Sketching the past: commemorating 20th century architecture

Portsmouth’s now-demolished Tricorn Centre, once voted Britain’s ugliest building, has been honoured in an online tribute to Britain’s lost 20th century architecture.

From The Tricorn Centre in Portsmouth to Birmingham Central Library, a project has been launched that illustrates ten of Britain’s most iconic lost post-war gems as a way of remembering this important part of our heritage.  You can view the entire image collection here.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder?

One of the most controversial but iconic buildings in Portsmouth, the Tricorn Centre is still being celebrated some 14 years after it was demolished.  In 2009, the architectural campaign group The Rubble Club named the multi-story shopping centre Britain’s ‘Best Demolished Building’.  In 2014, a tall steel window from the building was put on show at the Venice Biennale of Architecture (VBA). Read more ›

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Open source accessibility software now available from library desks

The Library now supplies the open source “MyStudyBar” software on USB stick for you to take away and use for free.  Please ask for a copy from library staff at staffed ground floor library desks.  These are available to anyone but would be of most use to dyslexic students and those with specific learning disabilities who are waiting for their Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) or dyslexia assessment to be processed and international students who are not entitled to a DSA.
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Happy National Simplicity Day!

Bonsai treeHappy National Simplicity Day (for yesterday)!

Simplicity is at the heart of beauty, function and reason.  It has been argued by many thinkers from Epicurus to Henry David Thoreau, who reflected on the joys of simple living in his book “Walden”.

National Simplicity Day is observed in America every 12th July in Thoreau’s honour.  Click or tap here to read more.

“In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.”

~Henry David Thoreau

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The plight of drunken gulls

SeagullMany of you will know the feeling of a hangover: the nausia, headache, disorientation and a mouth that feels strangely rough and furry.  What you might not realise is that getting drunk, and in many cases very drunk, is not just a habit of some humans.  It is common to other animals, including monkeys (though sadly not elephants, despite the popular myth).  Now seagulls appear to have gotten themselves drunk after drinking brewery waste!  They reportedly stagger around in confusion, stinking of alcohol until they vomit.  They then start to recover.

I’m sure I’m not the only person wondering whether some gulls are going to come back for more and learn just how much brewery waste gets them pleasantly tipsy.

Click or tap here for more about the plight of drunken gulls.



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New eBooks – June 2018

What follows is a list of new electronic books received by the Library during June 2018 ordered by title. More complete details, as well as listings from previous months, are available on our website’s New Books page in the form of downloadable Excel spreadsheets.

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New Books – June 2018

What follows is a list of new books received in the Library during June 2018 ordered by classmark. More complete details, as well as listings from previous months, are available on our website’s New Books page in the form of downloadable Excel spreadsheets.
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It’s Staff Sports Day!

The Library team at the 2018 Staff Sports Day

If you’ve been wondering why staff from across campus have been whooping it up on the grass of Ravelin Park, it is all in aid of a very good cause: the annual Staff Sports Day.  We are very grateful to Sports & Recreation for providing staff with an excuse to run around like school children for an afternoon once again, bonding as a team and letting off steam, almost literally in this hot, muggy weather!

Here are a couple of photos of library staff giving their utmost in the name of sports fun.  Check out the Sports & Recreation website to see their range of summer deals.

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International Women in Engineering Day

Woman engineerHappy International Women in Engineering Day!

Women have traditionally been underrepresented in the science, technology, computing and mathematical professions, yet their contributions have been critical in shaping the modern world, as STEMjobs and IveyEngineering describe.  Ada Lovelace invented the fundamentals of programming before electronic computers were even invented, Grace Murray Hopper first coined the term debugging code, which at first meant removing insects that had become caught in the delicate calculating machinery.  While in science Marie Curie stands out as one of the most influential figures in twentieth century physics, who remembers Einstein’s wife, who was a respected engineer in her own right, or the small group of black American women who were instrumental in putting man on the moon, whose tale is now chronicled in recent Hollywood film release “Hidden figures”?

A lack of visibility of women working successfully in these fields is recognised to have discouraged others from following in their footsteps. International Women in Engineering Day is intended to help counter this trend by shining a spotlight on the success of women working as engineers. You can find more support and campaign
ideas for anyone encouraging more women engineers from WISE, the Campaign for Gender Balance in Science, Technology and Engineering and IEEE Women in Engineering.  You can also find out more about women in science and technology through the Discovery Service or browse the IEEE Women in Engineering magazine. Read more ›

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Happy World Blood Donor Day!

World Blood Donor DayHappy World Blood Donor Day!  14th June each year is when the world celebrates the altruistic actions of millions who donate blood to maintain badly needed reserves of blood and blood products, such as plasma.  Anyone who is injured, falls ill, requires an operation or otherwise needs blood, including hemophiliacs, cancer patients and others with blood disorders rely upon these donations of blood to survive.  The World Health Organisation website explores the role of blood transfusions in more detail.

Blood banks are frequently understocked, sometimes dangerously so, and donors are always in great demand.  If you are thinking about becoming a blood donor, you can find out more here.


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Showcasing your blossoming research for REF 2018: introducing ORCIDs

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment approaches once again.  Research England has strongly recommended anyone submitting to the REF in 2018 to have their own Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID).  If you want more information on setting up and linking your ORCID to your PURE profile, we have you covered.

Click or tap here to find out more about ORCIDs and how to make them work for you.


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