Category: Thing of the Day

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

How to look out for your mate – an expert guide

Helping a mate or family member when they are low or bereaved can be extremely challenging and there is no easy way to know what (or how much) to say.  What is clear is that when people are very low

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A brief look at the life of a postgraduate…

Postgraduate study is a totally different animal. What do I mean by this? First of all, you are more mature and experienced than when you started your undergraduate studies. You should be more focussed as well. Which direction do you

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It’s National Writing Day!

It’s 26th June again, which means it must be National Writing Day.  I’m celebrating by writing this blog post.  I might move onto some emails later, and I will certainly be working on a book chapter for a scholarly monograph

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Happy Refugee Week!

This week people try to focus on the plight of those unwillingly forced from their homes by  People desperately seeking refuge have become a stigmatised group in recent years.  The term ‘refugee’ has become politically charged and carries with it

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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

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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

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23 wellbeing things. No. 23, Learning from life

People are a lot like ponds – both reflect without even knowing they are doing it.  Unlike ponds, people can work to improve their ability actively to reflect and learn from life experiences – what went well and what you

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23 wellbeing things. No. 22, Finding the right fuel

You have very likely heard your body compared to a car engine at some point in your life, probably at school.  The analogy is a crude one but useful.  Car (like computers, exams and all else that humankind has ever

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23 wellbeing things. No. 21, How to enjoy life (all of it)

It is vitally important to reward yourself regularly, especially when you are working intensively.  Make time each day just for you, to do things you really enjoy.  Treat yourself to a good book, a spell of gaming, a scented bubble

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23 wellbeing things. No. 20, When in danger or in doubt…

… run in circles, scream and shout ~ attr. US Navy, 1940s Exercise does wonders for mind and body.  Moving around lubricates everything, relaxes muscles that otherwise will tense after a long time spent sitting still.  It also releases lots

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