Demystifying the REF – Limited Edition Workshop!

Come and find out how to demystify research quality – Everything you always wanted to know about REF / impact … but were afraid to ask!

‘Demystifying the REF: What is research quality and impact?’ is organised by Professor Liz Stokoe and runs on 10th May between10am-3pm. It includes a Q&A session, and some preparation is necessary before the workshop starts.

ALL @lborouniversity and @lborolondon Doctoral Researchers are welcome. You can book via Learn:

Open Access Week 2017

It’s Open Access Week, and to mark the occasion we’re running a host of events across the week plus a competition to win some great prizes.

The theme for this year’s International Open Access Week is “Open in order to…”. This theme is designed to be an invitation to answer the question of what concrete benefits can be realised by making scholarly outputs openly available.

There are three ways you can get involved this week:

Summer Elevenses Are Back!

IMG_0044The University Library invite academics, research staff and PGRs to join them for a coffee/tea over the summer from 11-11.30am each Wednesday from 27th July to 17th August. 

Each week in Graduate House, you will have the opportunity to learn more about a research related topic, as well as to network with other researchers from across campus. This year we have built the topics around the theme of scholarly communication. Experts from the Library, Research Office and Civil and Building Engineering will be delivering short presentations, answering questions and leading discussions on key issues.

This year’s topics are:

Please click on the links above to find out more and to book.

We look forward to seeing you there!

PhD workshop on Copyright and your thesis

PhD students must comply with UK copyright law when writing or submitting their thesis. This session will explain some of the basics of UK copyright law including how to apply for copyright permission. It will also explain how you can retain your copyright when you start publishing your own work.

This course will be held on Tuesday 6th Novemkber, 10.00-11.30am.

Please register via



Journal TOCs the easy way

At the end of March 2012 we said a fond farewell to the journals’ table of contents service, TICTOCs. Training in how to use TICTOCS had become a regular feature of the Library’s workshop for PGRs on ‘Keeping alert to new information’, with many appreciative users, and so we glad that the service has been replaced by JournalTOCs. The benefit of the service is that you can add the RSS feed of your favourite journal to a newsfeedImage of journals reader service, such as ‘Google Reader’, and it will keep updating with details of the latest issue without you having to do thing!  You just go and look at it, when you have time, and find out about all the latest articles.

If you would like to know more about JournalTOCs, then why not visit its website or if you are a PGR student come along to the next ‘Keeping alert to new information session’ on 17th May.  If you are not a PGR student but would like advice about how to keep up-to-date with developments in your research field, why not arrange to meet with your Academic Librarian for some one-to-one advice?


University survey on open access publishing

In recent years, open access publishing and the institutional repository have become significant developments for academic staff and researchers. At Loughborough, the Library and the Research Office are jointly undertaking a study exploring University attitudes to open access etc. The findings from this study will be used to further develop appropriate help and support for University academic staff.

It would be very helpful if you could find 5 minutes to complete the online questionnaire

It will be available between the 23rd May 2011 and the 6th June 2011. The questionnaire allows people to be entered into a draw for two £50 Amazon vouchers. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Dr Graham Walton (tel: 22 2355 or e-mail; This study is part of a nationwide initiative to gauge researchers’ attitudes to open access etc. that is being overseen by the United Kingdom Council for Research Repositories.

 Open Access (storefront) by Gideon Burton

” open access – storefront” CC licensed photo from Flickr

Café Scientifique

The Graduate School is hosting an exciting meeting opportunity, Café Scientifique, this March aimed at research students across all faculties.

Café Scientifique is a forum to debate the latest ideas from all areas of research in Science, Social Sciences, Humanities and Engineering. This is a chance for PhD students to present their research to colleagues and academics in a relaxed, informal setting, with refreshments provided.

Professor Dennis Loveday will open the evening with a keynote speech, followed by four presentations from Loughborough research students. Presenters will take questions and debate their findings with the audience.

A buffet meal and wine will be provided as well as a cash bar so come along and chew the fat with other research students and academic staff.

This will be taking place at Burleigh Court on Thursday 17th March, from 5.30 – 7.30PM.