13 March 2019

New RCUK/UKRI Gold OA funds

To Aston academics/researchers

We’ve recently heard that Aston’s been awarded a new & increased RCUK/UKRI block grant for 2019-20 for Gold Open Access publishing.  As before, this is for use to pay the Gold OA fees for high quality journal articles (3* plus, via local School assessment processes), & can be used in both hybrid titles and fully Gold titles.  The budget runs from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 & we still have a some funds from 2018-19, so we are pleased to continue accepting applications as normal - openaccess@aston.ac.uk. More details of the process can be found at OA LibGuide - how to publish OA, right-hand box.

Research Services Team - Library Services

25 January 2019

Upcoming Open Access, Open Data & Researcher Profiles training sessions

To Aston academics/researchers,

As part of ‘Love Data Week’, https://lovedataweek.org/, Leigh, Ammar & Malcolm in Library Services are running two events which may be of interest to you:

• Tuesday 12 February: Research Data and Open Access presentation, Q&A and hands‐on training,
MB525(b) 14:00 to 15:00
Do you have any questions about Research Data Management, Open Access and complying with funder requirements? Would you like some training on Aston Data Explorer and/or Pure? A short presentation will be followed by a Q&A session and hands‐on training.
• Thursday 14 February: Online Researcher Profiles and Promoting Your Data and Publications,
MB525(b) 14:00 to 15:00
Are you interested in learning how to increase your online presence and the discoverability of your data and publications? If so, come along to this presentation and Q&A session to learn about researcher IDs, academic social networks and data sharing tools.

To book on to an event please email openaccess@aston.ac.uk ‐ we look forward to seeing you soon.

16 January 2019

Don't forget your uniCARD!

From Monday 28th January, the Library will no longer be issuing day passes to students who have forgotten their uniCARD.

5 December 2018

Like Your Library Live - *ALL 1st years*

Like Your Library Live Survey

All 1st year students were invited to a Like Your Library Live session in Fresher's Week (September 2018). 

The session was provided to help students understand the reading list system, raise awareness of Library SmartSearch and how to borrow books using the self service system.  There were also demo's of lapsafe and printing.  Further information was provided on the Library website at http://www.aston.ac.uk/library/students/new-students/http://www.aston.ac.uk/library/students/new-students/

The Library would like to collate the opinions of all students invited to the Like the Library sessions including students who did not attend.  All your views are just as important!

You can view the survey at 

Everyone who completes the survey will be entered in to a prize draw to win £50 of Bullring Vouchers


27 November 2018

Are you experiencing last minute assignment panic?

All sessions are being held in L215, 2nd floor of the Library Building and involve either a Question and Answer session with the Information Specialist team OR a structured session around OSCOLA Referencing (Law students), Reading a Journal Article and Finding useful articles for your assignment.


Q&A Session for ABS students
Finding useful articles for your assignment 


1 November 2018

LAW Teacher of the year

Law Teacher of the Year Award 

Nominations are now open for Law Teacher of the Year 2019. 
Who do you know with star quality? 

Nominations from teaching colleagues and students are welcome.

The form should be completed and returned via email to helaw.uk@oup.com no later than 5pm Friday 14 December 2018. 

Putting together a good nomination
When pulling together a shortlist all the judges have to go on is the anonymised nomination form. So make this as strong as you possibly can. If you are a student nominator we encourage you to work with a teacher to make the entry as strong and relevant as possible. Do check the eligibility guidelines before submitting your nomination. As noted on the form, each criterion should be addressed in 200 - 400 words to give the judges enough to go on. Provide evidence and examples where you can. You can include feedback from others in the form. After receiving your nomination we will contact both the nominee and their Head of Department for further information: it is therefore vital that you inform them of your nomination before it is submitted. If you have any queries about your nomination, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at helaw.uk@oup.com.

Key dates

  • 05 October 2018 – Law Teacher of the Year 2019 launches 
  • 14 December 2018 – Deadline for receipt of entries 
  • Mid January 2019 – Shortlist is announced 
  • February to early March 2019 – Campus visits and interviews from judges take place 
  • April 2019 – Judges review all evidence and discuss outcomes 
  • End June 2019 – Law Teacher of the Year 2019 is announced at the Celebrating Excellence in Law Teaching conference.

26 October 2018

Aston datasets are well-used globally

This graph shows the number of downloads of datasets from Aston Data Explorer (http://researchdata.aston.ac.uk/) since January 2017. Academics at Aston are creating important data which is being used globally.