Library Opening Hours During the Easter Vacation

March 28, 2017 Steven Lake

As term ends on Friday, from Monday 3rd April the Library will be switching to a vacation opening hours schedule until the start of the next term on Monday 1st May.

Our opening hours will be as follows:

Sunday: Closed

Monday: 9.00 – 8.00

Tuesday: 9.00 – 8.00

Wednesday: 9.00 – 8.00

Thursday: 9.00 – 8.00

Friday: 9.00 – 8.00

Saturday: Closed

The Library will be closed along with the rest of the University over the Easter Bank Holiday period for six days days from Thursday 13th April, through until 9am on the following Wednesday, 19th April. Do please note our later opening time – 9am instead 8.30am – plus the fact that we are closed every weekend during the vacation until Saturday 29th April.

Additionally, the PC Clinic will be switching to its vacation opening schedule as well, which is Monday to Friday, 11am to 3pm. Out of these hours, you can contact the IT Services Help Desk, which is staffed 8.30am-5.30pm Monday-Friday.

(Library Café and Shop opening hours during the vacation have yet to be confirmed.)

We return to normal term-time opening hours on Saturday 29th April. The Library will be open as usual on Bank Holiday Monday, 1st May, albeit with a skeleton service at the desks and PC Clinic.

One last date for your diary – the Summer Term 24-7 exam period opening begins on Thursday 25th May.

Have a good Easter!

Staff member and graduate to run London Marathon for Loughborough research

Staff member and graduate to run London Marathon for Loughborough research

March 27, 2017 Liam

Around 10 years ago my Grandad was diagnosed with arthritis of the hands. Since his diagnosis, the crippling disease has had knock-on effects on his health including Parkinson’s disease and an incredible difficulty to walk and speak. Continue reading

The unstoppable Loughborough Students Dance Club

The unstoppable Loughborough Students Dance Club

March 27, 2017 Symrun Samria

For the last three years, March has been one of my favourite months at university because it means that the Loughborough University Dance Comp is just around the corner. Continue reading

Power Supply Issues in the Library and on Campus - RESOLVED

March 27, 2017 Steven Lake

The power to all University buildings has now been restored.

The Facilities team has identified the cause of the problem and is working to provide a permanent solution. We anticipate no further disruption while this work is carried out, unless faults occur elsewhere on the network.

If anyone is experiencing any localised disruption to power, please contact the FM helpdesk.

We apologise for any inconvenience there has been this morning.


The Library is currently experiencing issues with its power supply.

This is a campus wide issue.

Although the power is on at present, it is at risk of going off again.

Many PCs across the Library are still without power.

Cleaning Staff have NOT been able to clean the Library, so there will be some mess.

University Facilities Management are working to fix the problem ASAP.

Please bear with us until everything is fixed.

We are sorry for any inconvenience. 


Borrowing & Renewing Books for the Easter Vacation

March 24, 2017 Steven Lake

Our extended Easter vacation loan period begins this Friday 24th March. All books borrowed from the Library or renewed after this date will be issued until the following dates for the following users:

  • Long Loan and Week Loan books for Undergraduates, will be due for return on Wednesday 3rd May.
  • Long Loan and Week Loan books for Undergraduate Finalists and  Postgraduates will be due for return on Friday 5th May.
  • Staff and Postgraduate Researchers Week Loan books will also be issued until Friday 5th May. All Long Loans will be issued until 30th June.
  • All Leisure Reading Books will be issued until Wednesday 3rd May.

Please note we do NOT recall books over the Easter vacation, but any reserved books borrowed from our hold shelf which still have outstanding requests may only be borrowed for one week – as always, please check the issue date when borrowing or renewing a book to avoid any fines.

Put a Spring in Your Step with the Student Book Club

March 23, 2017 Steven Lake

Book lovers may like to put Tuesday 2nd May in their diaries, as that will be the date the Student Book Club meets for the first time during the Summer Term, with a particularly seasonal book up for discussion this time.

Spring Tales is an anthology of striking short stories on the theme of Spring, and is one of a quartet of collections inspired by the seasons.

So if you’re looking for a little something different to tide you over the Easter holidays, why not sign up for a copy at the Level 3 desk?

The Book Club will be meeting at the usual time, 730pm, in the usual place, the Library Staff Room, but on a slightly different day – Tuesday – as the Monday is, of course, a Bank Holiday.

For more information about the Club, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library: S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk, ext. 222403, or why not join the discussion on our Facebook page?

University Road Closed, Saturday 25th March 7.30-10.30am

March 23, 2017 Steven Lake

This Saturday 25th March University Facility Management shall be tarmacking across a stretch of University Road following the replacement of a water main between Telford Hall and the Wolfson Building. This means that University Road will be closed between Pilkington Library and University Lodge on Saturday 25th March 7.30am until 10.30am approximately. 

The bus service will still run but will enter the campus off Epinal Way loop round Margaret Keay Road  back onto University Road and out of the Epinal Way entrance. They will then go up Ashby road to the roundabout down Holywell Way to Holywell Park bus stop and then reverse the route. Please note that the bus stops on University Road shall not be in use during these times apart from the stop opposite Rutland Building. 

Visitors arriving by car will only be able to access the Library Car Park through the Holywell Park/Burleigh Court entrance.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

10 things only the #LboroFamily will understand

10 things only the #LboroFamily will understand

March 22, 2017 Rachel

We’ve explored some of the many quirks of Loughborough life that you just can’t explain to those outside the bubble.

Continue reading

Clients not Migrated to Configuration Manager

March 22, 2017 Gary Hale

I have created a summary report for PCs which have not yet migrated to the Configuration Manager Current Branch site.

The Report can be found here: – \\ws2.lboro.ac.uk\DesktopResource\Windows\W7\common\Procedures\Configuration_Manager_Current_Branch\Reporting\Non Migrated Staff Clients.xlsx

Please could you investigate these PCs and ensure they are migrated. If after using the Troubleshooting Guide, you are unable to migrate the client, then please log a case with the IT Service Desk for investigation.

Kind Regards


CAP Forum: Research-informed curriculum design: successes and challenges

March 22, 2017 Tom Berry

Our most recent CAP Forum focused on research-informed curriculum design. As a recent Research-informed Teaching Award winner, Dr Line Nyhagen took us through some of her wonderful successes and some of the challenges she has faced in four specific innovative teaching practices which were designed to enhance student engagement.

  • The first is a field visit to a local mosque in order to allow her students to understand ‘lived religion’, where she emphasised that it is important that the pedagogic intention of any field visit is clear. Previously, there had been no field visits in the Social Sciences Department, and so she sought advice from the Geography department on the basics and reflected on what went well and what she could improve after the first year of running the trip. The trip was very successful; the feedback from participating students was overwhelmingly positive, alongside a post on the department newsfeed talking of its success. However, the main challenge she faced was that the attendance on the trip was quite low. The following year, Line took on board feedback on that particular issue and added organised transport and included an assessment element related to the trip that was worth 10%, which dramatically increased the attendance.
  • The second example discussed was a ‘Coursework Topic Approval Forum’ which was used instead of a list of essays from students to select from. It involved students having to use a forum on Learn to get approval and feedback for their coursework title which could be about any topic they were interested in on the module. This fostered the sharing of ideas and allowed transparent formative feedback to be given to all students. Although this had many successes, it generated quite a lot of additional work for Line, and made a small proportion of students uncomfortable. Upon reflection, this year Line has chosen to produce both a list of essay titles and allow students to choose their own titles if they wish, nonetheless they must use the new general coursework forum for any questions related to coursework so that formative feedback continues to be shared among all students. A lot of the discussion afterwards focused on this area and suggested ideas such as having the group as a whole come up with the list of questions and queried why it was online and not in person in a session which was agreed would also work.
  • Line also spoke about ‘Memory Work’ as a method to teach gender and other identities, which is a research method she has used in her own research. This encouraged students to see themselves as both the researcher and the research subject, and allowing students to feel an ownership of the material being used to teach as it was generated by themselves. This in turn increased student engagement. This topic also generated lots of questions and discussion about how the technique could be applied to teaching in other areas, for example as an aid to reflecting on group assignments.
  • The final topic discussed was her ‘In-class Policy Awareness Event’ which she used as a new technique for increasing student engagement this year. She did this by trying to find topics directly relevant to her students, and this year chose sexual harassment policy due to the recent focus of the NUS on the topic, as well as it being one of her students’ dissertation topics last year. She took the students through the University’s Zero Tolerance policy, conducted research in-class using a quick SurveyMonkey questionnaire with results immediately available in the classroom. She also asked her students to come up with campaign ideas and proposals for increasing awareness, which was an identified problem. As an unintended consequence of this session, Line was able to take these suggestions to the Athena SWAN Team in her the school, which she leads. She has also shared the class findings and policy proposals with the Director of Student Services.

If you have any questions for Line about her experiences please feel free to contact her at l.nyhagen@lboro.ac.uk or take a look at her twitter at @Line_Nyhagen. Alternatively, if you have any ideas of topics you would like to deliver on or hear about for future CAP Forums, please let us know by emailing Dr Glynis Perkin at G.Perkin@lboro.ac.uk or take a look at our Twitter at @LboroCAP.


Further Information:

The department’s newsfeed about the mosque visit:


A blog post related to Dr Line Nyhagen’s research:


Dr Line Nyhagen’s staff webpage:


IET Digital Library Downtime, Saturday 25th March

March 22, 2017 Steven Lake

Here is an advance warning that the IET Digital Library will be offline for the day for an important system upgrade on Saturday 25th March, so all IET titles will not be available that day.

Service should be restored in the morning on Sunday 26th March. For further details visit the IET website: http://digital-library.theiet.org/

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

Jumping my way through University

Jumping my way through University

March 21, 2017 Gemma Wilkie

So I’m all settled into the new semester and still incredibly excited to be back! Although, things are sometimes a bit tough with balancing the social and academic calendar… Continue reading

Hannah's guide to renting a student house

Hannah's guide to renting a student house

March 21, 2017 Hannah Timson

March came around quicker than I would have liked. Other than signalling that I’m now half way through my degree after receiving my semester one marks, at the end of this month I’ll be officially leaving my teenage years behind. Continue reading

Tricia's snippets 2017-03-21

March 21, 2017 Tricia

An interim ‘catch up’ blog!

From Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health Newsletters 220 & 221:

JMP Thematic Report on Safely Managed Drinking Water Services available online

The JMP has published a thematic report, describing plans for monitoring “safely managed drinking water services”, the global indicator for SDG Target 6.1 on drinking water. The first section of the report examines the SDG vision for universal access and the specific language used in the formulation of global targets. New ‘ladders’ for monitoring drinking water services at home, at school and in health facilities are presented, together with proposals for enhanced monitoring of inequalities and affordability. The second section examines the availability of data on the different elements of safely managed drinking water services and discusses challenges associated with combining data from different sources in order to track the progressive elimination of inequalities and global progress towards the SDG target. The report is available from the JMP website: https://www.wssinfo.org/sdg-baselines/safely-managed-drinking-water-services/

Publication of the Guidelines for drinking-water quality, fourth edition incorporating the first addendum.

WHO’s Guidelines for drinking-water quality (GDWQ) provide an international reference point for the setting of national or regional regulations and standards for drinking-water quality to protect public health. This first addendum updates the fourth edition of the GDWQ to reflect new evidence and provide additional explanations to support better understanding and application of the guidance.

For more information, visit: http://www.who.int/entity/water_sanitation_health/publications/drinking-water-quality-guidelines-4-including-1st-addendum/en/index.html

Journal of Water and Health

WHO and IWA Publishing collaborate in the Journal of Water and Health (http://jwh.iwaponline.com/)

Click on the links below to view abstracts of selected papers included in the latest issue of the journal http://jwh.iwaponline.com/content/15/1:

Psychosocial impacts of the lack of access to water and sanitation in low- and middle-income countries: a scoping review  Elijah Bisung; Susan J. Elliott http://jwh.iwaponline.com/content/15/1/17

Accuracy, precision, usability, and cost of portable silver test methods for ceramic filter factories  Rhiana D. Meade; Anna L. Murray; Anjuliee M. Mittelman; Justine Rayner; Daniele S. Lantagne  http://jwh.iwaponline.com/content/15/1/72

Ceramic pot filters lifetime study in coastal Guatemala  Salvinelli; A. C. Elmore; B. R. García Hernandez; K. D. Drake  http://jwh.iwaponline.com/content/15/1/145

From Sanitation Updates:

Ushering a new era in sanitation value chain management in India

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 02:42 AM PST

The world can’t wait for sewers: Is container-based sanitation a viable answer to the global sanitation crisis?

