Two new databases

Two new databases have been added to NTU Library’s collection.

PsycTESTS (one of EBSCO’s psychology databases) contains psychological tests and measures, including thousands of actual test instruments and test items that are available for immediate download and use in research and teaching. 

JISC MediaHub is a multimedia platform offering digital image, video and audio collections tailored for educational use. The platform offers access to free-at-the-point-of-use images, video and audio content licensed for educational and research.

Both databases are accessible on and off campus, through Library OneSearch.


Reith Lectures on BBC iPlayer

The BBC has made its archive of Reith Lectures, going back to 1948, available on BBC iPlayer.  Recordings and transcripts can be downloaded from .

At the time of writing there’s no option to perform a subject search but the lectures are listed by decade.

Twitter feeds added

I’ve added a link to tweets from organisations such as the Howard League to my blog.  This list will grow over the next few days, so any suggestions for additions you’d like (work-related of course) will be well received.  Ideally I would have liked to have the tweets automatically displayed but WordPress strips out some of the code (apparently for security reasons) so, after much blood, sweat and tears, this seemed the best way forward.

Thanks go to Jane Challinor and Matthew Gough for suggesting this development.

Department for Education on YouTube

Have a look at this at  There’s a clip of the launch of the Bailey report (see below post).

Evaluation report: Ofsted children’s services assessment for 2010

You can download Ofsted’s report on the outcome of the evaluation of the second year of the children’s services assessment from the Ofsted website.

Targeted support from local authorities and their partners helps vulnerable young people

Ofsted has published a report Supporting young people: an evaluation of recent reforms to youth support services in 11 local areas which “examines the progress made by local authorities and various youth support services, including youth offending teams, youth services, the Connexions service, voluntary and community sectors, education welfare officers and substance misuse teams to work together for young people.”

Lack of VHS players in Newton and Arkwright

You’re probably all aware that there won’t be any facilities to play VHS videos in the Newton and Arkwright classrooms once they’re opened for teaching. IS are able to transfer videos to DVDs (copyright permitting – i.e. off-air recordings from terrestrial stations and Freeview are fine but commercial videos won’t be). These requests can go through Rob Knight, the Business Relationship Manager. He’s also said that he’ll take any requests for video-playing equipment.