New book drop service launched

book dropTired of carrying Library books up the hill when they are due to be returned?

You can now save yourself a trip to campus by returning any borrowed Library books via a book drop box inside the new Virgil Building at Manvers Street. You will need your Library card to swipe through the gates to reach the book drop which is to the right of the reception desk.



The books will be brought up to Campus, directly to the Library, twice a day, by the University’s postal service.

virgil building


The Virgil building Learning Commons is open: Mon-Fri 8am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm and will be open during vacations, although it and the café, will be closed on Bank Holidays and University closed days.



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21 top papers for Science Week

It is Science Week and we thought that we would mark the occasion by highlighting some of the great science papers, published in the last five years, authored by University of Bath researchers in collaboration with others.

This list is a small selection of work published as a result of research carried out by academics at the University of Bath. They are listed, alphabetically by first author, using the Harvard (Bath) referencing style. Hyperlinks to the papers within the University’s Opus online publications store and to the online publications are provided. You can also find other work published by academics, and recorded in Opus, by clicking on the links from the author names.

Allen, C. L. and Williams, J. M. J., 2011. Metal-catalysed approaches to amide bond formation. Chemical Society Reviews, 40 (7), pp. 3405-3415.

Official URL, Opus record

Baker, D. R. and Kasprzyk-Hordern, B., 2011. Multi-residue analysis of drugs of abuse in wastewater and surface water by solid-phase extraction and liquid chromatography-positive electrospray ionisation tandem mass spectrometry. Journal of Chromatography A, 1218 (12), pp. 1620-1631.

Official URL, Opus record

Brivio, F., Frost, J., Skelton, J., Jackson, A., Weber, O., Weller, M., Goñi, A., Leguy, A. M. A., Barnes, P. R. F. and Walsh, A., 2015. Lattice dynamics and vibrational spectra of the orthorhombic, tetragonal, and cubic phases of methylammonium lead iodide. Physical Review B, 92 (14), 144308.

Official URL, Opus record

Burrows, A. D., 2011. Mixed-component metal-organic frameworks (MC-MOFs): enhancing functionality through solid solution formation and surface modifications. CrystEngComm, 13 (11), pp. 3623-3642.

Official URL, Opus record

Campbell, C. S. J., Contreras-Rojas, L. R., Delgado-Charro, B. and Guy, R. H., 2012. Objective assessment of nanoparticle disposition in mammalian skin after topical exposure. Journal of Controlled Release, 162 (1), pp. 201-207.

Official URL, Opus record

Castillo-Ramirez, S., Harris, S. R., Holden, M. T. G., He, M., Parkhill, J., Bentley, S. D. and Feil, E. J., 2011. The Impact of recombination on dN/dS within recently emerged bacterial clones. PLoS Pathogens, 7 (7), e1002129.

Official URL, Opus record

Graham, I., Spence, E., Chandler-Wilde, S. and Langdon, S., 2012. Numerical-asymptotic boundary integral methods in high-frequency acoustic scattering. Acta Numerica, 21, pp. 89-305.

Official URL, Opus record

Charneski, C. A. and Hurst, L. D., 2013. Positively charged residues are the major determinants of ribosomal velocity. PLoS Biology, 11 (3), e1001508.

Official URL, Opus record

Cosker, D., Krumhuber, E. and Hilton, A., 2011. A FACS valid 3D dynamic action unit database with applications to 3D dynamic morphable facial modelling. In: 13th International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2011-11-06 – 2011-11-13. IEEE, pp. 2296-2303.

Official URL, Opus record

Cox, A. M. G. and Obłój, J., 2011. Robust pricing and hedging of double no-touch options. Finance and Stochastics, 15 (3), pp. 573-605.

Official URL, Opus record

Eames, C., Frost, J. M., Barnes, P. R. F., O’Regan, B. C., Walsh, A. and Islam, M. S., 2015. Ionic transport in hybrid lead iodide perovskite solar cells. Nature Communications, 6, 7497.

Official URL, Opus record

Foster, J.G., Blunt, M.D., Carter, E. and Ward, S.G., 2012. Inhibition of PI3K signaling Spurs new therapeutic opportunities in inflammatory/autoimmune diseases and hematological malignancies. Pharmacological Reviews, 64 (4), pp. 1027-1054.