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 02:36 AM PST

Death-trap toilets: the hidden dangers of Mumbai’s poorest slums

The Future Of Humanitarianism

Environmental Pollution Kills 1.7 Million Children Under Five Every Year

Posted: 06 Mar 2017

A WASH in Schools bibliography

Posted: 03 Mar 2017 11:20 AM PST

Recently published handwashing studies

Posted: 02 Mar 2017 06:24 AM PST

Local governance and sanitation: Eight lessons from Uganda

Posted: 28 Feb 2017 08:25 AM PST

USAID Launches Municipal Waste Recycling Program in Southeast Asia

Recent WASH research

WASH and the Systems Approach

Posted: 22 Feb 2017

Announcing WSSCC’s 2017 Webinar Series #1: Sanitation-related Psychosocial Stress and the Effects on Women and Girls

Posted: 21 Feb 2017 06:44 AM PST


From journal email alerts:

Development in practice

ISSN 0961-4524

VOL 26; NUMB 3 (2016)


ISSN 0920-4741

VOL 31; NUMB 3 (2017)

From email alerts (sanitation in the title):

World Poetry Day

March 21, 2017 Steven Lake

March 21st is UNESCO’s World Poetry Day, not only a celebration of the poetic forms of literature in all its infinite variations, but also to encourage learning and teaching of poetry across the globe.

Thanks to our own English & Drama School, we’ve built up quite an extensive range of poetry, ancient and modern, ranging from the Greek epic poetry of Homer to Shakespeare’s Sonnets, to the 19th century classics of Coleridge and William Wordsworth, to the contemporary poetry of Philip Larkin and Andrew Motion. Not forgetting our comprehensive range of literature databases available on Library Catalogue Plus, most notably Literature Online (LION), from which you can glean everything you ever wanted to know about your favourite poem or poem. Why not have a browse?

On the Radar - Crazy Like Machines

March 20, 2017 Steven Lake

The Radar Artspace at the Edward Herbert Building is hosting a new interactive project this Wednesday lunchtime (22nd March) between 1-2pm.

Crazy Like Machines is a dance and visual art project with a social and political backdrop which aims to build an accessible and informal educational methodology to develop an innovative model of collaborative research and participatory performances.

Pushing the boundaries between verbal and non-verbal communication to explore the role of immediacy and mediation in drawings and dance to create cohesion in the group, the audience is encouraged to be actively part of an ongoing creative process in the form of performative workshops in order to build a ‘personal and non-linear visual narrative manifesto’.

Chiara Dellerba is a visual artist whose work experiments with the potential energy of the human body. Her pieces are often site-specific with an interest in the dichotomy between energy/movement, and time of reaction/determined space. Dellerba’s practice is an organic open work structure of experimentation using a system of signs and methodologies. She investigates the unconscious necessity for human beings to regenerate their lives, their environment, their relationships, and their way of perceiving a reality in order to be actively part of it.

Re Changes to PC Staff Base Task Sequence and Image on SCCM Current Branch (2016)

March 20, 2017 Mike Collett

This work is now complete.

If you have any queries regarding this, please contact the IT Service Desk on x222333 or IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk

Campus Study Space Survey

March 17, 2017 Steven Lake

The University is looking to improve study spaces around campus and plan to improve or create spaces for study in Haslegrave and William Morris. With that in mind, a survey has been created asking students for their opinion.

It only takes a few minutes to complete, and you will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win an iPad Mini. Why not give it go?

The survey closes at 5pm on Monday 3rd April 2017. You can find it via the link below:


Hello from Australia!

Hello from Australia!

March 17, 2017 Jameel Shariff

Eeeeeek! It has already been over two busy weeks since I arrived in Sydney and I can truly say that I am loving it so far!

Although two weeks is a relatively short time, I’ve experienced a range of crazy emotions that I’ve never felt before. The fact that I was moving countries only kicked in properly at the airport when I was hugging my Mum, Dad and sister, saying goodbye. We all burst into tears and I secretly felt so scared. I somehow managed to record a second of this in my vlog. This is the most nervous I have ever felt to date!

As I went through security I was sobbing all the way, even at duty free. During the short moments when I stopped crying, I happened to receive calls from family members and as soon they hung up, tears formed again. I remember buying a pizza and crying as I ate. I think I scared quite a few people, who seemed to move seats! This was basically the case all the way up until the plane took off. I was a mess. Honestly, I’ve never been so emotional, especially in public. I never cry, but this was just something else.

As I finally composed myself, I grew more and more excited. It was a twenty-hour flight: Birmingham to Dubai, then Dubai to Sydney. Pretty tiring indeed. I was stood on the plane for most of the second leg and a group of passengers, including myself, were doing random stretches at the back because we were so sore from sitting.

When I finally stepped foot into Sydney at 8am, I was taken back by the heat which was so humid and sticky. Thank God for my sister who forced me to take out the three overcoats from my luggage before I left!

My first stop was at a relative’s house who I had never met before, yet it felt so reassuring knowing that I had some family there. We had breakfast, I freshened up and then after lunch, I got to my new student accommodation at the UTS campus. 21 stories tall, with a stunning view from the rooftop for parties and “barbies” (BBQ’s), study rooms, computer labs, music studios and a load more of exciting facilities!

Meeting my flatmates also made me feel a little more at home. They are all so lovely! A fellow Brit, an American, an Indian and two Aussies, so there’s a great mix. I also bumped into a few students from Loughborough who I had never met before. They have already been here for a semester on exchange too. On top of that, I made a friend who is from Leicester (only 10 minutes away from Loughborough). She coincidentally knows my cousin and a few friends of mine. What a small world!

My interaction with people of many different backgrounds (including the locals) has been very interesting so far. India, France, America, Mexico, China, Denmark to name a few.

Some of the most interesting conversations I have had on separate occasions were with two of the locals. They found it highly intriguing that I am British, yet of an Indian ethnicity. It was surprising to them that I born and raised in the UK. Initially, they were convinced that to be from the UK, an individual had to be of a white colour. I was slightly taken back and didn’t know how to react at first, but I embraced it as an opportunity to give them a broader insight of people from the UK with different ethnic backgrounds, like myself.

It’s a couple of weeks until classes start, so that leaves loads of time to explore. So far, I’ve visited the Opera House, Bondi Beach, Darling Harbour and Coogee Beach, all such beautiful sights. You see these sights for yourself in my First Week in Oz vlog. I’ve yet to explore some more places in the last week, before the all-important lectures start! I’m lucky enough to be in the heart of the city, making it so easy to travel from one place to another.

All in all, Oz has been treating me very well so far. Hopefully, I’ll still enjoy it as much when lectures start.  For regular updates on my Australian adventure, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel Jameel S. But for now, let the adventures begin!

STEM Community Day 2017

STEM Community Day 2017

March 17, 2017 Emma Wiggins

STEM is an acronym used to encompass the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Every year for the past five years the University hosts a STEM inspired Community Day, an event I loved participating in last year and this year will be no different. Continue reading

Mendeley Workshops and Drop-In Sessions

March 17, 2017 Steven Lake

Anticipating the switchover in referencing software from RefWorks to Mendeley, the Library is running a series of workshops and drop-in sessions during March and April to support the migration.

The workshops aim to introduce users to Mendeley, while the drop-in sessions are aimed at those who need assistance moving their references from RefWorks into Mendeley.

Details of our workshops and drop-in sessions can be found here:


Online guidance, including help sheets and videos, can be found on the Managing References module on Learn:


If you have any enquiries at this stage about the transition to Mendeley please contact your Academic Librarian:


Authentic, inclusive assessment - takeaways from a workshop

March 16, 2017 Gabi Witthaus

Yesterday the School of Business and Economics was privileged to host Prof. Pauline Kneale, PVC for Teaching & Learning at Plymouth University (PU), as speaker at a seminar and workshop on authentic, inclusive assessment. PU has, in recent years, completely overhauled its institutional assessment policy, and PU’s teaching and learning support team has produced some excellent resources to help staff and students manage assessment better. We wanted to hear from Pauline what the main changes were that Plymouth had made, and what we could learn from their experience about enhancing our own assessment at Loughborough.

At the risk of oversimplifying the very rich discussion we had, I will summarise Pauline’s main points under seven key themes below:

  1. What is the best kind of assessment for learning – as opposed to the best assessment of learning? As soon as we frame assessment in this way, we have to ask ourselves why we are doing many things that we take for granted as part of ‘normal’ teaching and assessment.
  2. Assessment for learning requires us to think about inclusivity and fairness. PU found they had an average of 8-10% of students per cohort with special needs, for example requiring additional invigilators and infrastructure for exams. They decided to stop producing modified exams, and instead to create a single assessment that would be applicable to everybody. This had the dual effect of making the standards more consistent for all students and making the assessment tasks more interesting, flexible and varied. One way they achieved this was to give students choices regarding the type of assessment (e.g. an exam or a portfolio); another solution was to allow flexible time frames for exams (e.g. a 24-hour, open-book, non-invigilated exam).
  3. Thinking about assessment for learning also leads to authentic assessment tasks – i.e. tasks that would be done in the real world. Pauline gave examples of assessments for undergraduates involving them analysing real data sets (e.g. the data set from the lecturer’s own PhD thesis – even if this was done 30 years ago!) and coming up with new interpretations. Other examples involved accessing relevant data sets from employers on real problems they were trying to solve.
  4. The advantage of authentic assessment tasks is that they tend to be more challenging and interesting for students than tasks contrived by lecturers for assessment purposes, and they also serve the purpose of increasing work-readiness. As an added bonus, they are more interesting for lecturers to mark!
  5. Authentic, inclusive tasks often require students to carry out group work. This is both a good reflection of the world of employment, and also an efficient way of managing assessment in large cohorts. The most common mistake made in designing group work tasks is to set a task that is not challenging enough – the task needs to be so big that it cannot possibly be done by one person, and complex enough that every group could potentially approach it from a different angle. This keeps all individuals engaged, and also makes the sharing/presenting of group work much more interesting to the other groups because they are all interested to see how others tackled the task.
  6. Policy and rules (both at institutional and departmental/School level) need to be in place to support the development of assessment for learning. Needless to say, if any rules (or perceived rules) exist that run counter to the spirit of assessment for learning (for example, students not being allowed to see their exam scripts after marking), these need to be changed.
  7. Effective assessment requires planning and organisation. Time needs to be allocated to marking and giving feedback, and postgraduate students trained/supported to help with marking on larger cohorts (over 50). If a module is being ‘over-assessed’, time needs to be allocated for the module leader and other colleagues who teach on the programme to review the module and brainstorm solutions. A common problem is that module outlines contain too many ‘knowledge’ Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs), so that students are forced into regurgitating content in exams, rather than developing skills (teamwork, report-writing, critical thinking, etc.) by working on meaty tasks.

The workshop provided plenty of food for thought. The simple act of asking ourselves how we can assess for learning can have a powerful effect on the way we design courses and programmes.

Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture

March 16, 2017 Steven Lake

The Annual Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture, given on Monday 13th March by Dr Emily Grossman commemorates one of first women in the country to graduate in engineering, and was accompanied by a display created by University Archivist Jenny Clark.

Claudia Parsons studied Automobile Engineering at Loughborough College, the predecessor of the University, from 1919-22.  From documents held in the University Archives we know exactly which Workshops she was assigned to for practical engineering training and how she fared in her exams. Claudia was also an active member of the first College Union and took an enthusiastic part in College life, acting, dancing, and learning to swim, as she recounts in her autobiography Century Story.

In the 1930s  a trip she began by chauffering friends around America turned  into a motor  journey round the world and many adventures. Claudia thus became the first woman to circumnavigate the world by car and later published a book Vagabondage about it. During the Second World War Claudia Parsons worked in a munitions factory and later at the Ministry of Labour.

Previous Claudia Parsons Lectures have been given by Maggie Aderin Pocock, Kate Bellingham and Helen Czerski. A selection of pictures of the display can be found on the Library’s Facebook page below:


Library Catalogue Plus Downtime, Saturday-Sunday Evening 18-19th March

March 16, 2017 Steven Lake

Library Catalogue Plus will be temporarily unavailable Saturday evening (18th March), from approximately 10pm, through until 2am on Sunday morning (19th March), for essential maintenance by Ex Libris. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

On the management of creative professionals: A lesson from the Oliver Twins

March 15, 2017 Clive Trusson

When it comes to managing creative IT professionals, the Oliver Twins can teach us all a thing or two.

The Oliver twins

As pioneers of the UK computer games industry and founders of ‘Radiant Worlds’, a thriving British games development company, Philip and Andrew Oliver have three decades’ experience of working with and managing games programmers and other creative professionals. After being invited by the Centre for Information Management at the SBE to contribute to our Distinguished Speaker Series they generously passed on the practical wisdom from that experience.

Central to their teaching was that managers should focus on getting the working environment right so that people looked forward to being at work.  They spoke of making the workspace ‘nice and comfortable’, providing the best tools for the job and removing administrative distractions so that the creative professional might get ‘in the zone’ and stay in it.  As they put it, ‘the challenge of making games is challenge enough’.  To get the best out of their creatives, they spoke of leading by example, presenting a positive ‘can do’ attitude within an open creative culture in which the worker voice is respected, and in which the expectation was that promises and commitments to workers were kept.

Their experience had taught them that creative professionals have a tendency to dislike constraints. This presents a problem for project managers whose work revolves around managing within constraints: of budget, time and other resources.  Their advice on this is to clearly communicate to the creatives the high level constraints from the offset, explaining the reason for those constraints.  The creative professional might want, say, ten days to complete a task to the obsessive detail that their creative instinct demands. By discussing how it is needed in five days to enable the next stage of the work to proceed in order to meet an agreed deadline for the launch of a game, the creative might understand the commercial need for a shorter time frame and then cut their creative cloth accordingly, whilst still producing the output within the time constraint.

