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Bookable PGR Study Desks in Research Commons

What are they?

These are large desks with associated lockers, which can be booked by Postgraduate Research Students from any college.

Where are they?

In the Main Reading Room of Research Commons. This is a silent study area.

When are they available?

During Research Commons opening hours. Check here for the current opening hours.


How do I book?

Book a desk in advance at:


A desk can be booked for 1 day or for up to 5 consecutive days. Collect your locker key from the Research Commons Reception Desk by 10.00 (weekdays) or 11.00 (weekends). If arriving after these times, please confirm that you still need the desk by phoning or emailing Research Commons.

Any questions?

Please contact library staff at the Research Commons Reception Desk (01392 724052) or email

New Open Access Research and Research Data Management Policy for PGR Students

The Open Access Research and Research Data Management Policy for PGR Students has now been approved by the Board of the Faculty of Graduate Research.

The policy will be implemented in two stages:

  1. PGR students who are funded by RCUK should comply with this policy with regards to research papers submitted for publication from 1st April 2013.
  1. All PGR students should comply with this policy from 1st October 2013 with regards to research papers and research data.

The following links provide further help and guidance on Open Access and research data management for PGR students and their supervisors:

Further help and advice is available via the Open Access and Data Curation Team on  or .

Images of Research 2012 winners announced

IoRWinner2012On Friday 25th May, the winners for the Images of Research 2012 competition were announced. The competition was run jointly by the Library and Employability & Graduate Development and was open to all postgraduate researchers. It aimed to highlight the wide range of research that is taking place at the university, using images to look at that research in a new and exciting way. There were three categories and a winner was selected in each by our panel of judges.

The three categories & their winners were:

Enhancing the quality of life, health & creative output
Winner: Helen Owton ‘The Meaning of Breathing’

Increasing the effectiveness of public services & policy
Winner: Nick Napper ‘Are text based slides really the best we can do?’ (pictured alongside his winning poster with David Billington (one of the judges & Executive Director of Great Western Research))

Fostering UK & global economic importance
Winner: Neil Ormerod ‘Trail Test’

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all those who entered. Thanks also to the Annual Fund for their generous support of this project. The posters are now available to view in the breakout space in the Research Commons.