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ILS News – October 22

   

Information & Learning Services News for Week Commencing 22nd 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: http://www.worc.ac.uk/ils/documents/Welcome_to_ILS.pdf


Peirson Update

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

We’re delighted to report that Phase One of the Peirson redevelopment project opened on Monday 15th October, and it certainly seems popular!

The following facilities are now available in Peirson:

  • The ICT help desk
  • 85 PCs
  • 52 Laptop points, (already increased from 40 laptop points last week)
  • 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

Opening Hours and PCs available for out of hours use
For safety reasons, the building’s opening hours are 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday until Phase 2 opens in November.

Outside of these hours PC rooms around campus are available for student use. Information on room availability can be found on the main screen in reception, SOLE, ILS website and ILS Facebook www.facebook.com/UniversityofWorcesterILS  ‘ LIKE’ us on Facebook and you’ll receive regular updates.

Quiet Study Space
The staff common room continues to be open for use as a ‘quiet study space’ for students until Phase 2 of the Peirson project is complete in November.

Access to Peirson
Initially access is via the ‘out of hours entrance’ (the entrance by the Conference Centre) rather than the newly formed doors.

Building Work & Heating
Please remember that building work is continuing in the rest of the Peirson so there may be some noise disturbance and limited temporary heating is in place.

Phase Two of the Peirson redevelopment project will be completed in November, this will include 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
You now have access to ICT support 24/7. The ICT help desk is staffed in Peirson 9-5 Monday to Friday, outside of these hours simply call the normal ICT Helpdesk phone number: 01905 857500 at any time.  This phone service now runs out of hours as well as during the normal working day.


The Hive
(the new University and Public Library)

Daily tours of The Hive have come to a close, however if you need help or advice about University services at The Hive or need to arrange a tour please contact:

Getting to The Hive

Walking
The Hive is a 3 minute walk from City Campus, a 20 minute walk from St Johns Campus and 6 minute walk from Riverside. The walking route is detailed here www.worcester.ac.uk/hive

Parking
University parking permits cover parking at St Johns, Riverside and Coppertops Car Parks.  Riverside is a 6-minute walk from The Hive.  Parking tickets can be transferred to other campuses (e.g. you can park for a lecture at St John’s and use the same ticket at Riverside later).

Details of County Council car park charges can be found here – http://www.worcester.gov.uk/index.php?id=1801 they often run ‘special deals’

Car park outside The Hive – 90p an hour.  Croft Road – 60p an hour

Buses
Two different bus services run every half hour from St Johns Campus passing Riverside on the way
(4 services per hour)

31B Uni Shuttle and the 31 (last bus 23:48)

Bus timetable: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/chym/FileHandlers/BusServiceTimetable.pdf?ID=1444

Bike loan scheme (20 bikes)
Drop off/pick up at City & St John’s.  More details here www.worcester.ac.uk/bike


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 eos@worc.ac.uk


Beeline Storytelling Festival

http://www.worc.ac.uk/discover/beeline-storytelling-festival.html

It’s the last week of The University of Worcester Storytelling Festival for Children which has been running from 3rd to 28th October 2012.

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

Events this week include:

  • Fetch Theatre Company
    Wednesday 24th October6.30pm at The Hive – tickets £4 from The Hive Café
  • Stories on the Island
    Saturday 27th October 10.30am (5-7 years), 11.30am (8-12 years). At TheHive Storytelling Island – tickets free from The Hive Cafe

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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