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Out of Hours IT Service Desk launched

January 22, 2015 at 4:37 pm, by Sarah Smyth

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

January 15, 2015 at 2:05 pm, by Sarah Smyth

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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

January 9, 2015 at 4:28 pm, by Sarah Smyth

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

January 6, 2015 at 12:08 pm, by Jayne Dunlop







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.

Swipecard access to Magee Library 5th – 16th January

December 23, 2014 at 1:57 pm, by e121436

To ensure that University of Ulster students have sufficient study spaces and to help maintain a quiet environment at a stressful time, entry to Magee Library will be restricted from Monday 5th January 2015 – 16th January 2015.

You will need your ID card to swipe the sensor on the wall to the right of the revolving door in order to gain entry. If you can’t find your ID card, you need to get a replacement  from Academic Registry (you need it for exams anyway). Ask at the Issue Desk first, as ID cards are sometimes handed in to Lost Property.

If your ID card doesn’t work, reset it at the Security Desk in Block MD (main building). You will probably have to do this if you have not used it to gain access to campus rooms for more than 30 days or are usually at another campus.

Other registered library users, e.g. Step Up, Alumni, Inspire or Sconul Access members should bring their Library card with them, press the buzzer above the swipe-card sensor and they will be let in by staff. Other members of the public with genuine research queries may also ask for entry at the front door.

We regret that students from secondary or grammar schools are not permitted entry during this restricted period, unless they hold Step Up cards.

We would ask for everyone’s co-operation to maintain a quiet building during the revision period. However, if you are being disturbed by others’ inconsiderate behaviour, please let Library staff know immediately and we will take action.

Give an e-book a home this Christmas

December 19, 2014 at 10:05 am, by Sarah Smyth

Are the festivities getting too much this holiday period? Why not relax with a bit of study time?

Our extensive suite of e-resources is available as usual from the Library & ICT tab on Portal.

Here are a few e-book titles which may be of interest:



Many more are available from the Library Catalogue

The University will be closed from 24th December 2014 – 4th January 2015 inclusive.

Best Wishes and Happy Holidays from the Library Subject Team


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

December 18, 2014 at 10:43 am, by Sarah Smyth

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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

December 11, 2014 at 10:34 am, by Michael Carragher


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

November 26, 2014 at 11:39 am, by Sarah Smyth

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


Women and STEM: the impact of childhod influences

November 21, 2014 at 1:48 pm, by Sarah Smyth

A campaign group has launched an online petition calling for publishers to remove gender labelling from their children’s books.

Let Toys be Toys insist that children should be encouraged to choose their own reading material, saying:

“Titles like “The Beautiful Girls’ Book of Colouring” or “Illustrated Classics for Boys” send the message that certain books are off-limits for girls or for boys, and promote limiting gender stereotypes … telling children which stories and activities are ‘for them’ based on their gender closes down whole worlds of interest.”

With female uptake of STEM research in crisis, is it time for us as educators to consider whether gender-based social conditioning is having an impact on would-be scientists?

Let us know what you think.

The Library Subject Team