capabilities Coordinator

Pure: new guides available

Pure is the University’s new research information repository, replacing EHRA (Edge Hill Research Archive) last month.

The new repository looks great and showcases the excellent research being done at Edge Hill, and you can now add your research outputs to Pure. There are a wide range of options, and some you might not be very familiar with – terminology like ‘author accepted manuscript’ and ‘ISSN’!

To help, we’ve created a range of initial guides to help you through the process of depositing your research, including complying with the REF requirements:

 

Hope they prove useful!

As always, please contact REFCompliance@edgehill.ac.uk with any questions about the process, or if something doesn’t make sense.

UniSkills Support at Manchester St. James’

Edge Hill’s St. James’ campus is situated on bustling Oxford Road, the hub of student-life in vibrant central Manchester – and (allegedly!) one of the busiest bus routes in Europe.

It’s home to students on Paramedic, Operating Department Practitioner and Surgical First Assistant courses. It also houses specialist resources and innovative equipment tailored to their becoming professionals, including a clinical skills lab (complete with its own ambulance), and an immersive simulation suite.

Read more about Manchester St. James’ campus.

At busy and challenging times, it can be easy to get distracted, even if it’s by the world going by outside the windows of the cosy library, so if you would like some further support with getting your work back on track UniSkills is here to help! From academic skills queries, to writing an assignment, putting presentations together, literature-searching, or learning how to use citation tools and get your referencing spot on.

You can check out our UniSkills toolkits on our webpages (or your My Library tab) any time but we also offer lots of friendly help and advice in person.  Manchester St. James’ students can self-book one-to-one appointments with our Academic Skills Advisor based on campus.  These 45-minute appointments are tailored to you and cover a wide range of academic and information skills: just pick a time and come along with your questions, assignment information, and any work you want to discuss.  Don’t worry about what stage your work is at – something is always better than nothing as a starting point.

If you have a quick question, you are more than welcome to call into the Manchester UniSkills Drop-In every Wednesday afternoon between 2-4pm for a chat.  If you’re working off campus, don’t forget about Ask Us: an online knowledge base for finding  answers to your questions, getting in touch, and accessing the support you need.

We’re also designing some new UniSkills workshops especially for St. James’ students – so if there is anything you’d like to see academic skills-wise please get in touch – we are here to support you in your learning, so you can achieve your goals!

Are you graduating this summer?

If so, Learning Services would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best in your future accomplishments, be that further study or starting out on your chosen career path.

We would also like to remind you that all library stock needs to be returned to us by 5pm on Friday 31st May

*exceptions apply to Faculty of Education students out on placement!

Did you know that you can still access library resources after graduation? Apply for an Alumni membership of the University Library after graduation to access our learning spaces, selected electronic resources and to borrow library stock from any of our sites.

If you have any books of your own taking up space on your bedroom floor don’t forget we are collecting for another #PassTheBook textbook giveaway in October 2019! Drop in any unwanted books at Ormskirk, Aintree or Manchester and we will ensure they go to a good home come the new term!

You can also find important information about your network account after graduation here

If you have any queries please contact us via Ask Us.

Congratulations to you all and enjoy your graduation! 🎓

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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 REFCompliance@edgehill.ac.uk.

Library and Learning Services are responsible for the management of the repository within Pure and can be contacted via REFCompliance@edgehill.ac.uk.

All Aboard Revision Central 🚇

Spring is in the air and it is beginning to get warmer and lighter throughout the day. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing. It’s enough to fill anyone with joy and happiness. Until you remember that you’re a university student and you have a network of deadlines and exams (full steam) ahead!

Never fear, because UniSkills are here to help you on your revision journey!

We are offering a range of support throughout Revision Central (29th April – 17th May) including workshops to help you prepare for exams, practice those all-important presentation skills and help you arrive at your destination with assignments. Don’t delay, reserve your seat at one of these workshops today!

The full summer 2019 UniSkills workshops timetable is available now – printed copies will be arriving on campus shortly!

And don’t forget, Catalyst is open 24/7 so whether you are a sleeper train, or a morning express we can accommodate your study style. With dedicated silent study areas, individual and group rooms and our unique study pods available to book.

In addition to the workshops, from 7th to 17th May we will be hosting Revision Central Station on the ground floor of Catalyst. This is your platform where you can receive revision support to facilitate your assessment journey.

Take a study break and pay us a visit during these weeks and you will be able to pick up a Revision Survival Pack. These nifty little guides are full of top tips and strategies to help you reach your full potential and (if you catch the express!) you may also be in time to collect a FREE Catalyst goody bag! We will also be offering free healthy snacks and drinks, to provide your body with the ‘brain food’ it needs for an effective study session.

Throughout Revision Central you will still be able to access all our usual support services including;

  • Drop in (weekdays 11am-2pm) to the Catalyst Helpdesk for any quick queries
  • Book a peer to peer appointment with one of our knowledgeable Student Advisors
  • Book a 1-2-1 appointment with one of the UniSkills team for academic writing or information skills support
  • Ask Us a question anytime…and if you are studying away from campus there is lots of support available online 24/7 including advice and guidance around exam preparation on our UniSkills webpages and your My Library tab.

So, best of luck with your exams and next time you’re in Catalyst be sure to spot our inspiring quote of the day to help motivate and fast track your way to exam success!

