Westlaw is changing

Gavel and scales of justiceWestlaw is changing.  On Monday 5 August 2019, the Westlaw interface will change completely.  An early look by our Law subject team has suggested that there will be:

Changes we are happy to see

  • You will be able to highlight passages in seven different colours and add sticky notes!  No-one is yet certain (even the supplier’s product trainer) whether book passages can be highlighted in more than one colour at once, though.  We know this because our Assistant Law Librarian asked them.  That’s how in-depth our product questions get: we give supplier trainers a run for their money!
  • Westlaw certification is being updated and will be relaunched for the start of the new academic year.  Even if you completed Westlaw certification already, it is well worth taking it again for this new system!
  • The new folder system will be more sophisticated, with additional sharing and annotation options and a new favourites feature.
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Book recalls over the Summer Vacation (14th June – 19th Sept 2019)

Student carrying booksFrom Friday 14th June, no recall notices will be sent out. This means that from this date, you will not receive emails asking you to return a book you have on loan if someone else has reserved it. Read more ›

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New eBooks – May 2019

What follows is a list of new electronic books received by the Library during May 2019 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 – May 2019

What follows is a list of new books received in the Library during May 2019 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.] Read more ›

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Moving towards continuous performance management

Document revision

This week, we are pleased to present something a little different – a post offered to us by David Mizne from the award winning 15Five blog on methods for working continually towards continuous performance management… continuously.  I’m pretty sure there are at least two continuity errors in that last sentence, but you get my gist. 

Anyhow – here is the advice from Miz…


Surveys indicate that annual performance reviews offer little value to employees. Team members are actually far more engaged when they have the opportunity to receive consistent feedback throughout the year. Meeting with a supervisor but once a year to discuss an employee’s performance doesn’t provide them with the insights they need to improve.

Managers and HR professionals have begun to address the deficit of once-a-year reviews by shifting towards a continuous performance management approach. By regularly checking in with employees, managers can make sure they’re keeping the right priorities, offer them resources for building their skills, and recognize them for their achievements on a more frequent basis.

Interested in implementing this approach in your organization? If so, keep the following points in mind. They’ll help you develop employee performance management processes that offer genuine value to your workers and the company as a whole.

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Maths Café is closed now for the Summer!

Maths Café has closed for the Summer!  They will return from 16 September bringing you daily Maths (and weekly statistics, logistics and operational research) support.
Maths Cafe daily drop-ins advert
While library staff are happy to help you find books, ebooks and other resources that might help you, few if any of us are sufficiently well versed in mathematics or statistics to be able to help you reliably.  Should you need advice on mathematics and statistics between now and then, the best sources of expert help are:
  • the Maths Cafe online resources on Moodle
  • your Faculty/Departmental Learning Support Tutors
  • your lecturer(s).
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PsycINFO update (4 June 2019)

Our main Psychology resource, PsycINFO, is scheduled for a major update, expected to go live on Tuesday 4 June 2019.  This “reload” will implement the latest APA thesaurus tool.  Medical subject headings will be added as a search field and the default list of search fields will expand, so you might find that the default search returns more results from 4 June than before thanks to it searching these subjects headings and other new fields. Read more ›

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Portsmouth Municipal College survives the Blitz!

In November 2018, I blogged about Portsmouth Municipal College and its students during the First World War. To tie in with the D-Day 75 commemorations, this piece looks at the college in 1944 and the continuing impact of events earlier in the Second World War. The student magazine the Galleon once again gives us an insight into what it was like to study or work at the college in wartime.

~ Anna Delaney, University Archivist

Portsmouth Municipal College in 1944

By 1944, life at Portsmouth Municipal College had unsurprisingly undergone significant change and disruption. This included production of the Galleon magazine itself, which had not been published at all between Summer 1941 and January 1944.  In the early years of the war, both the Galleon editor and sub-editor were women, in a first for the student magazine. Read more ›

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Anxiety and its antidotes

Going away to university is often said to be the best years of a young person’s life, and yet the number of UK university students who report a mental health concern is now five times what it was ten years ago (Not By Degrees, Institute for Public Policy Research, 2017). Anxiety and depression are by far the most common mental health issues among UK students, according to a 2016 YouGov Survey. The growing concern over student anxiety prompted UK mental health charities Babylon Health, Student Minds and Nightline to collaborate on a project where powerful quotes gathered from anxious students were turned into illustrations “as a way of shining a light on the issue and bringing anxiety to life”:

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Happy National Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia!

Rainbow flagsHappy National Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia!  (Someone really should come up with a catchier name). 
May 17th was chosen to celebrate gender and sexual diversity after the WHO declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder on 17 May 1990.  While acceptance of human diversity has made slow progress over the years and 43 countries now recognise homophobic crimes as hate crimes, 70 countries worldwide still criminalise consensual sexual acts between same sex couples held in private, 9 of which execute those they find to have had same sex activity, including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen.  Life for many people who do not fit the arbitrary mould of what is considered acceptable in these places is made very difficult in order to flatter the prejudices of those who fear even slight differences between people.  Violence against trans people alone claims hundreds of lives every year.
This prejudice and persecution is well known to all those who are racially, religiously, cognitively or sexually different from the majority of those around them.  Many people are a victim of their own fears and believe the rest of the world is at fault for not conforming to their narrow view of what is ‘normal’.  Sadly, this seems all to be part of what it is to be human.
You can find out more and follow current concerns and trends on the May17.org website.
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