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Don't Panic! Exam Support on Campus

May 25, 2017 Steven Lake

The Library may seem like hub of all exam activity on campus, but there are a variety of other study facilities and support hubs student can fall back on during the exam period. To that effect, the University have created a simple one-stop shop web site detailing all the study support and learning facilities available right now on campus, ranging from study spaces and computer labs to personal support should things start to get on top of you.

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/students/exam-support/

Upgrade Configuration Manager Current Branch from 1610 to 1702

May 25, 2017 Gary Hale

Upgrade Configuration Manager Current Branch from 1610 to 1702

Configuration Manager will be upgraded to the new version on the 05/06/2017. This is in order to take advantage of the new features and hotfixes. This upgrade should not affect any of the normal Configuration Manager processes.
The only visible changes that you will see is that the Admin Console will ask to be upgraded and the client version will change.

AppV 5.1 Hotfix KB3115834

May 25, 2017 Gary Hale

AppV 5.1 Hotfix KB3115834

When AppV 5.1 is installed on Windows 7 it can cause Internet Explorer 11 to close or not respond. This hotfix resolves the issue.

The update is silent and does not force a reboot but a reboot is required before the fix takes effect.

Timescale:

Deploy to All IT Services, U007, Careers and SMB108 – 07/06/2017
Deploy to All ITS Labs and Support – 12/06/17
Deploy to All Windows 7 Service – 16/06/17
Deploy only to PCs that require the update (Custom Collection) – 23/07/17

The Most Enterprising Wolfson

May 25, 2017 Peter Strutton

Wolfson is not only the biggest and most beautiful of all the Schools it is also the most enterprising but at this months’ Enterprise Awards 2017 we won half of all the awards!

Sir Bob at the Awards – unusually with only two bottles lined up.

7,000 public votes were cast in total and the highlight for the packed house (other than Sir Bob, pictured) saw Dr Clive Hickman, Chief Executive, The Manufacturing Technology Centre, hand the One to Watch award to our Graham Hargrave and Jonathan Wilson and I’m told that the phone has not stopped ringing since with companies interested in their new diesel emissions reduction system catchily called ACCT.

Our brilliant teaching also generates exemplary enterprise and Product Design Engineering graduate Chris Ruddock picked up the Graduate Enterprise Award for the work he’s doing with his new company INCUS Ltd based in the Advanced technology Innovation Centre on our Science and Enterprise Park.

On the back of this our School will now enjoy a monthly Enterprise Clinic – a kind of roadshow, more Noel Edmunds’ Swap Shop than Tiswas (one for the mid-lifers there).

Enterprise Office veteran Kathryn Burchell and Young One Paul Condliffe will be running The Clinic and they’d be very happy to examine whatever you’ve picked up recently and offer the best course of action/antibiotics. The Staff Intranet has loads of right useful information – have a quick look.

The Enterprise Clinic will be 10:00-12:00 on the last Wednesday of each month and it will move around to ensure that the Wolfson diaspora can get a hold of it –  here’s the schedule:

31st

May

Mech/Man Kitchen T1.32

28th

June

STI – Break out area

26th

July

Holywell Cafe

30th

August

Mech/Man Kitchen T1.32

27th

September

STI – Break out area

25th

October

Holywell Cafe

29th

November

Mech/Man Kitchen T1.32

SCCM CB Task Sequence Maintenance Completed

May 25, 2017 Charles Last

The ‘PC Staff Base’ image is available for imaging again.

When you image a machine with the ‘PC Staff Base’ Task Sequence SEP 14 MP1 will be installed.

 

 

 

 

 

Database Trial - DETAIL Inspiration

May 24, 2017 Steven Lake

Our second database trial for June is also likely to interest architects and building designers.

DETAIL Inspiration is an image and reference database that uses precise, relevant visual inspirations to support architects in their search for construction solutions. With more than 3,300 projects from the last 32 years, DETAIL inspiration is a highly valuable source of research and inspiration for architects, giving access to reference photographs, sketches, technical product information, within a clearly structured search and filter system.

All project descriptions are available for download. The database design is optimized for smart phone, tablet and desktop.

To begin searching go to www.detail-online.com/inspiration – access is via IP address and the trial runs to 24th June 2017.

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

Database Trial - Birkhäuser Building Types Online

May 24, 2017 Steven Lake

Architects, artists and building engineers may find our latest database trial of great interest to them.

The database Building Types Online draws on the expertise and the high international standing of Birkhäuser and comprises the knowledge and content of selected Birkhäuser manuals in typological order. The approx. 850 case studies are documented with texts by authors who are experts in their fields and with approx. 5000 architectural drawings of high quality as well as 2000 photographs of the buildings.

Using a systematic and analytical search and browse structure that allows all kinds of combinations, the database provides solutions for numerous design tasks in study and practice. This tool will facilitate research on building typology and architectural design assignments.

Thematic articles provide background information on individual building types or explain specific aspects such as lighting, acoustics, urban considerations, access types or planning processes. The users, be they in academia, architectural practice or students, will be offered a comprehensive online resource on building types based on seminal buildings of the past 30 years. Housing as one of the most frequent design tasks forms a large focus of the database.

To begin searching go to www.degruyter.com/db/bdt – access is via IP address and the trial runs to 31st July 2017.

A user guide is available at: https://www.degruyter.com/staticfiles/pdfs/User_Guide_Building_Types_Online_EN.pdf

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

4 simple stress relievers during exams

4 simple stress relievers during exams

May 23, 2017 Piers John

This academic year has gone past so quickly – I honestly remember moving into my student house like it was just the other day. Continue reading

Summer 24-7 Opening

May 23, 2017 Steven Lake

Our Summer exam 24-7 opening period begins this Thursday 25th May at 8.30am and will run until 2am on Wednesday 21st June. As is customary, we’d like to remind people of the correct etiquette during 24-7.

Firstly and foremostly, please respect your fellow users by considering what behaviour is (and isn’t!) appropriate in the Library by studying our guide to Library facilities on our homepage.

Space is ALWAYS at a premium during exam time, and sadly there are always a few who feel the need to take up more space than they actually need – even when they’re not actually in the building! So please, be kind and considerate and don’t leave your stuff lying about when you’re not there, as you’re depriving other people of a much-needed place to study. We WILL be removing any items left unattended for 30 minutes to free up space (assuming someone else doesn’t help themselves to your stuff first!).

Also please remember to keep your ID card with you at all timeseven when you go for a break. Any attempt to enter the Library without your card will count as one of your three strikes. Quite apart from the fact that you need it to gain entry to the Library, it is a University regulation that you keep your ID card with you at all times while on campus – if you lose it, you must report it and buy a replacement. And don’t lend your card to your friends – that’s against regulations too, and if we catch you, we will report you.

Levels 1,2 and 4 are intended to be areas for quiet study – please remember to keep the noise levels down to an absolute minimum on these floors, or you will be asked (nicely, by us, probably not so nicely by your fellow revisers!) to desist. If you want to chat – or have a snack – Level 3 is the designated social area.

Our designated Silent Study Area is on Level 4. When we say SILENT, we do mean SILENT! If you cannot abide by this, you will be asked to leave the area if you persist in causing disruption to your fellow users. We genuinely don’t like telling people off as much as they don’t like being told off, but for the sake of those genuinely wishing to study, we cannot tolerate bad behaviour or disrespect towards other users and staff. We appreciate that at times like this the stress levels rise, but though there are plenty of places on campus to let off steam the Library is NOT one of them! This applies just as much to use, or indeed misuse, of social media – think before you post anything, however witty you may think it is!

Our bookable study rooms, carrels and pods are pretty busy even off-peak, but during exam periods they’re especially popular. Please remember that you have to book them first before you can use one – don’t just turn up and sit down assuming the space is available, because it probably isn’t! And if you do book a space, please remember to actually come and use it. We give people 15 minutes to claim their reservation, otherwise we will allow someone else to use it – it’s simply not fair on other students to leave rooms unclaimed & unused. We try to monitor room bookings daily and update availability via our dedicated Twitter feed – it might be worth keeping an eye on it if you need to book a room at any point.

Please use the bins and recycling containers to keep the Library clean and tidy. Please remove all rubbish from your desk when you go – leave it as you would expect to find it!

If you’re a smoker, please remember that you cannot smoke directly outside the Library entrance – you must use the smoking shelter in the Library car park opposite. Some of you are probably getting as tired of being told this as we are of telling you, but get used to being nagged (or worse) if you continue to ignore this rule – it is a University regulation, and subject to the same disciplinary procedure if you break it.

Although the Library is open 24-7, the Library Enquiry Desks are only staffed between 8.30am – 10pm. During the evening, the Library is supervised by security staff. If you need printer credit, remember that you can buy it online. Please remember, though, if you experience any problems at all regarding any of the Library facilities, just ask any member of staff, or contact us through our Ask a Librarian email service or our Twitter and Facebook feeds – we’re here to help you as best we can.

Best of luck with your exams!

SCCM CB Task Sequence Maintenance

May 22, 2017 Charles Last

A small change will be made to the ‘PC Staff Base’ Task Sequence this Thursday (25th) at 9AM. The Task Sequence will be modified so that Symantec Anti-Virus 14 MP1 gets installed during the image build process. This change will replace the older AV Client Task Sequence Step which currently installs SEP 12.1.6 MP5.

Once this change has been made and tested another e-mail will be sent out advising that the ‘PC Staff Base’ is available for imaging again.

Timescale: 9AM on 25/05/2017

 

 

Tricia's snippets 2017-05-22

May 22, 2017 Tricia

Once again apologies for the slight lag – will catch up soon!

2 items of interest:

From Water, Sanitation, Hygiene & Health Newsletter No. 223 May 3rd 2017:

UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) 2017 report: Financing universal water, sanitation and hygiene under the Sustainable Development Goals

The GLAAS 2017 report presents an analysis of the most reliable and up-to-date data from 75 countries and 25 external support agencies on issues related to financing universal access to water and sanitation under the SDGs. According to the report, countries have increased their budgets for water, sanitation and hygiene at an annual average rate of 4.9% over the last three years. Yet, 80% of countries report that water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) financing is still insufficient to meet nationally-defined targets for WASH services. The report stresses that countries will not meet global aspirations of universal access to safe drinking-water and sanitation unless steps are taken to use financial resources more efficiently and increase efforts to identify new sources of funding.

Link to the report: http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/publications/glaas-report-2017/en/

More information about GLAAS: http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/monitoring/investments/glaas/en/

Can ‘functionality’ save the community management model of rural water supply?

Water Resources and Rural Development Volume 9, June 2017, pp. 56-66

Luke Whaley & Frances Cleaver

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212608216300274

It is primarily a literature review paper so many elements will be familiar, however Whaley and Cleaver are coming from a social science perspective so they highlight that previous analysis has focused on community management of water points as a “techno-managerial exercise” that largely ignores from broader social, political and cultural rules and relations around power – which groups and individuals have power over others and how is that used (or not used).

 

From Sanitation Updates:

Recent sanitation and health research

#InDeepShit

World Bank targets smarter sanitation communication for rural Ethiopia

Posted: 05 May 2017

Developing Markets for Sanitation: A Blog Series

Posted: 04 May 2017 09:48 AM PDT

UNC Water Institute 2017 Water and Health Conference

WASH & healthcare facilities – Water Currents

Posted: 01 May 2017

USAID Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Project (KIWASH)

Adopt or Adapt: Sanitation Technology Choices in Urbanizing Malawi

Learning from Sustained Success: How Community-Driven Initiatives to Improve Urban Sanitation Can Meet the Challenges

Posted: 28 Apr 2017

To End Neglected Tropical Diseases, Start With The Basics Of Clean Water And Sanitation For The World’s Poorest

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 08:55 AM PDT

Starting May 1 – MOOC on Introduction to Faecal Sludge Management

Posted: 25 Apr 2017 07:57 AM PDT

Webinar – Involving The Private Sector In Increasing Access To Basic Sanitation In Bihar And Abidjan

Public Finance for WASH Masters Research Scholarships 2017

Posted: 24 Apr 2017

Swachh Bharat Mission Hygiene Index

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 10:00 AM PDT

Focus on Community-Led Total Sanitation – Water Currents, April 18, 2017

Posted: 18 Apr 2017 09:55 AM PDT

A big-picture look at the world’s worst Ebola epidemic

At stake in Johannesburg’s ‘recycling wars’: more than trash

WHO Trachoma Fact sheet, April 2017

Posted: 17 Apr 2017

From email alerts (sanitation in the title):

From journal email alerts:

Water research

ISSN 0043-1354

VOL 115; (2017)

Water research

ISSN 0043-1354

VOL 110; (2017)

Environmental impact assessment review

ISSN 0195-9255

VOL 63; (2017)

Science of the total environment

ISSN 0048-9697

VOL 586; (2017)

Science of the total environment

ISSN 0048-9697

VOL 584; (2017)

Science of the total environment

ISSN 0048-9697

VOL 581; (2017)

Science of the total environment

ISSN 0048-9697

VOL 580; (2017)

Science of the total environment

ISSN 0048-9697

VOL 576; (2017)

Top 3 Talking Points: An attack on Corbyn?

May 22, 2017 Loughborough University

Professor James Stanyer on week two of the General Election media campaign. Continue reading

Know the Exam Rules - Avoid the 7 Deadly Sins!

May 22, 2017 Steven Lake

Newspapers remain hostile to Labour in their election coverage

May 19, 2017 Loughborough University
Jeremy Corbyn

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn

In its second report analysing media coverage of the General Election Loughborough University has found national newspapers to be overwhelmingly negative in their coverage of Labour. Continue reading

May 19, 2017 Lauren Proctor

This week we celebrate deaf awareness in the UK. Paul Ntulia, a student of diplomacy at our  campus in London,  is a well-known name at our campus and within the deaf community, too.  After completing his Master’s degree next year, Paul would like to study for a PhD or work as a diplomat, with the ultimate dream of becoming Prime Minister! He has written this blog today for Deaf Awareness Week 2017 and looks forward to hosting a deaf awareness event on our campus soon.


