Category: Thing of the Day

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

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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Exploring being Black and LGBTQ+

Intersectionality matters: it’s hard being a heterosexual, white man.  It’s harder being black and harder still if you happen also to have been born a woman and/or LGBTQ+.  The statistics speak for themselves:  51% of BAME LGBT people reported having

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Becoming anti-racist

Looking toward a more equitable future, we must begin to evolve from simply ‘not being racist’ to actively being ‘anti-racists,’ intentionally addressing the question, “How do we become active contributors towards the eradication of racism and its effects on both

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Decolonising higher education

Disclaimer While the University takes decolonisation seriously and is taking active steps to make its library collections and curricula more inclusive and representative of a wider range of authors who are women and/or representative of different ethnic and cultural perspectives,

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4 referencing top tips Cite Them Right might not tell you

When it comes to referencing these days, it is usually pretty straightforward. Click the  icon on the Library website and then on Cite Them Right, log in (if you are not using the VPN – but seriously, if you can

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Study well: a whistle stop tour from tomato timers to workplace ergonomics

It is important to structure your study time to get the most from the hours you invest.  One of the most effective methods is known as the Pomodoro Method (from the Italian for ‘tomato’).  The inventor discovered that using his

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The subtle influence of privilege

It is very difficult to know when you have a privileged place in society; it is much easier to notice privilege for those who live without it.  All a privileged person is aware of is how hard life is, how

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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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Blog post writing competition alert!

For the fourth time running, the vLex International Law & Technology Writing Competition has returned.  Student everywhere are invited to write a 1000-word blog-style article on one of three topics.  The winner will win £1,500 and a 3-month internship at

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