Summer Assessments

Summer is flying by already and we’re counting down the days to the start of the new term. Many of us have been enjoying the summer sun, but spare a thought for your fellow students who have upcoming assessments!

Assessments will be taking place at our Ormskirk and Manchester St James’ campus, and we’ll have lots of support in place to help you prepare and perform your best.

As always we have 1-2-1 appointments available at both our campuses which you can book here.

From the 19th – 23rd August we will have free fruit and revision booklets available on the ground floor of Catalyst and in the Library at our Manchester St James’ campus.

In the lead up to your exam take some time to read the advice on our UniSkills webpages. You’ll be able to find checklists, tools and techniques to support your studies.

We’d like to wish anyone who has a summer assessment the best of luck!

Upcoming Digital Workplace Technologies Sessions

Are you looking to boost your digital skills? If so, then there are a range of Digital Workplace Technologies sessions taking place throughout August and September.

These sessions aim to boost staff’s digital capabilities, developing staff into digitally proficient learners and thinkers.

Take a look below at the upcoming sessions, including a brief summary of the session and dates/times. All sessions can be booked on MyView.

Digital Mindfulness

The modern world is a hyper-connected digital place where everything is just a click away and is available 24/7. Digital mindfulness promotes the presence of mind and is defined as the conscious awareness and acceptance of present experience. This session will provide staff with the opportunity to apply this approach to our use of digital tools and technology, evaluating why it is important to be digitally mindful.

Digital Mindfulness. Session taking place Tuesday 13th August 10am-11am.

Tuesday 13th August

Word: Formatting Long Documents

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

Word: Formatting Long Documents session taking place Tuesday 13th August

Tuesday 13th August  

Excel: Advanced

This practical session will show staff how to perform complex sorting, filtering and sub-totalling lists of data, along with creating and manipulating pivot tables.

Excel Advanced session taking place Wednesday 14th August 3pm-4pm

Wednesday 14th August

Making Documents Accessible

It is important that when producing documents using Microsoft Word that you follow a few simple steps to make sure that your document is accessible by all users. This session will consider how to reach all of your audience, how to make effective use of accessible communication formats (also known as alternative formats), how to add Headings and Subheadings, add alternate text (Alt Text) for images and use tables wisely.

Making documents accessible session taking place on Monday 2nd September

Monday 2nd September

Project Management

This session will be a key starting point for staff wishing to gain more knowledge about how to collaborate with colleagues using project management software. This session will cover project management software such as Trello and Microsoft Project.

Project Management session taking place Friday 6th September and Thursday 26th September

Friday 6th September and Thursday 26th September

Using Kahoot

This session will introduce staff to using Kahoot, a game-based platform that can be used for quizzes and games. Popular in educational institutions, Kahoot can also be utilised with staff members as a way to encourage group participation, gather feedback and conduct surveys.

Using Kahoot session taking place Thursday 19th September

Thursday 19th September

Getting The Most Out Of Outlook

This session will introduce staff to useful features in Outlook email and calendar that can enhance productivity and organisation. By the end of the session staff will be able to categorize their emails and calendar events, set up follow up messages on emails, create and schedule appointments and meetings and add meeting notes using OneNote.

Getting the most out of Outlook session taking place Friday 20th September

Friday 20th September

Eventbrite

This session aims to introduce staff to Eventbrite, an online event management and ticketing website. By the end of the session staff will be able to create events, manage and track attendees and promote the event using the custom design features.

Eventbrite session taking place Friday 20th September

Friday 20th September

Sway

This session will cover the basics of using Sway, a presentation software available as part of Office 365. Staff will learn how to navigate the application, how to add, edit and embed material, and how to publish their finished presentations.

Sway session taking place Monday 23rd September

Monday 23rd September

Instagram Hacks, Photography Skills and Camera Apps

Instagram is a popular and simple way to capture, edit and share videos, photos and messages. A photo and video sharing social networking platform, Instagram is a great way to share eye-catching and stunning photographs with your followers. This session will introduce staff to some simple tips and tricks that will allow you to take stunning photographs and introduce you to some beneficial camera apps to further improve your photography skills.