Official URL, Opus record

Graham, I. G., Kuo, F. Y., Nuyens, D., Scheichl, R. and Sloan, I. H., 2011. Quasi-Monte Carlo methods for elliptic PDEs with random coefficients and applications. Journal of Computational Physics, 230 (10), pp. 3668-3694.

Official URL, Opus record

Islam, M. S. and Fisher, C. A. J., 2014. Lithium and sodium battery cathode materials: Computational insights into voltage, diffusion and nanostructural properties. Chemical Society Reviews, 43 (1), pp. 185-204.

Official URL, Opus record

Jenkins, M., Stone, A. and Jennison, C., 2011. An adaptive seamless phase II/III design for oncology trials with subpopulation selection using correlated survival endpoints. Pharmaceutical Statistics, 10 (4), pp. 347-356.

Official URL, Opus record

Quik, M. and Wonnacott, S., 2011. α6β2* and α4β2* Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors As Drug Targets for Parkinson’s Disease. Pharmacological Reviews, 63 (4), pp. 938-966.

Official URL, Opus record

Reed, M., Yiannakou, A. and Evering, R., 2014. An ant colony algorithm for the multi-compartment vehicle routing problem. Applied Soft Computing, 15, pp. 169-176.

Official URL, Opus record

Ren, G. and O’Neill, E., 2013. 3D selection with freehand gesture. Computers & Graphics, 37 (3), pp. 101-120.

Official URL, Opus record

Ward, M. D. and Raithby, P. R., 2013. Functional behaviour from controlled self-assembly:Challenges and prospects. Chemical Society Reviews, 42 (4), pp. 1619-1636.

Official URL, Opus record

Williams, R. J. and Spencer, J. P. E., 2012. Flavonoids, cognition, and dementia: Actions, mechanisms, and potential therapeutic utility for Alzheimer disease. Free Radical Biology & Medicine, 52 (1), pp. 35-45.

Official URL, Opus record

Yerolatsitis, S., Gris Sanchez, I. and Birks, T. A., 2014. Adiabatically-tapered fiber mode multiplexers. Optics Express, 22 (1), pp. 608-617.

Official URL, Opus record

All of these papers are recognised as being highly cited within their subject areas. It is also notable that many of them have authors from more than one institution, sometimes from international cooperation, and often they cross disciplinary boundaries.

This selection of papers was produced by using SciVal.


Data visulisation from SciVal

SciVal is a research review and analysis system that supports the visualisation and interpretation of metadata from the literature database Scopus. It enables you to get an insight into measured performance of institutions, research groups and individuals, and look at specific areas of research or subject areas.

Using it allowed us to look at lists of papers which, in addition to having high numbers of citations, also are published in high impact journals, and have a statistical adjustment to avoid a skew to disciplinary areas in which papers tend to be cited more often. They were drawn from several search cycles by discipline. The result is more of a representative sample of success and recognition rather than an overly simple chart based on a single metric, although the data always needs to be evaluated and reviewed critically.

Scival offers researchers chance to appraise their own publication performance and compare it with similar individuals and groups in their institutions or in similar areas of work to look at existing research relationships or the potential for finding new collaborators or to find other experts in fields outside of their own.

Contact The Library to learn more about SciVal.

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Celebrate International Women’s Day 2017

IWD book displayDuring this week we are celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) which formally takes place on Wednesday 8 March 2017. The focus of this event is to raise awareness of the wide-ranging achievements of women. This year’s specific IWD theme is: #BeBoldForChange?, which is concerned with seeking bold and pragmatic change to help close the gender gap around the world.

There is a Library display on Level 2 of a range of books from our collections on gender and society. The materials explore a range of issues for women in science and politics as well as wider themes of women and revolution, power and equality.

You may also be interested in the Library’s “All England Women’s Hockey Association (AEWHA) Collection”.  This collection documents the lives of various extraordinary women including one whose many impressive skills ranged from piloting aeroplanes to campaigning for the rights of the unemployed: more information about the AEWHA Collection.

International Women's Day 2016

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Library Survey closes 14 March – make sure your views are included!

