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Welcome to new PhD Students

We know that many PhD students have started recently: a warm welcome to you all from the Research Services team in the Library.

There are three of us in the team: Ian Rowlands, our manager and bibliometricanSelina Lock, who supports researchers in Sciences, Engineering and Medicine William Farrell, who supports researchers in Humanities and Social Sciences. The Library has dedicatedstudy space for graduate students on the first floor. We also offer advice and training in a number of areas. Research Services can help you:

Plan and conduct a literature search or systematic reviewFind information including: grey literature, data sets, archives and mapsUse the specialist databases and digital collections Reference properly and use bibliographic software (EndNote & RefWorks)Create Open Access journals and conference proceedings. If you would like advice in any of these areas, you can book an appointment with one of us by emailing or telephoning  +44 (0)116 252 2018We …

Why is open access publishing important to researchers at the University of Leicester?

Open Access means that your research publications are freely available to be read and re-used by anyone with an internet connection. Going Open Access raises your research visibility and impact: more downloads, social media mentions, and citations. It means researchers anywhere can read your work and practitioners can apply your findings - and most publishers permit it in some form.

Hear from University of Leicester Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle on Open Access at the University of Leicester:

Hear from researchers at the University of Leicester on Open Access:

If you are a University of Leicester researcher and have any questions about Open Access publishing then please email

If you are a PGR student there are still places on our workshop "Raising your profile through open access" on  23rd May, which can be booked via PROSE

Also see our previous blog post on Open Access for Staff & PGRs

Summer term events

The summer term starts soon, and there are some great events for PhD students lined up. First will be Cafe Research, where researchers from Criminology, Chemistry and English will present their work. It is always a fun evening, and there is usually free pizza for those who attend. Book via:

In May we have the doctoral inaugural lectures for the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. Newly minted PhDs will be showcasing their research over two evenings. Topics include children and museums, healthy lifestyles, and discrimination law. All welcome, please book via:

Get ready for the new Library Search next week!

A new, improved Library Search system 'goes live' next week.

For all the latest updates on the move to the new Library Search see our news item.

Get Ready... Watch our short videos on how the new Library Search works...

Thesis Forum Recording

The recording of the Thesis Forum on public speaking is now available. Listen to Maribel Canto-Lopez (Law) and Richard Mbasu (Cardiovascular Sciences) share their tips on how to be an effective speaker.

Listen again via Adobe Connect: recording will open in a new window. Run time: 32min.

For further help, try the training workshop Fundamentals of an Effective Presentation. An onlineversion will run on 17 May. Book via PROSE.