Poverty and Social Exclusion website

This is a collaborative project which  “reports research into poverty and social exclusion, both in the UK and internationally. It gives facts and figures on a wide range of aspects of material and social deprivation and looks at the impact poverty has on people’s lives, prospects and well-being. It provides evidence as to the underlying causes of poverty and the key events in people’s lives that can leave them vulnerable to poverty. It tracks and assesses the impact of current policies on the poor” [taken from the website].  The UK input is funded by the ESRC.  The website is available at http://www.poverty.ac.uk/

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 http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/the-reith-lectures/archive/ .

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

Department for Education on YouTube

Have a look at this at http://www.youtube.com/user/educationgovuk.  There’s a clip of the launch of the Bailey report (see below post).

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.