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Exams and Revision | Wellbeing

As Easter Term and Exams approach, the Engineering Library has become a revision safe space. To help provide extra moral support at this stressful time of the year, the librarians have contacted their crafting guru to help crochet our students a fresh batch of their ever-popular, library use-only Study Buddies. To coincide with the addition of Frog, Rocket, Aeroplane, Doughnut, Beer Mug, Bunny and the Baby Chicks, we are holding a Study Buddy Amnesty in the hope that we might see our old friends Fox, Dragon and Unicorn return to the fold.

Soft, knitted green frog study buddyTrio of soft knitted study buddy chicks in different colours

The vigilant amongst you will already notice that our Library Whiteboard has experienced a student takeover and has a become a Graffiti Wall (whiteboard marker pens provided) where all-comers are welcome to counter anxiety with art.

Whiteboard with the word 'Graffiti' drawn in spray-paint style

In the coming weeks, your librarians will be putting out puzzles, board games and activities to engage with, including a Strawberry Hunt and a game of Spring Chicken Hide & Seek (with prizes), to help you pause to reflect and refresh between periods of revision work. If there is anything you feel might help at this time, please do talk to a librarian or contact us via email: 

Stationery Donation Centre: a green initiative by the Engineering Library

Students writing ideas down with various items of stationery In December 2022, the Engineering Library set up a Stationery Donation Centre, putting a call out to staff in the Engineering Department to see if they had any unused stationery which could be put to better use by students frequenting the library.

Students in the Engineering Library are always asking for stationery items, especially pens and paper.  

Well, we were overwhelmed and delighted by the enthusiastic response from our colleagues in the department and the library's stash of stationery for use by students has increased considerably.  We received over 350 pens, 100 pencils, 250 lined notepads, as well as graph paper, plastic wallets, paper clips and more.  Looking at an average purchase price for these items, we have calculated that we are now able to recycle and reuse over £500 worth of stationery which would otherwise be languishing at the back of cupboards or drawers.  

Many thanks to everyone who participated in this valuable sustainability initiative.

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.

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