EThOS Share My Thesis Competition


The British Library is currently running a Twitter based competition for all PhD authors and current doctoral students, inviting them to say why their doctoral research is/was important, using the hashtag #ShareMyThesis.

The competition aims to raise awareness of the importance of doctoral research and increase visibility of the PhD thesis as a valuable source of research information. It is generously supported by Research Councils UK and Vitae, and there are some great prizes.

The competition closes on 9 February, when eight entries will be shortlisted and invited to expand their tweet into a blog post. Entries are flooding in already, and you can see them all here:

For further details, visit the competition page on the British Library website here:


Get Knitted… at the Charnwood Museum

museum_photoCall out to all Crafters!! Our Knitted Story is The Big Knitting Group’s latest research project and will culminate in an exhibition and installation at Charnwood Museum in the summer of 2015.

The project title ‘Our Knitted Story’ encompasses everything from knitting to embroidery and soft sculpture, anything textiles based, focusing however on hand knitting, the connections, bonds, memories and stories it creates through generations and across cultures. The deliberate use of the word Knitted in the title of the project refers to its use as a term to describe a cause to unite, become united, unify, become one, come together, become closer, band together, bond.

The focus of the project is on personal histories of hand crafting and will bring together stories and memories of knitting, crocheting and other textile based activities from the local community. As well as looking into the history of local Leicestershire Bishop Richard Rutt, who in October 1979 was named the Bishop of Leicester. He was also an avid knitter and authored the book A history of Hand Knitting in 1987.

Also as part of the exhibition there will be an installation entitled ‘The Enchanted Garden’, which will be used as a story telling environment and will be open to storytellers and other groups for the duration of the exhibition. The installation will also include all the flowers created for the #wellMAKING Craftivists Garden as an extension of the research into crafts ability to aid wellbeing.

Students from Loughborough University’s School of the Arts textile department have also been making objects for the exhibition.

Please check out the dedicated Pinterest board for the project, for inspiration and further info. You can re pin images and follow the board.

The group would also welcome short pieces of writing (no more than 200 words) describing your own crafting story. For example how did you come to your craft, how does it make you feel when you craft, do you share your craft and who with etc.

For further details of the project, visit this link:

International Student Book Club

照片 2Do you like reading stories and meeting people from other cultures? Would you like to develop your skills in spoken English? If so, this club is for you. You will discover the pleasure of reading short books by well-known authors and sharing your ideas in a friendly, relaxed environment. The club is free to join and you will be provided with all the books we discuss on a first-come first-served basis.

If you would like to know more, please email Sara Bosley at, or just come to our first meeting in the Library on 3rd February from 5pm to 6pm.

All students are welcome to the established Loughborough University Student Book Club where we discuss longer novels. For more information, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library:, ext. 222403, or why not join the Club’s Facebook page?

Image by Ningyi Jiang, an entry in our 2012 Photography Competition.

Library Housekeeping System Downtime on Tuesday 3rd February


The Library’s Aleph housekeeping system will be down for essential maintenance next Tuesday, 3rd February. While this work is undertaken, all the self-issue machines will be switched off and all book issues and returns must be done via the Customer Services desk on Level 3.

We are hoping that the work will be concluded by the afternoon, but the system should be considered at risk until we get the all-clear from Ex Libris.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Update on University Smoking Policy

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The University have just issued an update on their policy regarding No Smoking Zones around campus

As one of these zones covers the area immediately outside the Library, we would like to urge all students and visitors to take a moment to read this policy and be aware of the likely consequences outlined should it be ignored.

If you do wish to smoke, there is a shelter provided at the entrance to the Library Car Park (see diagram above). Library Staff and Campus Security will ask you to relocate to this shelter if you are found smoking within the no smoking area above.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Health & Well Being Week 26th-30th January

hwbThe Student Union is marking the end of the exam season by running a series of health and lifestyle events and activities around campus all this week (26th-30th January).

Health & Wellbeing Week is dedicated to encouraging students to discover new ways to improve and maintain their health and well being through the simplest of means, such as drinking more water or making subtle changes to your lifestyle.

Full details of the week’s activities can be found on the LSU page here, or you can follow the event on Twitter using the hashtag

Maintenance Work in the Library Beginning February

IMGP7883Beginning on Monday 2nd February Facilities Management will be replacing two aging chiller units in the basement of the Library building Plant Room.

These units are being replaced during the colder winter period as the cooling units are not deemed as necessary so much at this time. It is hoped the Library will be able to have a more stable temperature once these poorly performing units have been replaced.

This work is expected to be finished by Friday 17th April. It is not anticipated that this work will cause much noise or disruption to the Library in general as it will be carried out via the loading bay at the rear of the building. However the access road between the Library and the entrance to the Village Bar may be blocked at times while the contractors carry out the work.