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Welcome to Michaelmas Term 2022

Image asking readers to 'Study with us' by promoting the key functions of the library as a space to 'learn, collaborate, socialise and focus'.Welcome! Your library is here to support you throughout your time at Cambridge. Your Technology Libraries Team are proud to offer: 

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Induction Activities in the Technology Libraries 2022

A photo of Jamie Maxen, 1st year Engineering undergraduate and Quest winnerAlongside our usual range of Michaelmas Term library induction training, drop-in tours and key messaging, our Technology Libraries Team endeavoured to put together a fun activity to introduce / re-introduce our physical and online West Hub and Engineering library spaces. 

Plans were hatched and the resulting challenge was for our valiant questers to solve the devious puzzles and clues placed in front them and rise to the challenge to win our star prize of a Lego International Space Station. The bonus was to see so many smiling and engaged faces which was a win in our book.

So, a big thank you to all who completed our combined #HubQuest and #QRQuest prize activities this year. We're delighted to announce we needed a 50-sided die to select our winner from the successfully completed entries:

Jamie Maxen, 1st year Engineering undergraduate and Quest winner

Michaelmas Teaching Programme

The Technology Libraries Team at the Engineering Department & West Hub are pleased to announce our new training programme for the Michaelmas Term.


20th October  | Cambridge Library Basics

An introduction to libraries at Cambridge and how to find what you need from them both online and in print.

27th October, 1st* & 16th November  | Referencing 101

Perfect for anyone who needs to get started with, or wants a refresher of referencing from the first steps.

4th, 8th, 10th* & 28th November  | Time Smart

Perfect for anyone looking for new ideas to help manage their time across work, study and life.

21st & 30th November  | Finding What You Need

The first steps you need to plan and do a literature search using a range of methods and sources.

24th November  | Present Like a Pro

Perfect for anyone who needs to give an in person presentation as part of their work or study.


For sessions running at the Engineering Department*, booking is required and are open to members of the University of Cambridge only. For sessions running at the West Hub, booking is not essential and are open to all.

To see timings and to guarantee your place, see the event timetable.

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Rights Retention Pilot

The University of Cambridge has launched a Rights Retention Pilot to help our researchers share their research with the widest possible audience.

A number of major funders, including UKRIWellcome, Templeton, NIHR, ERC, Cancer Research UK and Horizon Europe, have introduced policies that require journal articles to be open access at the time of publication. The next Research Excellence Framework (REF) policy is also likely to have similar requirements.

In order to disseminate research as widely as possible, while complying with funder requirements and enabling researchers to publish in a journal of their choice, the Rights Retention Pilot has been set up on an opt-in basis.

What researchers need to do when using the rights retention strategy

  • Include the following wording in a prominent place in the manuscript (e.g. the acknowledgements and/or funding statement) and cover letter from the initial point of submission:

For the purpose of open access, the author has applied a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission’

  • Upon editorial acceptance upload a copy of the accepted manuscript to Symplectic Elements. The Open Access team will deposit the manuscript into Apollo and will release it publicly at the appropriate time.

The Rights Retention Pilot will run from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023 to provide additional support to researchers wishing to use the rights retention strategy. You can read more on the Rights Retention Pilot webpage.

To sign up for the pilot, please use this webform.

Researchers who do not wish to sign up for the pilot can still use the rights retention strategy on an article-by-article basis.

West Hub now open!

West Hub staircaseYou may have noticed that the new West Hub building on the West Cambridge site is now open! Everyone is welcome at the Hub, and with a wide variety of individual and group study spaces located throughout the building you’re guaranteed to find the perfect place to work. Read more about the West Hub Library - Cambridge University Libraries' newest service.

Engineering Careers Day in the Library

The Careers Service 1-to-1 appointments are still mostly online, but sometimes it is easier to just talk face-to-face.

To enable this, the Engineering Library will be hosting the Careers Service on Tuesday 8 November between 1.30pm and 4.00pm. Between these times, students can drop-in and say hello to Raj and Ellis in the library and find out what they do.

In addition, postdocs can book a 45-minute appointment with Marloen Tijssen, their Postdoc Careers Consultant.

Poster for Engineering Careers Sessions in yellow and white text on black with image of students in conversationMarloen came to Cambridge in 2008 as a Postdoc. After securing several fellowships and grants to work on the regulation of blood platelet formation, she became a Principal Investigator. She then changed career and became a certified coach and a biotech entrepreneur. Go to for more on her career.

There are three types of appointments you can book:

  1. Career Guidance to discuss how to make the most of your time in Cambridge and for help considering your career options both inside and outside of academia.
  2. Interview Preparation to discuss how to prepare for an upcoming interview for a fellowship, academic position, or role outside of academia.
  3. Application Review to run through your application, including academic and non-academic CVs and cover letters, statements, fellowship applications, and other application materials.

Booked appointments will run on this day between 11:30 and 16:30 in the JDO-01 Meeting Room.

Please email Ellis Weinberger ( to book. If 8 November is not convenient, you can always book a virtual appointment with a Careers Consultant here:

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