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Research Support Centre – Coffee Morning

Our next Coffee Morning on Wednesday, 21st February will be hosted by Dawn Hibbert, Head of Research Support, LLS.  Dawn and the RSB team will be on hand to help with any questions you may have on research data management, open access, funding applications, bidding or researcher development along with the topic of the moment, REF 2021 and Impact.

Please drop in between 10.30am-12pm in the Library and Learning Services meeting room on the ground floor, Park Campus Library. Warm refreshments and nice biscuits along with friendly advice will be on offer.


Goodbye and thanks

Rosalie at Foxton

Rosalie at Foxton Locks

My apologies for using the Research Support Hub for a personal message, but as many of you will know, today is my last day at the University of Northampton.  I am retiring.

I wanted to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all of my research colleagues for the support you have given me over the last few years.  It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with such a committed and hard-working group of people and I have greatly appreciated the tolerance and acceptance that I have experienced.

My daughter is getting married on Friday and my husband and I have a few holidays lined up before we set off on our big trip on Rosalie, our narrow boat.  It is all really exciting but leaving Northampton is still a wrench.

I wish you all every success in your research endeavours.  Hopefully my replacement will be appointed soon, but in the meantime I leave you in Nick‘s capable hands.

Goodbye and good luck.




Open Access at the University of Northampton: state of play

Since 2007 Library and Learning Services have been offering services to researchers wishing to engage with the Open Access (OA) agenda.  This post summarises the policy, services and support now available at the University of Northampton.

Open Access policy:

In December 2015 the University Research and Enterprise Committee approved an OA policy for the University.  Aligned with, and supporting, HEFCE’s open access policy for the REF, the University policy states: “the University supports the principle of open access and expects researchers to share their research outputs freely, subject to legal, ethical, commercial or contractual constraints”.  The policy requires researchers to ‘act on acceptance‘ in depositing their work in the University’s institutional repository, NECTAR.

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Workshop: Publishing and reviewing with Taylor & Francis

Library and Learning Services in conjunction with the Graduate School are delighted to announce a new workshop for research students and staff.

Elaine Devine from Taylor & Francis will be leading the workshop and will bring a publisher perspective to the two important scholarly activities of getting published and becoming a peer reviewer.


10 – 11am How to get published in an academic journal: tips to help you succeed
  Questions / break
11.15am  – 12pm How to be an effective reviewer for an academic journal
12 – 12.30pm Breakout review exercise on effective reviews for journals Including feedback and questions
12:30 – 1pm Lunch
1pm – 2pm Taylor and Francis focus group: give your views on the journal article publishing process (optional)

Where:  Pytchley 101, Park Campus

When:   Thursday 30th June from 10am to 1pm (includes lunch)

Who:      Research students and staff

To book a place:      Please register on our Eventbrite site

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Researcher help desks – Summer 2016

I’m so sorry – we’ve been having a somewhat hectic few weeks and I completely forgot to post the new term’s help desk dates!

These are the dates we have planned but of course you can always contact Nick or myself directly to fix up a time to meet that suits you better.

nu-information-services-park-401Park Library R2.20:

  • Friday 29th April – 2 to 4pm
  • Wednesday 11th May – 10am to 12 noon
  • Monday 23rd May – 10am to 12 noon
  • Friday 10th June – 10am to 12 noon
  • Thursday 23rd June – 2 to 4pm
  • Thursday 7th July – 10am to 12 noon (**updated)

Avenue Library MG1:

  • Tuesday 3rd May – 10am to 12 noon
  • Thursday 19th May – 10am to 12 noon
  • Wednesday 1st June – 2 to 4pm
  • Monday 13th June – 10am to 12 noon
  • Tuesday 28th June – 2 to 4pm

We look forward to seeing you at Park or Avenue library.

You talk, we’ll listen: recruiting for new advisory panel

A message to research students from Library and Learning Services:

nu-information-services-park-401“As part of our commitment to meeting the real needs of students we want to recruit Advisors to sit on a new LLS Advisory Panel, where you will help to shape the services, resources, environments and future of LLS.

Commitment would be mainly via a NILE forum, where we would ask for comments on a wide range of issues, but we will also hold occasional, informal Panel lunches.

No special qualifications are needed and you will not be representing anyone’s views but your own.  All we ask is that you are interested in shaping how we support your studies and are committed to joining in the discussion.

So if you would like to make a difference and enhance your CV at the same time, please give your name and email address to a library helpdesk or send your details to”

21,000 new e-books available

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Library and Learning Services (LLS) has recently acquired three new e-book packages from major publishers, which together provide access to more than 21,000 e-book titles. All the titles are digital rights management (DRM) free, provide simultaneous multi-user access and are available via single sign-on through NELSON and the library catalogue.

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LLS Advisory Panel – new members wanted

Headphones study 2LLS is reconvening this important group and it would be great to have representation from research students. The group meets online via a NILE forum so you can contribute as and when it suits you.

You don’t even have to contribute to every discussion – just add your opinions on things that matter to you.  Only by hearing from research students can LLS ensure its services are meeting your needs.

Chris Powis, Head of Library and Learning Services, explains:

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Research active: Library and Learning Services conference

LLS Conference 2014 logoFeaturing a keynote address from Professor Charles Oppenheim, recently appointed Visiting Professor to LLS, the second biennial LLS conference will showcase the research activity that underpins our services. It will be packed with new ideas to inform teaching and learning pedagogy and to facilitate engagement with innovative technologies.

Recognising that people have many other calls on their time, this year we’d like to encourage academic colleagues to attend either part or all of the day.

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‘Help desk’ dates

nu-information-services-park-407New term, new dates for your diary:

At Avenue Library:

  • Tuesday 6th May, 10am-12noon
  • Thursday 22nd May, 2-4pm
  • Friday 13th June, 10am-12noon
  • Tuesday 24th June 10am-12noon

At Park Library:

  • Friday 2nd May, 10am-12noon
  • Monday 12th May, 2-4pm
  • Tuesday 3rd June, 10am-12noon
  • Thursday 19th June, 2-4pm

These sessions are intended to be ‘drop-in’ opportunities for any researcher to chat with the LLS research support team.  Of course if you’d prefer to see us at any other time then just get in touch with either Miggie or Nick to arrange a suitable date.

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