Instagram Hacks, Photography Skills and Camera Apps session taking place Tuesday 24th September

Tuesday 24th September

Alongside face-to-face sessions, there are also a range of online guides, videos and links to useful LinkedIn Learning courses on the Learning Services Wiki pages.

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

Tips From a Third Year

Hi, my name is Dylan and I’m a Student Advisor for Learning Services.

I work alongside the team to support students in utilising the library’s resources and aiding with academic support such as referencing. As I have just graduated I thought I would pass on some advice to other students, irrespective of their year of study, to talk about lessons I’ve learned from studying at Edge Hill.

What would you tell your first-year self?

I’d tell my first-year self many things, but one of the main pieces of advice would be to join a society. I didn’t join any during my time at Edge Hill, but some people have met life-long friends through them. They’re also great for teamwork and communication skills, which is essential for employment as a student and a graduate! In your first week on campus you’ll be invited to the Welcome Fair where you can sign up to as many as you like.

What do you wish you’d known when starting at Edge Hill?

I wish I had known about the extensive UniSkills workshops that Learning Services host. After attending these as part of my role as a Student Advisor I can see how the workshops are valuable to all students with writing essays, dissertations, locating resources and referencing. If I had known how beneficial they were I would’ve definitely attended them earlier.

What has been the most rewarding part of your degree?

Watching myself progress, both academically and personally, has been the most rewarding part of studying. Meeting new people, taking part in extra-curricular events and studying with like-minded students has raised my confidence immensely. If it wasn’t for the help of my peers, my tutors and my colleagues, I don’t think I would’ve progressed into the person I am today. I look forward to seeing how much more I can develop when faced with new challenges in my postgraduate studies.

What has been the most challenging part of your degree?

Sticking to a schedule has always been the most challenging part for me. Having deadline after deadline approaching (especially during my third year) can make managing time difficult. When I do stay on track (sometimes even just for a day), I feel as though I’ve achieved more. It reduces my stress levels in the run up to my assignment submission dates too. Finding your own schedule that works for you could be your answer to reducing stress! The UniSkills webpages have useful resources for time management if you struggle with this too. 

What has been the most rewarding part of being a Student Advisor?

Being a Student Advisor has meant that I can work closely with other students and share my knowledge. I found it really rewarding to help students, whether that be regarding their assignment planning, referencing, or more generally such as sharing my own student experience with them. I have enjoyed meeting and chatting with prospective and current students at Edge Hill who all share the same passion for the University and for their subject area. I’m excited to use the skills I have gained whilst working for Learning Services in further employment.

What advice would you give to anyone starting their degree at Edge Hill University?

I have three pieces of advice!

  1. I would advise people to make use of the facilities and services around them, whether that be Learning Services, Student Services, Wellbeing or Careers. These services are here to support all students, and have been created with you in mind, so take advantage of them!
  2. Don’t be worried! Starting university can be a daunting time but everyone at university is in the same boat. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to people and initiate new friendships, the other person will be glad that you started up a conversation.
  3. It is important to remember to enjoy this part of your life as it will be over in a flash! But, it goes without saying that you shouldn’t neglect your studies. Finding an even balance between studies and social life will benefit you in many ways.

Good luck to everyone who will be starting their University journey in September and to those continuing their studies!

Written by: DYLAN BOOTH

BA (Hons) Creative Writing

Student Advisor for Library and Learning Services

Scopus trial

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Throughout July we have a trial to Scopus, the World’s largest curated abstract and citation database.

Scopus is excellent for literature reviews or seeing what has been published in your area as it can locate high quality journal articles, books chapters and more for any subject.  It has advanced tools to visualise your search results, showing how trends have changed over time. There are many other ways researchers use it too, such as assessing the research performance of a person, journal or university.

Access
Access Scopus on-campus at Scopus.com. The trial runs throughout July 2019 and is scheduled to stop at the end of the month.

Tutorials
These videos show what you can do with Scopus

What do you think?
Please let us know what you think about Scopus (good or bad) here. Your views will inform our decision making beyond the Summer.

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 our previous system EHRA (Edge Hill Research Archive).

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 of 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! 🎓

Learning Services

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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.