A blog for students on the FDLT and BALT courses at the University of Northampton

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November 27, 2014
by Jean

ECYP book group – first meeting

goodbye-sarajevo-largeThe inaugural meeting of the Education, Children and Young People Book Group took place on the evening of 24th November. The chosen book was ‘Goodbye Sarajevo,’ an autobiographical account of two sisters’ experiences growing up in the Bosnian War of the 1990s.

A stimulating and provoking presentation on the history of Bosnia and on his personal experiences serving there with the RAF was provided by second year Education Studies student John Lewthwaite. This was followed by discussion and debate around the title, refreshments and an interactive question and answer session with remote students and staff in various locations through a live Twitter feed. You can see this if you follow @BookGroupUoN and the hashtag #bookgroupuon

FDLT students were represented at the face-to-face meeting and in the Twitter correspondence.

The next meeting will take place in S036 on 24th January at 17.30. The chosen title is ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’ by Mark Haddon. Copies will be available from Academic Librarian Hannah Rose (hannah.rose@northampton.ac.uk) in the next few weeks and all are welcome to attend.

Tony Smith-Howell

September 4, 2014
by Jean

Study skills and support for learning at the University of Northampton

There are a number of useful resources available online to support you as you start or return to study at university. Some of these are new this year.


skills hubThe University of Northampton SkillsHub is a place where you can access a wide range of electronic resources to support your academic work. There are video tutorials and supporting resources that you can download. You can take a virtual tour of the library, make an appointment to see a tutor at the Centre for Achievement and Performance (CfAP) and check how to use Turnitin to hand in your assignments.

A good place to start is the ‘essential tools’ tab. Here you can access information about your university login, the library catalogue and much more that is useful in the early weeks of the course.

Library Support for Education Students

lsesAnother great source of support for FDLT students (and all Education students) is new this year – the Library Support for Education Students pages. Hannah Rose, an academic librarian who many of you know, and new students will meet, has created specific help pages for you. We will be referring to these in study skills sessions and you will find them very useful when researching for and writing assignments. The information here will be a support and reminder to the sessions where Hannah works with you in sessions.

You can see the headings below:



You should bookmark the links to both of these resources so that you can access them easily as you work.


September 13, 2013
by Jean

Harvard referencing

Next week the second year of the FDLT course begins. As you prepare to return to university now is good time to ensure that you are ready to study at Level 5.

Over the summer the academic librarians have been revising the Harvard Referencing Guide and it was published this week.

You can download the new version at this link Harvard Referencing Guide. There are some changes in this so I encourage to read it through and make sure that you have understood the expectations.

There is also a new part of the website that focuses on support for studying – called skillshub

You can use this to explore a range of resources that will support your university study. The ‘Getting started’ page will take you ten useful tutorials that will help you refresh your memory of the basics after the summer.


September 13, 2013
by Jean

Beginning to study – skills hub

We have all enjoyed welcoming our FDLT Year 1 students to the University of Northampton this week. New groups have begun to study  at Park Campus, Oadby and Milton Keynes.

Over the next few weeks we will introduce a range of resources to support you as you begin your university course.

I’ d like to recommend that you begin by exploring the university skillshub. You can access it here – University of Northampton skillshub

If you click on ‘getting started’ you will be taken to ten video tutorials about the basics that will be very useful to you in the next few weeks. You might like to begin with number 4 (Using the library catalogue) and number 9 (Harvard referencing).

At this link you can find and download the latest version of our Harvard Referencing Guide, published this week. It is available when you click ‘essential skills’ and then click on plagiarism and referencing on the drop down list.

You should download this and keep it ready to use to underpin your study, especially as you research for and write assignments.