Meet your new Subject Librarian

Allison JonesAllison Jones has recently joined the team of Subject Librarians for the School of Management and the College of Engineering. Allison will be based in the Bay Library.

Allison has previously worked as a Subject Librarian for Business, Engineering, Sports, Health and Outdoor Education at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Allison has previously been employed at Swansea University and is a graduate from Swansea University.

Allison’s role will include teaching information literacy skills and one-to-one support, amongst other things. She has an extensive training background and has worked with disadvantaged communities and individuals with specific needs.

She has a Masters in Information and Library studies from Aberystwyth University, is a Chartered member of the Charted Institute of Library and Information Professional (CILIP) and is also a training member for the Information Literacy Group within CILIP.

Your guide to study spaces in Bay Library

Hello, my name is Rob and I am a Service Advisor down at the Bay Library. I’m going to tell you about the study space available for you here in the library.

We are open 24 hours a day, so you can come in at any time. If you are an early riser and want to study at 5.30 in the morning you can. Similarly, if you are a nocturnal creature you could come in at midnight and study until dawn. The choice is yours!

Choice is important to us here in The Bay Library – we want you to use the library in a way that suits you. We have a range of study spaces available – whether you are part of a study group or you prefer the solace of your own company, we should have a place to suit you. If the central area gets a bit too lively, we have more peaceful silent study rooms in the North Wing. We also have a bookable pod (a small enclosed space with separate lighting and air conditioning controls!) for group work. It looks a bit like it might take off and shoot into orbit. If you are an engineering student, you are welcome to try and make that happen, but only if I can have a go in your flight simulator! (Disclaimer: This is a joke! Please don’t attach rockets to anything in the library.)

We have two open access PC rooms in the library, as well as extra PCs in the central area which we installed recently to help meet demand. Screens are touchscreen enabled, and are all connected to our scanner/printers. You can also bring your own laptop or device into the library. We have lots of power sockets available round the Bay Library, so you should always be able to find a plug or a USB point when you need one!

If you are having trouble with your computer or your tablet we can help you with any basic IT enquiry. We also provide information sheets to help you connect to the internet, login to our systems and help you use our printing facilities.

You can ask us ANY question and we will do our very best to help you.

Remember, always bring your student card with you or you may not have access to all of our services!

Study space in Bay Library central area

Flexible study space at the Bay Library

Pod for group study - external view

Our space age group pod!

Silent study room

You’ll find silent study rooms in the North Wing

Customer Services team

Rob and his colleagues are always happy to help!

Meet your new Subject Librarians! (Part 3)

photo of Naomi Prady - Subject Librarian for School of Management and the College of Engineering

Naomi Prady

Naomi Prady has recently joined the team of Subject Librarian for the School of Management and College of Engineering. She completes the team that will be moving to the Bay Campus when it opens in September, but is currently based at the Library and Information Centre on the Singleton campus.

Naomi’s role will include, amongst other things, teaching information literacy skills, offering one-to-one support if needed, and liaising with academic colleagues to ensure that the library provides the resources and services that meet the needs of staff and students.

Naomi has over 13 year experience supporting management students, having previously worked as a Subject Librarian for Business and Management at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and an E-Librarian at Henley Management College.

Naomi has recently completed an MBA so also has experience of being a management student!

Meet your new Subject Librarians! (Part 1)


Philippa Price

We’d like to introduce you to some new members of staff here at the library! Philippa Price has recently joined the team of Subject Librarians for the School of Management and the College of Engineering. The team is currently based in the Library and Information Centre at Singleton Campus, but will be moving to the library at the new Bay Campus in September.

Whilst she is new to Swansea University, Philippa has nearly ten years’ experience as a university librarian. She previously worked as an Assistant Librarian at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea (formally Swansea Metropolitan University) where she provided subject support for the staff and students on the Education programmes. Her role there involved contact with students from undergraduate to Masters level and allowed her to develop strong links with academic staff. Philippa is looking forward to similar opportunities here at Swansea University.

If you’d like to find out a bit more about Philippa, take a look at her blog post for 23 Llyfrgellydd last year:

Watch this space to meet more new members of the team soon…

SALT Lunchtime Seminar: Embedding Employability in the Curriculum?

Embedding Employability in the Curriculum?

Friday 22nd October | Council Chamber



Graduate employability is becoming increasingly significant and is one the SALT themes for 2010/11. This two hour seminar will explore the issues surrounding embedding employability in the curriculum. Dr Janet Strivens from Liverpool University will set out some of the current issues and Adam Shore from the School of Business and Economics will show examples of how successful embedding of employability has been carried out in the School of Business and Economics.


Dr. Janet Strivens works at the University of Liverpool Centre for Lifelong Learning, where she is co-Director of the Postgraduate Diploma/Masters programme in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and leads the module on Theory and practice in learning and teaching. In addition she is seconded for a day a week to the Centre for Recording Achievement (CRA) ( as Senior Associate Director.

Adam Shore is an Academic Champions of Enterprise (ACE) in the School of Business and Economics and has set up an innovative Entrepreneurship module.  He also lectures in business mathematics  incorporating his experience as an entrepreneur into innovative pedagogical teaching


To register for the seminar please email Lunch will be provided

CELT Seminar – Assessment of Learning in Higher Education

The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) presents:

Seminar: Assessment of Learning in Higher Education

By Honorary Professor Lewis Elton


Wednesday 13th October 2010, 1.30-3.30pm

University of Wales, Newport, Caerleon Campus, Edward Anwyl, Room A16


The main – and often sole – purpose of assessment in higher education is to encourage good learning, which should include the needs to be aware of the often contradictory demands of good learning for immediate use and for life. Other purposes relate to certification and to satisfying the needs of educational and professional bodies and of employers; arguably of least importance should be the need to satisfy the demands of national and local governmental bodies. The seminar, which – it is hoped – will be strongly interactive – is intended to be conversation between all the participants.

Lewis Elton, DSc, AcSS is Honorary professor of Higher Education, University College London, Emeritus professor of Higher Education and distinguished Visiting Scholar, University of Surrey; and visiting Professor of Higher Education, University of Gloucestershire. He is an Academician of the academy of Social Sciences, fellow of the American Institute of Physics, the Society for Research into Higher Education and Royal Society of Arts, and an Honorary Life Member of the Staff and Educational Development Association. He holds Doctorates (honoris causa) of the University of Kent at Canterbury, the University of Gloucestershire and the University of London (External). He received the first Times Higher Lifetime Achievement Award, 2005 and has presented with a Festschrift by his former students. His most recent work has been concerned with the scholarship of teaching and learning, including the research/teaching nexus in higher education, the balance between collegial and‘top down’management in universities, assessment for creativity and academic writing in the disciplines.  



Teas and coffees will be provided. Registration Required.

If you would like to attend please contact Vaida Andrijauskaite

Email: Tel: 01633 435230