One final lesson they offered from their experience was in the area of recruitment of creatives. They have learned the hard way that recruiting on the strength of a one hour interview has a high risk of poor selection.  As such they advocate what they referred to as ‘the two day interview’, or what might otherwise be called a work trial in which a candidate’s organizational fit might be assessed in a more natural work setting.

This was a fascinating insight into the real world of managing in the creative industries, with, I might suggest, lessons for the management of IT professionals employed in other corporate settings: IT professionals such as those employed to maintain and support business IT systems but who nonetheless are still required to work creatively drawing on their individual technical capabilities.

Dr Clive Trusson

This Blog post was written by Dr Clive Trusson, Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour at the SBE and member of the Centre for Professional Work and Society.

Are you up to date with referencing software at Loughborough?

Are you up to date with referencing software at Loughborough?

March 15, 2017 Zoe Chritchlow

Written by Nathan Rush, Academic Librarian (Social Science and Psychology)

Referencing software is a great way for researchers to collect and manage their references. With a wide range of products available the Library and IT Services constantly review which package is purchased and supported across the University. A recent review recommended that the University change its site-wide licence from RefWorks to Mendeley; a decision endorsed by Research Committee. It is envisaged that the switch over to Mendeley will be complete by the start of the new academic year 2017/18.

Our site-wide licence gives us access to the Institutional version of Mendeley which allows:

  • documents in PDF format to be added effortlessly to Mendeley
  • social networking and collaborative benefits
  • increased storage space (from 2GB to 100GB)
  • ability to set up unlimited private groups of up to 100 collaborators

We will be completing our transition to the Institutional version of Mendeley in the coming month. We will send out further details, including a summary of all the benefits, nearer the time.

To support the migration to Mendeley we are delivering a series of workshops introducing users to Mendeley. We are also offering drop-in sessions for those who need assistance moving their references from RefWorks into Mendeley.

Details of our workshops and drop-in sessions can be found here:


Online guidance, including help sheets and videos, can be found on the Managing References module on Learn:


If you have any enquiries at this stage about the transition to Mendeley please contact your Academic Librarian:



Developing and promoting learning and employability through blogging

March 14, 2017 Matt Hope

Marco Bohr and Alexandre Christoyannopoulos, recipients of a 2016 Teaching Innovation Award (TIA), explain what they hope to achieve with their project.

What did you want to achieve?

What potential roles can blogging have in Higher Education? How can it enhance learning and the broader student experience? What legal and reputational issues need bearing in mind? How can blogging enhance research dissemination? The aim of this project is to consider such questions and thereby explore the potential for blogging in and beyond the university.

The project aims to consider five key areas:

  1. blogs in relation to student learning, academic teaching and assessment;
  2. legal, ethical, copyright and intellectual property issues in relation to such blogs;
  3. student blogs for self-promotion;
  4. the impact of blogs on student employability;
  5. how academics can use blogs for research dissemination and/or public engagement.

How will you gather this information?

The project involves gathering information on current examples of the use of blogs to enhance student employability across HE. Later in the process, we will organise focus groups with Loughborough students to reflect on when best to introduce blogs in teaching. The project will also involve expanding the content of Socratic Hive, a blog related to two Loughborough modules on ‘politics and religion’ and ‘state, violence and terrorism’. By the end of the project (spring-summer 2018), we aim to disseminate lessons learnt through a one-day event and a research paper.

Changes to PC Staff Base Task Sequence and Image on SCCM Current Branch (2016)

March 14, 2017 Mike Collett

The PC Staff Base Task Sequence on SCCM Current Branch (2016) will be unavailable from 8:00 to 9:30 on Monday 20th March.

The base image will be replaced with one with CMTrace.exe log reading utility built in. This will aid troubleshooting.

Currently the trace32.exe is replaced by CMTrace.exe during the task sequence. However, if the task sequence fails before this happened IT staff were left without an essential troubleshooting tool.

Once the update has been completed I will send out a further email.

This outage only applied to the SCCM Current Branch. The SCCM 2007 task sequence will still be available during this time.

If you have any queries regarding this, please contact the IT Service Desk on x222333 or IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk



Spit Happens - In the Library!

March 14, 2017 Steven Lake

Referencing Software Update - Workshops Available

March 13, 2017 Steven Lake

As part of a Library and IT Services review of referencing software packages, the Research Committee has endorsed the recommendation that the University change its site-wide licence from RefWorks to Mendeley. It is envisaged that the switch over to Mendeley will be complete by the start of the new academic year 2017/18.

Our site-wide licence gives us access to the Institutional version of Mendeley which allows:

  • documents in PDF format to be added effortlessly to Mendeley
  • social networking and collaborative benefits
  • increased storage space (from 2GB to 100GB)
  • ability to set up unlimited private groups of up to 100 collaborators

In the fast moving environment of referencing software there have been ongoing concerns within Higher Education about the long term stability of the RefWorks package and problems regarding the latest version of plugins. The decision to move to a more established package, Mendeley, was taken after rigorous assessment.

We will be completing our transition to the Institutional version of Mendeley in the coming month. We will send out further details, including a summary of all the benefits, nearer the time.

To support the migration to Mendeley we are delivering a series of workshops introducing users to Mendeley. We are also offering drop-in sessions for those who need assistance moving their references from RefWorks into Mendeley.

Details of our workshops and drop-in sessions can be found here:


Online guidance, including help sheets and videos, can be found on the Managing References module on Learn:


If you have any enquiries at this stage about the transition to Mendeley please contact your Academic Librarian:


RE: Update to W7 Service Staff Base Task Sequence

March 13, 2017 Mike Collett

Hi all

This update is now complete.

If you have any queries regarding this update, please contact the IT Service Desk.



Nutrition and Hydration Week

Nutrition and Hydration Week

March 13, 2017 Liam

Combine irregular patterns of working, sleeping, eating and drinking with a tight financial budget, and it can often be a real challenge to sustain a balanced lifestyle whilst living as a student. During this week – “Nutrition and Hydration Week” – there is a global focus on how important these two factors are in contributing to an individual’s lifelong health and wellbeing. Continue reading

Update to W7 Service Staff Base Task Sequence

March 12, 2017 Mike Collett

The Staff Base Task Sequence will be unavailable from 8:00 to 9:30 om Monday 13th March. During this time the Task Sequence will be updated to accommodate new Toshiba Laptops which have been added to the “Partnership Systems” section of the Viglen/XMA Portal.

Once the update has been completed I will send out a further email. Sorry for the late notification.

By the way this outage only applied to the SCCM 2007. The SCCM current branch task sequence will still be available during this time.

If you have any queries regarding this, please contact the IT Service Desk on x222333 or IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk

Curating the Campus - Radar's 10th Anniversary Exhibition

March 12, 2017 Steven Lake

Radar celebrates its 10th anniversary this month with a display of artworks, printed materials, film screenings and events at the Martin Hall Exhibition Space.

This anniversary gives Radar the opportunity to reflect on the breadth and depth of their broad range of interdisciplinary projects that have been initiated with artists and Loughborough University academics.

Through a series of highlights Radar shares examples of their project work that has had, and continues to have, great impact on Loughborough students, staff and local communities, as well as making a vital contribution to the wider cultural sector and economy.

Launched in 2007 by LU Arts, Radar is a programme of contemporary art commissions, talks and films themed around the research activity of the University. You can dip back into their own archives on their website: http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/radar/

The Exhibition starts tomorrow, 13th March, and runs until 14th April. Opening times for the Exhibition are 10am – 5pm daily.

UK needs to celebrate the contribution international students make

UK needs to celebrate the contribution international students make

March 10, 2017 PR Office

Vice Chancellor Professor Robert Allison discusses the future of international student recruitment for UK universities and why Loughborough is proud to be a multi-national, multi-cultural and outward-looking community.

Continue reading

Sports Nutrition Business Series

Sports Nutrition Business Series

March 9, 2017 Hayley Jones


Product Development by Ross Edgley 

In 2004 athlete adventurer Ross Edgley attended Loughborough University, studied for 4 years and graduated from the School of Sport and Exercise Science. Now almost 10 years since his graduation and the 31 year old forms part of the founding team at Europe’s most innovative sports nutrition brand (THE PROTEIN WORKS™) and will be returning to campus to talk to young entrepreneurs on Friday May 5th about business in sport. But ahead of his lecture we asked him to write a Sports Nutrition Business Series and explain what it takes to succeed in the commercial world of food and fitness. With the help of the leading scientists and nutritionists at TPW™, here he details how to develop products for the sports nutrition market. Focusing on the demand for all natural products…


When we launched THE PROTEIN WORKS™ back in 2012 there was a war raging in the world of food flavouring. A battle between those that are natural and those that are artificial. Which is why when we launched we decided to make the bold claim that we would only use all natural flavours and colours in our entire product range. Using plant extracts like stevia, we refused to use “sweet synthetics” despite the higher costs associated with sourcing and manufacturing an all-natural product whether that’s a creatine tablets or a BCAA powder.


Going against the “commercial grain” did our new positioning work? (Thankfully) yes. The global natural colours market has grown from $732.1 million in 2012 to $1,320.5 million in 2017, growing at the Compound Annual Growth Rate of 10.4% from 2012 to 2017. What’s more is whilst this growth and market change seems to be driven by the health and fitness conscious consumers of the health and sport food industry, it’s now filtering into the mainstream. One reason for this is the bad media coverage a lot of artificial flavours such as aspartame have received ever since its approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1974 with many medical professionals claiming this artificial flavouring may contribute to everything from hormonal problems to neuroendocrine disorders. Worth noting is nutritionists and scientists are still debating its exact effects to this day, but regardless the controversy dramatically impacted consumer behaviour.


Conversely natural flavours have actually received quite good media coverage following research that shows they could be beneficial to your health when substituted for sugar or artificial sweeteners. Perhaps the best example of this being the all-natural sweetener (mentioned before) known as Stevia that’s derived from a leaf plant native to South America. Containing zero calories, zero carbohydrates and with a zero glycaemic index it’s been praised for helping with everything from preventing tooth decay, reducing blood pressure and even aiding weight loss. One reason it’s been used in our protein snacks and protein bars and one reason we were able to fuse Product Development, PR and Marketing Communications so effectively.

Ultimately, way back in 2012 we believed there was a demand for all-natural products and this demand would only grow. Taking inspiration from the great Henry Ford (American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company) in our own small way we were attempting to not only identify market trends, but think ahead of them. Famously when asked if he believed in asking customers what they want, Ford replied, “If I had asked them what they had wanted, they would have said a faster horse.” A pioneer of all things automobiles he raised a good point. Sometimes people don’t know what they want and it requires someone to “think outside the box” to create something they will want.


Now in no way am I comparing our all-natural product range to the Ford Motor Company and Henry Ford, but we took inspiration and took the risk. Planning “ahead of the curve” we were (fortunately) right and those companies that didn’t adjust their product ranges with changing market trends found themselves alienating their health conscious customers, and in sports nutrition this could be all of them. In summary, one key to our success in sports nutrition has been to not only listen to listen to market trends, but to think beyond them.



This is the second guest blog post from Ross Edgely, to read the first blog on Social Media CLICK HERE. 

Task Sequence certificate renewals on SCCM 2007 system (Correction and expansion)

March 9, 2017 Mike Collett

Dear All

The new SCCM 2007 Task Sequence Media has been created and can be found here:


If you have models that you previously had to use the TS_Media_x64_May15v3 for (HP Elitebook 2170p, HP Elitebook Folio 9470m and Intel NUC NUC5i5RYH) then please use the new Configuration Manager Current Branch Task Sequence Media which can be found here: –


The Task sequence media for Configuration Manager Current Branch seems to work on all supported models. Using this media will put the machine of on the new Configuration Manager Current Branch system.

If you have any issues, then please log a Service Now case and we will be happy to help.

Budget comment by Professor Donald Hirsch, Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University

March 8, 2017 Donald Hirsch

Cuts in welfare were at the heart of the then Chancellor’s agenda coming into the present Parliament; two years later, not a single new measure affecting benefits was announced in this Budget. Any new welfare savings have been formally ruled out in this Parliament, with the proviso that if spending breaks a new cap, further cuts will be made after 2021.

Yet if you think this represents a pause in welfare cuts, think again. Those announced by George Osborne continue to feed through: next month alone will see the introduction, for every new family on low earnings or out of work, cuts in tax credits or Universal Credit of £10.45 per week, plus in larger families, £53.30 for each child after the second one.  And for all working age people getting benefits or credits, Mr Osborne’s freeze in their level continues, allowing their real value to be eroded by inflation.

For low income households, all this represents a now familiar trend in living standards. The Office for Budget Responsibility’s forecasts released today are significantly gloomier than in 2015.  The graph shows the result: steady improvement in the value of pensions, stagnant real earnings and falling real benefits – affecting millions of families both in and out of work who rely on declining state help.


Tricia's snippets 2017-03-08

March 8, 2017 Tricia

My latest blog – still some catching up to do!

