LU Arts New Year Creative Writing Course

LU Arts Creative Writing evening class is back again in 2019 for another series, which is designed to hone your creative writing skills in any form. During this 10 week course, you will learn how to develop characters, utilize senses, create dialogue that will develop character and so much more. Their experienced tutor will focus on fiction but will be able to adjust course content to cover your particular writing needs!

“I loved the creative writing classes, particularly the variety of exercises and the balance between being encouraged to read work out and there not being any pressure to do so. Marianne was very encouraging and created a laid-back, inclusive atmosphere. The exercises she suggested helped me to think about my writing in different ways – the ‘crusty mustard’(!) exercise was especially useful in helping me to stop procrastinating and start writing something I could work with.” – Class Attendee (2018)

Places are now on sale and cost £50 for students and £100 for staff and the general public. To book classes, please follow this link: https://store.lboro.ac.uk/short-courses/lu-arts-lua/art-classes

The class will run every Wednesday evening 7-9pm from 9th January until 13th March 2019.

Free Times Newspaper Subscription for all Loughborough Students

Loughborough University is partnering with The Times and Sunday Times to offer all students a complimentary subscription to the newspaper’s digital content.

For the next 12 months, students will have digital access to The Times website and its smartphone and tablet apps.

The newspaper will also be hosting a series of exclusive events over the next year featuring its journalists and key political figures.

As a subscriber, you’ll be able to access a number of benefits, including:

  • Smartphone and tablet apps with exclusive interactive features
  • Access to special events with journalists, movie previews and private views
  • Get Odean 2-for-1 cinema tickets every weekend
  • Exclusive access to Premier League and Premiership Rugby video highlights
  • Download a free ebook each month from Times+

To start your subscription, simply follow the instructions you will have been sent to your student email.

Hall Arts Takeover 26th-30th November

LU Arts has an exciting jam-packed week of FREE creative activities for you to get stuck in to!

From the 26th–30th November, all halls on and off campus will have the opportunity to bring their creative flair and inspire their inner artist. With a wide variety of performances and workshops lined up over the course of a week, there is something for everyone to get involved with!

All workshops will be open to students from all halls and will feature in places such as common rooms and dining rooms, although you will need to book first in order to attend. Visit this link for booking information and a full details of the scheduled events – http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/calendar/event/hall_arts_takeover/

Essential Email and Groupware Maintenance, 27th November

Working with Microsoft, IT Services will be carrying out some essential maintenance work on part of our email infrastructure in order to maintain a resilient and supported email and groupware system. This work has the potential to be disruptive so IT Services have discussed and agreed the timing of this work with stakeholders and colleagues around the University. The work will take place on 27th November 2018 from 08:30-10:00am.

From 8:30am email sent to staff and students from outside of the University will be queued in order to prevent loss of email.  From this point you will not receive email from outside the University, nor email that is sent to email aliases and lists email addresses e.g. @lists.lboro.ac.uk, @dept.lboro.ac.uk until the work is complete.

Email within Office 365 i.e. between staff and students plus some types of groups, will continue to work as normal.

All other email to and from external recipients, including certain types of University mailing list and corporate applications, will be queued and delivered once the work is complete.

It is planned for work to be complete by 10:00am.  Further communication will be sent if the work extends beyond this and into the agreed 2 day ‘at risk’ window.

Once complete the work will provide us with a more reliable supported email and Groupware infrastructure for staff and students.

There is a possibility that this work will overrun, but IT Services will communicate this if this occurs. If you have further questions or queries please contact IT Services via IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk or telephone 01509 222333.

‘Co-working with Things’ – Exhibition Preview at the Martin Hall

Join LU Arts for the opening of Assunta Ruocco’s ‘Co-Working with Things’ in the Martin Hall Exhibition Space on Wednesday 14th November, from 4-6pm. Wine and refreshments provided, and the artist and curator will be present to discuss the work.

In 1947, artist Anni Albers urged us to consider ‘materials as our co-workers’. In so doing she invited us to develop new relationships with machines, tools, materials and working spaces. This exhibition explores how the things with which artists work can be seen as co-workers. All the artworks presented are based on simple sets of rules derived from what was possible within a particular, contingent context: working at home or in the printmaking workshop. The works are ongoing, and insist on labour intensive relationships with materials, tools and machines arranged within particular furnished spaces.

An exhibition of artistic research conducted as part of the practice-based PhD project ‘Co-working with Things. How Furnished Spaces Contribute to the Emergence of Artworks’, supervised by Gillian Whiteley and­­­­ Eleanor Morgan, within Loughborough University School of the Arts, English and Drama. All prints were produced within SAED Printmaking Workshop with the help and advice of printmaking tutor Pete Dobson. Exhibition curated by David Bell, with support from Radar­.

For further details visit the LU Arts website here.

Beating Stress the Library Way!

As today is National Stress Awareness Day, it’s a good time to remind you of the many ways the Library can help you to keep calm and carry on.

We offer a useful range of online advice sheets, covering everything from essay writing to revision skills – and stress busting!  We stock also stock an extensive range of self-help reading among the Mood Boosting and Books on Prescription range among our Leisure Reading section up on Level 4. To say nothing of the vast array of the latest fiction, biographies and graphic novels to help take your mind off your textbooks.

And if you’re getting stressed about finding information for your coursework, don’t panic – ask your Academic Librarian! Not only are they specialists in the knowledge areas for your particular Schools, they’re also very friendly and just love being asked questions! They also run, throughout the year, a series of Get the Know How sessions about practically every aspect of academic advice – sort of like our advice sheets, only with a friendly human face 🙂

Outside the Library, the University also provides specialist help with the mental rigours of academic life courtesy of the University Counselling Service, which offers a broad range of services ranging from one-to-one meetings with their experienced staff of fully trained counsellors, to online self-help resources and workshops tackling a variety of issues and topics including homesickness and meditation.

National Stress Awareness Day raises awareness about stress, how to prevent it and how to manage it once it occurs. Further resources on beating stress can be found on their website.

(Sadly Charlie the Cat isn’t available to borrow!)

LBA001: Academic Writing Workshops

Using academic language appropriately and correctly can make a tremendous difference to the quality of your work, but it doesn’t always come naturally.

The Academic Language Support Service offers a range of support in academic writing and study skills specifically aimed at and designed for native or near-native English speaking students.

Students can sign up on Learn module LBA001 for courses on

Coherence in writing 1 Wavy Top WAV0.41 30th October 5PM – 6.30PM

Punctuation and proofreading Wavy Top WAV0.41 1st November 5PM – 6.30PM

Coherence in writing 2 Bridgeman Building BRI 2.08 6th November 5PM – 6.30PM

Paraphrasing and summarising Wavy Top WAV0.41 8th November 5PM – 6.30PM