Skills for Learning

Following the success of the essay writing themed week Skills for Learning are dedicating two weeks of workshops to help you research and write your dissertation.flyer_pics_3 (2)

From the 23rd November we’ll be covering topics including literature reviews, critical thinking, successful time management and referencing. For those of you who have to include statistical analysis, we’ll also be running workshops on SPSS, questionnaire design and analysing your data. Look out for the festively-themed red timetables and flyers for more details, or go to the workshop calendar on the Skills for Learning website to book your place.

During the fortnight, we’ll also be ‘popping up’ at City and Headingley, so come and say hello. Tutors will be on hand some of the time, so if you have any burning questions about academic writing, now’s your chance! We may even have some free copies of our ‘Little Books’ to give away…..

We’ll be in the Rose Bowl (near the Student Hub) from 12pm on Tuesday 24th November, and in the Student Hub at Headingley at the same time on Tuesday 1st December.  Hope to see you there!



Laptop Loans Feedback

Thank you to everyone who wrote on our feedback walls in both Libraries over the last couple of weeks. You’ve told us what you think (good and bad!) about the new laptop loans service (and we have to admit to having to look some of the phrases up to check what they mean!).


The majority of the comments were overwhelmingly positive so we’re really glad that you like the new service and hope you continue to use it.

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Thank you as well for your questions and suggestions. We have responded to as many of these as we could on the walls themselves, we’ll pass on where appropriate to Library managers, we’ll add them to the FAQS on our laptop loan webpage and we’re also looking at adding additional information to the screens.

Some of these queries are listed below so you can see what other people asked and what the answers were:

  • Annoying having to take it back every 4 hours when battery lasts a lot longer  – This is to ensure that the laptops can remain charged if a number of programs are running
  • Power buttons in a stupid place – We agree but this model of laptop has other good points so we chose them for their advantages
  • Can I take one home? – Sorry, they will only work on Eduroam (the wi-fi network) in our university
  • PDF’s do not open? – For problems with the laptops speak to us at the HIP or contact us on Chat
  • Great idea but it keeps logging me out after a few seconds – Sorry we will investigate this
  • Fantastic! But I feel it need to be more than 4 hours – They need charging after 4 hours
  • 50p per hour charges?! – Fines help ensure that laptops are returned promptly so they can be fully charged and made available as quickly as possible for other users. We compare our fines to those at other universities and keep ours as low as possible to be effective

We’ve ordered some screen wipes already in response to one suggestion, we’ve started a list of software you’d like to see on the laptops and we’re also looking into the request for chocolate!

The Sheila Silver Library refurbishment continues…………

The Project Design Group met after a short break to start to discuss plans for the next phase of the Sheila Silver Library refurbishment, with the first floor the next part of the Library to be redeveloped.

Work will start at the end of the academic year in May 2016 and will run throughout the summer vacation finishing in October 2016. Next May seems to be a long time away but there will be a lot to do before the first floor is closed for the summer, staff to relocate, furniture, PCs and printers removed and put into storage, architectural drawings to check and new furniture to choose, to name but a few.


We have read and collated all the feedback we received about the second floor and will use this when working on the plans for the first floor, by repeating some of the things that you really liked: the colour scheme, the variety of furniture and the USB/plug sockets. Also we will be increasing the number of Student Meeting Rooms on the first floor.

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Its early days at the moment but we will keep you posted on any developments and of course during the construction period we will be posting our usual frequent updates on progress.

We would still love to know what you think about the refurbished floors, you can send us a message via Twitter, Facebook, a What’s Your View? card or leave a comment on our blog.