Iris de Freitas refurbishment, Hugh Owen Library: area closed from 28th May 2019


To prepare for refurbishment work on the Iris de Freitas and Hermann Ethe rooms on Level E of the Hugh Owen Library during summer 2019, this area will now be closed to users from 08:00 on Tuesday 28th May. Access to lockers will be available until 13:00 Wednesday 29th May. We expect to re-open the space in November 2019. More information is available at

Changes to Video Conferencing


Information Services will move to Skype for Business for Video Conferencing from September 2019. Skype for Business will be installed on all teaching machines and PSVs, with a number of rooms dedicated to Video Conferences. If you have any queries, please contact

New training sessions for staff


Two new training sessions for staff are offered next week by the (LTEU) Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit:

16/9/2019 11:10-12:00 Creating Accessible Learning Materials – help your students learn and meet the requirements of new legislation.

19/9/2019 14:10-16:00 Active Learning – bring activities into your lectures.

Book on the Staff Development booking page.

Digital Accessibility Guidance for All Staff


New digital accessibility regulations came into force for public sector bodies on 23 September 2018. To meet these new regulations, we must make our websites and web-based systems more accessible and provide information for users that explains how accessible they are. The deadline for existing websites and systems is September 2020.

Making a website or system more accessible means making sure it can be used by as many people as possible, including those with impairments to their vision, hearing, mobility and thinking & understanding.

We need to make our content and design clear and simple enough so that most people can use it without needing to adapt it, while supporting those who do need to adapt things.

If you are involved in creating content that goes online, e.g. a CMS author for the University’s website, a lecturer uploading learning materials to Blackboard, or you run a website for the University (such as a research project), you are responsible for ensuring the content is accessible.  You may already be creating accessible content, but we all need to take some time to make sure we are following accessibility guidelines.

More information and guidance is available on our Digital Accessiblity Guidance for Staff page. In addition, further emails will be sent to CMS and Blackboard users with specific guidance.

If you have any questions about this email, please contact

Library opening hours September 2019


The Hugh Owen library will be open from 10am to 6pm every weekend in September, and 8:30am until 10pm on weekdays from 2nd September until term-time library opening hours resume on Friday 20th September.