From WEDC:

NEW:  WEDC MOBILE NOTES ON WASH for smartphones and tablets


This collection of illustrated mobile notes on aspects of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in low- and middle-income countries has been designed for people on the move.

Composed especially for smartphones and tablets, they can be read online or downloaded free of charge.

The link takes you to the list of currently available titles including the WHO Technical Notes on Drinking-water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Emergencies. 

Bookmark the link on your phone as the list updates periodically when new notes are added to the collection.

NEW! : WATER SAMPLING AND ANALYSIS – A series of four films






From The Water Network Newsletter 26th January 2017:

CSIR Develops Device to Detect E. coli in Water


From Sanitation Updates:

33rd AGUASAN Workshop: “Circular economy – transforming waste into resources”

Posted: 20 Feb 2017 04:55 AM PST

The Business of Sanitation for All – Toilet Board Coalition

Posted: 16 Feb 2017 09:33 AM PST

Safe toilets help flush out disease in Cambodia’s floating communities

Posted: 15 Feb 2017 06:02 AM PST

Open Defecation vs. Community Toilets: A Complicated Choice – Global Waters

Disease ‘superspreaders’ accounted for nearly two-thirds of Ebola cases, study finds

Do it differently: Toilets are not enough to achieve sanitation, India must reinvent the waste business

Pit Latrine Fecal Sludge Resistance Using a Dynamic Cone Penetrometer in Low Income Areas in Mzuzu City, Malawi

Posted: 14 Feb 2017

Living standards lag behind economic growth

Posted: 13 Feb 2017 11:03 AM PST

5 Offbeat Toilets India Should Adopt To Fight Sanitation Problems

Rushing into solutions without fully grasping the problem

In Burkina Faso the political commitment for sanitation is unequivocal

Changing behaviours: there is no quick fix!

Posted: 08 Feb 2017

Trading in trash: Nairobi’s e-waste entrepreneurs – in pictures

Without Access to Clean, Safe Toilets, Women Face Assault and Illness

Recent sanitation research

Information on fecal sludge management

Posted: 07 Feb 2017

SuSanA webinar: Learning from experiences in urban and rural sanitation marketing, Feb 15th, 15:30 CET (Stockholm time)

Posted: 06 Feb 2017 04:09 AM PST

Characterization of pit latrines to support design and selection of emptying tools in peri-urban Mzuzu, Malawi

Letter from India: How Poop is Becoming Big Business for Small Companies

Posted: 31 Jan 2017

SFD toolbox – Sustainable Sanitation Alliance

Posted: 30 Jan 2017 09:24 AM PST

Sanitation from a gender perspective – Sandec/Eawag

Shit Flow Diagrams – Sandec/Eawag

Kenya – Entrepreneur who makes building materials from waste

12 Cartoons to Learn About Critical Water Issues – World Bank

 Study links infant diarrhea to telomere shortening and troubles later in life

Posted: 27 Jan 2017

Recent WASH research

Posted: 25 Jan 2017 06:29 AM PST

From journal email alerts:


ISSN 0048-9697

VOL 573; (2016)


ISSN 0920-4741

VOL 31; NUMB 1 (2017)


ISSN 1438-4639

VOL 219; NUMBER 7; PART A (2016)

International journal of water resources development

ISSN 0790-0627

VOL 32; NUMB 3 (2016)

From email alerts (sanitation in title):

Failed Software Updates

March 8, 2017 Gary Hale

Some PCs on the Windows 7 service are currently experiencing failures when trying to install Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Flash updates. These updates have been taken out of the live service at present but it may take a while for your PCs to pick up policy and remove the failure notification.

We are currently working on this and will update you as soon as the issue is resolved.

This issue is only effecting PCs with the SCCM 2007 client.

If you have any further issues, then please log a service now case.

On International Women's Day

On International Women's Day

March 8, 2017 David Odetade

For us to have a population of which half are women, yet get so under-represented in a lot of things, is a travesty, but understood, judging by where we are and what had happened in the past. This should ensure that women should always be celebrated not just on a date set aside for them, but every single day of the year. Continue reading

New Documents on Desktop Resources

March 8, 2017 Mike Collett

There are now a couple of extra documents on \\ws2\DesktopResource.

BIOS Setup and Boot Menu Keys on W7 Service supported computers

Imaging Desktop Computers on SCCM Current Branch using Task Sequence Media on a USB flash drive

If you have any question arising from these documents, please log a Service Now case and we will be happy to help.

Task Sequence certificate renewals on SCCM 2007 system

March 7, 2017 Gary Hale

Dear All

The new SCCM 2007 Task Sequence Media has been created and can be found here: –


If you have models that you previously had to use the TS_Media_x64_Jan16v3 for then please use the new Configuration Manager Current Branch Task Sequence Media which can be found here: –


If you have any issues, then please log a Service Now case and we will be happy to help.

Cut Along the Fruit Routes this Spring

March 7, 2017 Steven Lake

Task Sequence certificate renewals on SCCM 2007 system

March 6, 2017 Chris Carter

We are currently in the process of renewing SCCM 2007 Task Sequence certificates.

Please be aware that you will be required to update your Task Sequence Media USBs/CDs tomorrow (Tuesday 7th), once the new certificates have been created.  We’ll inform you tomorrow morning, when we hope to have the new TS Media source files available.

The SCCM Current Branch system is unaffected by this issue.

Please report any further issues or queries to the Service Desk.

#BeBoldForChange - International Women's Day

#BeBoldForChange - International Women's Day

March 6, 2017 Chidinma Okorie

As you may already know, the International Women’s Day 2017 campaign theme is ‘Be Bold For Change’, and that got me thinking. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness of women’s roles in different sociocultural environments, highlight gender inequalities and propose creative ways to address gender equity and equality. Continue reading

Latest News About RefME

March 6, 2017 Steven Lake

As previously communicated RefME has been acquired by Chegg, and will become Cite this For Me (CtFM). The switchover date is now March 7th. After this date you will be able to access your projects on CtFM up until June 1st. At that point, you can subscribe to CtFM’s premium service to continue accessing your projects. If you don’t subscribe after June 1st, you have the option of the free version of CtFM where you can build a bibliography for free for seven days.

To access your work on or after March 7th, just go to:


Note that your account may not migrate immediately, and the process can take up to a day for inactive users, so please plan accordingly.

We would also recommend that you backup your work to another reference software package or, as a minimum, to Word. Before March 7th you will be able to export your references from RefMe as a Word or .ris file. After March 7th you can export from CtFM as a Word or bibtex file.

Woman(kind)ness, Strength and Resilience: A Celebration of Women Worldwide

March 3, 2017 Steven Lake

Next Monday sees the start of a week-long series of events on campus as part of the International Women’s Day initiative, raising awareness for women’s roles in different sociocultural environments, highlighting gender inequalities, and proposing creative ways towards gender equity and equality.

In collaboration with Charnwood Arts, Living Without Abuse-Loughborough, and Human Rights and Equalities Charnwood, the week includes photo and art exhibitions, crafts, theatre performances, and science-based public talks aiming to celebrate women worldwide, beginning on Monday 6th March.

Full details of the programme of events can be found via the link below:


How World Book Day dresses up literacy as fun

How World Book Day dresses up literacy as fun

March 1, 2017 PR Office

As parents desperately try to create World Book Day costumes for their little ones out of old tights and tin foil, Dr Oliver Tearle looks at how fancy dress and cut price books are helping to encourage children to fall in love with reading.

Continue reading

University Mental Health & Wellbeing Day

March 1, 2017 Steven Lake

By sacking Ranieri, Leicester City becomes just another football club

February 28, 2017 Cheryl Travers

I was brought up with the game of football. My lovely sports mad Dad, Kevin, played for the local team alongside legend Joe Corrigan, until Joe was spotted by Manchester City.

Sport was a big part of my life growing up, and though I’ve always preferred more creative and academic pursuits myself, Saturday nights would be all savoury mince, carrots and smash for tea, whilst the scores spewed out from the telly.

In those days, on match days, the atmosphere would be electric in the ground, infused with collective supporter intimacy and a local team feel, even if most of the players were foreigners (from Ireland)! It felt like football had a heart, and being a part of it could evoke real passion and a great sense of loyalty and pride.

Years later as a lecturer, I was moved by the plight of a young fresher student, who felt so homesick, missing his local footie team Scarborough FC, that he left for somewhere closer to home. Psychologically, identity and a sense of belonging are inextricably tied up with football and thousands of likeminded of fellow supporters, but it’s easy to forget this nowadays, whilst the professional game sits so firmly in the corporate world.

I lost interest in football as I grew up, put off by the big money, the greed, ‘overpaid and over here’ players and the ostentatiousness of it all.  But, having lived in Leicester for 24 years, my interest was rekindled when the ‘local’ team started to look like they really could grab the prize against massive odds. Winning the Premiership last year lead to such an outpouring of pride and good feeling in the local Leicestershire community, it was contagious and rippled out far beyond the counties boundaries.

Everyone knew that Jamie Vardy was having a party, and we all felt like we had been invited. I was in our local pub watching the game when Tottenham drew 2-2 at Chelsea, and the atmosphere was incredible. Standing there with Leicester FC’s loyal, committed ambassador and ex player, Alan Birchenall, we realised Ranieri and his team had only gone and done it, and it was one of those rare lifetime moments of absolute collective joy. There wasn’t a dry eye in the (public) house.

In a world where the sense of belonging is often hampered by long working hours and fragmented communities, Leicester FC winning the Premiership did more than just bring a title and cup home; it brought a community together in celebration of the underdog. It showed how it was possible to lead a team to success with warmth, charisma and humility.  For a moment we felt that anything was possible. In a world suffering from Impoverished Leadership, Claudio showed us how Transformational Leadership worked in practice.

So, this takes me to the terribly sad departure of this wonderful man, Claudio, from the club with whom he shared his wonderful gift. Hearing the news last week actually brought more tears to my eyes, especially as for me, it provides further evidence of the inevitability of footballs slide into the corporate abyss.

Photo courtesy of The Leicester Mercury – Claudio Ranieri at a press conference

My heart sank when I heard that this ‘Manager of the Year’, who helped a whole city achieve its’ Fairy Tale ending, has been cast into the ex-football manager dump truck. This warm, gentle and ‘sans ego’ man, made people believe that football could still have a heart and more importantly, a Soul. He managed to achieve the unthinkable and created the ‘most unlikely triumph in the history of team sport’.

Nine months ago he was a hero. Today, he is a rejected leader of a currently underperforming team.   Boards in any business have to make tough decisions on occasion, but the approach that has been taken is a stab in the belly for any who thought that this heralded the arrival of a new kind of football manager – one pedalling empathy, compassion and wisdom.

I have spoken with many Foxes fans since the news of Ranieri’s departure. Many loyal and true supporters, who find their identities are inextricably tied up with the club, awoke Friday with very heavy hearts and a sense that the light had gone out.   I am sure this feeling will pass with time, but this tells us a lot about how people become emotionally attached to a leader who taps into their core values and gives them hope beyond the confines of a 90-minute game.

Ranieri left the club with the good grace and lack of drama that we have come to expect from him. He has qualities rarely seen in a leader, in any sector of the economy. Yet his are the qualities that researchers have found most of us crave. For whatever reason they have chosen to humiliate him in this way (because, let’s face it, it is humiliating), as he heads off into pastures new, we can look on and witness the ultimate values seen to be held by modern-day football –  a desire for wealth and status and the next title, above all else.  The loss of his ‘Claudio-ness’, means we have lost touch with the qualities that the game used to possess in those halcyon days, and the things which have led to hordes of young kids kicking a ball about on the park or going to a game with their family on a frosty Saturday afternoon.

Whoever takes over will have a hard act to follow. In spite of the players’ dismal performance lately, the crowd love Ranieri and were chanting his name right up to his exit. This team are now under even greater pressure, because by sacking Claudio, it implies that he is the problem. But, we need to look at the team and work out what is going on here. It is all too easy to put the responsibility and blame at the manager’s door.

There can be no doubt that the players, both individually and collectively, have struggled to regain the magic they had last season. They are, in reality, a young and relatively inexperienced team, who found themselves in a state of psychological and physical flow in 2016. But they are no longer in the zone. Last season they had nothing to lose and all to fight for, and everything came together, like it often does when we are faced with a challenging goal coupled with good leadership.

Now they have everything to maintain and a reputation at stake. It’s a different psychological place entirely. All eyes are on them, waiting to see if they can hold onto their crown.  A more experienced team with a longer history of success might have even struggled with that, but Leicester FC doesn’t have the tacit knowledge of how to come back consistently and reapply the same strategy. Now owners of flashy cars and with a greater price on their heads, performance anxiety has set in.

Though I strongly disagree with the decision, it is perhaps right that a different style of leadership is required in this situation – though in industry we would work with the leader to help them adjust their style accordingly. But ultimately, it is not the manager that runs out on the match to play. Whoever takes Claudio’s place, is going to have to be able to get into these players heads both as a team and, more importantly, as individuals.

There was only one Ranieri. Now, we will just have to wait and see who takes his place and what impact they will have on Leicester FC’s potential upcoming relegation battle. Claudio came into his own when the proverbial hit the fan, maybe they should have hung on a little longer to see if that was what was actually needed in the current situation.

