Feeling enrepreneurial? You’re in good company

Thinking of starting your own social enterprise after university or during your sandwich year? You are in good company and there are many sources of support.

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Sit back in front of the big screen this LGBTQ+ History Month

It’s February, which means it’s LGBTQ+ History Month – the time we help people to understand better what it is like for sexually and gender diverse people, to help correct misconceptions, and help people understand the lived experiences and particular needs of LGBTQ+ people. Rather than going on alarmingly about the ongoing discrimination and double-standards of lived existence in society (tales of plight and attempts at education to follow in later blog posts), I’m going to kick off this month by inviting you to the ever-exciting and thought-provoking LGBTQ+ Film Festival.

A collaboration between the LGBTQ+ staff network and Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) has is streaming a series of films online over the next few weeks. These films are free to the first 100 students and staff to sign up and just £3 for everyone else who wants to tune in – whether they are members of the university or not. Each film is followed by an open discussion forum where you are invited to share and discuss your thoughts and observations.

Help us promote the film festival!

Please share the details on social media, with friends, family and anyone at other universities who might be interested. Everyone is more than welcome!

This Saturday, 6 February at 7 pm

50 Years Legal (2018). Cert 15 Documentary / 77min
Watch it using this link
Watch for free using promo code 50years50 (This link only works on Saturday – sorry, I did’t know this when originally posting!)

Remember – only the first 100 tickets are free, so sign up quick!

Post-film discussion
Saturday, 6 February, 8.15 – 9.30 pm
Drop in and discuss your reactions to the film, about everything from the cinematography to the thoughts and feelings it provoked at the post-film discussion on Zoom. I will be chairing each Zoom and trying to make it entertaining while giving all different reactions and discussions space to be heard (wish me luck!).

Drop in and chat on Zoom here. (You will need to register for a free Zoom account if you do not have one already.)

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Why you should love your subject pages

I am answering a lot of enquiries from clients at the moment asking me how they can find better information than they have done through Google Scholar or the Discovery Service.

Google Scholar has the nasty habit of showing you the titles and abstracts of things you cannot read in full, while the Discovery Service searches across a huge range of subjects, which makes it a great place to search when you first start out but it is not necessarily capable of the in-depth searching you might need in the later years of your degree. This raises the question, where should you be searching for all the best research articles, market reports, video clips and other resources you might need for your assignments? Happily, the answer is simple: your subject pages.

Your subject pages are portals to journal articles, subject specific resources, and so much more
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New eBooks – January 2021

The following is a list of new ebooks received by the Library during January 2021 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 – January 2021

The following is a list of new books received in the Library during January 2021 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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Mental health and wellbeing resources for all occasions

Many thanks to Zarah Vernham in the Department of Psychology for pulling together the most comprehensive list of support services we have been able to promote to date.

Need urgent support?


Shout is a free, confidential, 24/7 text-messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope or anyone who is in crisis. This is a great service for those who don’t want to speak on the phone or see someone in person. Text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258.

University Wellbeing

Urgent support is available to all students between 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday. Call (023) 9284 3466. Click this link for a full overview of services on offer.

The Samaritans

A 24-hour non-judgemental, listening service that is available whenever you need to be heard. Call 023 9269 1313. There are also less urgent services available online.

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Lexis UK law database training this February

Love at first cite. With your Student Associate.

  • Become a pro at legal research.
  • Stand out from the crowd.
  • Add to your CV.

Training sessions are running at 6 pm every Wednesday this February on Zoom. Book ahead to avoid disappointment:

Upcoming sessions this February

Any questions?

If you have any questions, please email Freya Piper (up934189@myport.ac.uk).

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British Library research webinars

The British Library has started offering a series of online training sessions aimed at PhD students, including sessions on web archives, media and music collections, along with contemporary society and culture.

Next up – exploring the British Library’s African & Asian collections on Wednesday 27 January.

Watch recordings of past sessions and sign up for future sessions here.

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Scheduled Ebook Central downtime

Ebook Central will be temporarily unavailable between 3 – 11 am UK time on Sunday 31 January. Please plan your work accordingly.

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Limited library service interruption (resolved)

Update 26 January 2021 –

All library services are now working normally again. If you have been unable to register to place an interlibrary loan, you should now be able to do so.

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