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Out of Hours IT Service Desk launched

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

All staff and students can now avail of additional out of hours support for issues such as IT, Blackboard and general Library queries. This support is now available from 5pm to 9am Weekdays, 24-hour Weekends, Bank Holidays, all year round.

The contact details remain the same as those for ISD Service Desk:

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6777 or E:

When outside core time, users will be advised they are connected to the out of hours service.

Remember that you can still contact the Library for specialist help outside normal working hours. We are open 9am – 9pm Monday to Thursday, 9am – 8pm Friday and 1pm – 5pm Weekends.

Contact the Library as follows:

T: +44 (0)28 7012 3128 or W:

Planned refurbishment to Magee Library

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

traffic cone

Planned refurbishment works at Magee Library will commence on 17/1/15 with completion by 20/2/15.  Specifically, internal glazing across the 1st and 2nd floor at the entrance is being replaced.

As a result of the works, the front entrance and disabled parking bays to this block will be closed to all staff, students and the public throughout this period.  Access in and out of the library will be via the rear entrance and directional signage will be erected on site to indicate this temporary arrangement.

Library resources and study spaces will continue to be available.  However, there will be no access to the electronic classroom during the refurbishment works.

The Library Subject Team


Honours for Ulster academics

Friday, January 9th, 2015

RBarnettKnightLeading Ulster academics have been recognised in the New Years Honours list. Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Barnett was awarded the honour of Knight Bachelor for services to higher education and business.

Over the past two decades, Professor Barnett has contributed significantly to the development of the HE sector in Northern Ireland, forging links internationally and within the local community to ensure participation and engagement with the University’s aims in all sectors of society.

The award comes as Ulster was judged one of the top universities in the UK for delivering world-leading research in the 2014 REF assessment under Professor Barnett’s stewardship.


Three senior Ulster academics were also recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2014.

Professor Alastair Adair, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development) and Provost (Jordanstown and Belfast) was awarded a CBE for services to higher education in Northern Ireland.

Professor Carol Curran, Dean, Faculty of Life and Health Sciences was awarded an OBE for services to nursing and education in Northern Ireland.

Sean Strain, Professor of Human Nutrition and Director of NICHE received an OBE for services to nutrition research and higher education.

Congratulations from the Library Subject Team.


British Online Archives database trial

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015







Trial of this database is available from January 5th for one month.  Have a look and see what you think at sure you are logged into the Portal first.). Feed back any comments to the Arts librarians on the comments form.

It’s official – Ulster leads the way in research excellence

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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Congratulations to Ulster researchers on their exemplary performance in Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Ulster is one of only six UK universities with 100% of its research environment rated as world leading.

The REF evaluation identified Ulster University as ranked:

  • One of the top five universities in the UK for world-leading research in law, biomedical sciences, nursing and art and design
  • In the top 10 UK-wide for built environment, biomedical sciences, law, art and design and nursing research
  • Top in Northern Ireland for research in biomedical sciences, law, business and management, architecture and build environment, art and design, social policy, sport, media studies and nursing.
  • Second in the UK for Celtic studies research

These results show that Ulster’s vibrant academic community continues to place the institution at the heart of pioneering research in the UK and beyond.

Well done to all our researchers, academic and support staff, partner institutions and students who help to drive this excellence.

Visit our REF 2014 results website where you can read more about our impact and results.

The Library Subject Team

Our Christmas/New Year/Exam Period Opening Hours

Thursday, December 11th, 2014


We recently changed the days we will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period.

All our campus libraries will be closed from Wednesday 24th December 2014 – Sunday 4th January 2015 inclusive. We will reopen on Monday 5th January 2015.

Information on ISD computer labs can be found here. When the Library re-opens, we will have extended opening hours during the exam period. You can find these exam opening hours here (5th January – 16th January).

In the meantime, we wish you a Merry Christmas and have a great New Year!

Primal Pictures – back by popular demand

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Primal Pictures logoThe Library is pleased to announce the return of by Primal Pictures. Described as “the ultimate online 3D human anatomy educational resource”, the database includes comprehensive, accurate and detailed 3D models of the human body. Ulster’s access is provided to a specified number of concurrent users.

Primal Pictures 3D atlas

Also included in Ulster’s customised package:

  • Systemic Anatomy
  • 3d Regional Anatomy (Interactive x9 modules)
  • Anatomy for Exercise
  • Specialist title: Radiological Anatomy and Anatomy for Urology

Find Primal Pictures in the A-Z Databases list on Portal’s Library & ICT tab.

If you need any help using Primal Pictures, contact the Life & Health Sciences librarians for help on

We hope you enjoy using this resource.

The Library Subject Team


Ulster role model Tara Moore wins recognition

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

blog Tara Moore getting her award

Professor Tara Moore has been awarded the prestigious WISE (Women in to Science & Engineering) Hero Award in recognition of the contribution she makes to health, well being, safety and improving people’s lives through science and technology.

Currently Associate Director of the Biomedical Science Research Institute and Vision Science Research group leader at Ulster, Tara has developed and delivered numerous innovative teaching and training courses for health care professionals to help them recognise, treat and prevent rape, child abuse and domestic violence. In addition, as one of the few experts in molecular vision, her research aims to improve treatment for debilitating blinding eye diseases, passed from parent to child.

HRH The Princess Royal presented the award at a ceremony in London. Thanking Professor Hugh McKenna and Professor Stephen Downes for their support in helping her to achieve this prestigious accolade, Tara said:

“As an educator and researcher, I strive to inspire students and staff to see opportunities to make a difference through science. Advancement of the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) is imperative if the UK is to continue to develop and lead research and industries which compete in a world market.”

Warmest congratulations from the Library Subject Team.



Passionate about science? FameLab needs you!

Monday, November 10th, 2014


FameLab is an exciting competition to find the new voices of science and engineering across the world.  The competition is now open and is looking for budding science communicators who think they can explain a science concept in three minutes. Entrants should be working in or studying science, technology, engineering, medicine or maths in the UK.  To apply entrants must submit a three minute video.  Deadline for video entries is 31 December 2014.

The British Council with the Northern Ireland Science Festival and Cheltenham Science Festival, will host the final of Northern Ireland’s FameLab competition at The Black Box, Belfast on Wednesday, 25 February, 2015.

Full information can be found on the British Council Northern Ireland website:

Good luck to all those who apply from the Library Subject Team.

Over 1000 public buildings in cities across the UK will be transformed into free Wi-Fi hotspots

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

From .GOV.UK:

“Over the coming months, libraries, museums, civic centres, transport hubs, sporting complexes and other buildings around the UK will begin to offer free Wi-Fi – some have already gone live, and the remainder are all on track to be up and running by March 2015.

Millions of citizens, business men and women and visitors will be able to take advantage of free connectivity across the UK, which in turn will support our cities in becoming even more attractive places to live, do business, visit and invest in.”

Has your Public Library got free wifi yet? So far we know of several – let us know about your experiences.

The Library Subject Team