Last night, everyone watched with baited breath to see if they could beat Liverpool and somehow they pulled it out of the bag, leading to a 3-1 win: a fabulous result. But I have to liken it to a gaggle of petulant teenagers who refuse to tidy their bedroom or do their homework. Their parents have to go away and a favourite relative comes to stay, so they pull out all the stops to impress.

Let’s see if they can keep it up.

As for Ranieri, he will never be forgotten though, especially by this one fan, who was quoted on social media as saying:  “I’ve been a miserable Leicester fan most of my adult life….He made me happy.”

This Blog post was written by Dr Cheryl Travers, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, and member of the HRMOB discipline group. Cheryl can be reached on C.Travers@lboro.ac.uk

Post Exam Mayhem – Budapest and Krakow Trip

Post Exam Mayhem – Budapest and Krakow Trip

February 27, 2017 Jacky Man

Hi guys, exam season is finally over. All the pressure from the exam period can be relieved for a short while. Continue reading

4 books to inspire Loughborough winners

4 books to inspire Loughborough winners

February 27, 2017 Lauren Jefferis

With World Book Day coming up on the 2nd March, I thought I’d share four of my favourite books that, in all seriousness, have most definitely shaped who I am as a person (that cliché, though). Continue reading

What you should be reading on World Book Day

What you should be reading on World Book Day

February 27, 2017 Tara Janes

Hey everyone, happy World Book Day! To celebrate I thought I’d interview some people around the University to get a range of books for you guys to try. (FYI- this is a ‘Fifty shades’ free zone). Continue reading

Preparations, goodbyes and questions to ponder…

Preparations, goodbyes and questions to ponder…

February 27, 2017 David Odetade

This period of the academic year reminds me of the differences between research students and other students, due to the elaborate preparation and writing of exams. Continue reading

Ranieri was not to blame: ‘Regression Fallacy’ explains the downward trajectory of Leicester City

February 27, 2017 Ondine Barry

The headlines on Friday the 24th of February all featured Claudio Ranieri being sacked from Leicester City Football Club – 9 months on from winning the Premiership last year but having had a dismal performance this season. Whilst there are many heated debates around the UK about this – if not the world as Leicester has a huge global following – as a management scientist I am interested in the data behind the decision and the theories that may explain their judgments.

Regression fallacy
Behavioural decision science can explain the reasons behind the decision to sack Ranieri. The relevant concept here is called regression towards the mean: the performance of a system tends to move towards its average after an exceptional performance.

If we consider the overall performance of Leicester City, it has been historically quite weak: the last time the team was in the Premier League before moving back in 2014/15 (14th position) was in 2003/04 (18th position).

In addition, it has the third lowest wage bill on players in the League, a strong predictor of a team’s performance.

It is thus no surprise that the chances given by the bookies at the beginning of the winning season that Leicester City would win the Premiership, were the same as Justin Bieber becoming the president of the USA!

The regression fallacy, which affected supporters and the media, attributed the main cause of LCFC’s success to Ranieri. While not being a football expert, given these data, I believe that winning the Premiership was due to a number of different factors instead: players that were outperforming that year, team spirit, a good coach and, indeed, luck!

Now, nine months on and the regression fallacy strikes again – this time pointing the finger at Ranieri as the cause of the team’s poor performance.

LCFC was bound to have a difficult season
But what is the truth? If you analyse the data, it was a regression to the mean – the team is back to the average weak performance that their historic data show. This is a well-known phenomenon in sports. For instance, NBA players with an exceptional first year (‘rookie’) season frequently disappoint in the following season, as it was the case of Carmelo Anthony when playing for the Denver Nuggets.

So, from a behavioural decision science perspective, it was wrong to blame the coach. Leicester City was bound to have a difficult next season after winning last year.

There are many of these fallacies and biases in judgments – and it’s crucial that managers and decision makers are aware about them and minimise their biases when making important judgments.

Decision sciences has a lot to offer and the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University has extensive expertise in this field, from conducting research on how to improve judgments and decision analytics, to enterprise activities, such as helping organisations to improve its decision making processes.

Sports management can benefit extensively from learning more about this important field of Management Studies – and avoid being trapped into poor judgments and ill-thought decisions.

This Blog post was written by Dr Gilberto Montibeller, Professor of Management Science and head of the Management Science and Operations Management discipline group. He can be reached G.Montibeller@lboro.ac.uk

A Day in the Life of a Diplomacy Student

A Day in the Life of a Diplomacy Student

February 24, 2017 Lauren Proctor

Take a sneak peak into the life of an Academy for Diplomacy and International Governance student’s usual week.

Continue reading

Dancing fever

Dancing fever

February 23, 2017 Sofia Aguiar

Hello again everyone! I hope everyone’s February is going well. The stressfulness of coursework hand-ins and exams are finally over and we have plunged straight into semester two. Continue reading

Managing academic and extra-curricular activities

Managing academic and extra-curricular activities

February 22, 2017 Chidinma Okorie

One of the many reasons I love it here at Loughborough University is because of the experiences and opportunities available for students to develop their skills during the period of their education. Continue reading

Aditi's Alumni Dinners in India

Aditi's Alumni Dinners in India

February 22, 2017 Lauren Proctor

The best part of my role at Loughborough University is the fact that it is so diverse. Continue reading

Fancy £25? Sign Up for the IT Services Student Journey Workshop

February 22, 2017 Steven Lake

Would you like to share your thoughts and experiences of using the IT resources and facilities here at Loughborough University, and suggest any ideas for improvements?  If the answer is yes, come and join the interactive student workshop being hosted by IT Services on Wednesday 22nd March.

Everything from your experiences of connecting devices to Wi-Fi, ReVIEW lecture capture, computer labs, accessing timetables and Learn etc. will be discussed on the day  a great opportunity to have your say!

All participants will receive a £25 gift voucher and will be provided with lunch, plus morning and afternoon refreshments.

This one-day workshop will take place on Wednesday 22nd March from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. We are looking for all types of students to participate in the event, including:

  • Undergraduates
  • Postgraduates
  • Master Students
  • Placement Students
  • Pre-sessional Students
  • Mature Students
  • Distance Learners
  • Alumni

If you are available on Wednesday 22nd March and would like to take part, please complete the short form on the link below. Successful applicants will be contacted by the 16th March with the full event details!

Please only consider applying if you are available for the date and able to commit to the full day.


Run Your Own Business Workshop - Free for Wolfson Staff and Students

February 21, 2017 Peter Strutton

Making Sales and how to Market your Business

Workshop Content:

  • Why marketing is so important – your great products need to be discovered
  • Being your unique self and how to uncover your business story
  • Discovering your ideal customer
  • The Marketing Mix – Price, Product, Place and Promotion
  • The marketing funnel and getting customers into it and keeping them
  • Goal setting with SMART objectives
  • Ways to market including social media, email marketing, PR and networking
  • Tips for making a sale
  • Routes to market on-line
  • Making the purchase easy for customers


Everyone is welcome – students, graduates and staff

Free refreshments

Time to get my head down

Time to get my head down

February 20, 2017 Piers John

As an English undergraduate, I do not have to sit exams. Interestingly, many students who do have exams label me as ‘lucky’. Continue reading

Deciding to live in halls

Deciding to live in halls

February 20, 2017 Niamh O’Connor

The ‘Loughborough University Halls Experience’ is something which is hard to explain to those who have never experienced it. Continue reading

A visit to Wimbledon

A visit to Wimbledon

February 20, 2017 Lauren Proctor

Back in December, Sport Business students visited Wimbledon/ the All England Lawn Tennis Club as part of their Sustainability and Leadership for Sport Organisations module. Sport Business and Leadership students have been spoilt with their visits to sports organisations in their first semester at Loughborough University London, with visits to UK Sport, Twickenham, and more. John, an enthusiastic Sport Business and Leadership student, has written a blog about his visit.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve longed to step foot in the arena where Roger and Rafa played that jaw-dropping match in 2008, where Arthur Ashe became the first and only black man to win a singles title, where Serena has been dominant for years and where Andy finally became king. On December 6th 2016, myself and a fellow Sport Business and Leadership students were given the opportunity to walk on the same ground as some of the most successful tennis players.

We started our day learning about the history of the oldest and most distinguished tennis tournaments in the world, Wimbledon. Founded 140 years ago, Wimbledon is 1 of 4 tennis tournaments called the majors or grand slams: The Australian Open, The US Open, Roland Garros (The French Open) and Wimbledon. In 1998, Wimbledon became the only major to be played on grass courts after the Australian Open switch to playing on hard courts. It is known for its strict dress code, where players are required to wear all white, from their head to their toes.

Wimbledon has seen some of the world’s greatest players walk through their doors, with the likes of Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, having both won the highest amount of men’s singles titles in the open era (7), and the most successful women, Martina Navratilova having won 9 Wimbledon singles titles and Serena Williams having won 7 singles titles and 23 grand slams in total.

During our time at Wimbledon, we were privileged enough to meet Dan Bloxham, who is the Wimbledon Championships Master of Ceremonies. Many of you may have seen him on the television, leading the players out onto the court during the championships. Dan provided us with an exquisite tour in which we were able to walk around Centre court, view both the men’s and women’s trophies and learn about some of the personalities and traits some of the world most famous players exhibit: Roger Federer’s “James Bond-Like” approach, Novak Djokovic’s “all round good guy” personality, Rafa Nadal’s “superstitious and focused” mentality and Andy Murray’s “less than interesting” mannerisms.

Throughout this amazing experience, I couldn’t help but feel a continued sense of elitism within the establishment, from Wimbledon’s membership system all the way through to the dress-code which, wearing certain items of clothing, can prevent you from walking through certain corridors. Wimbledon is covered in history and prestige but it also reeks of elitism. As an avid fan of the tournament, I couldn’t help but asses my own ability to become a member of the prestigious organisation. But, you cannot discredit the prestige, history and the recognition Wimbledon has across the world which makes it the greatest tennis tournament in the world.

This experience opened my eyes to the difficulties organisations such as Wimbledon have had to stay relevant in an ever changing and ever evolving world. From a sport business and leadership perspective, Wimbledon has undergone many changes and alterations to adapt to the changing market whilst staying true to its roots. The addition of roofs to courts and increases to the number of courts, alongside the limited courtside advertisements and unchanging traditions, Wimbledon has shown its versatility as an organisation that has been able to appeal to every generation since its inception.

If there’s one thing I have taken away from my experience at Wimbledon thanks to Loughborough University London, it’s that sport has the power to bring together all manner of people, from the wealthy who rent their homes to players to those who provide their back gardens as camps sites, from the locals to the tourists. No matter how elitist the organisation might be, sport has the ability to put everyone in the same position, it doesn’t matter whether you sit at Centre Court or out in the open on Murray Mount, we all witness the excitement, magic and greatness of the game.

Loughborough University London would like to thank Jonathan Reid for his blog.

Find out more about Wimbledon and the All England Lawn Tennis Club on their website.

Making Loughborough great again

Making Loughborough great again

February 17, 2017 Luke Starr

After a near apocalyptic month of exams in Loughborough, we have been making the very most of our newly-found freedom. Continue reading

How to organise your student life- 6 tips for the chaotic

How to organise your student life- 6 tips for the chaotic

February 17, 2017 Lauren Jefferis

So, Semester Two has come around and most students are already feeling the stress of tackling new challenges and piles upon piles of coursework. As a (mostly) organised student, I thought I’d share some of my best tips on how to keep your head above water whilst you might feel like you’re drowning in deadlines! Continue reading

A manic month!

A manic month!

February 17, 2017 Jameel Shariff

It’s my first ever blog and I’m really excited to be sharing my experiences at Loughborough University with you all! Continue reading

Sports Nutrition Business Series

Sports Nutrition Business Series

February 17, 2017 Hayley Jones

Social Media by Ross Edgley

Since graduating from Loughborough back in 2008, athlete adventurer Ross Edgley has turned his passion for sport into his profession. Forming part of the founding team at THE PROTEIN WORKS™ ― dubbed Europe’s most innovative whey protein brand ― the 31 year old will be returning to campus to visit the Studio and talk to young entrepreneurs on Friday May 5th to talk about business in sport. But ahead of this talk we asked him to write a Sports Nutrition Business Series and explain what it takes to succeed in the commercial world of food and fitness. Detailing how to launch a brand from Social Media, this is his first blog post…

Social media has completely changed our buying habits. How? Basically it has completely re-written The Consumer Behavior Theory. For those not familiar with framework, this is a model that describes the five main stages that customers go through when purchasing a product or service:

  1. Recognition of a need
  2. Information search
  3. Evaluation of the product, service and brand
  4. Purchase
  5. Post-purchase evaluation

But all of the above becomes instantly impacted once you add the power of social media.

This is because Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, YouTube and many more channels that exist within specific industries will have a profound influence on every stage of The Consumer Behavior Theory. All this makes a marketer’s job harder since businesses can no longer ignore the fact their customers live in an integrated online/offline world and they need to make sure they have an appropriate presence on the channels where their customers are. Basically, online marketing just became more complex, but also more effective for those who wield its power correctly.