‘Deaf Awareness Week is a unique campaign in that so many different organisations participate, each able to promote their own work within the broad spectrum of deafness’ UK Council on Deafness

My name is Paul Ntulila and I am 27 years old. I became profoundly deaf when I was eight months old in 1989. I used to wear hearing aids but they weren’t for me! I am the first deaf person to study MSc Diplomacy, Statecraft and Foreign Policy at the Loughborough University London.

Growing up, I did worry that being deaf could prevent me from being successful in work. Being deaf can present a challenge when working within the hearing community, and I have faced challenges at work because some people have little or no deaf awareness. I think deaf awareness is very important so that deaf people can be fully involved in the hearing world as that presents fewer barriers and improves accessibility.

Growing up with deafness

I grew up in Newham, which is based in East London. I went to Lister Community School which is a mainstream school. I was lucky that they had great role models by having deaf instructors and teachers of the deaf. I can remember staff telling me ‘you can achieve anything’, which inspired me to be more determined and focused on achieving a high level of education.

When I was at that school I started getting involved in community projects and I realised that I wanted better services for deaf people. My father encouraged me to get involved in politics, but I decided not to because of my deafness. Then, on 4th November 2008, Barack Obama was elected as America’s first Black president. He inspired me to become a politician and a diplomat.

My early career

I’ve dedicated my career to helping and supporting the deaf community. After I left secondary school, I spent time promoting the inclusion of deaf and disabled people in Devon whilst working with NSPCC, where I was instrumental in helping the charity to understand deaf needs. At the 2009 Annual Council Meeting (ACM), I was made an Honorary Member of the Council in recognition of this important role and was the first young person to receive the award.

I also worked with the Diversity Board and was Co-Chair of the Youth Panel at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. As part of my role with the Diversity Board, I worked to encourage young people to become more involved in the Olympics. For example, I made sure they were volunteering and were excited about the event. I was involved in an Olympic volunteering project, recruiting young children from all schools in UK, interviewing and assessing them to find out how they were suitable for Olympics participation and involving them in the summer Olympic Games.

Newham Council chose to recruit a hearing person to manage the service for 3 years but this was unsuccessful. Using historical data, I proved that the service needed to be managed by a deaf person as the previous 3 years saw the forums failing, with people dropping out and fewer user of the drop-in service. I took over the role of Chair-person and was able to turn the trend around. There was an increase in deaf participation, and the drop-in service became a success. I have worked with Newham Council to set up a new Health Watch in order to improve access to GP surgeries and clinics, in the community. I have also provided deaf awareness training and delivered motivational sessions to professionals in Newham, which has had an impact on the social and economic inclusion and development of East London.

The importance of better access for deaf people

Loughborough University London has been extremely helpful in my decision to further my studies, but I would like to see more deaf students and disabled students at the University. And not just at Loughborough – but at any university! This would help the deaf and disabled students to get better jobs and change their lives through academic experience. However, the organisations, businesses, industries and academic institutions need a clear understanding about how to improve access for deaf and disabled people who are looking for employment.

Several of these learners face challenges and discrimination. Increasing austerity cuts affect essential services, which compounds these challenges. Deaf people need to look up to positive deaf role models because such individuals can provide an inspirational influence and this can have a positive impact on their lives.

Tips/Advice on what to avoid:

  • Don’t assume that all deaf people can lip read or exaggerate your lip patterns. This makes lip reading even more difficult.
  • Don’t patronise deaf people or think that they are unable to achieve.
  • Don’t automatically think that writing things down is the solution to communicating with a deaf person.
  • Don’t treat deafness as a handicap. It doesn’t prevent me from achieving success academically or in business, just like you!

Loughborough University London would like to thank Paul Ntulia for his blog.

Stay tuned for updates of Paul’s Deaf Awareness event later in the year.

For more information on Deaf Awareness Week, visit the UK Council on Deafness website.

Optimising nutrition in a bid to break the two-hour marathon mark

Optimising nutrition in a bid to break the two-hour marathon mark

May 19, 2017 PR Office

Stephen Mears, Loughborough University

Twenty-six seconds. That’s how close Kenyan runner Eluid Kipchoge came to breaking the two-hour marathon and bettering a mark many thought to be unachievable. Although this was the fastest time ever run over the 26.2 mile distance, it unfortunately did not count as a world record. In the event, organised by Nike in Monza, Italy, the revolving use of pace setters taking turns to reduce wind resistance and drinks handed to the athletes by attendants on bicycles meant that the time would not be recognised by the IAAF, the athletics governing body. Despite this, the significance of Kipchoge’s time should not be underestimated. The Conversation

Just as the four-minute mile was a target for elite athletes in the 1950s, the excitement surrounding a sub-two-hour marathon has been building recently as the world record has been slowly chipped away. It currently stands at 2:02:57, set by Dennis Kimetto of Kenya, but Nike believed that, by controlling as many factors as possible, the elite runners selected for their race could break the two-hour barrier.

How did Kipchoge get so close? He is obviously an extraordinary athlete who optimised as many factors as possible to get the best performance including training, environment, equipment, pacing and nutrition.

For a marathon runner, nutrition plays a vital role and that means taking on carbohydrate to provide additional fuel to that already stored in the muscles and liver. There is a limit though.

The most carbohydrate that can be used by anyone is thought to be around 90g per hour as long as different types of carbohydrate are used in the drink – for example, the sugars maltodextrin and fructose. This limit also depends on the carbohydrate being emptied from the stomach into the intestines and from the intestines into the blood at a fast enough rate without causing gastrointestinal discomfort.

Gut discomfort is quite common in runners. Beate Pfeiffer of the University of Birmingham investigated carbohydrate intake in marathon runners and found that 4% had serious gastrointestinal issues – but this was only after consuming an average of 35g per hour. Higher amounts of carbohydrate and fluid will probably cause more problems. When they investigated other endurance events, high carbohydrate intake was related to increased nausea and flatulence, but it was also related to improved performance during Ironman races – the longest form of a triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and 26.2 mile run).

A good carbohydrate strategy depends on a fine balance between the total amount of carbohydrate and the amount of fluid consumed without causing any discomfort. Most commercially available sports drinks have a 6% carbohydrate concentration, which means that each litre contains 60g of carbohydrate. If runners only aimed for 60g of carbohydrate per hour they’d have to drink two litres of fluid over the duration of the race. That’s a lot of fluid at high speeds.

If runners aim for 60g of carbohydrate per hour they need to drink two litres of fluid over the duration of a marathon.
KieferPix/Shutterstock

During a marathon, drink stations are every 5km (about every 14 to 15 minutes). In order to get the optimal amount of carbohydrate, runners would have to drink about 200-300ml at each drink station – a big challenge when you are running at 13.1 miles per hour.

Kipchoge and his team at Nike switched a few things up to optimise nutrition. He reportedly drank a 14% carbohydrate drink to reduce the total volume of liquid he had to consume. Nike also set the drink stations up so that the three runners, hand picked to break the two-hour mark, could drink on every 2.4km lap. This way, they could take much smaller drinks and prevent a build-up of fluids in the stomach.

This needs practice though – as concentrated drinks can be slow to empty from the stomach, particularly during high-intensity exercise. There is no way Kipchoge could have consumed a 14% carbohydrate drink without having practised and experimented in training. In other words, he trained his gut by building tolerance to large amounts of fluid and highly concentrated drinks, so that more is emptied from the stomach into the intestines.

Training the gut

In a 2010 paper, Greg Cox of the Australian Institute of Sport demonstrated that, after 28 days of high-carbohydrate feeding during cycling exercise, the amount of carbohydrate used increased. For marathon runners, more carbohydrate use means more fuel and energy.

How much did nutrition help in the Nike event and did training the gut make the difference? There is no definitive proof but we might see something by looking towards one of the other Nike athletes, Zersenay Tadesse. He has been notoriously bad at getting his nutrition right in marathons. The world record holder for the half marathon, he has struggled when doubling the distance – but managed to beat his personal best for the marathon by four minutes in the Nike event, reducing his time from two hours ten minutes to two hours six minutes. Maybe, just maybe, with the help of the scientists, he trained his gut to optimise nutritional intake and provide the platform for a personal best.

We may never fully know the role nutrition plays in long-distance running, but what we do know is that when someone does break the two-hour barrier, nutrition and a trained gut will probably be at the heart of it.

Stephen Mears, Lecturer, Loughborough University

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Media coverage of the 2017 General Election campaign (report 2)

Media coverage of the 2017 General Election campaign (report 2)

May 19, 2017 Loughborough University

This is the second in a series of weekly reports by the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture on national news reporting of the 2017 UK General Election.

The results in this report are derived from detailed content analysis of election coverage produced on the weekdays (i.e. Monday to Friday inclusive) between 5th  and 17th May 2017 from the following news outlets:

Television: Channel 4 News (7pm), Channel 5 News (6.30pm), BBC1 News at 10, ITV1 News at 10, Sky News 8-8.30pm

Press: The Guardian, The I, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Financial Times, The Daily Mail, The Daily Express, The Mirror, The Sun, The Star

We analysed all election news found in the television programmes. For the press, we included election news found on the front page, the first two pages of the domestic news section, the first two pages of any specialist election section and the page containing and facing the papers’ leader editorials. More information can be found at http://blog.lboro.ac.uk/crcc/methodology-2/
In this report we focus on the following features of news coverage during the opening stage of the formal campaign: 1, the visibility or presence of the different political parties and other organizations and individuals in the news; 2, the most frequently reported political figure; 3, the positivity and negativity of press reporting of the main parties; and 4, which issues attracted most media attention.
Intercoder reliability tests were conducted on all key variables.

The sample dates for Week 1 were 5th, 8th and 9th May 2017, inclusive.

The sample dates for Week 2 were 10th, 11th,14th,15th,16th and 17th, inclusive.

Executive summary

  • The second week of the formal campaign saw a shift in the relative prominence of the two main parties in media coverage. In week 1, the Conservatives gained slightly more TV exposure and considerably more press coverage. By the end of week 2, Labour had accumulated a 7 percent advantage in TV appearances and gained parity in press coverage.
  • This marked shift is probably explained by the leaking and then formal launch of the Labour manifesto in the second week of sampling.
  • Overall, the Conservatives and Labour have commanded 71 percent of the appearances on TV and 85 percent in the press in coverage so far. The ‘two party squeeze’ in press and TV coverage tightened in week 2.
  • This dominance of the two main parties far exceeds their position at the same stage of the 2015 General Election. The Liberal Democrats, SNP, UKIP and the Greens have received consistently lower levels of coverage in the 2017 media campaign so far.
  • A further measure of Labour’s centrality to the news agenda in week 2 is Jeremy Corbyn’s appearance at the top of the list of most frequently reported political figures. Several other Labour representatives also climbed up the chart.
  • Our measures of the direction of press reporting of Labour show that a considerable majority of this coverage has been critical of the party and its manifesto.
  • The greatest proportion of this negativity occurred in the national newspapers with the largest circulations.
  • Aggregate levels of positive and negative press coverage of the Conservative party have nearly cancelled each other out.
  • Our breakdown of the levels of coverage in individual newspapers reveals nuances in their partisanship. The Sun and The Express have particularly emphasised attacking Labour. The Mail has been similarly hostile to Labour but has had more positive emphasis in their reporting of the Conservatives. The surplus of positive coverage in The Times for the Conservative party, exceeds the amount of negativity to Labour.
  • As a general trend, newspapers have focused more coverage on attacking the parties they disapprove of, than reporting positive issues connected to the parties they support.
  • Brexit has received lower levels of coverage in this second week.
  • The issue agendas of the press and TV remain very similar.
  • The issues upon which the Conservative party would prefer to campaign remain at the foreground of media debate.
  • The Labour party were more successful in getting their strong policy areas on social welfare and health onto the news agenda.

Section 1: Presence of political parties in news coverage

Figure 1.1 compares the frequency with which the main political parties appeared in TV news. Figure 1.2 provides an equivalent comparison for newspaper coverage.

Figure 1.1: Party appearances on TV News

Figure 1.1: Party appearances on TV News

Figure 1.2: Party appearances in the press

Figure 1.2: Party appearances in the press

Figure 1.3: Changes in party presence  (week 1/ week2)

Figure 1.3: Changes in party presence
(week 1/ week2)

Figure 1.4: Change in media prominence of parties (2015 versus 2017)

Figure 1.4: Change in media prominence of parties (2015 versus 2017)

Key findings

  • Labour has attracted considerably higher levels of coverage in both press and TV in the second week, reversing the greater levels of coverage for the Conservatives noted in week 1 of the media campaign.
  • All other parties, apart from UKIP in the press, saw their share of coverage reduce in the second week.
  • The dominance of the two main parties in media coverage noted in the first week has been sustained into the second sample period.
  • The ‘two party squeeze’ is far more evident than in the previous campaign. The Conservatives and Labour have commanded 71 percent of the appearances on TV and 85 percent in the press so far. At the same stage in 2015, they accounted for 57 percent of appearances on TV news and 72 percent in the press.

Section 2: most prominent political figures in coverage (week 2)

Table 2.1 identifies the most frequently reported political figures in the second week of coverage. It also compares their position in the previous week’s sample.

