Get ahead with your study!

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Northumbria Skills Programme can support you in making the most of your time at university, and help you acquire the skills you need to become an independent and effective scholar.  Sessions are held at City Campus and Coach Lane Libraries throughout the academic year, and you can access support when you need it.  There are bookable skills sessions on many topics including academic writing skills, giving accomplished presentations, and referencing your work correctly.  There are also regular drop in surgeries so if you have a specific question or just need general study skills advice pop along – no appointment necessary!

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Upcoming Events:

11:00am - 1:00pm, Study Room 2, Coach Lane Library.
12:00pm - 2:00pm, Pod 4, Ground Floor, City Campus Library.

Book a Library study space

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City Campus Library has a range of spaces which are available for you to book online. You can book study spaces at Coach Lane Library via the Ask4Help point..

Library Study Rooms are small rooms for three to eight people with PCs and desks and some also have larger digital screens.

Library PODs are smaller rooms for up to three people and have a PC and a small desk.

There is also an accessible study room and a training room, which are available to use but may be booked by other users who would take priority.

Researcher Development

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The Library’s Researcher Development Programme introduces postgraduate research students, early career researchers and staff to the key skills required to develop into a successful researcher, as indicated in Vitae's Researcher Development Framework (RDF).

The programme runs for one week each semester (November and March). All of the materials can be found on the research section of Skills Plus at any time. Researcher Development Programme sessions are open to staff and PhD students only. Sessions can also be run within Faculties on request – please contact us for further details.

Copyright essentials for researchers

As a researcher, copyright law has an impact on multiple aspects of your work. This session examines guidelines for using work created by others. Learn how to seek permissions to go beyond what is permitted by copyright law and licences, and, importantly, it will examine issues surrounding your own copyright – including what to be aware of in publishers’ contracts and how to protect your work. This maps to the RDF’s sub domain of Professional conduct (C1).


Keeping up to date with new research

Save time and effort when doing your research. Learn how to use alerting services, email and RSS, to keep you up to date with the latest research in your area. This maps to the RDF’s sub domains of Knowledge base (A1).


Maximising your research profile: How to be seen better

Everyone wants to see their research make an impact, whether it’s publically, socially, economically or within academia. This session demonstrates how taking a few simple steps and some self-promotion can mean the difference between being seen by a few and being seen by potentially many more. This maps to the RDF’s sub domains of Professional and career development (B3) and Communication and dissemination (D2).


Measuring research performance

Citation counting is just one way of measuring research performance. This session outlines how to establish the best places to publish using Journal Impact factors and other measures, and how to calculate an author’s h-index. The workshop will give the opportunity to explore the metrics available in Scopus, Web of Knowledge and Google Scholar. This maps to the RDF’s sub domains of Professional and career development (B3) and Communication and dissemination (D2).


Mindmapping for researchers

Mindmapping is the use of diagrams to represent ideas, tasks or concepts. Discover how this tool can help you to study more effectively. It can be applied to notemaking, planning and time management. The session includes an introduction to MindGenius; easy-to-use software that helps you to create concept maps. Participants may wish to bring a topic to mindmap. This maps to the RDF’s sub domains of Cognitive abilities (A2) and Self-management (B2).


Open Access at Northumbria

To maximise awareness and understanding of Northumbria University’s policy on Open Access, this session is offered to groups of staff on request. If you’d like to have this session delivered to your faculty, department or research group, please contact


Research and collaboration using web tools and social media

This signposting session will look at using web tools in a research context. Web tools can help you to search, communicate, collaborate, organise and disseminate your research effectively. The workshop activities will give you the opportunity to explore some of these tools and social media. This maps to the RDF’s sub domains of Professional and career development (B3) and Communication and dissemination (D2).


Planning and searching for your literature review

Develop strategies to help you search for, and evaluate, a range of information sources for your literature review. This workshop will focus on the planning and searching aspects of a literature review and will signpost you to information on how to write a literature review. A pre-requisite of attending this session is to consult an introductory online package which contains the basics on which this workshop builds upon. This maps to the RDF’s sub domains of Knowledge base (A1) and Cognitive abilities (A2).


EndNote Introduction and Advanced

EndNote Workshops are open to academic staff and postgraduate research students. In the Introduction workshop you learn how to establish a library, import references; create bibliographies and reference lists, to insert citations into your documents, and arrange references in your selected reference style. In the Advanced workshops you learn how to use keywords, custom groups and smart groups to organise your library, customise a referencing style, be able to further customise EndNote to your specific needs.

You can now book places on these workshops which run throughout the year.