The Learning on Screen Awards want your film production!

Film and cameraThe Learning on Screen Awards 2019 are open for submissions.  There are categories open for university productions, student productions and more.

For more information and to submit your production/s please visit the new Learning on Screen website.

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of experts from across education and the film/TV industries.  There are eight awards categories for national broadcasters, production companies, museums, charities and college and university staff, as well as five categories for further education and higher education student productions. Many of our student winners have gone on to great success within the TV and Film industries, writing and directing major productions for the BBC and Channel 4 and picking up BAFTA awards, RTS awards and student Oscars along the way.  As befits such a celebration of achievement, the ceremony will take place at the iconic Curzon Soho in April. We are also delighted to announce our guest speaker as historian, broadcaster and author, Kate Williams.

The deadline for entries is Friday 11 January 2019 at 5pm, so there’s plenty of time to prepare your submission!

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Artfilms Weekend Festival (13-18 Dec)

Australian avante-garde, the emotion of design, and a Christmas concert

Interior design

Artfilms are offering another Weekend Film Festival showcasing films from a variety of disciplines, producers and cultures. The videos are free to watch until until the end of next Tuesday, 18th December.

To watch these films:

1. Login to the Artfilms streaming site as a guest:

  • Login name: filmfestival8
  • Password: artfilms

2. Once you are logged in, click on the film links below to watch the films. Read more ›

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New eBooks – November 2018

What follows is a list of new electronic books received by the Library during November 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 – November 2018

What follows is a list of new books received in the Library during November 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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How not to lose all your work just before the deadline

Life ring reading "save me"A new academic year dawns.  You might be about to settle to record results, write a literature review or write up a project you have been working on.  Now would be a good time to talk about how not to lose all your work with hours to go until hand in time.

Every year we meet a steady stream of students arriving asking whether USB memory sticks they have lost have been handed in.  What is worrying is that quite often they claim the only copy of their dissertation was saved to the memory stick they have lost.  To save you this horror storyshare a few tips on how to keep your work safe.  Here are a few tips to ensure that your assignments or dissertation do not disappear days before hand-in!

Join the pursuit of happiness

Save to your N-drive – Back up your work regularly (at least once at the end of each session you spend working on something) to your N-drive.  Even from home, if you have set up the VPN on your computer, you can connect to your N-drive and back up a copy regularly wherever you are.  MyPort offers step-by-step guidance for connecting to your personal computer to your N-drive.

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Faster than a speeding journal: return of the handwritten tasklist

Handwritten journalThe Faculty Librarian for Technology has characteristically uncovered the least technologically sophisticated way of keeping track of everything you need to do, using a notepad and pen.  The method is called “Bullet journalling”.  Combining a simple calendar with monthly task lists, a daily journal, personal goal records and customised lists, this method is a remarkably efficient way to keep track of immediate tasks, requiring only a few minutes a month to review what you have not got done and decide whether it is urgent, can be deferred or just written off and forgotten.  Such is the essence of productivity: the method encourages you regularly to reflect and prioritise, making you more productive and efficient in the longer term.

For the ardent app addict, the method can be easily adapted for use with any task scheduling app that allows you to reschedule tasks for future months and move them between lists.  You might have to hunt for the right app though, because the pen and paper system is remarkably simple to use.

Watch the five minute introductory video

Download the Library guide

Read (or even borrow!) the book extolling the entire system in all its complexity



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Library Christmas opening times now available

Library Christmas 2018 opening times postcardOur Christmas opening times are now available both on the Library opening hours page and in the form of pocket sized postcards you can collect and keep from the Library Reception or Welcome Desk.

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University Challenge comes to Portsmouth this week!

Postgraduate studentsThe University is conducting trials for the 2019 edition of University Challenge, the popular academic quiz hosted by Jeremy Paxman over the next two days (28-29 November) between 2-4 pm in Portsmouth, with each session taking less than an hour.

These trials are open to any current University of Portsmouth student.  The students with the best five scores will go ahead into the final.

Find out more on the Union newsfeed

Sign up for a trial at UniChallenge

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Mediated Space by James Benedict Brown

 by Dr. James Benedict Brown is the title of new book from RIBA Publishing and also the title of a conference paper given at ARCLIB, the Architecture Librarians’ Conference in July. James, essentially whet our appetite with this visually engaging introduction to his latest publication. An architect by profession, he shared the burden of his inability to engage with the built environment in any way but critically; noticing the smallest detail of a cornice, a pillar, how people navigate spaces in restaurants and so on. He has even taken this to spotting things in spaces mediated by television. Questioning, “Why is it like that?” has culminated in this book.

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Beautiful Bookplates on Display

We have a collection of books on display in the Atrium of the Library which show some of our Rare Books and in particular the beautiful bookplates inside. We have found that we have bookplates in our collection designed by William Blake and Hermann Struck (who drew Albert Einstein and Oscar Wilde) and that Portsmouth Polytechnic had its own bookplate for the architectural books that form the Bolton Collection.

On show, we have some of the simple and beautiful bookplates that we have discovered so far.  Many of us don’t collect books or keep them for as long as people in the past did, so we don’t use bookplates so much anymore. Opening one of these old books and finding beautiful art inside the front cover, feels like discovering treasure and opens a light on the past.

Bookplate designed by William Blake .The motto ‘Gorage! God mend al’ is an anagram of Grevilles father’s name – George Macdonald who was a Scottish author and poet.

Bookplates first appeared in the 15th Century in the libraries of nobility, the gentry and professional men to state ownership of books. The earliest ones were simple designs from a woodcut print, but they then developed into heraldic themes representing the family name with a coat of arms.  The use of engraving in the 17th century meant the designs became more complicated and often included a motto. The early 18th century the designs were larger and more elaborate incorporating mermaids, shells and mythical creatures on a detailed background. Later in the century, they became even more pictorial and often featured elements of the owner’s occupation.  Other design features were household imagery – inkwells, books and elements of furniture design. By the late 19th century bookplates could be found in many households and were personally designed to reflected movements in art like Art Nouveau and were often illustrative, included themes of fantasy, nature and animals. Into the 20th century, designs are simple, bold and used colour in their designs.

If you would like to come and see the books they will be on display in the glass display cupboard in Library Atrium until the end of November after which they will return to the darkness of the Rare Books Room. Enjoy them while you can!

For more information on book plates please see:

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