Staff Handbook: 3.6 Learning Resources

The purpose of this section of the Staff Handbook is to serve as an aide-memoire and a pointer to further information, rather than provide a detailed list of learning resources available, since these can change rapidly.


1. Teaching Rooms

Teaching rooms are allocated centrally through the Teaching Support Office. The School has only a few small meeting rooms which may be booked for small-group teaching, these are bookable through the School Meeting Room System on the web. Module lecturers should not deal directly with university room allocations, but should always go through the Teaching Support Office.

Module providers should be aware of two issues relating to teaching rooms:

  • The university has few lecture rooms holding 150+ students, which puts severe constraints on timetabling. It is very difficult to alter times or locations when large groups are involved.
  • Lectures should take place from on the hour to 10 mins to the hour. However, students are often required to move quite large distances between succeeding lectures, so tolerance should be exercised in such cases.

Resources in Teaching Rooms

University teaching rooms are maintained by the Learning Resources Accommodation Team (LRAT). Information about the resources available in teaching rooms is available on the web -- there will always be an up-to-date link on the Information for Staff web page. Complaints about teaching rooms should be sent to LRAT. However, it is useful if such complaints are copied to Teaching Committee (e-mail teaching-comm) so that it can attempt to respond to any regular problems.

The School can make portable computers and portable electronic projectors available to members of staff where the appropriate equipment is not already provided in teaching rooms or is unsuitable. Contact the IT Helpdesk.

You are strongly advised to check and test all essential equipment well before a lecture and go prepared to use alternative technology, where this is possible. (For example, take overhead projector slides as an alternative to a PowerPoint presentation.)

2. Computing Facilities

Central Computing Facilities

Central computing facilities are maintained by IT Services. Although these are available to Computer Science students, single honours students generally have little need to make use of them. However, joint honours students are likely to use these facilities regularly via their other discipline and may at times be more familiar with them than with School facilities.

School Computing Facilities

Facilities within the School are described on the SupportWeb web site. Contact the Support Team or the Director of Computing Facilities for further information..

The School makes its laboratories available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except when the university is closed.

3. Library Provision

Central Library

Central library services are managed by Library Services. In addition to the obvious provision of book borrowing, services available include:

  • Reading Lists
  • Printed Course Material
  • Electronic Key Texts
  • General reference resources
  • Exam papers database

It is particularly important that module providers keep the University Library informed of reading lists. Information on how to do this is given on the appropriate Library Services web page.

School Library

The School Library is an independent departmental small reference library which supplements the Main Library computing stock and also holds items unique to the School. Staff have access at all times by swipe-card. They may borrow items, other than reference items, at the issue desk. Items should not be removed out of office hours without being officially issued. Recommendations for general additions to stock should be made initially to the Library Officer, while course reading lists should be given to the Librarian.

Other services for staff include photocopying, both self-service by pin number, and bulk copying by the librarian.

See also the section on copyright below.

4. Teaching Support Material

Module Lecturers are responsible for making appropriate teaching support material available to students. This may include:

  • Textbook recommendations. These must appear in the Syllabus web page. Reading lists must also be made available to the Central Library and the School Library (see above).
  • Online material should be made available via Canvas.
  • Written material may be given out in lectures. Electronic versions should be made available on Canvas

6. Copyright

Further information on copyright should be sought from the University (LS) copyright web pages. Full guidance on what is permitted under the University's current agreements with the Copyright Licensing Agency will be found here.