Postion Politician %
1 (2) Jeremy Corbyn (Lab) 27.7%
2 (1) Theresa  May (Cons) 24.2%
3 (4) John McDonnell  (Lab) 6.0%
4 (3) Tim Farron (Lib Dem) 5.6%
5 (-) Michael Fallon (Cons) 3.3%
6 (17) Emily Thornberry (Lab) 2.7%
7 (8) Nicola Sturgeon (SNP) 2.5%
8 (-) Jonathan Ashworth (Lab) 2.3%
9 (19) Vince Cable (Lib Dem) 2.1%
10 (7) Paul Nuttall (UKIP) 2.1%
11 (-) Philip Hammond (Cons) 1.9%
12 (-) Gordon Brown (Lab) 1.7%
13 (15) David Cameron (Cons) 1.5%
14 (-) Leanne Wood (PC) 1.5%
15 (-) Boris Johnson (Cons) 1.3%
16 (20) Patrick McLoughlin (Cons) 1.3%
17 (-) Diane Abbott (Lab) 1.3%
18 (-) Andrew Gwynne (Lab) 1.0%
19 (-) Angela Rayner (Lab) 1.0%
20 (-) Tom Watson (Lab) 1.0%

Table 2.1: Most prominent figures in Week 2 coverage (last week in brackets)

Note: percentages=(number of appearances/ number of items)*100

Key findings

  • Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Leader, was the most prominently featured in the second week, appearing as an active contributor to over one-in-four of all items.
  • The launch of the Labour Party manifesto is reflected in 8 members of the shadow cabinet (including Corbyn) making the top 20.
  • Coverage of the Conservatives has switched focus to other cabinet members this week, with Michael Fallon (Defence), Philip Hammond (Chancellor) and Boris Johnson (Foreign and Commonwealth) among the most prominent political actors.
  • The Lib Dem, SNP and UKIP leaders have maintained their relative prominence in week 1, and have been joined by the leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood, in the top 20.
  • The two most recent ex-PMs both make the top 20.
  • European Union representatives such as Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, who placed 6th and 12th respectively in the first week of coverage, fell out of the top twenty.

Section 3: Positive and negative treatment of the political parties in the press

In this section we discuss the overall positivity or negativity of newspaper coverage. For each item we assessed whether the information or commentary contained within it had positive or negative implications for each political party.

Scoring

  • If an item mainly or solely focused on positive matters for a party, it was given a value of +1.
  • If it mainly/ solely focused on negative matters for a party, it was assigned a value of -1.
  • Items where there was no clear evaluation, or contained positive and negative issues in broadly equal measure, were coded as zero.
  • Items where no reference was made to the party were excluded from the calculation.

The scores in figures 3.1 – 3.3 are calculated by subtracting the total number of negative stories from the total of positive stories.

Figure 3.1 shows the overall directional balance of stories of the respective parties.

Figure 3.1: Balance of positive to negative newspaper items

Figure 3.1: Balance of positive to negative newspaper items

Figure 3.2 weights this differential by the latest ABC circulation figures for each national newspaper.

Figure 3.2: Balance of positive to negative newspaper items (weighted by circulation)

Figure 3.2: Balance of positive to negative newspaper items (weighted by circulation)

Key findings

  • The unweighted figures show that, apart from the SNP, all parties received more negative press coverage than positive.
  • For the Conservatives there was only a small difference between levels of positive and negative coverage across all newspapers.
  • For the Labour party, in contrast, negative press coverage far exceeded positive coverage.
  • The small variations in coverage of the Lib Dems, SNP and UKIP are to a large extent a measure of their marginal presence discussed earlier.
  • When the different circulations of the national newspapers are taken into account, Conservative coverage moves into a positive position.
  • This exacerbates the difference between the coverage of the two parties according to this measure.

Figure 3.3 breaks down the overall distribution in figure 3.1, by party and newspaper title.

Figure 3.3: Extent of negative to positive press coverage by Party and Newspaper

Figure 3.3: Extent of negative to positive press coverage by Party and Newspaper

Key findings

  • The Sun and The Express have particularly emphasised attacking Labour. Their positive coverage of the Conservatives is lower than for other traditionally Conservative supporting newspapers.
  • The Mail has been similarly hostile to Labour but has been more positive in its reporting of the Conservatives.
  • The surplus of positive coverage in The Times for the Conservative party, exceeds the amount of negativity to Labour.
  • As a general trend, newspapers have focused more coverage on attacking the parties they disapprove of, than reporting positive issues connected to the parties they support.
  • The Financial Times, which has variably supported Labour in previous elections, shows higher levels of negative reporting of the party than other quality newspapers.

Section 4: Issues in the Media Campaign

Table 4.1 compares the prominence of the issues in the media between the two weeks of the formal campaign.

Place Issue  Week 1 Week 2
1 Election Process 38.3% 30.7%
2 Taxation 4.5% 8.6%
3 Brexit/ European Union 16.3% 8.4%
4 Economy/ Business/Trade 6.9% 7.6%
5 Health and health care provision 3.6% 6.3%
6 Defence 1.1% 4.7%
7 Employment 1.5% 4.0%
8 Standards in public life 4.9% 3.6%
9 Social Security 2.9% 3.3%
10 Immigration 4.5% 2.0%

Table 4.1: Ten Most Prominent Issues in Coverage (% of items, week 2 compared to week 1)

Note: percentages=(frequency of item/ total of all items)*100

  • Although down from the previous week, the main focus of TV news and press coverage remained the electoral process and what the final ballot might mean for the prospects of each of the parties.
  • In terms of the main substantive issue, attention switched away from Brexit, down from 16% to around 8%, and immigration, now number ten, to a range of other issues, including: taxation, the economy, business, trade. All good news for the Conservatives as opinion polls suggest they lead on the stewardship of the economy.
  • The biggest growth area was taxation. The main focus here was on Labour’s plans for a higher tax rate for top-earners.
  • Conversely, health and, issues on which the Labour Party wish to campaign, were less prominent.
  • The issue of devolution dropped out of the top 10 suggesting that the Scottish (or indeed the Irish) is becoming less significant as the campaign unfolds.

Table 4.2: Ten Most Prominent Issues in Coverage (% of items, TV compared to Press)

Rank Issue TV Issue Press
1 Election Process 30.7% Election Process 34.7%
2 Brexit/ European Union 12.0% Brexit/ European Union 11.4%
3 Economy/ Business/Trade 9.9% Taxation 6.6%
4 Taxation 8.3% Economy/ Business/Trade 6.5%
5 Health and health care provision 5.9% Health and health care provision 4.9%
6 Immigration 4.3% Standards 4.5%
7 Employment 4.0% Social Security 3.9%
8 Public services 3.7% Defence 3.6%
9 Standards 2.7% Employment 2.7%
10 Defence 2.4% Immigration 2.6%

Note: percentages=(frequency of item/ total of all items)*100

  • Although both press and TV news gave coverage to the same top five issues, there was some divergence especially in attention given to social security, public services, defence and employment. The press focused more on social security and defence and the TV news, on the latest employment figures, public services, and gave less coverage to social security matters.

Our thanks to our coding team: Shani Burke, Gennaro Errichiello, Simon Huxtable, Jack Joyce, Herminder Kaur, Jade Markham, Nathan Ritchie, Lukas Stepanek, Ian Taylor, Rosie Tinker and Lou Tompkins

This is not solely a measure of overt support or criticism by a journalist of a party (although these instances would be included in the count). It is a broader measure of the extent to which newspapers report on issues/ comments/ developments that have positive or negative implications for parties. We only coded these instances where these were overtly referred to in the piece.

Inter-coder reliability UK General Election 2017 campaign analysis

A reliability test using a random sample of 11 newspaper stories was conducted early on in the coding process with 10 coders. It is customary to provide an inter-coder reliability measure for each variable on a coding sheet. We have focused here on the more subjective variables that require coder judgement and the scores below are for these variables on the coding sheet.

Two measures are used, average pairwise percent agreement (APPA) and Krippendorff’s Alpha. Given the number of coders and the amount of training time ahead of this snap election our confidence level was set at 70% for APPA and 60% for Krippendorff’s Alpha.

The identity of actors in the news: APPA 78.324%; Krippendorff’s Alpha, 0.733776976662
Disposition of actors in the news: APPA, 72.9761904762%  Krippendorff’s Alpha. 0.633986079743
The themes of news items: APPA, 76.2962962963%; Krippendorff’s Alpha, 0.684490950537
Overall story evaluation: APPA, 86.7824074074%; Krippendorff’s Alpha, 0.644939179375

Light at the end of the tunnel - exams and revision

Light at the end of the tunnel - exams and revision

May 19, 2017 Niamh O’Connor

So it’s that time of the year again. The majority of us who are still in education are coming up to that time of the year when revision days are in full swing and exams are creeping closer, possibly faster than we would like… Continue reading

Coping with Coursework

Coping with Coursework

May 19, 2017 Gemma Wilkie

A few tips for those of you who take coursework subjects!  How to deal with coursework stress, through mindfulness and organisation… Continue reading

How To Get Through Exams

How To Get Through Exams

May 19, 2017 Asli Jensen

This is my very own personal guide on how to get through the final hurdle. This could be your final year of A Levels/BTEC/IB or even the final year of your degree (like me). Let me warn you, everything here is 100% relatable and useful information to all. Continue reading

An Insight into Corporate Governance by CEO of MasterInvestor, Swen Lorenz

May 18, 2017 Lauren Proctor

Swen Lorenz, an “globe trotting CEO, entrepreneur, author, investor” and more, came on to campus today to provide a guest lecture to our students and staff on the topic of Global Governance. Continue reading

May 18, 2017 PR Office

Labour and the Conservatives offer two different routes to a ‘living’ wage

Donald Hirsch, Loughborough University

A competition among political parties to promise a more attractive minimum or “living” wage is new to British elections. The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is now nearly 20 years old, but Labour in power was always cautious about its level. The Conservatives, meanwhile, initially opposed it. The Conversation

But a burgeoning living wage movement and a perceived “living standards crisis” help explain a new bidding war. In the 2015 election, Labour promised to raise the NMW to £8 an hour by 2020; trumped by the Conservatives’ £9 in the subsequent budget, and now Labour’s £10 manifesto pledge.

Since the minimum wage was £6.50 just two years ago, all these promises, if followed through, will have a substantial impact in changing Britain’s low pay culture. But what is the difference between the two main party promises now on offer? And as policies, are they sustainable or reckless?

The most obvious difference in the manifesto pledges is that Labour promises £10 by 2020 (a 33% increase from 2017) and the Conservatives promise 60% of median pay which is projected to be £8.75 by 2020. This is a 17% increase, and less than the £9 pledged in 2015, because median pay is forecast to grow more slowly than previously expected.

But two crucial factors beyond the crude rate promised will influence how the “living wage” debate plays out in the next few years: the basis for setting and raising it, and the ages of workers to whom it applies.

How it’s set

In setting the rate, the Conservatives have opted to peg the National Living Wage (NLW – a rebranded NMW for over-25s) to average pay. On the one hand, this belies its branding as a “living” wage. Unlike the voluntary, accredited Living Wage which is derived from our research at Loughborough University and based on what people actually need for a minimum living standard, the Conservatives’ NLW has no reference to living costs.

But the commitment to raise the minimum from 52% to 60% of median pay – and to keep it there – does mark a bold departure in sharing the fruits of future growth. Indeed, pegging incomes (such as pensions or benefits) to rising earnings has often been a more favourable formula than pegging them to living costs, since earnings rose steadily in real terms.

However, times have changed. In the past few years, living costs have sometimes risen faster than earnings, making an earnings link less beneficial than it once was. Moreover, the “real” living wage espoused by Labour can also rise if the government cuts the help it gives working families, for example through tax credits. This is what George Osborne did when announcing the Conservative Party’s NLW in its 2015 budget, which would have caused families a net loss. So a real living wage requires employers to make good on any cuts in state support.

But what will be the effect of much higher minimum wages on employment? In my new book with Laura Valadez on the living wage, I show that evidence from the UK and US overwhelmingly contradicts the economic prediction that higher minimum wages automatically mean fewer jobs. Yet we also point out that both countries have been highly cautious in setting the minimum wage, and are about to become much less so – New York and California are planning phased increases to US$15, over twice the federal minimum. In the UK, a statutory minimum of £9 or £10 will have a vastly different impact on labour markets from the voluntary adoption of a real living wage by the 3,000 employers who have so far felt able to do so.

Whether it’s tied to age

The most radical aspect of the Labour version, and potentially the most risky in terms of employment, is that it would apply from age 18, unlike the Conservatives’ from age 25. Someone who is 20, who in 2017 can be paid £5.60 per hour, would be guaranteed £10 three years later – if they were still being offered jobs.

Our book shows how in Portugal, ending minimum wage youth rates was followed by a substantial “displacement” effect, with fewer jobs going to less experienced workers. This effect is also predicted in the UK. On the other hand, under Conservative plans, a growing gap between the minimum for 24- and 25-year-olds could damage job prospects for the latter, as employers in casual industries such as restaurants and hospitality dump low-paid workers on their 25th birthdays. (Early evidence shows some employers already favouring younger workers.)

In adopting greater ambitions for tackling low pay in Britain, therefore, politicians should not throw all their former caution to the winds, but look carefully at how their policies are affecting the labour market as they unfold.

Producing a formula that can contribute to higher living standards without destroying people’s job prospects requires a delicate balance. After the election, the simplicity of the manifesto promise will have to be followed by careful, evidence-based delivery if a living wage is to be sustainable.

Donald Hirsch, Professor of Social Policy, Loughborough University

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Going above and beyond: An ethnographic study into homecare and dementia patients

May 17, 2017 Cheryl Travers

The proportion of us who will be affected by, and will subsequently die from dementia is growing at epidemic proportions. It is not just the elderly who are being struck down by this terrible disease. It is taking hold at much younger ages and scientists are still trying to pin down the major causal factors, though it would seem to be heavily environmental.

Until the experts find a way to slow down the rates of the onset of dementia in our population, we have to hope that if we are one of the unlucky ones, we will get the quality and empathic care that we need – either provided by our families or more formally.  If we are lucky to escape its grasp,  we have to hope that anyone we love who becomes affected,  will experience expert and compassionate care.

