Free Innovation & Enterprise Massive Open Online Course


The University’s School of Business & Economics, in association with FutureLearn, is starting another massive open online course (MOOC) next Monday (20th October) on the subject of ‘Innovation and Enterprise’.

The course will last 6 weeks, and will study the four main areas that influence the whole process of innovation and enterprise, using a model specially created by the MOOC team.

The aim of MOOC is to connect learners from all over the globe with high quality educators, and with each other; providing an enjoyable, social experience, with plenty of opportunities to discuss what you’ve studied, in order to make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.

No previous experience is needed to undertake this course and participation is completely free. To find out more, visit the FutureLearn site here:

Get the Know How for the Start of Term!

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New to the wonderful world of academic study? Need to freshen your study skills after your summer break? Want some help and advice in searching for and handling information and in how to study more effectively for the year ahead? Then look no further than our autumn season of ‘Get the Know How’ workshops starting this month.

Ranging from handy tips on essay & report writing to revising more effectively, referencing & citations and bibliographic software, there’s something for every academic occasion that will stand you in good stead for the duration of your course.

New students will certainly find our ‘Getting the most out of your Library’ tours especially useful next week – a perfect introduction to what the Library can offer you, even at this early stage in your degree.

Each session runs for approximately 50 minutes, and they’re hosted in Library Seminar Room 1. However, as these courses have always proved extremely popular in the past, we are asking that people register for them first via Learn. To do that – and to look at exactly what courses are on offer and when – visit this link:

Learn Online for Free this April with a Massive Open Online Course


Loughborough University is offering two courses as part of FutureLearn, the first UK-led provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs). Both courses are free and can be taken by anyone from around the world.

‘Innovation and enterprise‘ will give you the opportuntity to learn how an innovative idea becomes a reality. The course is led by our internationally renowned School of Business and Enterprise and runs for six weeks, starting on 14 April 2014.

Getting a grip on mathematical symbolism‘ will teach aspiring engineers and scientists to think mathematically and explore essential concepts. The three-week course is run by our award-winning Mathematics Education Centre and begins on 28 April 2014.

For further information, visit this link:

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography – Online Training Session

odnb-2Oxford University Press is running a free online training session next week for any Library users interested in learning more about how to use the online version of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, which the Library currently subscribes to.

The session begins at 11am (UK time) next Monday (10th February) and will take about 40 minutes and will look at different search options, features and practical uses of the resource. There will also be time for questions at the end. You can access the session anywhere – all you need is a computer with an Internet connection and sound, but you can test that your system will be able to connect to the session by going to

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is a unique and authoritative resource, providing over 56,000 essays on the men and women who have shaped British life and culture from the 4th Century BC to the year 2004. The essays are written by 10,000 specialist contributors, making this the largest collaborative tool in the humanities in existence.

Please register here if you would like to attend. You will receive an invitation which contains details of how to log in to the session. There is a limit of 30 participants, but if OUP receive more requests than that they will be offering further dates.

Refreshing research skills and raising research visibility

Gold open access; the green route;; Researchgate; Google Scholar profiles; h-index; impact factors… 

Are you a member of academic staff or research staff and these terms are a mystery to you? Or would you like to know more about how to make your research more visible? Or would you simply like to discover how to find information for your own research more effectively? If so, why not take some time out of the office or lab and come along to one of the Library workshops for Academic and Research Staff in March or July. They are all designed specifically for staff and research associates, with excellent feedback from attendees in previous years.

 “Really useful to understand impact of research”

“All great!”

“Practical session and useful advice.”

“Good pace and nice to try things straight after being introduced rather than all at end.  This was a very good session introducing a range of different resources.”

This year’s workshops are:

  • Finding research information;
  • Assessing your research impact with bibliometrics;
  • Increasing the visibility of your research;
  • Improving your research impact through open access.

To find out more about the sessions and book, please visit the Library’s Staff Workshops page.

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



'Elevenses' in the Library

“Summer Elevenses”
Have your cake and eat it!
Research Summer School in the Library

Every Wednesday at 11 over the summer, why not down-tools and head over to the Library for a slice of cake and a morsel of research training. Come and network with colleagues whilst picking up a hint or tip on a wide range of research-related topics. Each slot is a manageable coffee-break-sized 30 minutes – just enough time for a breather before you return to your desk refreshed and informed!


Making a name for yourself with a Google Scholar Citation Profile

11 July 2012

 Presented by Helen Young.

