The NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app is set to launch across England and Wales tomorrow 24 September. It uses Bluetooth technology to track time and distance between smartphone devices. It offers QR code check-in capability, allows users to book a free test and has an isolation countdown timer to remind people to quarantine.
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New to the university?
Looking for advice on how to make the most of the experience?
Two years ago we asked first year students to take part in a diary writing activity. It was designed to help us understand the experiences our new students face. For one activity in the diary we asked those taking part what advice they would give to new students starting this September.
These students were in your shoes not long ago, here’s the advice they would like to give to you…
During periods where you have a large amount of work to do for your course, you may find the library becomes your second home.
While sometimes you might want to work in silence by yourself, other times you might benefit from group work, or maybe you just want to socialise with your friends while looking over some notes. The library has created designated zones so that you can study in a way that suits your studying style, and caters to your needs, without disrupting others.
In line with Government advice and University guidance, we are planning how we can best reopen Augustine House Library and what services we can offer while adhering to social distancing and health and safety guidelines. Key to our plans is ensuring the safety of all our users and our staff. Our strategy is to start small and safe, build confidence, test processes, and expand our services.
After a successful second phase of reopening, on 1 September, we will expand our Click and Study service across all floors of Augustine House. This will allow you to book a study space or computer within Augustine House for a two hour slot whilst the building is open. You can book multiple slots in a day but due to the need to regularly clean study spaces, not all study spaces will be available at all times throughout the day.
As part of phase three we are increasing the length of time the building is open to 8:00 – 20:00 (Monday – Friday). Both Click and Study and Click and Collect will be expanded to take advantage of these new opening hours.
If you’re in Augustine House and need help, face to face support from the Library point will be available from 8:30 – 17:30 (Monday – Friday).
From Monday 21 September the IT hub and i-zone desks will be available for face-to-face support from 9:00 – 17:00 (Monday – Friday).
You will need a Smartcard to enter the building before 9am and after 5pm.
The library system is currently experiencing technical difficulties which may cause problems for some of our users when trying to use the library self-service machines or access LibrarySearch.
- You may not be able to log into your library account.
- You may not be able to access resources via LibrarySearch but can do so directly.
- You may not be able to place reservation via LibrarySearch.
Now you know how to find a book, the next step is borrowing it from the Library.
But how do you do that?
And how many items can you borrow?
And how do you renew or reserve an item?
This guide will tell you everything you need to know about borrowing from the Library.