Homecare is big business. Gross annual public expenditure alone on older people’s homecare in 2011-12 was an estimated £3.2 billion. Most homecare is provided by the independent sector (89% in 2012, compared to 5% in 1993), and there are 6,830 homecare agencies registered with the Care Quality Commission in England but many more – possibly one third, are not registered. However, there are some real public concerns. “Three days after the introduction of the new National Living Wage, the film uncovers fresh concerns about homecare workers not being paid the legal minimum. Once travel time as factored in our reporter was paid just £3.89 an hour.” (BRITAIN’S PENSIONER CARE SCANDAL: CHANNEL 4 DISPATCHES Monday 4th April, Channel 4, 8pm  Producer/Director: Alison Ramsay)

For the last two years, Dr Cheryl Travers of the School has been a co-investigator with researchers from the University of Nottingham, on a project entitled BOUGH (Broadening Our Understanding of Good Homecare), funded by the National Institute for Health Research School for Social Care Research (NIHR SSCR). The purpose of the study is to examine homecare for people with dementia, so that its function in community support can be described fully, with a view to service development and effective commissioning.

The study has made use of  a variety of methods i.e., interviews with caregivers and their clients with dementia and their families; a diary study of caregivers’ experiences (led by Cheryl)  and also participant observation. The two ethnographers working as caregivers have written this wonderful blog about their experiences and observations of being a caregiver.

Findings so far suggest that caregivers  play a valuable role in clients’ lives as helpers and companions, derive satisfaction and emotional rewards from the work, navigate complex relationships with skill and sensitivity, juggle priorities and risks while seeking to deliver person-centred care, find their work impacts on their home life, and many struggle with hours and pay, even with a premium provider.

More be found in this beautifully written blog by the two ethnographers involved in the study. http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2017/05/11/saw-care-workers-going-beyond-call-duty/. Please take the time to read it and share.

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

Conservatives dominate in the election media battle

May 16, 2017 Loughborough University

Brexit may be taking the UK into uncharted political waters but national media reporting of the first week of the 2017 general election was a very familiar combination of choreography, conspiracies and cock-ups. Continue reading

Is job insecurity linked to extremism?

May 12, 2017 Ondine Barry

Writing in The Conversation, Dr Eva Selenko looks at the links between job insecurity, mental health and extremism:

“…The list of negative consequences of job insecurity is depressingly long; the more people worry about losing their jobs the lower their mental well-being, and the more physical health complaints they report. Effects can range from occasional sleeping problems to clinical depression.

“For organisations, the effects of job insecurity are also pervasively negative. Contrary to popular belief, the worry of losing one’s job does not act as a motivator. Instead, it typically leads to poorer performance at work. And within communities or countries, widespread job insecurity is associated with political unrest, with insecure jobs cited as a cause of political extremism. Job insecurity, in short, seems to get the blame for many of individuals’, organisations’ and society’s ills.”

To read the full article, please visit the post on The Conversation.

Dr Eva Selenko is Senior Lecturer in Work Psychology and a member of the Centre for Professional Work and Society. Eva can be reached on E.Selenko@lboro.ac.uk.

General Election 2017: The Media Campaign Report 1 (5th-10th May 2017)

May 12, 2017 Loughborough University

This is the first of a series of weekly reports by the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture on national news reporting of the 2017 UK General Election. See our blog for more details about this project.

The results in this report are derived from detailed content analysis of election coverage produced on the weekdays (i.e. Monday to Friday inclusive) between 5th  and 10th May from the following news outlets:

Television: Channel 4 News (7pm), Channel 5 News (6.30pm), BBC1 News at 10, ITV1 News at 10, Sky News 8-8.30pm

Press: The Guardian, The I, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Financial Times, The Daily Mail, The Daily Express, The Mirror, The Sun, The Star

We analysed all election news found in the television programmes. For the press, we included election news found on the front page, the first two pages of the domestic news section, the first two pages of any specialist election section and the page containing and facing the papers’ leader editorials. More information can be found at http://blog.lboro.ac.uk/crcc/methodology-2/

In this report we focus on the following features of news coverage during the opening stage of the formal campaign: 1, the visibility or presence of the different political parties and other organizations and individuals in the news; 2, the quotation time given to these individuals and institutions; and, 3, which topics attracted most media attention.

Executive summary

  • The Conservatives dominated mainstream news media coverage in the first week of the campaign. They were the most frequently reported party and the most extensively quoted. Their lead in coverage and quotation terms was particularly notable in national press coverage, with their current dominance building upon the considerable advantages they enjoyed in the 2015 General Election.
  • The advent of multi-party politics in the UK – much discussed in the previous election – is currently in abeyance, at least in national media terms. All the minor parties had a reduced presence in the first week of the 2017 campaign, when compared with the same period of the 2015 General Election.
  • The dominance of the two main parties was most apparent in press coverage, but it was also evident in TV news coverage. The SNP and UKIP were the parties who lost greatest ground in comparison with their national media exposure in 2015.
  • The two main party leaders were the most dominant figures in coverage by a considerable margin. The appearance of Phillip May, the Prime Minister’s husband, on the BBC1 entertainment programme, the One Show, in the middle of the week, propelled him to become the 5th most prominent political personality reported in the first week’s coverage.
  • Our analysis of the issues confirms the extent that Brexit has dominated the media campaign in this initial period. The next most prominent substantive issues were the economy and business. These represent matters that the Conservative party would prefer to focus upon in their campaigning. Issues that the Labour opposition have sought to prioritise, such as health and education, have thus far been marginalised.
  • The side-lining of the nationalist parties seems also to have limited discussion of devolution and related matters.
  • Despite the prominence of Brexit, coverage of immigration, which was a touchstone of the 2016 EU Referendum campaign, was comparatively limited in the first week of the campaign.

Section 1: News presence of the political parties

Figure 1.1: Party prominence in General Election 2017 TV and press coverage (Week 1)

Figure 1.1: Party prominence in TV and press coverage (Week 1)

Figure 1.1 shows the frequency of appearance of the political parties in the sampled coverage, differentiated by news sector.

Key findings

  • On TV, Conservative and Labour made similar levels of appearances.
  • In the press, Conservative appearances exceeded those of Labour by 17 percent.
  • On TV, the two main parties accounted for 70 percent of all party appearances.
  • In the press, the two main parties accounted for 84 percent of all party appearances.

Table 1.1 compares these distributions with those found in the identical time period of the 2015 General Election .

Table 1.1: Comparison of the proportion of coverage of parties in the first week of the 2015 & 2017 UK General Elections.

2015 2017
TV Press TV Press
% % % %
Conservative 26.8 35.3 35.6 50.2
Labour 33.6 29.9 34.7 33.6
Lib Dem 14.8 10.0 13.6 7.0
SNP 11.4 8.4 6.8 1.1
Plaid Cymru 0.7 1.2 0.8 0.0
UKIP 9.4 12.7 6.8 2.6
Greens 0.0 0.9 1.7 0.7
Other 3.4 1.5 0.0 4.8

Note: percentages=(frequency of appearance/total number of politicians)*100

Figure 1.2: Change in party prominence on TV in the General Election (2015-2017)

Figure 1.2: Change in party prominence on TV (2015-2017)

Figure 1.2 compares the extent to which the proportional presence of each party in TV news has increased or decreased in this election compared with 2015. Figure 1.3 compares the same differences for newspaper coverage.

Key findings

  • There has been a marked diminution in the news presence of the minor parties in 2017, compared with the 2015 campaign.
  • This reduction is most evident in newspaper coverage, with UKIP’s news presence reducing by a tenth, SNP by 7 percent and the Liberal Democrats by 3 percent.
  • On TV, the SNP has seen the greatest reduction in its news presence (5 percent), followed by UKIP (3 percent) and the Liberal Democrats (1 percent).
  • In both TV and newspaper coverage, it is the Conservative party that has increased its news presence most significantly.
  • The increase in TV news is to a large extent a product of the Conservatives’ lower news presence relative to Labour in the first stages of the 2015 campaign.
  • The Conservatives’ large increase in press coverage in 2017, builds on their higher news presence at the same stage of the 2015 election campaign.

Section 2: Top twenty politicians

Table 2.1 lists the top 20 most prominently reported political figures during the first week of the campaign .

Table 2.1: Most prominent politicians in Week 1 coverage

Rank Individual %
1 Theresa  May (Cons) 32.4%
2 Jeremy Corbyn  (Lab) 21.4%
3 Tim Farron  (Lib Dem) 6.4%
4 John McDonnell  (Lab) 6.1%
5 Philip May  (Cons) 4.3%
6 Donald Tusk (EU) 2.9%
7 Paul Nuttall (UKIP) 2.6%
8 Nicola Sturgeon  (SNP) 2.6%
9 Jeremy Hunt (Cons) 2.3%
10 Amber Rudd (Cons) 2.3%
11 David Davis (Cons) 2.0%
12 Jean-Claude Juncker (EU) 2.0%
13 Emmanuel Macron (EU) 1.7%
14 Greg Clark (Cons) 1.4%
15 David Cameron (Cons) 1.4%
16 Ruth Davidson  (Cons) 1.4%
17 Emily Thornberry  (Lab) 1.4%
18 Ed Miliband  (Lab) 1.4%
19 Vince Cable  (Lib Dem) 1.4%
20 Patrick McLoughlin (Cons) 1.2%

Note: percentages=(number of appearances/ number of items)*100

Key findings

The Prime Minister, Theresa May was featured as an active contributor in nearly one third of all election items.

  • Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Leader, was the second most prominently featured, appearing as an active contributor to just over one-in-five of all items.
  • Philip May, husband of the Prime Minister, received more coverage than the leader of the SNP (Nicola Sturgeon) and UKIP (Paul Nuttall).
  • The results and implications of the final round of the 2017 French Presidential Election also resonated in UK General Election news, with Emmanuel Macron being the 13th most frequently reported.
  • Donald Tusk (President of the European Council) and Jean-Claude Juncker (President of the European Commission) were respectively 6th and 12th most prominently featured.
  • Phillip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, did not make this list,

Discussion

These results reveal some significant shifts in the early coverage of this campaign compared with the same period of the 2015 General Election. So far, the minor parties have gained far less traction in media terms, with Conservative and Labour commanding higher levels of coverage in both TV and press terms than at the equivalent point two years ago. Of these two parties, it is the Conservatives that made the greatest gains.

The reasons for these changes can only be speculated upon, but we note they have occurred in the context of a new regulatory framework for broadcast news .

This two party squeeze has been most pronounced in press coverage, where the Conservatives’ greater prominence in 2015 has been extended further. The list of the most frequently reported politicians shows the dominance of the two main party leaders, particularly the Prime Minister.

A further measure of her news value is the amount of coverage given to her husband, Phillip May, following his appearance with her on the BBC One Show in mid-week. In contrast, the Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, did not make the top twenty list of most frequently reported political figures.

The shadow of Brexit is also revealed with three EU leaders making appearances in the rankings.

Section 3: Quotation time allocated to political parties (News access)

Figure 3.1: Direct quotation of parties and their leaders in General Election 2017 (TV)

Figure 3.1: Direct quotation of parties and their leaders (TV)

Figure 3.2: Direct quotation of parties and their leaders in General Election 2017 (Press)

Figure 3.2: Direct quotation of parties and their leaders (Press)

Figure 3.1 compares the amount of direct quotation of the political parties and their leaders on TV (measured in seconds). Figure 3.2 makes the same comparison for newspaper coverage.

Key findings

  • The Conservatives have received most direct quotation in both TV and Press coverage so far. In TV coverage, their direct quotation exceeds that for Labour by 27 percent. In newspaper coverage, the quotation gap is 45 percent.
  • However, Jeremy Corbyn’s direct quotation time exceeds that for Theresa May in TV coverage.
  • Reflecting the findings of the previous section, minor parties are struggling to get their voices heard. On TV, Conservatives and Labour accounted for 75 percent of the quotation time for the five main parties, and for 87 percent of the press coverage.
  • Regarding UKIP, Paul Nuttall is the main voice of UKIP in TV coverage, whereas he is far less prominent in press coverage.

Section 4: The top issues in the media campaign

Table 3.1: Ten Most Prominent Issues in Coverage (Week 1)

Place Issue Percentage of issues
1 Election Process 38.1%
2 Brexit/ European Union 16.2%
3 Economy/ Business/Trade 6.8%
4 Standards 4.9%
5= Taxation 4.5%
5= Immigration 4.5%
7 Health and health care provision 3.6%
8 Social Security 2.9%
9 Education 2.8%
10 = Employment 1.5%
10= Devolution 1.5%

Percentages=(frequency of issue/total number of issues coded)*100

  • As in previous General Elections a substantial portion of the coverage concerns the electoral process itself and what the final ballot might mean for the prospects of each of the parties.
  • The most prominent substantive issue by a considerable margin is Brexit, which is potentially good news for the Conservative Party as this is the issue on which they wish to fight the General Election.
  • Immigration as an issue is not as prominent as might have been expected, given that it was a touch stone issue in the 2016 referendum campaign.
  • The next most prominent issue is business and economy, again good news for the Conservatives as opinion polls suggest they lead on the stewardship of the economy.
  • Conversely, health and education, issues on which the Labour Party wish to campaign, are much less prominent.
  • The issue of devolution just about makes it into the top 10 suggesting that the Scottish (or indeed the Irish) issue has not featured prominently yet.

Discussion

So far the media attention in the General Election campaign has been largely focused on Brexit. The Conservatives have sought to use the issue to contrast the supposed desirability of Theresa May’s ‘strong and stable leadership’ with that on offer from Jeremy Corbyn. Conversely, the Labour Party have struggled to carve out a strong position on this. Other issues which the other parties have put forward on health, education, devolution, social security, housing and environment have received much less coverage. But these are early days and we will have to see whether Brexit continues to overshadow these and other issues.