 Building Google Sites

18 July 2012

Presented by Martin Ashby

 In full bloom? Managing your research output in LUPIN and the Institutional Repository

25 July 2012

Presented by Angela Crawford, Naomi Dungworth and Katie Appleton


Managing your Research data – use it or lose it?
1 August 2012

Presented by Lizie Gadd

Managing your Research data – use it or lose it?


Research, organise and share it with Mendeley

8 August 2012

Presented by Frank Parry and Tariq Abdullah

 Find funding the easy way with Pivot

15 August 2012

Presented by Tracy Wootton

 Mobile apps for research

22 August 2012

Presented by Martin Ashby

Social Media – what’s hot?

29 August 2012

Presented by Ginny Franklin

All sessions are 11.00 – 11.30am in Library Training Room 1

To book your place please visit the Staff Development booking system or follow the hyperlinks in the table above.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Summer refreshment for your research skills. Training sessions for Academic and Research Staff


As your thoughts start to turn to research over the summer vacation, why not participate in one of the Library courses specifically for Academic and Research Staff. These small-group, practical workshops allow you to refresh and develop your information skills and dissemination strategies, as well as meet colleagues from across campus.

The workshops are:

Finding Research Information
Update yourself on the range of new information sources and services available from your desktop. The session will enable you to refresh and refine your information finding skills, as well as identifying sources to help you keep up-to-date with development in your research field.

Wednesday 4th July
10-12 noon
Library Training Room 1

Feedback from previous courses includes:

“Good overview of resources available & time to practice using them”
“Presenters were friendly and helpful”

Book yourself a place here:

Measuring and Improving your Research Impact with Bibliometrics
Find out how to assess the impact of your research through citation analysis, or bibliometrics. The Library provides access to a widening range of tools that can be used for this purpose. The session will demystify the topic, so that you can use these tools to your advantage, and provide an opportunity for you to practise using the tools discussed and demonstrated.

Thursday 5th July
2-4 pm
Library Training Room 1

Feedback from previous courses includes:

“Hands on sessions”
“Really useful to understand impact of research”
“[Presenters] very keen to explain in detail”

Book yourself a place here:


Improving your Research Impact through Open Access
This session will provide an overview of different open access publishing routes and how researchers and the University can harness the benefits.

Wednesday 11th July
2-3.30 pm
Library Training Room 1

Feedback from previous courses includes:

“Opportunity to discuss the topic”
“Involving the participants – was good to hear what other people think of OA & use it or not”
“All great”

Book yourself a place here:


Confronting Plagiarism

Plagiarism is often in the headlines, for example:

  • Students do not understand what it is.
  • Students are not utilising their academic skills to avoid being a plagiarist.
  • More students are being caught plagiarisng by detection software. 

Do these headlines strike a chord with you?  What does plagiarism mean to you and how does it impinge on your teaching?

There are a great variety of approaches to dealing with issues of academic misconduct and in particular plagiarism and there is much good practice to be shared.  With that in mind, we’re running a pair of lunch-time sessions for Academic and Support staff on the theme of ‘Confronting Plagiarism’, where you and your colleagues can share ideas and approaches.

An informal buffet lunch will be provided, during which participants will be invited to circulate and compare notes with their peers. 

No lunch is entirely free, of course! Members of the Teaching Centre and Library staff will attempt to ‘capture’ your practices for future training use. We would be delighted if you will come along to share what you do too, so why not bring with you any display materials or other departmental documentation you would like to share with colleagues.  Tutorial resources and case studies from other universities will also be on show. 

For catering purposes, it would be helpful to know if you will be attending either of the two events:

  1. Monday 25th June, in Library Training Room 1 12:00 – 2:00
  2. Monday 24th September in Rutland Building Room 1.01, 12:00 – 2:00

By using the face2face booking app on Learn at:

The principal contacts for the events are:

Ruth Stubbings (Library;


Bryan Dawson (Teaching Centre,

See you there!

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Get the Know-how survey–Win an Amazon voucher

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The library runs short courses on topics to improve your study skills, our aim is to help you feel more confident tackling your course work and exams. We are seeking your views on the type of courses we run,  are there any gaps, any other topics you would like covered???

This is the last reminder to make your views known  in our survey, we really appreciate your time. The survey is still active untill Thursday 31st May only, and we would welcome your views. We’ve had some really useful information so far which will help us develop the courses and make them more relevant.

The link for the survey is below and remember to give us your email address , as one person will be selected at random to receive a £25 Amazon voucher.