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ILS News – May 8


The Hive:

Information video for University staff & students:

Facebook: University ILS / Hive Facebook page:

‘Public’ Hive Facebook page:

Public & University Hive website:

General ILS Information

Important dates (and actions for you*)…

Tues 8th May – Thurs 17th May Assessment period, ILS extra opening hours…
Peirson staffed until midnight each day.
24/7 access to Social Learning Spaces & PCs at Peirson and City Campus thereafter.
From Friday 25th May* To ensure you’ve got plenty of books whilst we move to The Hive, from 25th May any item borrowed (except Restricted Loans) will have a return date of 9th July. Students will be able to borrow an additional 3 items taking allocations to 15.
Peirson staff until midnight each day
Thursday 31st May* Last date for staff to request items to be digitised
Peirson and City Campus 24/7 PC Access (not staffed)
Renewals for articles already digitised will be sent to you as normal. Contact
Bank Holiday Monday 4th June 24/7 access to Social Learning Spaces & PCs at Peirson and City Campus (not staffed)
Riverside closed
Bank Holiday Tuesday 5th June Peirson staffed 10am-4pm
Peirson and City Campus open for 24/7 PC Access
Riverside closed
Sunday 10th June* Last day all stock will be available in Peirson, you’ll need to collect any items from the library that you’ll require before The Hive opens on 2nd July.
Mon 11th June – Mon 18th June Library stock moving from Peirson to The Hive. Some stock will still be available in Peirson before it moves to The Hive, but don’t count on it!
Friday 29th June* Last day to collect reserved items which you have been notified are awaiting collection in Peirson. All reservations on your record will be cancelled from this date. If you still require them you will need to reserve them again from 2nd July onwards. You will not be notified as individuals when they are cancelled.
Sat 30th June – Sun 1st July Peirson closed.
Access to eResources will remain available
24/7 access to PCs and the silent study area will be available
Social Learning areas at City Campus and Riverside will be unaffected
2nd July The Hive opens
11th July Official opening of The Hive by her Majesty the Queen
This info is also available on the web and posters / flyers.


New Virtual Learning Environment – what every tutor needs to know…

As you may have already heard, from September our Virtual Learning Environment will be undergoing some major changes and we want to make sure that everyone is fully prepared for these changes.

There are a number of ways in which you can find out more and we’re hoping that everyone will get a chance to attend a session or speak to one of the Learning and Teaching Technology team within the next few months – please don’t wait until September to familiarise yourself with the new system as you won’t be able to take full advantage of the new features if you’re rushing to update.

How to find out more: 

  • Attend one of our Getting Started with Blackboard 9.1 workshops taking place on Monday and Wednesday afternoons.  To sign up, go to the Staff Development Workshop Booking page on the staff portal and sign up for a session.
  • If you have a team, or a group of staff who would like a customised workshop, please contact Libby Symonds and we can arrange a tailor made session to suit your needs.
  • For staff who have used the old system extensively, extra support may be needed to transition to the new system –members of  the Learning and Teaching Technology Unit would be happy to come and discuss your needs on a one-to-one basis and provide the support you need to move across.


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