 

General Election 2017: The Media Campaign Report 1 (PDF)

Our thanks to our coding team: Shani Burke, Gennaro Errichiello, Simon Huxtable, Jack Joyce, Herminder Kaur, Jade Markham, Nathan Ritchie, Lukas Stepanek, Ian Taylor, Rosie Tinker and Lou Tompkins

All percentages in the commentary are rounded.

The 2015 figures are taken from Loughborough University CRCC’s 2015 General Election study and represent coverage produced at an identical time period to the 2017 sample set.

To be included in this count, a politician had to have an active role in a news item or commentary piece – i.e. they were reported as saying or doing something. References made to them by other persons would not qualify them for inclusion in this measure.

In March 2017 Ofcom announced it was abandoning the concept of ‘larger party’ status, which required broadcasters to apportion significant coverage to any party deemed to have attained this position. In the regulator’s words: ‘Having considered all the responses, we consider it appropriate to remove the concept of larger parties from our rules and to replace it with a requirement on broadcasters to take election-related editorial decisions and decisions about allocations of PEBs and PPBs by reference to evidence of past electoral support and/or current support.’ (see  Statement on Ofcom’s rules on due impartiality, due accuracy, elections and referendums, & Ofcom’s rules on due
impartiality, due accuracy, elections
and referendums: 1) Removing the list of larger parties
2) Applying the rules to the BBC
. )

Hello!

May 11, 2017 Graeme Fowler

Hello, visitors!

Here in IT Services we provide a large number of services that University staff, students, tenants and visitors alike rely on to carry out their day-to-day tasks. No doubt you can imagine a lot of them – email and networks being two of the most obvious.

However, in order to provide those services, we’ve got a whole load of technology behind the scenes. Whether hardware, software, mechanical, electrical, process, people, programming or just plain old stuff, it’s what makes the magic happen and means you can get on with your day without having to know anything about it.

This blog is intended to shine a light on the dark corners of IT provision within the University, which are often overlooked (unless they go wrong!) as only a small number of people ever see or directly interact with them.

Come and visit from time to time to see what’s going on 🙂

General Election 2017: Discover what’s making the media headlines

May 11, 2017 Loughborough University

general election 2017 media analysisA real time news audit of the General Election by Loughborough University is lifting the lid on what media coverage the political parties, their policies and MPs are securing each week.

Academics from the University’s Centre for Research Communication and Culture have conducted news audits for every General Election since 1992.

The audit for 2017 is concentrating on the main news bulletins on BBC1, ITV, C4, C5 and Sky and all the main daily national newspapers. Coverage is analysed weekly, and the first of four reports is due to be released on Monday 15 May.

The reports provide commentary about the week’s coverage and systematic measurements of which politicians and parties received the most coverage, the proportion of negative and positive coverage of candidates and parties, which issues received greatest prominence and the amount of coverage given to the election.

Unique to the Loughborough study is the historical comparative data available, going back to 1992, which will allow the research team to identify changes and continuities in election reporting.

The audit is being led by Professors David Deacon, John Downey, James Stanyer and Dominic Wring from the Department of Social Sciences.

Speaking about the audit Professor Wring said: “For most people the media is their primary source of information when it comes to deciding who to vote for. Therefore the role and importance of the media in elections should not be underestimated. Being able to see who and what is making the headlines is very important.”

The team’s methodology, full weekly reports (as they become available) and further analysis can be found at the University’s General Election 2017 web page.

May 10, 2017 Ondine Barry

Dr Alper Kara has written a Blog post for The Conversation about his research into financial exclusion for ethnic minorities.

He writes:

“Access to financial services and credit is generally regarded as a necessity to lead a normal life. Whether it is basic bank and saving accounts, a mortgage to buy a house or loan to start a business, these are some of the essential components of the modern economy – and modern living.

Yet financial exclusion – the inability to access these financial services – is a problem for many people. And there is mounting research to show that certain sections of society are affected more than others. There are two main areas where access to finance is needed: consumer credit and mortgages. In both areas, there is a large amount of evidence to show that ethnic minorities are worse off than white households.”

To read the full article, please go to the Conversation website: https://theconversation.com/how-ethnic-minorities-face-higher-levels-of-financial-exclusion-71960

Dr Alper Kara

Dr Alper Kara is Senior Lecturer in Finance and a member of the Accounting and Financial Management discipline group at the SBE. Alper can be reached on A.Kara@lboro.ac.uk

Referencing Software Event, Library Foyer, 16th-18th May

May 10, 2017 Steven Lake

Do you have a system for managing your references?

Do you struggle to import references into your work?

Have you previously used RefWorks or RefMe?

Find out how Mendeley could help you organize your research, collaborate with others, and discover the latest research.

Loughborough University is changing 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.

The Institutional version of Mendeley 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

Come and visit members of the Academic Services Team in the Pilkington Library foyer, Tuesday 16th – Thursday 18th May, 12-4pm to find out more about Mendeley and how it could benefit you.

Enter our free prize draw – stop by our stand to be entered in a draw to win one of several integrative presenters, USB Wireless PowerPoint Presenter with Laser Pointer pens.

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

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/students/eventsandworkshops/  

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

http://learn.lboro.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3539

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

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/students/about/librarystaff/

Macron and the future of the European Union

Macron and the future of the European Union

May 9, 2017 PR Office

Helen Drake, Professor of French and European Studies, discusses what impact Emmanuel Macron, the newly elected president of France, may have on the future direction of the European Union.

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Like £10 Free Printer Credit? Your Help Needed!

May 9, 2017 Steven Lake

The Library is having its annual Customer Service Excellence accreditation visit on Wednesday 10th May. Our assessor would really like to talk with our students to see what they think of our service – everything you say in the meeting will be anonymous. If anyone is free between 11.15am – 12.15pm and would like to take part it would be much appreciated – we will even give £10 of print credits for your time.

Please contact Matt Cunningham on M.S.Cunningham@lboro.ac.uk or just ask at the Enquiry Desk to register your place.

Loughborough Student Union Freefest 2017, Saturday 13th May

May 9, 2017 Steven Lake

For further details visit https://www.facebook.com/events/220024451824371/

Study Room Booking - As Easy As 1-2-3!

May 8, 2017 Steven Lake

Summer Term is one of the busiest times in the Library, and nothing is busier than our variety of bookable Group Study Rooms, Study Booths and Study Carrels. One of the things we get asked most about at the desk is how to go about booking one of these rooms – well, it’s so easy, even a puppet can do it!

  1. Visit the Library Home Page – http://www.lboro.ac.uk/library/ – and click on the link Room Booking System, half way down the page on the right hand side of the screen. Enter your University Username & Password on the new screen that opens.
  2. At the top left of this screen there is an option for Resource Type and below that a drop-down menu for Select Resource Type. Opening that reveals this list of the facilities, including Bookable Booths, Group Study Rooms and Study Carrels (please note that certain facilities on the list can only be booked and used by staff).
  3. Select your chosen facility from the list. This will open a calendar page with a daily time range running from 9am to 10pm and all facilities are bookable by the hour (after 10pm it’s first come, first served). Available slots are listed with a blue Book link. You can only have two active bookings running at a time (to prevent people hording!) so it pays to think ahead or work out a booking strategy with other people in your group if you need to book multiple slots. It also pays to select the option to send yourself an email receipt of your booking – this will save you time having to log in again or ask at the desk to find out when and where your room booking is!

Remember the golden rule about room bookings! Because these rooms are in high demand, especially at this time of year, ensure that you take up your booking within 15 minutes of the start time, as those rooms remaining empty after this time will be available to the first person who claims it!

Digimap Downtime, Tuesday 16th May

May 6, 2017 Steven Lake

Digimap will be unavailable between 08.30am and 12.30pm on Tuesday 16th May for necessary maintenance. The service providers apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Indian College League Tournament 2017

May 5, 2017 Lauren Proctor

Lord Seb Coe unveiled as Chancellor

May 5, 2017 Lauren Proctor

Database Trial - Socialism on Film

May 5, 2017 Steven Lake

Our second trial of the month, Socialism on Film: The Cold War and International Propaganda, revisits some of the most turbulent periods and regions of 20th Century as captured on film.

This collection of films from the communist world reveals war, history, current affairs, culture and society as seen through the socialist lens. It spans most of the twentieth century and covers countries such as the USSR, Vietnam, China, Korea, much of Eastern Europe, the GDR, Britain and Cuba.

To begin searching go to http://www.socialismonfilm.amdigital.co.uk– access is via IP address and the trial runs to 29th May 2017.

Please note that PDF download options are not available during this trial.

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

Database Trial - Race Relations in America

May 5, 2017 Steven Lake

This month we’re trialling Race Relations in America, an in-depth resource that should be of great interest to social scientists, historians and budding politicians.

Based at Fisk University from 1943-1970, the Race Relations Department and its annual Institute were set up by the American Missionary Association to investigate problem areas in race relations and develop methods for educating communities and preventing conflict.

Documenting three pivotal decades in the fight for civil rights, this resource showcases the speeches, reports, surveys and analyses produced by the Department’s staff and Institute participants, including Charles S. Johnson, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., and Thurgood Marshall.

To begin searching go to http://www.racerelations.amdigital.co.uk – access is via IP address and the trial runs to 29th May 2017.

*Please note that PDF download options are not available during this  trial.

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

Men more likely to use 'ego-mail' at work than women

May 3, 2017 Tom Jackson

Professor Tom Jackson is interviewed by The Telegraph in a recent article on the use of ‘ego-mail’ in the office, saying that men are more likely to engage in this behaviour than women.

Prof Tom Jackson

You can read the full article here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/26/rise-ego-mail-office-workers-use-email-tactics-climb-career/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em

 

 

 

 

On the Radar - Curating National Narratives

May 3, 2017 Steven Lake

As part of the Politicized Practice Research Group Seminar Series, the School of the Arts, English & Drama will be staging Curating National Narratives in the new Radar ArtSpace next Wednesday 10th May.

This joint talk by Sofia Mali and Marina Maximova will explore the different ways that national narratives are reproduced and communicated through exhibitions. It will examine the curatorial processes taking place in different settings: European national museums and the Venice Biennale.

The event takes place between 12-2pm on Wednesday 10th May in the Radar ArtSpace in the Edward Barnsleu Building. Admission is free, but booking is required – to do so, email your interest to aed.research@lboro.ac.uk.

An Evening of Creative Writing at the School of the Arts, English and Drama

May 1, 2017 Steven Lake

On Monday May 15th the School of the Arts, English and Drama is hosting an evening dedicated to celebrating the creative writing produced by their talented postgraduate students.

Their graduating MA Creative Writing cohort will read a selection of work from the portfolios they have developed over the last year. You can expect to hear poetry, young adult fiction, thriller, sci-fi and lots more, with each student reading for approximately 10 minutes.

The event is taking place in the Stanley Evernden Studio in Martin Hall, between 7-9pm. Refreshments will be provided. To book your place, visit the link below:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/aed/news-events/events/2017/ma-creative-writing-evening.html

I, Daniel Blake: Film Screening and Discussion

April 29, 2017 Steven Lake

The Edward Herbert Building is hosting a free screening of the film, I, Daniel Blake, followed by a discussion led by CPWS researchers, next Wednesday (3rd May) at 6pm.

I, Daniel Blake is an important and powerful film about the nature of work and life on benefits in contemporary Britain. Directed by Ken Loach and starring Dave Johns as the title character, it won the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Festival.

The event is organised and sponsored by the Centre for Professional Work and Society (CPWS), in the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University.

The screening is free, but booking is necessary. To attend, visit the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-daniel-blake-film-screening-and-discussion-tickets-32913947503

Snooker Physics: The science behind shot types

Snooker Physics: The science behind shot types

April 28, 2017 PR Office

Ever watched snooker and wondered how on earth a player produced a certain shot? Don’t worry, a Loughborough University physicist has the answers… Continue reading

Put a Spring in Your Step with the Student Book Club

April 28, 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?

Join the Revolution at the British Library

April 28, 2017 Steven Lake

The British Library commemorates the 100th anniversary of one of the most crucial events in modern history this summer in its new exhibition, Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths, which starts today.

From the fall of Russia’s last Tsar to the rise of the first communist state, this definitive exhibition takes a fresh look at the Russian Revolution 100 years on. With rarely seen items from both sides of the conflict, from a first edition of the Communist Manifesto to anti-Bolshevik propaganda, and – for the first time on public display from the British Library’s own archive – Lenin’s handwritten application for a Reader Pass, this is a unique chance to understand the lesser-known personal stories behind the events that changed the world.

Uniting the political and the personal, explore the Russian Revolution’s central characters, most notably Lenin and Trotsky, alongside the tales of ordinary people living through extraordinary times, and how events in Russia in 1917 transformed the international landscape forever and shaped the world we live in today.

The exhibition runs until 29th August and is accompanied by a range of revolution-themed special events and activities. For further details, visit the British Library website.

Library Open on Bank Holiday Monday

April 27, 2017 Steven Lake

At this time of year we’re always deluged with people asking whether or not we’re open on the ‘May Day’ Bank Holiday Monday. And our answer is always – yes, we are open, especially as that Monday is officially the start of the Summer Term!

The Easter Vacation period comes to an end tomorrow (Friday), meaning the Library will be returning to its normal term-time opening schedule from the weekend (Saturday 29th April 9am – 2am and Sunday 30th April 10am – 2am), then opening 8.30am – 2am weekdays thereafter.

The only caveat on Bank Holiday Monday is that the Library will be operating a skeleton service only at the desks, otherwise it will be business as usual as we gear up for what is traditionally one of our busiest times of the academic year as students flock to the Library to revise (among other things!!).