Keep in touch with Library & Learning Services throughout your journey via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Session Focus – Word: Formatting Long Documents

This blog post will focus on a recently delivered session – Word: Formatting Long Documents, which is part of the new Digital Workplace Technologies offer.

What were the objectives of the session?

This session focused on using the features of Microsoft Word to put together long documents or formal reports, including using styles, creating tables of contents, applying section footers and working collaboratively with master documents.

Formatting long documents can be tricky, particularly when working with multiple pages  of text, figures and tables. This session aimed to navigate staff through the features of Microsoft Word that will successfully enable them to create a professional document that is clearly organised, structured and accessible. Page numbering can also make many people apprehensive, especially when you need the first few pages to be in Roman numerals and the rest of your document in Arabic numbers. Again, this session aimed to guide staff through this process, with lots of opportunities to practice and ask questions.

The session

This type of session lasts 60 minutes and enables staff to cover many areas of Microsoft Word and put their new knowledge into practice.

At the end of the session staff should be able to do the following in Microsoft Word:

  • Use styles to apply headings to a document
  • Create a table of contents for a document
  • Add captions and create a table of figures
  • Use section breaks and apply section formatting
  • Add custom headers and footers
  • Work collaboratively on a document
  • Work with master documents and subdocuments

The session took place in Oak room, Catalyst and provided staff with the opportunity to use computers to have a go themselves at formatting long documents. Modelling examples on the board, staff could then follow steps to format several long documents.

Personal Reflection Activity

At the start of the session I asked staff to write down on a post-it note how they currently felt about formatting long documents.

How do you feel before the session?

Staff responded with a variety of feelings towards the prospect of formatting long documents, with many using this session as an opportunity to develop their skills and refresh their current knowledge. How do you feel after the session?

After the session I asked staff to complete the same activity, instead now writing down how they feel after the session about the prospect of formatting long documents. The responses were dramatically different, with many staff feeling more confident, happier and sorted!

Members of staff said:

“A very clear and informative delivery while maintaining a friendly approachable setting.”

“It was brill and really informative! I found it really helpful.”

Upcoming Sessions

If you are a member of staff and are interested in improving your knowledge of formatting long documents on Microsoft Word, then take a look below at the upcoming sessions.

Tuesday 9th April 2019 2pm-3pm

Tuesday 16th April 2019 11am-12pm

Book your session on MyView here.

Stay up-to-date with our latest developments on our blog and WIKI.

Photograph of Laura

 

Written by: Laura Riella

Digital Capabilities Coordinator

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 RefCompliance@edgehill.ac.uk

Library and Learning Services are responsible for the management of the repository within Pure and can be contacted via REFCompliance@edgehill.ac.uk.

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

UniSpeaks takes off!

Last month saw the first gathering of Edge Hill’s UniSpeaks group, and what a beautiful day to get together! The gorgeous February sunshine brought with it a small but enthusiastic group of students to discuss their fears and concerns about public speaking.

The environment was friendly and welcoming, and we were all able to share our worries about situations where we felt out of our comfort zones. Some were anxious about academic presentations, others about prospective interviews, and I am still nervous about delivering sessions to groups of students (despite it being my job!) … public speaking anxiety can happen to us all!

The discussion ranged from how people felt when they presented, to ideas about creating formal structures to follow in different situations. Some of the group also discussed times that they had experienced unusual ways of developing confidence in speaking in front of others, which has inspired an idea for an activity in our next get-together.

February’s UniSpeaks was an inspiring session, why don’t you come along and join us in March?

You can learn more about ways to present, join in the conversation, or simply sit back and watch others practice until you feel confident enough to have a go yourself at a later date.

Unispeaks runs on the last Wednesday of every month, and our next session takes place on 27th March at 2pm. Book here to join us: https://bit.ly/2Sv2yFy

World Book Day

Earlier this month we celebrated World Book Day! Our staff in Learning Services decided to display their love of books across our social media platforms. Individuals took part from our Ormskirk campus, as well as our Manchester and Aintree sites. We have picked out some of our favourites for this blog but if you would like to see all of the pictures shared then head over to our twitter page @LearnService 

Lots of pets got involved, from dogs to kittens and even rabbits! They all embraced their owners love of reading – 

More traditionally, kids were loving the opportunity to dress as their favourite characters – 

Our staff enjoyed dressing up and getting out and about to showcase their favourite reads – 

Finally, some staff preferred to take the creative approach to showcase their love of literature – 

Don’t forget, it’s not too late to get involved in world book day – here are our top suggestions on how to share a love of reading:

  • If you have any pre-loved books why not take them to a local charity shop? This is a great way to pick up affordable literature and spread the joy of reading.

  • Recommend a book you are currently absorbed in to a friend and ask for some suggestions from them. This way you can both enjoy a variety of books.

  • Visit the Catalyst, or your local library, and pick up a book from a genre that you have never read before. For example, if you normally read romance maybe try a thriller. You might be surprised to find something new which you enjoy. Our library in Aintree library has a brilliant collection of fiction books to motivate you to read for pleasure. Any students can browse these books using the online library catalogue and get them sent to either the Manchester campus library or the Catalyst.

  • Inspire the younger generation by taking the opportunity to read to a young person. This could be a family member, or you could volunteer at a local school or charity.

  • Start a book club with some friends. This can encourage you to read more as well as being social.

  • Come down to the Catalyst and see all the amazing books that are on offer, both fiction and non-fiction.