Catalyst now open but don’t forget your Unicard!

We have re-opened the ground floor of Catalyst and launched our Click and Collect Service as of Thursday 13th August. Here’s what you need to know about visiting Catalyst in August. 

  • Our opening times are Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm 
  • You will need your UniCard to access the building as you are required to swipe in and out. This is to help manage our reduced capacity levels within the building.
  • The university advises that you should wear a face covering when moving around the building, but you won’t need to wear one when you are working at a desk or PC. 
  • During August, only the ground floor of the building is open. You will have access to study spaces with and without PCs, the printing hub and our Click and Collect service. 
  • You will be able to select up to 5 items for collection, for more details on our click and collect service please take a look at this page

Unfortunately the help desk isn’t open but they are still here for you virtually.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

Be Kind. Be Patient. Be Responsible

Get Started this summer with UniSkills

We are already looking forward to welcoming all the new students who will be joining us this September, and if you are a one of them and fancy a taste of what support UniSkills can offer you during your time at the University check out our Getting Started With UniSkills offer.

Getting Started With UniSkills

Getting Started With UniSkills is a series of webinars and toolkits to specifically support new students who will be enrolling at Edge Hill University this coming autumn, and there is a choice of three topics you can choose from:

  • Prepare Your Academic Resilience – will help equip new students with practical tools to nurture your academic resilience, help them recognise the qualities of a ‘growth’ as opposed to ‘fixed’ mindset, and help prepare them to feel confident in dealing constructively with feedback.
  • Introduction to Academic Writing at University – introduces new students to what academic writing is, and what it involves at university level. We will look at what to expect as a new student at Edge Hill University, how to get the most out of your learning and how to maintain your study motivation.
  • Research Skills at University discover more about developing your research skills in preparation for studying at Edge Hill University. We will introduce new students to the concept of academic information, the importance of using dedicated search tools to find information and discuss good note-taking techniques for carrying out your research.

New students are welcome to join our live webinars throughout August and September and can access the accompanying interactive toolkits at a date/time that suits you. Please note the toolkits will be live from mid-August, as they are being specially developed in conjunction with the live sessions.

For more information, and to book your place on a Getting Started With UniSkills webinar please visit our Getting Started With UniSkills web pages. And don’t forget to visit the university’s Getting Started web pages for further advice and support for all new students at Edge Hill University.

So, enjoy the rest of your summer and we will see you (hopefully in a webinar) soon!

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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

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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

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Dawson Era ebook platform to close soon

A major ebook platform is due to close at the end of this month. If you use it, here’s what to do…

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Dawson Era, one of our ebook suppliers, has recently gone into administration and as such, the platform will close after 31st July 2020.

The good news

There will be no loss of access to the electronic titles we have with Dawson Era. We have already arranged alternative access through other suppliers without exception, so you can continue to find the ebooks on Discover More and access will continue.

What you (may) need to do

What will be lost is any notes or annotations you may have made on the Dawson Era platform. If you have any such notes and you wish to keep them, please transfer these to other locations before 31 July. For example, if you use referencing software like RefWorks or EndNote you can add notes from Dawson Era there, attaching them to the record for the relevant book or chapter.

This is a screenshot of the Dawson Era platform, and displays the ebook 'Mentoring in Action'. On the left-hand menu, the area where notes are kept is highlighted.
This view of the Dawson Era platform shows where notes can be made or kept. Any such notes will be unavailable after 31 July 2020.

We apologise for not being able to give you more notice and hope this does not cause significant inconvenience.

Assistive Technology: how can it help your studies?

If you’ve never heard of Assistive Technology (AT) and wonder what it is and how it can help your studies then you’ve come to the right place. Assistive Technology software, for example, mind mapping and text-to-speech software, can help you to develop skills and strategies for studying. Whilst it is particularly helpful for those who have a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) such as Dyslexia, they are really useful tools for anyone to use. Even better it’s available at the university for all students and staff and much of it can be used off campus too.

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Read and Write Gold – is text-to-speech software that is a useful proofreading tool as we can hear the errors in our writing more effectively than by sight alone. This software can also be useful for a blended reading approach enabling you to access content in different ways. Read and Write also has useful study tools such a spellchecker, with a phonetic base, screen tinting and a homophone checker to recognise similar sounding words. 

TIP: Read and Write is providing a temporary license which is available to all Edge Hill students and staff whilst social distancing measures remain in place.

Get in touch with the Catalyst Helpdesk virtually via email or live chat and they will be able to provide an instructional video and product key so you can download the software at home.

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ClaroRead – is another text-to-speech software that is useful when proofreading your assignments and can be helpful when taking a blended approach to reading. ClaroRead has lots of useful study skills tools such as screen rulers, tinting and phonetic spellcheckers. ClaroRead anywhere is available to students and staff on our Assistive Technology webpages.

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Inspiration 9 – is mind mapping software that can assist you when planning your essay writing and offers a visual way of organising ideas on to a mind map. This approach can be helpful in processing information and you can arrange your content in different ways to support your understanding. You can add images, text and web links to your mind map in order to capture all your great planning in one place. Students and staff can download a copy of the software on their own device using the link on our Assistive Technology webpages.

