Access to the Financial Times

Easy access to online FT articles is provided through the Library Catalogue.

Example: To find the article from 04/08/17 “Carney warns Brexit uncertainty is choking business investment”, paste this into the Library Catalogue to find a quick link to the full-text.

FT articles in primo

To find FT articles written in the last 30 days you can either read the print newspaper in the Library or use our subscription to  Note that you will need to register to use this service.

You’ll find more information about access to a range of print and online newspapers on the Library website.

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New Faculty Librarian for Humanities and Social Sciences

From Monday 4 September Emma Stuart Edwards has taken up the position of Faculty Librarian for Humanities & Social Sciences, with Subject Librarian responsibilities for the Department of Economics and Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies.Capture

Emma has been working at the University of Bath Library for nearly ten years, having previously supported both the Faculty of Engineering and Design, Faculty of Science and Widening Participation. She replaces Katy Jordan as Faculty Librarian, following Katy’s change of role within the Library to join Research Services.

Emma gained FHEA status in 2016. She is interested in the role of the librarian in the classroom. She is keen to ensure students understand the practical applications of what they are being taught within library workshops so they can make best use of library resources in their coursework and use these skills in their future employment. Emma is “looking forward to working with H&SS staff and students”.

Kate Robinson, University Librarian, said: “I am delighted that Emma will be leading the Library’s Humanities and Social Sciences team. She has a wealth of ideas and a huge enthusiasm for the Library and its users. Katy Jordan leaves a strong legacy on which to build, but I am quite sure that Emma will relish this challenge”.

You can find Emma in room 5.01 on Level 5 of the Library, or contact her on ext. 5613, or by email


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Lighting and power supply upgrades in the Library

lightbulbThe lighting on Level 3 of the Library is being upgraded over Summer. Smart LED lighting is being installed across the floor, including staff offices. This will improve both the environment and provide energy savings. The floor is accessible as normal although there may be occasions where access to some of the shelving areas is temporarily unavailable.

In addition 60 desks in the Quiet Study area at the front of Level 4 have now been powered up. Each desk now has a single power supply with a double socket and double USB charging point.

This is part of a rolling programme of developments in the Library building, including, but not limited to:

  • robotTwo new permanent study spaces. The Library staff meeting room on Level 4 has been converted to a study space (L4.14) as has a former Level 3 office (L3.12)
  • New blinds installed to ease glare in the glass-fronted PC rooms at the front of the Library
  • Installation of Robbie the Robot (pictured right) in the Level 3 Quiet Study area – this is a sculpture originally created by Engineering apprentices in the 1960s
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Library building closure on Sat 2 Sept: 6am-12 midday

As a result of essential electrical maintenance, the Library building will be closed from 6 am to 12 midday on Saturday 2nd September. Norwood and 6WS Learning Commons will be open while the Library is closed.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the work.

Kind regards,
The Library


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Are you a PG student looking for somewhere quiet to study/write up over the summer?

Are you a postgraduate student looking for somewhere quiet to study or write up over the summer?  We realise that Library space is heavily used during semester times, but during the months of July, August and most of September we have study spaces that are quiet, accessible 24/7, secure and with access to resources and subject experts.

If it’s been a while since you’ve been to the Library, come and look at a few of the refreshed spaces, including a new group workroom (L3.16) on the East side of Level 3.

L3.16 group room

This was refurbished last summer and has built in plasma screens and glass  boards. The images outside were selected from a photography competition in the department of Architecture & Civil engineering.

Elsewhere on Level 3, there is work underway to install new smart LED lights, so keep this in mind when you’re looking for a quiet space.

If you’re looking for a quiet space with a PC, try the Level 5 computer room.  This room is for PGs only, and is accessed by swiping your library card.L3_nook

From next week, we will also have power sockets in all of the quiet study carrel desks at the front of Level 4, which is perfect for nesting all day and focusing on your writing up.

If you have any queries about the Library and our spaces, services or support, please come and see us or let us know via our Ask-a-Librarian webform at

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Are you printing in the Library? Please read this message


The University is transferring to a new print service.

The new service (using printers supplied by Sharp) is now operational in the Library and three Departments:
Academic Skills Centre, Architecture and Civil Engineering and Chemistry.

The service used by all other departments and the Virgil Building will transfer between July and September.

The old service (using machines supplied by Canon) will remain operational in the Library alongside the new service until the end of August when all Canon printers will be removed.

Please note: Any print credit you have on the old system will automatically transfer to the new service every time you use a Sharp printer.

Printing from Library PCs

When you print from a PC in the Library you have now two choices of printer.

UPS2 (set as the Library default): Select this if the only printing you need to do will be in the Library or in the three departments listed above. This gives you access to the new (Sharp) service.

PostScript: Select this if you prefer to continue to use your remaining print credit on the old (Canon) service whether in the Library, the Virgil Building, or in all departments other than the above.

Moving credit from Sharp to Canon system

If you need to move your credit back from the new (Sharp) service to the old (Canon) system please ask the Copy and Print team in the Library. Direct line:  01225 386836

Further information can be found here:


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National award for collaborative work on principles for responsible metrics

We are very pleased to announce that Katie Evans of the University Library and Katy McKen from Research & Innovation Services (RIS) have been awarded a national award at the ARMA conference this week.

ARMA is the Association for Research Managers and Administrations, and it was durinarmag their annual conference that the award was presented for Collaboration in Research Management and Administration.  Katie and Katy were nominated by Jon Hunt, Director of RIS, for their work on the University of Bath Principles of Research Assessment and Management released earlier this year.

The Principles were developed by a University wide working group with academic and professional services representatives and have been approved by Senate. The Group initially undertook an information gathering phase seeking to identify good practice internally and externally, including a survey via the ARMA Metrics SIG mailing list.  This informed the subsequent development of the statement of principles.

The principles describe how all research assessment and management at the University of Bath is:

  • Centred on expert judgement
  • Set in the broader environment
  • Supported by reliable data
  • Tailored: one size does not fit all
  • Transparent

Congratulations to both Katie and Katy on this award which demonstrates a brilliant example of collaborative working across services.

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