And for those of you wondering about when we switch to 24-7 opening: Sorry, you’ve got to wait about another month for that yet! Thursday 25th May is D-Day for all you night-owls, when we switch over to non-stop opening until term’s end on 21st June.

Copenhagen and dissertations!

Copenhagen and dissertations!

April 27, 2017 Asli Jensen

The end of March and the majority of April have been hectic for me. I’ve had so much going on and it’s been a constant cycle of work, study and sleep. Continue reading

Collaborating with Loughborough University London

Collaborating with Loughborough University London

April 26, 2017 Lauren Proctor

Back in March, our campus opened its doors for an event designed to enlighten and explore the ways businesses and organisations can get involved with Loughborough University’s London journey; whether that be through partnerships, the Collaborative Project module, dissertations etc.

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A ’Blueprint’ for Peer-Based and Collaborative Learning in a Teaching Laboratory

April 26, 2017 Matt Hope

In this post, Dr. Sweta Ladwa provides an update on her 2016 Teaching Innovation Award and explains how peer based learning can be used within a laboratory based teaching environment.

What is the problem, which you are trying address?

In a laboratory-teaching environment, students are very much focused on getting to the end product of an experiment (whether it is a compound and a form of analysis), sometimes without taking in or thinking about the steps to get to the end of the experiment. Students are normally provided with a laboratory manual, which gives detailed instructions for completing their experimental work. These instructions will include a number of ‘core’ techniques pivotal to a student’s time at university. Although the laboratory is sometimes considered to play a supporting role to the lecture in higher education, it is vital with respect to STEM subjects.

Through personal observation, when students are encouraged to discuss their knowledge to their peers in the laboratory, there is much more engagement with the material. Information is retained as knowledge is generally disseminated in their own language without necessarily using a large amount of technical jargon. This will allow students to explore the higher levels of learning objectives.

What are the objectives of the project?

  1. To develop a blueprint to incorporate peer-based learning of core laboratory techniques within modules in Chemistry.
  2. Work with students to develop and evaluate the findings from the project.
  3. Student-led focus groups to test and discuss the blueprint to gain wider student perspective.

How will the objectives of the project be met?

Students will be provided with a laboratory technique, which, in small groups of 2-3 students, they will evaluate research and disseminate the information back to their peers through instructional videos.

Project so far

The initial part of the project was to identify key techniques, which are considered to be fundamental to a students training within chemistry. Once identified, students were selected to carry out pilot studies in order to test the concepts outlined in the TIA. These students were selected from a group of Chemistry Student Helpers, some of whom have also been involved in the Peer Assisted Learning Scheme. Students were then split into small groups and techniques were assigned to them. They got together to plan how to disseminate the information in the form of a video and then started to put together the videos.

What did the students who were involved say about this project?

“It made me think about the techniques more’.

“I still remember what I have learnt weeks later”.

“It was a different way of learning which was enjoyable”.

Next Steps

The next steps for the project are to use student focus groups to gain feedback for the videos and this type of learning from a wider group of students. This will be carried out after the Easter break. A submission has been made and accepted to present at the RAISE conference, which is going to be held in Manchester in September 2017 during which the work will be presented. The findings will also be presented at the University’s Learning and Teaching Conference in May

New to Referencing Software? Get the Know How!

April 26, 2017 Steven Lake

This May we’re running a couple of training sessions introducing students to the wonders of referencing software. With essays and deadlines looming, it’s the perfect time to find out about a crucial element in obtaining a good mark.

On Wednesday 10th May in Seminar Room 2 (2-3.30pm) we’re running a session Introducing Mendeley. This introductory practical workshop will explain the purpose of referencing software, help you to set up a Mendeley account,  add references to it and organise them into folders. You will also learn how to export references into a document and create a bibliography.

If time is of the essence and you need a more bite-sized introduction, then why not book a spot on our Introducing Referencing Get the Know session on Thursday 11th May, also in Seminar Room 2, between 12-12.50pm. This session will demonstrate all the referencing products available as well as Mendeley.

Please note that both workshops are aimed at new or novice users of Mendeley and referencing software in general and will not cover advanced features.

To book your place, visit the links below:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/students/eventsandworkshops/listing/referencing-software–introducing-mendeley-3.html

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/students/eventsandworkshops/listing/kh-introducing-referencing-software-7.html

Buildings & Beasts at the Loughborough Town Hall

April 25, 2017 Steven Lake

Two new free exhibitions by local artists has begun in the Sock and Sockette Galleries at the Loughborough Town Hall this spring.

Buildings in a Landscape, hosted in the Sock Gallery, is a collection of water colour art by Felicity Jackson. Felicity paints on-the-spot, taking in the colour and feel of the moment. Within a landscape she likes to seek out buildings which are mellowing and blending into their surroundings. Watercolour is her favourite medium, giving a lovely delicacy and spontaneity, but she has recently discovered pastels too. Most of her subject matter is strictly representational, but whatever the subject, she tries to capture the essence and spirit. (Runs from 20th April – 10th June).

In the Sockette Gallery take a trip into the unknown with the Beasts of Solaris by Tom Walker. Inspired by Stanislaw Lem’s science fiction novel Solaris (latterly filmed by Steven Soderbergh in 2002) this series of images seeks to explore the mysterious consciousness that lies in parallel to this planets mutating landscape. Tom believes that people’s inability to represent their own experiences of nature accurately, is due to the limitations of whichever medium chosen, and is therefore crucial to his disinterest in attempting to depict reality. Tom chose to present a fictional landscape that the senses desire to explore. (Runs from 4th May – 9th September).

The Sock Gallery and Sockette are free to enter and are open Monday – Saturday from 9am – 5.00pm and when the Town Hall is open for shows.

LU Arts Presents the Loughborough Legend

April 25, 2017 Steven Lake

LU Arts kicks off the start of term with a story of empire, education, elitism and the Church of England.

The Loughborough Legend tells the enthralling true story of a young boy who dared to dream…and James Arthur Harley dreamed big, leaving his island home of Antigua in the 1890’s to navigate the doubled complexities of the oppressive racism in America and England with grace, style and dignity to achieve an esteemed education and his childhood ambition, but at what price?

The gifted scholar attended Yale, Harvard and Oxford universities at the turn of the 20th Century, before becoming the 1910 Shepshed curate who reinvigorated the local community, and the 1920s Councillor and Loughborough College Governor dubbed the Stormy Petrel.

Written and presented by Pamela Roberts, author, historian and new playwright, The Loughborough Legend is on at the Cope Auditorium on Saturday 6th May at 7pm. Tickets cost £5. To book online visit the link below:

http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/event_booking/the_loughborough_legend/

UK Government confirms funding for EU students for 2018

UK Government confirms funding for EU students for 2018

April 24, 2017 Lauren Proctor

The UK Government has confirmed financial support for EU students starting courses in the 2018–19 academic year.

The decision means that EU students applying for an undergraduate or master’s course at an English university will continue to have access to student loans and grants, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU.

The government has confirmed that EU students will remain eligible for undergraduate, master’s, postgraduate financial support for courses beginning in 2018. EU students are charged the same tuition fees as UK students. Other non-EU, international students do not have their tuition fees capped in this way.

PhD students remain eligible to apply for UK Research Council studentships for the duration of their study.

Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson said:

“A key part of our success is attracting talent from across the globe. This will provide reassurance to the brightest minds from across Europe to continue applying to study in the UK, safe in the knowledge financial assistance is available if needed.”

See the Government website for further information.

Living with international flatmates

Living with international flatmates

April 21, 2017 Chidinma Okorie

When it was time for me to choose my accommodation, there were several factors I considered – like proximity to my lecture buildings and library, the neighbourhood, security, comfort, and the hall fees Continue reading

#NationalTeaDay - the perfect brew

#NationalTeaDay - the perfect brew

April 21, 2017 Bethan Fagan

It’s #NationalTeaDay! Chemical engineering senior lecturer Dr Andrew Stapley gives his definitive step-by-step guide on how to make the best cup of tea.  Continue reading

Tricia's snippets 2017-04-20

April 20, 2017 Tricia

From UNICEF:

We are pleased to announce the new WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP) 2017 Thematic Report: Safely Managed Drinking Water. The report considers the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target for universal, equitable access to safely managed drinking water and outlines JMP plans for enhanced monitoring of drinking water in the SDG era. It also examines the availability of data on safely managed drinking water services.

New ‘ladders’ for monitoring drinking water services at home, at school and in health facilities are presented in the report, together with proposals for enhanced monitoring of inequalities and affordability of drinking water services. The WHO/UNICEF JMP 2017 Progress Update and SDG Baseline report will be published at the end of June.

UNICEF (March 2017)

Thirsting for a Future: Water and children in a changing climate

https://www.unicef.org/publications/index_95074.html

From Water, Sanitation, Hygiene & Health Newsletter No 222 4 April 2017:

WHO/UNICEF Water and Sanitation for Health Facility Improvement Tool (WASH FIT) and Mobile App launched

The tools were launched at a WHO/UNICEF Global Learning Event on WASH in health care facilities, held 28-30 March in Kathmandu. WASH FIT is a risk-based, step-by-step guide to undertaking WASH improvements as part of wider quality improvements in health care facilities. WASH FIT Mobile is an electronic version of the tool which allows easy data entry and analysis. The Mobile App platform, hosted by mWater, includes technical support and real-time trouble-shooting. The WASH FIT guide, and associated training materials, is available on www.washinhcf.org. WASH FIT Mobile is available at www.washfit.org

https://www.washinhcf.org/fileadmin/user_upload/documents/WHO-UNICEF-2017-WASH-FIT_final.pdf

MOOC on “Introduction to Faecal Sludge Management’’

Eawag/Sandec, the WHO Collaborating Centre for Sanitation and Water in Developing Countries, is launching a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Introduction to Faecal Sludge Management”, running for five weeks starting on 1 May. The free course, with subtitles in French, Spanish and English, is the fourth in the series ‘’Sanitation, Water, and Solid Waste for Development’.  People can sign up for the course at any time, and join any or all sessions. We invite you to watch the trailer and read more about the course at www.coursera.org/learn/faecalsludge
From Sanitation Updates:

Ghaziabad administration launches ‘Swachhtagrah’ app to monitor open defecation

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 06:45 AM PDT

May 3, 2017 Webinar: WASH Counts in Healthcare Facilities!

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 10:14 AM PDT

E4C Webinar | Empowering Citizens Through Technology to Reduce Marine Plastic Pollution

Resources from Exploring how to address on-going taboos and silence around MHM for girls in school

Posted: 12 Apr 2017

WSSCC’s first 2017 Webinar session : Inadequate Sanitation and Stress

Posted: 11 Apr 2017 09:24 AM PDT

Webinar – Involving The Private Sector In Increasing Access To Basic Sanitation In Bihar And Abidjan

Posted: 06 Apr 2017 08:43 AM PDT

Discovering sanitation realities through rural immersions

Active trachoma and community use of sanitation, Ethiopia

Posted: 04 Apr 2017

Could alternative sanitation help South Africa’s water security?

Recent WASH research

Posted: 03 Apr 2017

A financially viable and safe solution for managing human waste

Posted: 01 Apr 2017 03:56 AM PDT

SHARE – Understanding Gendered Sanitation Vulnerabilities: A Study in Uttar Pradesh

Posted: 31 Mar 2017 06:18 AM PDT

Unjela Kaleem joins WSSCC as Head of External Affairs, Communications and Coordination

Toilet Accelerator & SaTo toilet products named as finalists in the first-ever World Changing Ideas Awards

Posted: 30 Mar 2017

Duncan Mara – The elimination of open defecation and its adverse health effects: a moral imperative for governments and development professionals

Posted: 29 Mar 2017 06:56 AM PDT

12 ways to turn water from waste to resource – The Guardian

Posted: 28 Mar 2017 09:47 AM PDT

12th SuSanA Thematic Discussion: “Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Schools – A neglected issue”

Posted: 27 Mar 2017 06:17 AM PDT

Wikipedia – World Water Day

World Water Day 2017 publications by USAID, UN Water, WaterAid, Wikipedia and others

Posted: 22 Mar 2017

WASH is a Key Ingredient in Tackling Poverty in Kenya – Global Waters

Treating Wastewater as a Resource – Global Waters

Posted: 21 Mar 2017

World Water Day 2017 – Why Wastewater

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 06:36 AM PDT

Microbiological quality of lettuce (Lactuca sativa) irrigated with wastewater in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and effect of green salads washing methods

The role of nanomaterials as effective adsorbents and their applications in wastewater treatment

Posted: 15 Mar 2017

Simple wastewater treatment system could boost aquaculture

This Device by Filipino Electronics Engineering Students Generates Electricity Out of Wastewater

Scientists harness sunlight to break down wastewater in 20 minutes

Posted: 14 Mar 2017

SuSanA invites you to take part in a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to celebrate World Water Day now

Posted: 12 Mar 2017 06:07 AM PDT

Tender: SuSanA Stakeholder Market Study

WSSCC launches its Strategic Plan for 2017-2020

Posted: 09 Mar 2017 03:32 AM PST

Ushering a new era in sanitation value chain management in India

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 02:42 AM PST

From journal email alerts:

International journal of hygiene and environmental health

ISSN 1438-4639

VOL 220; NUMB 1 (2017)

WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT -DORDRECHT-

ISSN 0920-4741

VOL 31; NUMB 6 (2017)

WATER RESEARCH

ISSN 0043-1354

VOL 104; (2016)

From email alerts (sanitation in title):

16 must-do things in Britain

16 must-do things in Britain

April 20, 2017 Loughborough University

Fortunately placed in the centre of Britain, Loughborough has fantastic travel links around the country which is great for getting around and seeing what we have to offer. We’ve compiled a list of things you should definitely try out before your degree in the UK is over!