If you would like any further information around these technologies, please feel free to contact the team on

Summer UniSkills

We know being away from campus over the last few months has been difficult for many people and you may feel out of touch with the university. If you want to reconnect, avoid that ‘summer slide’ and get a head start for the new term in September, then our Summer UniSkills offer may be just what you need.

Here in the Student Engagement team we provide a wide range of support designed to help you develop your academic skills and confidence at University and beyond. Since the University closed in the middle of March we have continued to support students virtually and there are a number of ways you can access our services.

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UniSkills Webinars

We have a series of online workshops on offer over the summer which are an opportunity to dive deeper into a specific skill that will support you on your academic journey. Sessions include:

  • Finding Academic Information
  • Develop Your Academic Writing
  • Being Critical
  • Harvard Referencing
  • Grow Your Academic Resilience (new addition for the summer)

You can book your place today via

1-2-1 Appointments

As well as our UniSkills webinars you can also book a 1-2-1 appointment throughout the summer months with an Academic Skills Advisor. If you have a specific assignment, or piece of research you would like support with, they can help you develop your academic writing & referencing skills and show you how to find resources.

UniSkills Webpages

If you’d prefer to study in your own time and at your own pace then feel free to browse the UniSkills web pages, available 24/7! Here you’ll find our interactive online toolkits which contain loads of handy tips and tricks to help you to brush up on assignment planning, critical thinking, punctuation, proofreading and much more. There’s also some really handy guides and videos too!

LinkedIn Learning

If you are interested in expanding your skills in other areas, such as IT or your personal and professional development, then LinkedIn Learning is the place for you! It’s free for EHU students to use and has over 10,000 online courses for you to choose from, covering everything from Arithmetic to Zoom. We have even created some LinkedIn Learning playlists to get you started on topics such as public speaking and employability skills. Click here to find out more and for details on how to access LinkedIn Learning

Further Help & Support

For 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 – 6pm.



Online Staff Development

We have moved our staff development offer online! 

An image illustrating Online Staff Development by Library and Learning Services. A tree with multi-coloured leaves is displayed with the trunk in the shape of a fountain pen.
Click on the image above to access our online staff development packages

To support staff with challenges such as moving teaching and learning online or effectively disseminating your research, we have developed a series of materials to enhance your digital skills and provide a greater awareness of the resources, services and support available to you.

What development is on offer?

The topics we cover include reading lists, research support, online & blended teaching, a Careers toolkit and more. A new package of materials is released every week, starting today with Reading Lists and Careers. The aim is to provide a suite of development resources which you can engage with at a time to suit you.

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The first materials to launch are ‘Reading Lists’ and ‘Careers: Support for Students and Staff’

Live online sessions

Alongside the interactive materials, we will offer synchronous online sessions, making our session leads available at specific times to support you and answer any questions. 

Where can I start?

The resource toolkits are available in the Learning Services Wiki, with new materials available every Monday:

Any questions?

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact us:

Grow your academic resilience with a new UniSkills toolkit!

As we navigate the new challenges Covid-19 has presented, it has been remarkable to see our students (many of who are key workers, parents, and carers) stepping up and continuing to build their academic skills. Inspired by your unwavering motivation in our 1:1s and webinars, we began to think how UniSkills could expand on our usual writing, presenting and information skills offering, to support you too with overcoming any setbacks you might encounter during your studies. 

From receiving a mark lower than you had hoped, to receiving overwhelming feedback, the new ‘Grow your academic resilience’ toolkit delves into the fascinating theory behind adopting a ‘growth’ or ‘gritty’ mindset, and how this can help you thrive at university. Discover how to set meaningful goals, create an action plan, and even reflect on your progress so far. There’s also the chance to take an interactive quiz to find out your current mindset – although be warned, the result might surprise you!

So if you’re feeling like you could do with an extra boost of confidence over the summer, or are simply determined to shift your mindset from “I can’t” to “I can” or “I can’t yet”, then mark 30 minutes in your diary to dedicate to a new, resilient you. 

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Click to visit the toolkit

Alternatively, book your place and join us for a live ‘Grow your academic resilience’ webinar on June 30th at 3pm, where Academic Skills Advisors Claire, Helen and Maisie can guide you through the activities and answer any questions you have in real-time. Don’t forget to let us know how you get on by sharing your thoughts or activity results with @EHULearnService, using the hashtag #GrowYourResilience. 

Returning books to Library and Learning Services

We appreciate that many of you have items still on loan, and are anxious to know how you can return them to the library, especially if you are soon leaving the University.
For the time being Catalyst and Manchester remain closed and you are not able to return your books, either in person or in the post.

For those of you continuing with your studies
Keep hold of your items for now and, once the new term is underway, you will be able to return your items when you are next on Campus for teaching.

  • All the books you have on loan will automatically renew every 2 weeks.
  • Reservations have been temporarily suspended so all your books will auto renew throughout the summer.
  • You will not accrue fines during this period

Final Year Students
We will shortly contact you, via your university email, with further information on returning items and how to keep in touch with the university.

Please be assured, the University is working to government guidelines to find a way to safely open Catalyst, and other buildings, and we will share this information in the coming weeks. For the latest updates from the University, please visit

In the meantime, stay safe and do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or if you need to discuss your specific circumstances:

Library and Learning Services