Allow me to explain…


Targeted & Trackable

Social media has now become so advanced that you are able to track and target those customers who will have the highest propensity to buy your product or service. Never before have you been able to focus your advertising efforts by age, gender, location, interests, hobbies and much more in such a level of detail. Previously you had to advertise in a magazine with a proven demographic and readership and then sit there in the hope potential customers would see the advert and visit your business.

Social media has made this whole process far more specific. How specific? Incredibly is the answer. This is because researchers at the University of Cambridge and Stanford University studied how Facebook “likes” matched up with people’s own answers on personality tests, as well as those of their close family and friends. With enough Likes of objects, brands, people, music or books, the computer was better at predicting a person’s personality than most of their family and friends.

What this essentially means is Facebook knows you better than your friends and family. When it comes to sports nutrition, as a brand we know what you’re training, where you’re training, your age, your chosen sport and whether you like protein bars or vegan snacks. It really can get that granular and we can then make sure we only show you the adverts, products and services we think you’ll like. Essentially, we have a far greater control over the first part of The Consumer Behavior Model: Recognition of a need and information search.

Peer Reviewed Purchasing

Peer Reviewed Purchasing has always been present in business. In many ways it used to be called, “word of mouth” and maybe it would enter the media domain in the form of an industry critic/expert. But today it has been amplified by social media, everyone is that critic/expert and the Evaluation of the Product, Service and Brand happens almost instantly and very publically. If you have a bad social media presence (or even worse you don’t have one) you can’t expect to have a lot of confidence in the brand. This is why although after 4 years we now boast a social media following of over 1 million people at THE PROTEIN WORKS™ we treat each customer like family. It sounds cliché, but it’s one reason we’ve been able to grow and compete in a sector of the sports market that was previously dominated by those with the biggest marketing budgets and most prestigious sponsored athletes and teams.

Purchase & Post-Purchase Evaluation

The final stage of The Consumer Behavior Theory ― Purchase and Post-Purchase Evaluation ― is traditionally thought to be closely related to the product itself, customer service and customer retention. But (again) the best marketers understand that social media can (and will) play a key role. This is because for better or worse the Post-Purchase Evaluation could result in a happy (or disgruntled) customer taking to social media to post their thoughts about you and your brand. This will in turn have a knock-on effect and impact the previously mentioned Peer Reviewed Purchasing.

Ross Edgley is a former student of Loughborough University School of Sport and Exercise Science and is now an athlete adventurer, writer and part of the founding team at THE PROTEIN WORKS™, Europe’s most innovative sports nutrition brand with his own fitness blog.

Work hard, party hard, semester 2 here we come!

Work hard, party hard, semester 2 here we come!

February 17, 2017 Imogen Newey

Looking back to the festive period, right up until the end of January time really has flown. In this blog I hope to remind you just how much there is to do, how important it is to both work hard and play hard, and just how quickly time can pass by. Continue reading

Transience at the Fine Art Gallery

February 17, 2017 Steven Lake

A new exhibition of postcards inspired by the theme “transience”, created by students of Loughborough University School of the Arts, English & Drama, and students of 2nd Year Undergraduate Class, Concentration in Oil Painting & Printmaking, Joshibi University of Art & Design, Japan, goes on display at the Fine Art Building next week.

Each year the students studying in the Major of Art & Culture at Joshibi University of Art & Design go on a European class for a one month period for the subject Overseas Arts Studies 2B. 

As part of that program, they hold an exhibition at the university they visit. Last year, the second year students majoring in Arts and Culture (currently third year students) held the “Enigma exhibition” at Loughborough University in the UK and also interacted with local students. 

Through this kind of work exchange, it is hoped to learn the culture of each other through the exchange of students and to exchange through the language of “art”.

The exhibition runs from Monday 20th February until Friday 24th February, open 10am – 4pm.



February 17, 2017 Hannah Timson

Thursday 2nd February 2017 marked the day of the worldwide #TimeToTalk campaign which was dedicated to recognising the power of conversation in tackling mental health conditions. Continue reading

Back at home, back at Loughborough!

Back at home, back at Loughborough!

February 17, 2017 Gemma Wilkie

Being back in England from study abroad is kind of weird but exciting too. I mean of course I miss Australia, who wouldn’t, but at the same time it’s great to be back; seeing everyone and getting back into the swing of things. Continue reading

Footprints on the sands of time

Footprints on the sands of time

February 17, 2017 Emma Wiggins

It is the start of a new semester and that means normal services have resumed for me. The nice thing about his time of the year is that the days have already been getting noticeably longer which makes my usual routine of early morning so much better. Continue reading

Beyond the lecture theatre

Beyond the lecture theatre

February 17, 2017 Asli Jensen

It’s February and I’m so surprised that my brain is still functioning at this point. Last semester, in total, I wrote about 10,000 words worth of coursework. That’s basically a dissertation. Continue reading

Cyberbullying within working contexts

February 17, 2017 iaincoyne

Technology has revolutionised and shaped our personal and working lives. Communication, banking, healthcare, dating, shopping, education, travel, gaming, employment selection etc., have all changed as a result of advances in technology. There is no doubt that this has been a force for good; however, the use of technology can be abused and, to paraphrase from a famous film, ‘be turned to the dark side’.

Recent infamous cases of hacking online data and the ongoing need to ensure the safety of children using the Internet attest to the negative side of technology. Yet, it must be borne in mind that technology per se is not at fault here – we need to look at how and why people interact with technology for explanations.

One type of interaction I have been researching with colleagues at Sheffield Management School is cyberbullying within working contexts. In comparison to traditional workplace bullying and bullying/cyberbullying within school contexts, our understanding of cyberbullying at work is limited. Therefore, rigorous and systematic research into this construct is needed to allow researchers and practitioners a deeper understanding of the nature of cyberbullying and why people engage in it.

Understanding cyberbullying

Two schools of thought dominate our current understanding of cyberbullying. One camp suggests that cyberbullying, because of its unique characteristics, is a different form of interpersonal abusive behaviour. These unique characteristics include the perpetual nature to the abuse, anonymity of the perpetrator and breadth of the potential audience to the abuse. By contrast, other researchers view cyberbullying as the same as traditional bullying, considering it ‘old wine in new bottles’. While these researchers do not discount the unique characteristics of online abuse, they argue these contextual factors more likely impact on target consequences of facing abusive behaviour rather than defining cyberbullying.

Given this bipolar perspective, it is not surprising to find no agreed definition of cyberbullying. Indeed, there is even debate on whether the defining features espoused within offline bullying (frequency, duration, intent and power-differential) also conceptualise cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying and individual/organisational outcomes

It is within this confusing and conceptually challenging research environment that I collaborated with colleagues from Sheffield Management School (Sam Farley, Carolyn Axtell and Christine Sprigg) on a programme of research aimed at understanding cyberbullying and the implications for individual well-being.

Initially, we were interested in examining the relationship between experiencing cyberbullying, individual mental strain and job satisfaction and whether the impact is more negative as compared to traditional bullying. Further, we also questioned whether negative emotion and fairness perceptions could help explain why experience of cyberbullying relates to outcomes. Our findings from a sample of 331 UK university employees indicated individuals experiencing higher levels of cyberbullying tended to exhibit poorer well-being and job satisfaction than those exposed to lower levels of cyberbullying. In terms of job satisfaction, this impact was stronger when compared to offline bullying. Interestingly negative emotion appeared to act as the explanatory factor between cyberbullying and mental well-being, with perceived fairness as the explanatory factor between cyberbullying and job satisfaction.

Extending this research to a sample of 158 trainee doctors, we found support for the negative impact of experiencing cyberbullying on individual well-being and job satisfaction as well as the role of emotions and fairness in these relationships. Advancing our initial research, we also illustrated the impact of blame attributions within this process. Negative emotion helped to explain the relationship between self-blame for a cyberbullying act and mental strain, whereas fairness perceptions explained the association between blaming the perpetrator and job dissatisfaction.

These two studies provided initial insight into the outcomes of facing cyberbullying, the process of emotions, cognitions and blame attributions targets experience and the impact of this process on the outcomes for the individual and the organisation.

Measuring cyberbullying

Reflecting on our earlier research, we realised that the literature lacked psychometrically sound scales to capture the concept of workplace cyberbullying. As a result, we undertook a 3-year funded PhD program of research to develop a valid and reliable measure assessing cyberbullying across various communication technologies and disparate working populations. Three separate studies, involving a total of 944 respondents from different work settings, were conducted to establish a reliable, valid and conceptually sound17-item Workplace Cyberbullying Measure (the WCM). As far as we are aware, this research is the first to establish a fully validated measurement tool for assessing cyberbullying within working contexts. Our vision is that the recently published peer reviewed paper detailing the scale will be adopted by other researchers, organisations and practitioners for assessing cyberbullying.

The role of bystanders

Currently, I am examining the role of bystanders within cyberbullying contexts. Bystanders are people who witness bullying but are not involved directly as bully or target. Bystanders can discourage or escalate the bullying behaviours by speaking up on the victim’s behalf, or supporting the bully either actively or passively.

With few exceptions, bystander intervention in the context of workplace bullying is relatively unexplored to date.  Yet, bystanders are by far the largest group affected by workplace bullying with some studies finding that more than 80% of employees report having witnessed workplace bullying.

In cyberbullying, bystanders may play a different role than in offline bullying and are more likely to join in the behaviour given anonymity and depersonalisation. Viewing an abusive message is considered as taking part even if the bystander privately disagrees. Bystander behaviour in cyberbullying is more complex than in most traditional bullying with some authors arguing the reduced empathy in cyber-contexts resulting in limited bystander intervention.

Across three studies based on international employee samples (N=766), using a vignette-based design, initial research results have illustrated bystanders were least likely to support the victim and more likely to agree with perpetrator actions for cyberbullying acts when compared to offline bullying acts. It seems that the nature of online communication changes bystander perceptions towards who is to blame for the cause of the behaviour, ultimately impacting on behavioural intentions.

Albeit at an embryonic phase, our understanding of cyberbullying at work is developing. If the pattern seen in offline bullying research is repeated in this context then the next five years should see an explosion of systematic investigation into this phenomenon. Future research should aid understanding of why people engage in such behaviour, why bystanders do or do not intervene and approaches to controlling cyberbullying at work.

This Blog post was written by Dr Iain Coyne, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychology. Iain can be contacted on I.J.Coyne@lboro.ac.uk

Love is in the Loughborough air

Love is in the Loughborough air

February 15, 2017 Symrun Samria

February has swung around yet again which can only mean one thing – it’s Valentine’s Day! Continue reading

Come & Unwind With the Student Book Club!

February 15, 2017 Steven Lake

Fancy a trip to a dystopian United States where teenagers are harvested for spare body parts? No, we’re not talking about Donald Trump’s America (yet!) but the next book up for reading at our popular Student Book Club!

Neal Shusterman’s Unwind is the first in a highly successful series of novels set in the aforementioned dystopia. Some copies of the book are still available to borrow ahead of the meeting – just ask at the Level 3 desk.

The Club will be meeting at the usual time, 7pm, in the Library Staff Room, on Monday 6th March. For more information about the Club, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library: S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk, ext. 222403, or why not join the discussion on our Facebook page?

Kathleen Banks Memorial Lecture, 1st March 2017

February 14, 2017 Steven Lake

Resonance Exhibition at the Martin Hall

February 13, 2017 Steven Lake

LU Arts presents its first major exhibition in its new exhibition space at the Martin Hall beginning this week. Resonance is the result of a joint programme with the Joshibi University of Art & Design in Japan, featuring work by their second-year undergraduate students studying oil painting, printmaking, and related art.

It opens at 10am on Friday 17th February and closes on Friday 24th February. Opening times are 10am – 4pm week days – the exhibition space is closed at weekends. Entrance is free.

LU Arts Presents Englishes - A Conversation

February 12, 2017 Steven Lake

Following 2014’s Talk Action programme, Radar has extended engagement with DARG (Discourse Analysis Research Group) with the production and presentation of a new work by Nicoline van Harskamp which continues her preoccupation investigating the global use of English by non-native speakers worldwide, and the imagining of the (aesthetic) properties of a future spoken global language.

Englishes is a series of video works by Nicoline van Harskamp,  that explore the widespread use and modification of the English language by its non-native speakers. The series depicts the development of the plurality of spoken English that displaces the perceived position of primacy occupied by dominant strains of the language. It addresses the political import of this linguistic development, and proposes a dissolution of English into “Englishes,” co-opting it as a common and ever-growing linguistic resource, as well as a medium for artistic practices.

Nicoline van Harskamp has undertaken a series of ‘language experiments’ with art institutions and universities across Europe. In Loughborough, she worked with the Discourse and Rhetoric Group (DARG) and produced the video “Apologies and Compliments” that was first shown as part of a major exhibition at BAK in Utrecht, Netherlands (24 September – 20 November, 2016) and at the Center for Contemporary Creation Andalusia in Cordoba, Spain (19 December – 16 April 2017).

To complete her commission with Radar, Nicoline hosts a public event, Englishes – A Conversation on Friday 24th February 2017, 1 – 5pm at the LU Arts Project Space on the 1st Floor of the Edward Barnsley Building. In this event, Nicoline van Harskamp will present several videos from the series  and discuss them with the audience and invited guests.