What do you think of the University Library?

uoblibrary buildingIf you have already completed this year’s Library survey, thank you.  Your response will help us to plan for the future of our Library and to provide the services you need. So far, we’ve had 1,357 completed questionnaires returned.

If you have not had chance to complete the survey and you would like to, there is still time.  The survey closes on Tuesday 14 March. You will find it at:

The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete. In return, there is a prize draw for an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite for University of Bath participants. The results of the survey will be available in the Summer, via the Library’s website. 

Many thanks for your help,
The Library 

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Library survey 2017 & Kindle Paperwhite prize draw

Let us know what you think of the University Library – complete the Library survey (and possibly win a Kindle Paperwhite e-reader)

As we plan for the future of our University Library it is important that we
understand all our users’ perceptions and expectations, so that we can provide
the resources and services you need.  LibQual Library survey 2015By completing the short survey you will be providing essential information for use in developing our services.

This LibQual+ survey is organised and administrated by SCONUL the organisation made up of, and run by, college, national and university libraries in the UK and Ireland. As such it is running in other universities across the country and we will be able to measure library service quality and identify best practices between these libraries. The survey is conducted every two years and your responses are appreciated and do make a big difference.

Link to the survey:

The survey takes around 10 minutes to complete. In return, there is a prize draw
for an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite for University of Bath participants.

The results of the survey will be available in the Summer via the Library’s
website – so watch this space!

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Library helps to shape students of the future

imgp4875During vacations, the University Library hosts visits for groups of local school students working towards their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Over the inter-semester break we met with around 70 students from three local schools. One of these was a link school with the University – Library staff work closely with the Widening Participation Office and deliver information skills training to link schools as well as offering EPQ support.

What is the EPQ?

imgp4868The EPQ is an optional qualification for gaining UCAS points, equivalent to half an A-level. Its focus is on developing “independent research and project management” skills, which are highly valued by both employers and educators. Students formulate their own research topic and are challenged to “research, critically select, organise and use information” from different sources. The Library is well-placed to provide access to both academic resources and to training that helps prepare the students not only for completing the project, but for independent study in Higher Education.

Students need assistance with research skills

In many cases, secondary schools, sixth forms and colleges have limited access to online scholarly materials, or none at all. By year 13, aged 17-18, some students have received little preparation for using academic resources, or the knowledge to assess freely available online information effectively. Students studying the EPQ who have access to, and make use of, academic libraries receive valuable information literacy training that gives them a head start.

imgp4871Here at Bath, we deliver a research skills workshop to EPQ students. This is either in the form of short videos that prepare the students in advance of their visit or through a computer-based research workshop in the Library. The workshop or video tutorial enables students to develop techniques to select and assess material for their project. Whether the students go on to further education or not, having these skills is useful for their future employability and a highly relevant life skill in the era of ‘fake news’.

Feedback from visits

“Thank you very much to you and all  your other colleagues for making it possible for our students to visit the University Library yesterday.  It was a very valuable experience for them.  Many found useful information sources for their EPQ and in addition, it was  a chance for them to see the University at first hand. My colleagues, the students and I really appreciated the welcome and the practical assistance you gave us.”  School Librarian

“Just a quick line to say thank you for looking after us so well yesterday. All students came away with resources and leads of direct relevance to their projects, and it was great to see them getting the experience of being treated as adults in such a setting – I’m sure a number will feel more confident about researching in a university as a result.” School EPQ Co-ordinator

For more information on school and college visits to the University of Bath Library please contact Emma Stuart Edwards (


AQA (2015)a. Why choose this specification? [online]. Available from: [Accessed 31st Jan 2017].

AQA (2015)b. Level 3 Extended Project Qualification [online]. Available from: [Accessed 31st Jan 2017].

Photos with permission from the students of Hayesfield Girls’ School and Mixed Sixth Form.

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Level 3 Quiet Study Area closed, 30 Jan – 10 Feb

Level 3 Quiet Study Area will be closed for refurbishment

The Quiet Study Area in the North East corner of Level 3 of the Library will be closed for two weeks for refurbishment. Several new desks with power sockets as well as chairs have already been added to the area in the few months. The walls will now be repainted during the Inter-Semester break. In the following week new carpet will be installed. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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