  1.  Eat an ice cream by the seaside

Seaside trips are a huge part of British tourism and holiday culture. Every promenade and seaside town in Britain will have some sort of ice cream, be it a van or a shop. No matter the weather, we love an ice cream by the sea!

 

  1. Spend a day exploring at the Eden project

The Eden Project is the “largest indoor rainforest in the world”. Named after the Garden of Eden, the project aims to educate the public on the importance of nature and about the different biomes of the world. It’s a great tourist attraction in beautiful Cornwall, and is sure to be worth the trip down.

 

  1. Take a walk or a hike around one of the UK’s fifteen National Parks

The UK has fifteen National Parks, huge expanses of beautiful protected nature reserves where you can roam freely and enjoy the great outdoors. The closest park to Loughborough University is the Peak District! For more information on National Parks, take a look at their site.

 

  1. Visit a castle and take a trip back in time

Britain is littered with castles, dating back hundreds of years, and they’re great places to learn about the ancient history of the country.  Interesting examples include Warwick, Durham and Edinburgh (pictured above). See more here!

 

  1. Spend a day in the sun at a British theme park

The UK has several theme parks that are close enough for a great day out in the summer! The closest park to Loughborough is Drayton Manor or Alton Towers, but there are plenty of other parks within reach!

 

  1. See Edinburgh city from the top of Arthur’s Seat

Arthur’s Seat is the mountain that overlooks Edinburgh city in Scotland, providing a fantastic view of the city and a lovely walk no matter the weather. There are several routes up, ranging in difficulty, and plenty to do in Edinburgh once you get down!

 

  1. Attend an international sporting event

Loughborough University, as you will know, has huge sporting prowess. Get in the spirit of things and head out to see an international sporting event in Britain! A great example is the Loughborough International Athletics meet.

 

  1. Tackle the Three Peaks challenge

The three peaks include the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Snowdon). Take on one at a leisurely pace for an enjoyable and memorable day, or smash all three in the famous 24 hour challenge!

 

  1. Get the tourist experience in London

Embrace the stereotype for the day – get that camera out, jump on that open top bus and see the sights of London! The most popular attractions include Big Ben, Buckingham Palace (with a photo next to a guard, of course!), the London eye and Madame Tussauds. Why not stop by the Loughborough London campus too?

 

  1. Learn the history of the British Isles in a museum

There are plenty of museums across the UK, ranging from little local museums in towns to the huge National History Museum; from our modern history to our ancient history, there is sure to be something that interests you!

 

  1. Spend a day on Henman Hill at Wimbledon

As one of the most prestigious sporting tournaments in the world, Wimbledon holds its place firmly as a staple of British sporting heritage. Guaranteed to be a great day out for both tennis super fans and casual spectators alike!

 

  1. Rock out at a British music festival

There are many music festivals in Britain, from local little gatherings such as the LSU’s FreeFest, to the huge week-long gatherings of Glastonbury and Leeds/Reading festivals.

 

  1. Travel around Europe

Make the most of having great access to travelling around Europe – the UK is right next door to Ireland, France, Germany and more. Loughborough University has great transport links to East Midlands Airport, as well as Birmingham / London airports for trips further afield.

 

  1. Take a pack-up lunch and have a picnic in a park

A classic British summertime activity: pack up a few sandwiches, grab a bottle of lemonade and head to a park for a relaxing lunch.

 

  1. Watch a Shakespearean play at the RSC Theatre in Stratford

Watching a play at the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre in the beautiful surroundings of Stratford-Upon-Avon should be on every tourist’s to-do list!

 

  1. Let your hair down at a sports festival

During the summer, there are several sports festivals that you can head down and party at, or even get involved yourself! These include Boardmasters and Sevens in the City.

 

Fancy trying one of these out yourself? Let us know in the comments below!

10 reasons to study at Loughborough

10 reasons to study at Loughborough

April 20, 2017 Liam

Finding it tough to choose between Loughborough and another uni? Here are 10 reasons why you won’t regret studying here. Continue reading

My top 4 tips for revision

My top 4 tips for revision

April 19, 2017 Sofia Aguiar

Exams are starting fairly soon and I’m sure everyone is really nervous about it. Continue reading

Easter in Hong Kong

Easter in Hong Kong

April 19, 2017 Jacky Man

Happy Easter guys! At university, the Easter holiday usually lasts for a month and I usually split it, spending half of my time travelling with friends and the second half visiting friends and family back in Hong Kong. This year, I spent five days travelling with my friends in Prague, Czech and then spent the rest of my time in Hong Kong with my family and friends.

To start off this year’s Easter holiday, I went for a trip with my friends to Prague. Prague is a beautiful city in central Europe where everywhere looks picturesque with good food and beer. Old town and the Charles Bridge are the best attractions in town. Every place in Prague is easily reachable and we had a relaxing six days there walking, chilling and partying.

After five well-spent days in Prague, I took a 13-hour flight from Prague to Hong Kong to enjoy the rest of the holiday. Going home after nearly five months in the UK means a lot to me. Not only is it a good time for me to catch up with my family and friends, but it’s also a great opportunity to have a good look at myself, to see how I have performed so far in Loughborough and look at what I can improve.

To make the most of my time, I always give myself three main objectives that I should accomplish when I am in Hong Kong (apart from spending time with my family), and every year, I put getting a summer job as one of my highest priorities. My reasons for this include:

  1. Most summer job applications start from middle of March until late April, so being organised is important.
  2. Easter is the perfect time to plan my summer to ensure it is a fruitful one. I can plan lots of activities that gradually bring me closer to achieving my goal of winning the Career Employability Award.
  3. As an international student, I have a geographical advantage; I can apply for jobs in both my home country and the United Kingdom.
  4. It is very easy to spend all of my time at home chilling and relaxing, so having a plan means I make the most of my time during the Summer holiday.

As a family person, I always love spending time with my family and friends to see how they have been. After leaving home around four years ago I realised that it is always important to treasure time spent with family. Aging is perfectly normal in nature, so I always put them first before anything else.

To wrap up, the Easter holidays are always one of those times that you can get away from the Loughborough bubble. I always like to review my Loughborough experiences, I evaluate what things have gone well or look at what I could’ve done better to make sure I get the complete Loughborough experience – with a fine balance between study and social – as time in Loughborough is limited and not retrievable.
Bye for now, I am going to catch up with the final bits of dissertation and I hope to share my dissertation experience in the next blog.

My Easter Holiday in Loughborough

My Easter Holiday in Loughborough

April 19, 2017 David Odetade

The holidays I have experienced here most times have coincided with the period where I have one or two deadlines to submit, as such, I am always working frantically to meet up before the start of such holidays. Continue reading

London rents might be ‘falling’ for some, but a minimum decent standard of living still costs substantially more in the capital

April 12, 2017 Matt Padley

Over the past few years, good news about housing, particularly the cost of renting in the private sector, has been in short supply. So it is little surprise that recent figures compiled by Countrywide, suggesting a fall in private rents across the UK, with a significant fall in the capital, were seized upon as representing a turning tide, as providing welcome relief for those in the private rental sector who have experienced year after year of rising rents.

However, taking a closer look at these figures, it becomes clear that the good news on rents is more for the few, than the many. According to Countrywide, rents for new private lets in London fell by around 5% between February 2016 and 2017. This is a bigger fall than the 0.5% decrease reported in August last year. Great news for ‘the few’ new tenants who are saving a colossal £63 a month – £14.50 a week – on average rents in the capital.

But for ‘the many’ things are very different. The same data show that average rents for tenants renewing existing contracts have actually increased by 3% over the same period, £36 a month, or £8.30 a week. Analysis from the National Housing Federation provides yet more evidence of a mounting ‘affordability’ problem faced by many renters, particularly as rents continue to increase at a more rapid pace than earnings. And this affordability problem is only likely to get worse as the freeze in the Local Housing Allowance starts to bite.

Our recent research on the costs of a minimum decent standard of living in the capital – funded by Trust for London – draws attention to some of the potential consequences of high and increasing rents. The research, based on detailed discussions with groups of members of the public, explores the goods and services families in Inner and Outer London need for a minimum acceptable standard of living, covering both essentials and enabling people to participate in society. Updating research from two years ago, the study addresses a key question: how does the cost of this minimum differ in London compared to the rest of the UK? Actually, for most goods and services, the costs of a minimum in London are broadly similar to those in other urban areas of the UK: food shopping at large national supermarkets does not cost any more in London than in, say Bolton; access to the internet does not have a London premium attached to it.

However, three key areas of difference emerge: childcare, transport and housing. There have been increases in all three over the past few years, but the most significant of these has been in rents in the private sector. Contrary to the recent headlines, private rents at the cheaper end of the market have grown much faster in London than in other parts of the country. Urban areas outside London have seen increases of around 4% in rents at this end of the market in the last couple of years; in London, rents have increased by around 15%.

This means that a single working-age adult living in Inner London needs more than 1.5 times as much as they would if they were living in an urban UK area outside of London in order to have what the public agree is a decent standard of living. It means that should a working-age single be out-of-work – in Inner or Outer London – safety-net benefits would cover only a quarter of what they need as a minimum, a significant deterioration in the adequacy of state support since 2014. It means that even working full time on the new higher National Living Wage (NLW), a single person in Inner London would be further from reaching this decent standard of living than in 2014 – the increase of £23 in weekly full-time pay (after tax and NI) resulting from the NLW has been wiped out by the £34 a week increase in lower quartile rents over the same period. Increases in the minimum wage are to be welcomed, but as state support for rents is restricted – through a freeze on Local Housing Allowance – increases in rents are likely to borne entirely by individuals and will have to be met by cutting back in other areas. In other words, it is likely that increased earnings from the NLW will be covering rent hikes rather than improving living standards as intended.

The impact of higher rents is not limited to singles. As the social housing stock shrinks and as it becomes harder for families with children to access this, growing numbers find themselves with little choice but to rent privately – 1 in 3 private renting households in London now include children. For a couple with two children living in Inner London, renting privately at the lower end of the market means that they would need more than 1.5 times what they would need living outside of London; in Outer London, they would need nearly 1.4 times as much. This means each parent needs to earn around £35k in Inner and £33 in Outer London in order to have what the public agree is a decent minimum standard of living.

So what does this all mean for living standards in the capital? One way of answering this question is to look at the number of people living in London who don’t have the income they need for this minimum decent standard of living after paying for housing and childcare. The answers this analysis provides are alarming: 4 in 10 Londoners have an income below what they need for this minimum standard of living; 6 in 10 children are growing up in households with incomes below this level; and 8 in 10 children in lone parent households don’t have all that they need for what the public agree is a minimum. What is more, changes to state support, particularly for working families, such as the two-child limit, are likely to make this situation worse.

It is difficult to avoid sounding like a stuck record when looking to solutions. Clearly something needs to be done about housing, in particular ensuring that affordable means just that – establishing a link between wages and rents may help here. Rethinking reforms to welfare, such as the benefit cap and the freeze in Local Housing Allowances, could help ease an increasingly challenging situation for many households. And improving incomes through pay is also important – the National Living Wage is a good start, but encouraging employers to pay the London Living Wage could mean a boost in pay for low income workers.

In 1743, poet William Shenstone captured something immutable about London when he wrote that ‘nothing is certain in London but expense’. Writing more than 250 years later, fellow poet Kate Tempest captures what it can only be hoped is a more transient truth – that London is a city where ‘if you fall short, you fall’:

‘The squats we used to party in

are flats we can’t afford

The dumps we did our dancing in

have all been restored

Whose city is this?

It doesn’t want me no more.

I’ve had a glimpse

into the future.

It stinks.

London’s a walled fort,

it’s all for the rich,

if you fall short

you fall.

You know where the door is.’

Kate Tempest, Let Them Eat Chaos.

 

Open days 101

Open days 101

April 12, 2017 Symrun Samria

Open days can seem like a really daunting experience especially when it is your first time going to one, but they’re extremely useful when it comes to making that all important decision of choosing what university you want to attend. Continue reading

Six firm and insurance do’s and don’ts

Six firm and insurance do’s and don’ts

April 12, 2017 Tara Janes

Hi everyone! Choosing firm and insurance university choices can seem daunting, but hopefully my six do’s and don’ts will guide you through the process and take some of the stress off. Continue reading

Networking at Loughborough University London

Networking at Loughborough University London

April 12, 2017 Hannah Timson

As we all know, the generic statement when you tell a person that you study at Loughborough is: ‘Oh wow so you must be really sporty then!’. Continue reading

Having a blast in Syndey!

Having a blast in Syndey!

April 12, 2017 Jameel Shariff

I’m in week four of the academic year here in Sydney and I’ve already handed in two bits of coursework- time is flying by so fast! Continue reading

Back to normality

Back to normality

April 12, 2017 Jessica Rutherford

March has been extremely busy since I returned from Vancouver. Continue reading

The Drama of Drama!

The Drama of Drama!

April 12, 2017 Gemma Wilkie

So it’s now Easter break and I’ve just handed in the last of my work for this term – where’s the champagne?!?

Continue reading

Library Closed for Easter, Thursday 13th until Wednesday 19th April

April 12, 2017 Steven Lake

Just to remind all of our visitors that the Library will be closed for Easter from 8pm this evening, Wednesday 12th April, and will reopen at 9am on Wednesday 19th April.

Image from Instagram by evonne_fish_yu.

 

I can Sing!

I can Sing!

April 11, 2017 Miranda Priestley

I have always been someone who loves music, from writing music to singing, but never had the confidence to sing in public. Continue reading

“Wrong turn, recalculating.... In one mile, make a U-turn”

“Wrong turn, recalculating.... In one mile, make a U-turn”

April 11, 2017 Emma Wiggins

Open day season is upon us and with the advent of the Easter break many students will be acquiring the transportation services of parents and guardians to go and peruse the many higher educational institutions facilities. Continue reading

3 self-catered student food problems (and how to solve them!)