The event is free, light refreshments will be served and booking is possible via the link below:


My first flight

My first flight

February 8, 2017 Miranda Priestley

As someone who has anxiety, it has always scared me to get on an aeroplane and fly across the world. However, on 26th January 2017 everything changed. Continue reading

Mindfulness in Mysore

Mindfulness in Mysore

February 8, 2017 Jessica Rutherford

I’m going to take the opportunity of this month’s blog to speak about my brief encounter with the University’s student support services, the Disability Office in particular. Continue reading

Things to do with Boo (or your crew)

Things to do with Boo (or your crew)

February 8, 2017 Tara Janes

Hey guys! Valentine’s Day is here, and there’s so many things you can do with your special gal, guy or pals in Loughborough. Continue reading

On the Radar - Syncopolitics

February 8, 2017 Steven Lake

Join Dr Fred Dalmasso of the School of Arts, English & Drama next week for a lively discussion on the notion of ‘syncopolitics’

Dr Dalmasso has coined the term syncopolitics in response to Catherine Clément’s seminal book, Syncope – the Philosophy of Rapture, where she stresses that “syncope is spectacle, it shows off, exposes itself, smashes, breaks, interrupts the daily course of other people’s lives, people at whom the raptus is aimed.” Dr Dalmasso will look in particular at how the image of syncope and the syncope of the image might radically displace or dissolve the self and thus offer strategies of resistance against norms through renouncement or disappearance; a recess of the image that he considers as a sine qua non condition for thinking politics as what can only happen within a horlieu (an out-place or non-place) of representation: a syncopolitics that resonates with what Badiou calls inexist[a]nce.

The discussion will be taking place in the Radar ArtSpace in the Edward Barnsley Building on Wednesday 15th February between 2-3pm. Entrance is free but booking is required – please email aed.research@lboro.ac.uk if you would like to attend.

Top 10 Tips for Attending a Careers Fair

Top 10 Tips for Attending a Careers Fair

February 7, 2017 Lauren Proctor

Careers fairs are a powerful resource for networking and information gathering about companies and their current job vacancies.  They can be a great opportunity to talk to representatives from organisations that you might like to work for or a chance to find out more about different job sectors.

To help you make the most out of the upcoming careers fairs (TalkSport and the Spring Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair), here’s our top 10 tips for making the most of a careers fair:

1.Look at the organisation list before you get there

There will always be a list of employers that you can find online before attending any careers event, just like the information provided on the website for the upcoming TalkSport event (9 February) and the Spring Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair (28 February). It’s best not to waste your time at events like these; research the employers before you arrive and make a plan. Research your target companies; find out what do they do, what jobs they offer, what do they look for in applicants etc. You might be surprised about what you find, and you should come across as prepared and knowledgeable in front of a prospective employer.

2. Attend a skills session

The Employability Through the Curriculum team and Careers Network are constantly hosting a variety events to improve your knowledge and skills. On February 8th in room 205 at 12-1pm or 1-2pm, there will be a skills session revolving around making the best of the TalkSport event taking place on February 9th. You can never be too prepared for an event like this, so make use of all the excellent workshops and resources the university offers you.

3. Dress to impress

Dress in a way that makes you feel confident, but which is also going to leave an impression. That doesn’t necessarily mean dress in a suit, because not all jobs/employers are looking for that. But make a good first impression and a memorable one. Dressing right can make a big difference in how a company originally perceives you, even before you speak. It can make you stand out from the crowd and they will value your effort which might mean they give you extra tips and information about the company.

4. Bring a copy of an up to date CV

Update your CV and bring copies in case any of the company representatives ask for it, but appreciate that they may not be willing to take one. Lots of companies have different job application processes and they might prefer if you email a HR contact with this personal information. If you are struggling with the content or layout of your CV, email Laura Hooke, the Careers Consultant at London, who can help make your CV shine.

5. Ask questions

Show that you’re interested in the company and what they offer. Interaction is the best way for a company to remember you and for your to build a rapport. Make sure your questions aren’t ones that can be answered via the information on their website, and don’t ask too many questions, either! Two or three questions is usually best, but make an informed decision based on way your conversation is going. Events like these are always busy and there are usually queues to speak to the company representatives; make use of this time to listen in on the conversations before you, so you don’t waste time on a question that has previously been answered.

6. Be clear and concise

Get straight to the point with the representative, they have lots of people to speak to and will appreciate someone who shows that they know about the company and have a clear and informed questions. This is as much a time for you to sell yourself as it is for the company to self itself to you, but the representative doesn’t need to hear about their companies 100 year history in detail, or how your job aspirations changed each year from the age of six. Be clear, be concise, and get to the point.

7. Listen and take notes

Keep a record of any useful information or tips that you are given to you by company representatives and make a note of the names of the people that you meet. Notes on what you discussed and with whom will be extremely helpful when you try to remember which company told you what information after you have spoken to numerous organisations! If you apply to the company later, you may wish to mention that you spoke to one of their representatives to make the application more personalised and specific to the company e.g. in your cover letter.

8. Smile and keep eye contact.

Smile and introduce yourself clearly to company representatives e.g. your name, your current course and why you are interested in their organisation. Body language is key, and you should come across as confident, interested and positive. So smile, nod and pay attention to the representative when they are speaking.

9. Say Thank you

Thank each person that you talk with for their help. A little goes a long way, and being polite and grateful for their time will leave a positive impact on the company’s representative. Be confident and leave a lasting impression; perhaps shake the representative’s hand or give them your business card/contact details.

10. Follow up

Interact with the company/ representatives on LinkedIn. Email the company. Ask about voluntary work experience like job shadowing for a day. Don’t be pushy, but don’t let them forget about your either. If it is a company you think suits you, keep up a rapport with them, you never know when it will be useful.


Read the Careers Network briefing ‘how to make the most of a careers fair’ here.

Sign up to attend the TalkSport event and make use of the free coach service leaving outside the campus at 8.30am on February 9th.

Take a look at the Spring Graduate Recruitment and Placement fair information on the website.

Fragmented field keeps voters guessing as Dutch election approaches

February 6, 2017 Rachel Mackenzie

The parliamentary election in the Netherlands on March 15 is approaching rapidly. And with an incredibly fragmented field, it looks as though attempts to form a coalition government after the vote will prove a challenging task, to say the least. Continue reading

Changes to RefME

February 6, 2017 Steven Lake

We have recently been informed that the company producing the referencing software tool, RefME has been taken over and that from 28th February 2017, RefME accounts will be transferred to their own citation product Cite This For Me. For some time Library staff have recommended RefME as a referencing software tool for undergraduate students.  Following this news, Library staff have assessed Cite This For Me and unfortunately, many of the freely available features of RefME will become paid for features in Cite This For Me. More details about the transition from RefME to Cite This For Me are available via this link:


The loss of functionality in the free version of Cite This For Me is clearly very disappointing for RefME users and since Cite This For Me only offers individual subscriptions, the Library will not be able to offer support for the new product. We are currently assessing other freely available referencing software products but until we have identified something suitable we would recommend Mendeley as alternative tool as it offers a sophisticated array of functions. More information about Mendeley is available on our referencing software Learn module below:


Love Food - Hate Waste Week

February 5, 2017 Steven Lake

Celebrations and holidays in the UK

February 3, 2017 Loughborough University

Adjusting to a brand new set of holidays and traditions can be a difficult transition, so we’ve compiled a list of the biggest and most important UK dates!


January kicks off with a bang as New Years Day celebrations take place on the 1st of January. Traditionally, the day is spent lounging around after a big night partying, with a roast dinner being the epicentre of activity. In Scotland, people will celebrate Hogamany, a Scottish celebration of the New Year with its own various traditions.

Following Hogamany, the Scottish know how to celebrate January – Burns Night falls on the 25th of January. Traditional Scottish foods like haggis will be eaten around the UK on this day, even in some campus accommodation dining halls!

Examinations begin mid-January for Semester 1, finishing late in the month. The campus library and study spaces become buzzing with activity as our students knuckle down for their examinations.



After the January exams, our students let out a big sigh of relief! Our sporting calendar kicks off again with fixtures across campus.

Globally, the 14th of February is celebrated as Valentines Day and traditionally, cards, gifts and poems are given to someone you love. In the UK, Valentines is a celebration of romantic love, with gifts and cards exchanged between lovers.

In 2017, Shrove Tuesday falls on the 28th of February (2018: February 13th). Also known as Pancake Day, this day marks the beginning of the Christian period of Lent. As a tradition, pancakes are eaten on this day.

On campus, excitement buzzes as the Students Union prepare for the Executive Officers elections.



On the 1st March, the Welsh celebrate St Davids Day. You’ll see lots of bright yellow daffodils, Welsh cakes and leeks around in traditional celebration of the day.

The UK’s Mother’s Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, often falling in March.

The Irish saint’s day of St. Patricks Day is celebrated across the UK on the 17th of March, with pubs and bars filled to the rafters with celebratory patrons. It is customary to wear some green and have a pint of Guinness!

The Hindu celebrations of Holi often fall in March, and these celebrations are widespread in the UK due to a large population of Hindus.



On the first day of April, April Fools Day is celebrated in the UK. Practical jokes will be played on each other until 12pm, after which time the prankster becomes the ‘April fool’. In more modern times, the internet is rife with fake news stories – watch out!

Saint George is the patron saint of England, and his feast day is celebrated on the 23rd of April. Many people raise the English flag in a patriotic salute on St Georges Day, or wear an English rose!

Campus is quieter than usual as many of our students bunk down for some hard revision before the summer examinations begin. Due to the lack of lectures, often students will go home during the April month.



Exams take over the campus once again as our students settle down for their summer examinations, with many finishing their degrees.

There are also May Bank holidays, one near the start of the month and one at the end – these days are university closure days. You will find that businesses will either be shut or close early on these days!



As per tradition, the official birthday of the Queen falls on the second Saturday of June – a day of street parties and tea parties! This is a great day to get down to London to watch the ‘Trooping the Colour’ parade.

The UK’s Fathers Day falls on the third Sunday of June. Much like Mothering Sunday, it is a day to celebrate fathers or father figures.

The summer solstice takes place on the 21st of June, attracting a huge crowd to Stonehenge to witness the sunset which marks the traditional beginning of British summertime.

Wimbledon, the world-famous and most prestigious tennis tournament, begins in late June.

For the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Fitr, you can head down to London for a big celebration. Though this isn’t a public holiday in the UK, you may still find that some businesses will be closing early or shut completely.


July & August

Graduations take place in July, with the majority being Undergraduate degrees.

There are some big summer events across the UK while you’re relaxing away from university, including the Notting Hill festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Of course, the summer holidays and time off university is perfect for travelling – check out our UK Checklist to see what you can get up to!


September & October

September is a time to prepare ahead of either starting your undergraduate, finishing your masters, or returning to university; many of you will be preparing to embark on your first year abroad.

Loughborough University often begins its first term in late September / early October. The first week of term is commonly known as “Freshers Week”, a time when you can try out different sports, societies, and bond with flatmates.

Halloween, a now worldwide celebration, is on the 31st of October, prompting costume parties, pumpkin carving and scary movies.



In November, you may see a growing number of moustaches on campus – this is for the charity fundraising event called Movember, where men grow moustaches to raise money for male health issues.

On the 5th of November, the UK sets alight for Bonfire Night, a traditional night to celebrate the foiling of a plot to destroy Parliament by a man named Guy Fawkes. There are fireworks and bonfires all week – the campus holds a huge one known as the Rag Fireworks Extravaganza.

Remembrance Sunday falls in November – a day the UK remembers those who died serving in the millitary. Processions are held around the country, with local services happening everywhere. There is also a two minute silence held at 11:00am on 11th of November held in respect for the end of the First World War.

Scotland’s national day, the feast day of Saint Andrews, is held on the 30th of November.



The winter holidays are looming, taking over much of December as the decorative lights go up and the Christmas markets begin. London hosts a huge market known as ‘Winter Wonderland’ – there are also lots of events happening in Loughborough, as well as the big cities such as Birmingham, Leicester and Manchester!

Winter graduations take place in December, with the majority being postgraduate students.

British traditions at Christmas include pantomimes (children’s plays), carol singing services, nativity plays, and big roast dinners on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day (the day after Christmas day).

These are just some of the events celebrated in Loughborough – of course, there are plenty more holidays and celebrations happening every day around the globe! With over 30 religious and nationality societies, you’re bound to find others to celebrate every holiday and festival with!

What’s your favourite holiday or celebration? Let us know in the comments below!

Find your place with nationality and faith societies

Find your place with nationality and faith societies

February 3, 2017 Loughborough University

Finding your feet at university can be tough – it can be a complete culture shock, especially if you’re an international student trying to get to grips with a completely new culture; but rest assured, we’re confident you’ll settle into university life with ease. Continue reading

Give Your Library Skills a Boost for Semester 2 - Get the Know How!

February 3, 2017 Steven Lake

All set for Semester 2? Well, in case you’re thinking you’re not as academic battle-hardened by Semester 1 as you ought to be, let us give your skills a boost through one of our range of ever-popular Get the Know How sessions at the Library.

