Category: Thing of the Day

A round-up of the bizarre and brilliant of the web corralled by the University of Portsmouth Library.

Staying well in academia

Academia can be a lonely and competitive place at the best of times, and working in isolation during lockdown makes everything more difficult. Happily there is inspiration in the form of a little book of inspiration, albeit written in the

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Happy holidays!

Wishing you all a restful (and/or productive, if you still have a small mountain of coursework to complete for January – don’t worry you won’t be alone!), a very Merry Christmas (if you are into that sort of thing), and

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McGraw Hill limited-time Christmas offer of (e)books cheaper than from Amazon!

We don’t normally post this sort of thing but this is one offer that’s probably too good for some of you to ignore. Book and ebook publisher McGraw Hill is giving students a 20% discount off all their titles ready for next

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Christmas socials during the Christmas closure

This year, UoP Global have produced a Virtual Advent Calendar with prizes to be won, including Amazon vouchers and a Portsmouth Football Club shirt! Some of the advent calendar doors also hold reminders about social events happening over the Christmas

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Get your digital Christmas on!

By this time we usually have a (sustainably sourced) Christmas tree scraping the rafters in the Library Atrium. Sadly a combination of lockdown and Covid Secure safe systems of work has prevented us joining together and manhandling a 13-foot spruce-fir

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Get outside and feel the plastic

Grab a bag and clean the beaches An environmentally aware student expressed concern about the levels of plastic building up on our local beaches recently. The formally organised mass beach cleans have been suspended because government regulations currently prevent people

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World AIDS Day

A very brief and incomplete history of AIDS Arrival of a pandemic AIDS came upon the world suddenly in the late 1970s. It arrived by stealth – a new and lethal infectious disease spreading increasingly rapidly with uncertain means of

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Staying well

Maintaining a sustainable routine, making sure your physical and mental wellbeing do not suffer, and staying on top of everything you need to do at university and in life in general can be a struggle at times. There are little

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Smile for the webcam

“Big Brother is watching you” beam into student bedrooms everywhere from the pages of Moodle as laptops are turned into Orwellian devices to watch students, beaming the reassuring words from the Ministry of Truth (or Minitru, to give it its

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Celebrating Black success

Traditionally society has held up role models for success that have been almost exclusively white.  As part of Black History Month, I want to try to redress this balance and hold up some role models that have impressed me over

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