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ILS News – October 15


Information & Learning Services News for Week Commencing 15th October 2012

Welcome to Information & Learning Services

‘ILS’ provides you with Library, ICT, E-Learning, social learning spaces & print services across all University sites. 

For a catch-up on recent developments, pick up a ‘Welcome to ILS’ leaflet, also available online:

Peirson Opens 15th October

Peirson’s back and it’s bigger and better!

We’re delighted to report that Phase One of the Peirson redevelopment project opens today (Monday 15 October), making the following facilities available:

  • The ICT help desk
  • 85 PCs
  • 40 Laptop points
  • Print and copy facilities
  • 6 individual study rooms
  • 2 Group study areas with large screens
  • 1 meeting room (capacity 12 people)
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Media equipment loans

For safety reasons, the building’s opening hours will be restricted between 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours PC rooms around campus are available for student use (evenings and weekends); information on room availability can be found on the main screen in reception, SOLE,  ILS website and ILS Facebook

Colleagues are reminded that building work is continuing in the rest of the building. Whilst disruption will be kept to a minimum there may be some noise disturbance.

Additionally, temporary heating is in place whilst this building work continues.

The staff common room will continue to be used as a ‘quiet study space’ for students until Phase Two of the Peirson project is complete.

Access to Peirson will initially be via the ‘out of hours entrance’ (the entrance by the Conference Centre) rather than the newly formed doors.

Phase Two of the Peirson redevelopment project will be completed in November, including additional PCs with 24/7 access and more study spaces.

Phase Three will incorporate the Firstpoint Student Advice Desk, facilities for 1-1 advisory sessions with staff in Student and Registry Services, and a resource centre for students on careers, Earn as you Learn and learner development. . Phase 3 will be fully operational in January.

ICT support 24/7

We’ve launched a brand new service that means getting help for an ICT-related query couldn’t be easier.

Simply call the normal ICT Helpdesk phone number: 01905 857500 at any time.

This phone service now runs out of hours (5pm-9am plus weekends) as well as during the normal working day.

The Hive

This summer we opened Europe’s first joint University and Public Library.

Daily tours of The Hive are running for University staff and students for the rest of this week.

If you’d like a tour just meet in The Hive foyer at 12 or 2pm daily Monday to Friday.

If you need help or advice about University services at The Hive contact:

Look at the ‘Quick start pocket guide to The Hive for University students’, available from Reception points or online:

Or visit The Hive webpage for more information about your new Library and History Centre:

STAFF – Moodle is shutting down

Moodle is due to be switched off on 11th January 2013.

Please move any material you have stored on Moodle to Blackboard or an alternative storage space.

For further information contact the E-Learning Support team via email

Beeline Storytelling Festival

The University of Worcester Storytelling Festival for Children is running from 3rd to 27th October 2012.

Some of the country’s top children’s authors, including Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen, are taking part in this year’s Festival.

Events this week include: The Red Dress Theatre Company at The Hive on 18th October,

and Stories on the Island at The Hive on 20th October

STUDENTS –Keep in touch with ILS

For more information, regular ILS updates, if you have an ILS related question, or want to voice a concern, we’re easy to contact. Use one of the links below to get information and help when you need it:

For any ICT enquiries, contact the ICT Helpdesk on:

For any library enquiries, contact staff at The Hive (black tops gold lanyards), phone or email:

For all other ILS contact information see the ILS website.

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