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

Each session runs for between 50 – 90 minutes, depending on the subject matter, and they’re hosted mainly in either of the two Library Seminar Rooms. However, as these courses have always proved extremely popular in the past, we are asking that people register for them first via Learn Module LBA001. To do that – and to look at exactly what courses are on offer and when – visit this link:


Database Trial - Bloomsbury Fashion Central

February 2, 2017 Steven Lake

Those interested in fashion and fashion design are very likely to find our latest database trial of enormous interest. The Bloomsbury Fashion Central is the new site for fashion educators, students, and professionals.

The site comprises of textbook site open to all and three subscription products as follows:

  • Fairchild Books: Over 130 Fairchild Books textbooks with student/instructor resources.
  • Berg Fashion Library: Scholarly articles, eBooks and 13,000 images on world dress and fashion.
  • Fairchild Books Library: All Bloomsbury Fashion Central textbooks and student/instructor resources, available on subscription.
  • Fashion Photography Archive: 750,000 images, supported by hundreds of articles, designer biographies, audio and video.

To begin searching go to https://www.bloomsburyfashioncentral.com/  access is via IP address and the trial runs to 27th March 2017.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn –   s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk – with your comments.

Collaborative Project - West Ham United Foundation

Collaborative Project - West Ham United Foundation

February 1, 2017 Lauren Proctor

Anak Na Bangxang, a Sport Business and Innovation student documents his Collaborative Project group visit to their project partner, West Ham United Foundation, at their office in London. Anak’s team were tasked with the brief: What value does West Ham United Foundation provide to West Ham United Football Club? They visited the organisation to learn more about them and their activities

As a Sport Business student, any chance to visit a sport-related organisation is always intriguing, so when I found out that my Collaborative Project team were partnered with the West Ham United Foundation, I was excited and eager to rise to challenge. In semester one, we had that chance to visit their offices in Beckton and gain a greater understanding of the organisation.

The Foundation is a separate entity to West Ham United Football Club, but works with them to engage with the community and their youth programmes. The Foundation has many programmes, both self-running and partnered with The Premier League. Their offices are not only for administration duties but also their football programmes which take place here on their pitches. My Collaborative Project group decided to focus on the Foundation’s Girls and Women’s programmes with the aim of getting 14 – 25 years old girls to play more sports, especially football, as part of our project.

After arriving at the Foundation, Emily Hayday, the Foundation’s Higher Education Senior Development Officer and the representative of the Foundation for our collaborative project, introduced us to everyone in the team. As our group had already decided on a certain brief, we had a chance to sit down and interview the Women’s First Team Coach, Karen Ray. Karen is not only a coach, she is also an ex-footballer who played for the West Ham United Ladies team.

The interview with Karen Ray was very interesting, insightful, and certainly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The questions starting on her role, to the success of the programmes, indicator(s) of success and how the programmes can be expanded or improved further to influence more girls to participate in sports and possibly choose sports as a professional career. There were a great deal of very interesting facts that Karen revealed to us which helped shape our final project. An example was that the club have doubled their initial estimations of having 250 girls participating in the programmes, as they now have approximately 500 girls participating. Before our interview, my personal perception of Foundation and the Girls and Women’s programme was that there is a main focus on youth and recreational participation only. But afterwards, it was clear that these programmes play a large part in the development of the newly-integrated West Ham United Ladies team and the community.

Other than the professional side, Karen Ray also pointed out that one of her favourite aspects of being part of the Foundation is that she is not ‘just a coach’ but she is also a ‘positive influence’ for the girls. She believes that one of the most important objectives of the programmes is to get the girls off the streets and encourage them to pursue better options, including sports. She also indicated that there are many ways to judge the success of the programme, from the general numbers for participation and schools reached, to the technical side evaluating how the programmes have helped improve a girl’s football skills and the possibility of them playing for the Ladies team.

After my interesting visit to the Foundation, I can see that the Foundation genuinely care about the community and are looking to bring programmes to the more areas around London. As a football fan and a sport student myself, it was very comforting to see that the Foundation are trying to ‘give back’ to the community and are using their power and presence to benefit the community. It was also an eye-opening experience to see the running of a sporting organisation, and to meet and talk with people in the industry. Finally, it gave me great pleasure to hear about the success of these outreach programmes and see that there are many opportunities that the Foundation can look into in order to improve and expand their excellent programmes further.

Thank you to Anak Na Bangxang, a Sport Business and Innovation student at Loughborough University London, for writing about the Collaborative Project. Credit to Anak for all the included images.

To find out more information about the West Ham United Foundation, visit their website.

All Aboard for the Student Book Club this February!

February 1, 2017 Steven Lake

Our ever-popular Student Book Club meets again this February when the book up for discussion will be Paula Hawkins’ best-selling thriller The Girl on the Train.

The novel is told from the perspective of three very different women with a deadly secret in common. It was translated to the big screen in 2016, starring Emily Blunt and Justin Theroux.

All of our copies have been borrowed ahead of the next meeting, but you can still find it in all good book shops. The Club will be meeting at the usual time, 7pm, in the Library Staff Room, on Monday 6th February.

For more information about the Club, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library: S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk, ext. 222403, or why not join the discussion on our Facebook page?

What is LSU doing for you?

What is LSU doing for you?

February 1, 2017 Dr Katryna Kalawsky

Written by George Hones, LSU Postgraduate Executive Officer

In September of last year, Loughborough Students’ Union (LSU) welcomed their first ever full time Postgraduate Sabbatical Officer – me!  The creation of this new role was part of LSU’s renewed drive to ensure that the postgraduate population is well represented and catered for.

Last term I worked hard to make sure Loughborough postgraduates were aware of what we are doing at LSU and created a range of events and initiatives to reach out and engage with you.

Our first postgraduate-only social event, ‘LSU Welcome Social’, was a massive success! Over 150 postgraduates came for a night of table tennis, bowling, cheap drink offers and loads more; everyone had a brilliant time and it was fantastic to see so many postgraduates coming to the Union! Since that first event, I’ve developed our social offering and now run regular ‘PGIF – Postgrads, It’s Friday’, with over 160 postgraduates coming to the last two of the term. I also oversaw the successful recruitment of a postgraduate-only University Challenge team to represent Loughborough – good luck to the team!

Another successful event was LSU’s  first ever Your Education Week Postgraduate Conference – a career focused event covering a variety of topics. We had 8 speakers, including University staff, Union staff, and postgraduate Alumnus of Loughborough. Thank you to all those who attended!

Our final celebration of the year came on the final day of term. I organised a highly successful Postgraduate Festive Friday, with a festive party in Graduate House during the day and a Christmas themed PGIF in the evening. We had around 100 attendees throughout the day, who all enjoyed some bingo, a raffle, Christmas food and games and plenty of festive music!

I’ve has also been working hard with the Student Voice team and the Graduate School, on a variety of initiatives that could greatly improve the doctoral experience here at Loughborough. This includes a comprehensive review and improvement of our PGR Representation systems and a working group ensuring our Supervisory processes can be sector-leading – stayed tuned for more information in due course!

Well-Fayre at the Student Union

February 1, 2017 Steven Lake

As part of Health and Wellbeing week, the Student Union will be hosting a WELL-FAYRE to get you to rejuvenate after a stressful deadlines/exam season and because a little celebration of getting through it all is needed!

What to expect?

  • A variety of interactive stalls orientated around general wellbeing!
  • A craft therapy corner/ self-care station to unwind
  • A chance to make your own smoothie on our smoothie bike
  • FREE Goodie bags with lots of amazing giveaways
  • FREE sports water bottles
  • Lots of opportunity find out more about food / keeping healthy
  • A keepy uppy challenge to get involved!
  • A photo booth
  • Sik beats to get you moving!
  • Hall points for your Hall if you scan your student cards

End of 24-7

January 31, 2017 Steven Lake

As the first month of 2017 draws to a close, so does our first spell of 24-7 opening. After this evening, the Library will revert to its usual term-time opening hours from 2am Thursday morning, lasting throughout Semester 2 (which starts on Monday 6th February) through until the end of term on Friday 31st March.

Remotely Accessed Laboratory Suite (RALS) using the Internet of Things

January 30, 2017 Matt Hope

In this series of posts, we’re looking at how the projects from the 2016 Teaching Innovation Award are developing. In this post, Dr David Kerr and Dr Anthony Sutton, Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, reflect on their project progress and plans for the future.

To create a suite of equipment and an integrated software framework that enables the quick and easy design and implementation of remotely accessed laboratories based on Internet of Things technology. The suite will be designed to provide a flexible and scalable development platform for laboratory-based course material.


  • Develop a suit of hardware devices with sufficient flexibility to work with a range of typical sensors and actuators used in science and engineering labs
  • Integrate these with a mobile and scalable software library that will operate on a range of platforms currently used within the science and engineering field (e.g. Matlab, LabVIEW)
  • Provide a suitable web dashboard for students to interact with the system and carry out their experiments
  • Involve stakeholders (technical and academic staff and students) within the Wolfson School and if required, the School of Science, in order to capture a wide range of technical and pedagogic essential and desirable criteria for the system design

Progress so far
Hardware concept – we are concentrating on a modular design concept, to allow a high degree of flexibility and to increase ease of use. Modules will cater for a range of peripheral devices such as actuators, motors, switches, sensors and cameras for real-time vision. The diagram below shows the main hardware layout.

Remotely Accessed Labs

The core of the system is the Raspberry Pi model 3, which acts as a webserver host and controller for the lab. Peripherals are addressed via an I2C serial bus, where Arduino/Genuino architecture is used to interface sensors, motors, actuators and relay switches. The Raspberry Pi also hosts the camera module. The Pi/Arduino architecture was a deliberate choice in view of its wide availability, low cost and ease of maintenance. Furthermore, the necessary software is either part of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) or has a Creative Commons license, and the hardware details are in the public domain.

Software and GUI
We are developing the web dashboard and server software in Python, using the Flask web development environment. All the software is FSF or public domain and there is an excellent developmental community, with an expected long future ahead of it. During the summer of 2016 we dedicated the initial design task to a bursary student for EESE, who constructed a successful prototype and interfaced this to our modular hardware. We decided this approach was preferable to tying in to an existing IoT provider such as ThingSpeak, where GUI development is limited and reliance on a third party could become complex and costly.

We want eventually to build in access to existing local coursework setting and marking systems such a Learn and CASPA. Thus students using the on-line lab could submit their work on line and receive feedback and marks automatically within a realistic time frame.

Pilot lab for demonstration
We are continuing with the development of an exemplar on-line lab for Part B Mechanical Engineering students. This is in progress as a Part C undergraduate project in the Wolfson School. The lab is currently used in conventional form in our first year Fluid Mechanics module MMA800. The demonstrator should be available in a working form by the start of the summer term 2017. Given sufficient time, we plan to try out the remote version of this lab with student volunteers who have already experienced the conventional exercise, and obtain their feedback.

This exercise has proved invaluable in helping to scope out concepts for commonly used interface modules. We intend these to be easy to use by those not familiar with the background hardware and make them in effect “plug-and-play” as far as possible.

User engagement
We intend actively to seek engagement with staff and other potential stakeholders such as Lab Technicians as well as students. A second Part C project is therefore underway to study and collate best practice from a review of existing remote laboratories used in the international FE and HE sectors. We plan to use a small scale survey of academic staff within the Wolfson School to ascertain possible take-up of this technology in the future. The results of the survey will form part of our final deliverables, and inform the final design concepts of our modular system.

To make the system more flexible, we will be looking at ways of building in access to the hardware via more popular engineering software suits such as Matlab and LabVIEW. Matlab is particularly attractive in that it provides excellent data analysis tools with built-in access to the Raspberry Pi and Arduino hardware platforms we are using in the project.

CAP Forum: Embedding Research in Teaching

January 27, 2017 Tom Berry

This year’s first CAP Forum focused on the topic of embedding your research in your teaching. As a result, we invited one of this year’s Research-informed Teaching Award winners to present on how and why she embeds her research into her teaching, and what her research is about. In 2002, Dr Cheryl Travers set up a module to fill what she perceived as a gap in Learning and Teaching from her experience of being an academic occupational psychologist. This gap was the extent to which the SBE finalists have developed their ‘soft’ skills in their final year after their placement.

Her research is about her ‘Reflective goal setting model’ and the module puts this into practice- asking students to reflect on themselves, set goals, use the ‘power of written reflection’ to measure the impact of those goals. She asks the students to write a diary which for the first time this year will take the form of an electronic portfolio thanks to her new innovative system for students to log their thoughts.

The discussion that followed focused mostly on her actual pedagogic research, and how other disciplines can apply her reflective goal setting model, from Arts students to STEM students, and even students wishing to learn a language while at University.

Overall, it was an enjoyable afternoon with lively discussion, an abundance of food, and a wonderful talk by Dr Cheryl Travers. The session was lecture captured, which you can find here, and you can also find Cheryl’s papers on her research around goal setting, as well as her recent TEDx talk that she delivered at Loughborough Students’ Union below.

Dr Travers’ papers – 

Self reflection, growth goals and academic outcomes: A qualitative study

Unveiling a reflective diary methodology for exploring the lived experiences of stress and coping