3 self-catered student food problems (and how to solve them!)

April 11, 2017 Lauren Jefferis

As a student, making sure you’re well fed can be the least of your worries when you have a deadline for Friday and a desperately important sports social to attend! Continue reading

Making the most of a university Open Day

Making the most of a university Open Day

April 11, 2017 Niamh O’Connor

The time when you are confirming your ‘firm’ and ‘insurance’ university choices feels like a huge decision. Continue reading

Overton Poetry Prize 2017

April 11, 2017 Steven Lake

The School of Arts, English & Drama have just opened this year’s Overton Poetry Prize, which is held annually in memory of Professor Bill Overton (1946-2012). The School offers this prize for a sequence of poems on any subject, up to 300 lines. The first-placed entry will be published in chapbook form by the University’s Lamplight Press. There will be two further prizes of £50 each.

Much of Professor Overton’s teaching and writing was on poetry, and the proceeds from this competition fund an early-career poet in residence for Loughborough University. Students from the School can study Creative Writing modules at BA level, and undertake an MA and PhD in Creative Writing. The School hopes that this poetry prize, set up in the Professor’s memory, will contribute to the creative life of the School of the Arts, English and Drama and the experience of our students.

The Overton Poetry Prize 2017 will close on 1st September 2017, and the winner will be announced at the end of September 2017. Details of how to enter can be found via the School’s website below:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/aed/about/creative-opportunities/competitions-prizes/overton-poetry-prize/

Support from the Enquiry Desks during the Vacation Period

April 10, 2017 Matthew Cunningham

During vacation periods, the Enquiry Desks will close at 17.30 weekdays (apart from on Wednesdays when it will remain open until 20.00). During the Easter vacation, the Library is staffed by security until 20.00 but they will not be able to assist with any library enquiries and will refer you to the Library staff the next working day. Please bear this in mind when you plan your visit to the Library.

What happens at the Collaborative Project Trade Fair?

What happens at the Collaborative Project Trade Fair?

April 10, 2017 Lauren Proctor

With the Collaborative Project finished, we asked students to explain different elements of the module. Owen, a Sport Business and Innovation student, has reflected on his experience of the Trade Fair. Continue reading

"Why My Passion for Creating Products that Matter Led to Working for Kinneir Dufort", Design School Alumna on her new role

April 7, 2017 dsma

A few short months ago I had my interview at KD. I arrived an hour and a half early and was feeling the pressure. The anticipation of securing my first graduate job, and a job I was actually excited about the prospect of doing every day, wasn’t doing anything for my nerves.

Since then, it’s safe to say it’s been something of a whirlwind from the very start. The day after my interview I was offered the job which I swiftly and excitedly accepted. A few days later I was viewing flats in Bristol and three weeks after that I ventured down to Host Street for my first day as KD’s newest Design Researcher. Fast-forward four months and I’ve already been on two full day training courses, flown to Chicago, travelled to four cities in the UK, presented to a room full of clients and will soon be heading off to spend an exciting week and a half in Germany (working, of course).

As a Design Researcher my role is to support the strategic design and development of products, services, and programs with a focus on human needs. By uncovering these needs and satisfying them we are most likely to create products and services that are successful but also ones that we, as humans (not just consumers), both want and need.

With only a small team at the moment, I’m also in the unique position of floating between the Research, Human Factors and Innovation teams, moving where the projects take me. It’s a great opportunity to delve into multiple worlds and see the organisation from different perspectives. Not only that, it provides opportunity to learn, grow and develop skills in different sectors; something that is invaluable at this beginning stage of my career.

This integration between different teams is central to the KD culture with the nine different disciplines working together to deliver multi-faceted projects. In the short time I’ve been here, I’ve worked for some of our biggest medical clients and learnt far more about topics I’d never expected to. With some experience working in a design consultancy during my placement year, my time at KD has opened my eyes to very different types and styles of project. The world of medical products in particular has been fascinating to learn more about. It’s not something I’d expected to encounter in my day to day life but now find I know far more about topics I’d never expected to (or possibly hoped not to need to!).

With a background in Industrial Design, making the transition to design research was a choice I considered carefully. Ultimately, it came down to my passion about creating products that really matter and can make a difference. In the design world we have the opportunity to make things easier or better to use, and can affect people’s lives positively if we use our skills wisely. To me, it’s always been so important to really understand what people need from a product not just what we think they need. From my experience, it’s this part of the design process that might get a little overlooked or sometimes overshadowed and it’s an area I feel I fit into well.

With opportunities abound there’s rarely a dull moment here and KD’s culture echoes that with a friendly and approachable team. Plus it’s certainly not all work and no play with one of my greatest surprises here being the amount of cake at our daily tea breaks!

By Hannah Sage, Design Researcher

You can view Hannah’s profile on the Design School Website

We would like to graciously thank Kinneir Dufort for sharing this piece with us, you can read the original article here

 

Re: Changes to the PC Staff Base Task Sequence on SCCM Current Branch (2016)

April 7, 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

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

April 5, 2017 Mike Collett

XMA are running out of the version of the Genie Desktop computer we have been buying, so have sent us an updated Genie based on the Vig830s Motherboard. The motherboard is based on the “SkyLake” chipset instead of the “Haswell” chipset used in the current Vig800s Motherboard. (Windows 7 is not supported on the latest “Kaby Lake” chipset)

In order to accommodate the new model changes are required to the Task Sequence:
1) Additional drivers
2) Hotfix for TPM (Trusted Platform Module) 2.0.

(However, even with the Hotfix for TPM 2.0 installed, this model cannot use the BitLocker encryption system under Windows 7.)

In order to make the new Task Sequence Live, it will be unavailable between 8:00am and 9:30am on Friday 7th April 2017.

Once the update has been completed I will send out an email and update the blog.

This outage only applied to the SCCM Current Branch. The SCCM 2007 task sequence will still be available during this time. (This update are not being applied to SCCM 2007).

For Student Labs, this update will be carried out as part of the Labs Refresh Project.

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

 

Replacement of Cold Water Main to the Library, Wednesday 5th April

April 4, 2017 Steven Lake

On Wednesday 5th April University Facilities Management will begin work on replacing the mains cold water main between Telford Hall and Wolfson. While this work is carried out, the water supply to the Library will be turned off. Alternative arrangements have been made to provide an alternative source of water to the building so users should not be unduly effected – however, these circumstances may change, and we shall inform users of any developments through our usual social channels.

This work is due to begin by 9am and it is anticipated that it will be completed by 6pm, though it is hoped the Library supply will be reconnected within a few hours.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

The Sandbox Project: Using Augmented Reality to Improve Geomorphological Understanding

April 3, 2017 Matt Hope

Continuing our series of updates on the 2016 Teaching Innovation Awards, Prof. Jo Bullard explains how a regular sandbox can be transformed into a unique teaching and learning experience.

Many students and visitors to the Geography Social learning Space over the past few weeks have stopped for a few minutes (or longer!) to interact with the Sandbox that is currently under development.  What is so special about a box of sand?  Well this one has been built using a 2016 Teaching Innovation Award aimed at using augmented reality to improve geomorphological understanding.  When the box of sand is connected to a camera and projector it becomes possible for users to create and visualize landscapes.  As the sand is sculpted, contours are projected on to the miniature landscape.  By hovering a hand over the box, users can make it ‘rain’ over the landscape and the water flow down in to rivers and valleys.

How was it developed?
The basic programming for the Sandbox is open source software developed at UCDavis and Computer Science student Yuan Tian and technician Kip Sahnsi worked last summer to get the computer code running on a special computer.  In the meantime Joanna Bullard and Richard Harland in Geography built the box which is on wheels so that it can be transferred between Geography and Computer Science and also to other events on campus.

What’s next?
There are a few sandboxes now up and running in the UK.  In December 2016 Prof. Jo Bullard from Loughborough University, Dr. Annie Ockelford (University of Brighton), Dr. Lynda Yorke (Bangor University) and Dr. Chris Skinner (University of Hull) jointly convened a session at the American Geophysical Union Fall meeting on Technology-Enhanced Teaching in Geosciences which featured a number of papers exploring how to support undergraduate student learning using augmented reality and we are hoping to include some of these ideas in our teaching in the future.

The Loughborough Sandbox is currently being ‘tweaked’ to improve the visualization and accuracy of the projection data but will be back up and running soon.

Library Café and Shop Opening Hours During the Easter Vacation

March 31, 2017 Steven Lake

As the Library switches to an alternative opening hours schedule during the Easter vacation, so do the Library Café and Library Shop.

From Monday 3rd April through until Friday 28th April, the Library Café will be open from 9am – 4pm week days, but closed at weekends. Please be aware that this includes this weekend, 1st – 2nd April, even though the Library is open as usual. For the Bank Holiday Weekend, Saturday 29th April – Monday 1st May, the Café will be open from 10am – 5pm.

The Library Shop will be closed for the duration of the Easter vacation.

Library Catalogue Plus Server Switchover, Monday 3rd April

March 31, 2017 Steven Lake

On Monday, 3rd April we will be moving our Library Catalogue Plus system to a new authentication server. It is anticipated that this work will be completed during the morning, but during this time people may experience difficulties with accessing and logging in to LCP.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Message in support of our colleagues at Central European University, Budapest

March 30, 2017 Rachel Mackenzie

Following the recent legislative action by the Hungarian government, we would like to express our deep concern over the impact of the proposed law on Central European University (CEU), endangering its further operations in Hungary. Together with many academics in Hungary and around the world, we perceive this action as an assault on an independent academic institution which has been globally recognized for its research and teaching excellence, as well as for its unrelenting efforts in nurturing and spreading democratic values across the region. We would like to offer unequivocal support to our colleagues at the Centre for Media, Data and Society, as well as to the entire academic community of Central European University at this difficult time, and we call upon the Hungarian lawmakers and government representatives to ensure that CEU will be allowed to continue its academic mission in Hungary.

Mendeley Update: Migration to the Institutional Edition

March 30, 2017 Steven Lake

As we progress with our transition to Mendeley, our site-wide referencing software package, we will be migrating to Mendeley Institutional Edition (MIE). This means that anyone with a Mendeley account with an email/username ending in ‘lboro.ac.uk’ will be moved automatically onto the new MIE. This process will commence week beginning 3rd April.

What does this mean in practice? You will not notice any change to your Mendeley account, it will look and remain the same. However, the MIE gives you additional, hidden benefits summarised below:

  • increased personal storage space (from 2GB to 100GB)
  • improved shared Library storage space (from 100MB to 100GB)
  • ability to set up unlimited private groups of up to 100 collaborators
  • alumni access
  • greater customer support service

These enhanced features make Mendeley a more effective collaborative tool and a useful resource for researchers. Full details on MIE can be found at:

https://www.elsevier.com/solutions/mendeley/Mendeley-Institutional-Edition

If for any reason you do not want your personal account or group migrated to MIE please contact your Academic Librarian:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/students/about/librarystaff/

Changes to Creative & Print Services on Campus

March 29, 2017 Steven Lake

Creative and Print Services have recently expanded their services to include the University Mailroom and Parcels. Formerly part of Facilities Management, mail and parcels have been integrated with Print Services delivering a joined up approach to all print, post and distribution services.

From 3rd April 2017, the Herbert Manzoni Building will be adapted and refurbished to bring all three services under one roof including an exciting new look foyer and reception area providing a one-stop-shop for print, parcels and post services.

During this period the counter services operating from the Herbert Manzoni Building will be closed from Thursday 20th April and relocated to the ground floor of Sir Arnold Hall (building 63) and Parcels (Student Accommodation Building – building 52) until the end of May. A pop-up service from Sir Arnold Hall will include printing, copying and binding and services from Parcels will include all mail and parcel services.

Whilst every effort will be made to ensure business runs as usual, there may be some disruption to services during this period. If you need to meet a deadline please ensure you allow plenty of time to get your work printed and bound in advance. For further information please visit the Creative and Print Services website or contact the team on creativeandprint@lboro.ac.uk.

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!

What does it mean to be a University Chancellor?

What does it mean to be a University Chancellor?

March 28, 2017 Liam

We’ve officially announced that Lord Seb Coe will be Loughborough’s next University Chancellor. But what does that actually mean?  Continue reading

Students can live healthy lifestyles

Students can live healthy lifestyles

March 27, 2017 Piers John

Being that it is the month of March, I guess it is safe to say that the New Year is well under way. A new year’s resolution of mine was to make sure I continued to go to the gym and eat healthier in second year, and I am glad to say I have done myself proud! Continue reading

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

Adventures out of Loughborough

Adventures out of Loughborough

March 27, 2017 Sofia Aguiar

The cold is slowing leaving us and boy am I excited! Coming from a very hot country, I definitely prefer heat over cold; and after living in England for more than a year, I am still not used to the freezing cold winter. 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. 

 

Throwbacks to my placement

March 24, 2017 Jacky Man

Hi Guys! Hope you are all doing great. Following from my last blog, my former colleague Jamie visited me to watch Nottingham Forest vs Brighton. Continue reading

Home from home

Home from home

March 24, 2017 Niamh O’Connor

University really does become your home. There’s no denying that – and the people you share this experience alongside will almost become your strange second family.

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How to get a placement

How to get a placement

March 24, 2017 Miranda Priestley

At Loughborough University all courses give you the opportunity to do a Placement Year or a Sandwich course. Continue reading

A trip to Vancouver

A trip to Vancouver

March 24, 2017 Jessica Rutherford

So February took an extremely unexpected turn, which I still can’t quite believe myself. Continue reading

The Loughborough student experience

The Loughborough student experience

March 24, 2017 Imogen Newey

Deciding to go to university can be a big choice. Whilst university offers many exciting changes, change can be scary. This is perfectly natural and there are numerous people who share your worries. Continue reading

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.