The Children’s Literature Collection

Colourful books from the Children's Literature Collection on a table on Level F of the Hugh Owen Library
Colourful books from the Children’s Literature Collection on a table on Level F of the Hugh Owen Library

If you go down to the Hugh Owen Library today… you’re sure to find our latest display on Level F of some wonderful titles from our Children’s Literature Collection!

Our collection has a good range of children’s fiction in both English and Welsh, including picture books, contemporary children’s literature to young adult fiction – from pirates to princesses, dragons to aliens and all that’s in-between.

You’ll find it particularly useful if you’re studying PGCE or Childhood Studies/Education. You can browse the collected on Level F of the Hugh Owen Library at classmark PZ or have a look online on Primo, the Library catalogue here.

Graduation 2022 Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th & Friday 15th July

Graduates at Aberystwyth University

Congratulations to these students who are graduating on the following days

You can read their theses in the Aberystwyth Research Portal by clicking on the links

Wednesday 13th July

Physics

Llyr Humphries ‘Studies in chromospheric and transition region events and their relationship with the corona using IRIS and AIA’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/b85c1f59-36fb-4d1b-a351-4bce858102e2


Thursday 14th July

Law & Criminology

Roger Owen ‘Dealing with child offenders: An examination of some aspects of juvenile justice systems and a proposal for reform based on the needs of the individual child’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/19f33534-0de6-4df8-9b9a-1d21651f9174

Megan Talbot ‘A comparative examination of methods of legal recognition of non-binary gender and intersex identity’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/b8b9844d-6814-4455-9af1-2794f4d8f161

Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences

Nick Dimonaco ‘ORFs, StORFs and Pseudogenes: Uncovering Novel Genomic Knowledge in Prokaryotic and Viral Genomes’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/7ec11bc9-57b4-4acc-94ff-ef99986e8a31


Friday 15th July

Geography & Earth Sciences

Rachel Lilley ‘Rethinking Government Capacities to Tackle Wicked Problems: Mind, Emotion, Bias and Decision-Making. An Experimental Trial using Mindfulness and Behavioural Economics’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/c119949d-43de-43eb-ab85-6ca2a3aba425

Graduation 2022 Tuesday 12th July

Graduates in the Great Hall

Congratulations to the following students who graduate today!

You can read their theses in the Aberystwyth Research Portal by clicking on the links

Physics

Benjamen Reed ‘Developments in the Catalytic Graphitisation of Diamond and Silicon Carbide Surfaces’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/43e778c7-99d1-420b-903b-8f426bef7d9a

English and Creative Writing

Kittie Belltree ‘Photograph albums of the dead: Imagining the unsayable through poetry’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/12005

Simon Jones ‘My Rosalind: A Novel and Critical Commentary’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/94c9ec09-e0e4-49f6-aa6e-cf66cc758181

International Politics

Emma Kast ‘Capitalism and the Logic of Deservingness: Understanding Meritocracy through Political Economy’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/eee80e95-6d8b-4e26-9ec1-72eb5af24d4b

Thomas Vaughan ‘South Africa and Nuclear Order: Between ‘Local’ Technopolitics and ‘global’ Hegemony’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/073ddb26-50db-4ee8-8e11-449c90c2c271

Graduation 2022 Monday 11th July

Graduating students
Graduating students

Congratulations to the following students who graduate today!


You can read their theses in the Aberystwyth Research Portal by clicking on the links

Computer Science

Edore Akpokodje ‘Effective mobile query systems for rural farmers’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/d8193099-77c7-4c43-8afa-9a83e96b2cd7

Emmanuel Isibor ‘Exploring the Concept of Navigability for Virtual Learning Environments’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/eedfaa52-0c74-4f46-ad60-ac06e9d8eb40

Suresh Kumar ‘Learning with play behaviour in artificial agents’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/a53c855c-e6b2-4a93-886e-914d11bf1528

Mathematics

Tirion Roberts ‘Modelling foam flow through vein-like geometries’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/cba4f24d-c09b-4a15-a678-7ffe7d333ee4

Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences

Cameron Garty ‘Oxidative Heterodimerisation Of 4’- Hydroxycinnamate Esters With 4’-Hydroxycinnamic Acids As Potential HIV-1 Integrase Inhibitors And Identification Of Two Novel Homoisoflavonoids With Anti-cancer Potential’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/6f2a9a52-4d49-4af7-8155-f4ac7d92d781

Sam Harvey ‘Assessing the Feasibility of an Over 60’s One-Day Health and Functional Fitness Workshop’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/d1afbc7e-a55a-48ce-8660-da11585f1039

Robert Jacques ‘Vermicomposting manure: ecology and horticultural use’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/cecb9239-6b6c-478d-837b-f0b15fb028a0

Rachel Stafford ‘Investigating Metabolic Changes Associated with Human Oncology’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/328dd80a-0c58-44d4-9933-6afec6df973f

Nathan Allen ‘Molecular approaches to uncover the fundamental biology of Calicophoron daubneyi’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/54faf6be-b293-497a-99d7-b91d1725f0d5

Sumana Bhowmick ‘Exploiting Traditional Chinese Medicine for Potential Anti-Microbial Drug Leads’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/3fe3a15c-1bb8-46c4-b2df-206a5319e11d

Clare Collett ‘Towards the penside detection of triclabendazole efficacy against Fasciola hepatica parasites of livestock’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/ed4005f0-5186-439f-ae71-9f1bd080f6c6

Christina Cox ‘Cocksfoot breeding for the emerging sector of by product biorefining’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/caf17688-4a5b-4746-b4af-679176ecd345

Holly Craven ‘Analysis of quadrupliex DNA structures in Schistosoma mansoni and their potential as therapetic targets’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/d05ee9e6-5759-44c7-8dc2-4c45afd8349a

David Cutress ‘Towards validation of the sigma class GSTs from the liver fluke Fasciola hepatica as chemotherapeutic targets’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/a6347525-bbd9-4269-be09-2eca9315307a

Rebecca Entwistle ‘Targeting endophytic bacteria for plant growth promotion and heavy metal tolerance’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/6de2bd1d-a386-42d0-86fa-b07fbb26328c

Jessica Friedersdorff ‘Studying the Understudied: Hyper Ammonia Producing Bacteria And Bacteriophages in the Rumen Microbiome’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/29a04747-63d5-414a-b83b-d668e34f81fd

Gina Martinez ‘Understanding the phenotypic and genetic mechanisms of plant-plant interactions’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/6e4edefe-a2df-4558-bcdd-8561e45824f0

Nicholas Gregory ‘Evaluating the efficacy of a GP led pre diabetes intervention targeting lifestyle modification’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/b7773d30-1393-4b7a-9e56-0f4bfbbed9fd

Amy Healey ‘Understanding the phenotypic and genetic mechanisms of plant-plant interactions’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/6e4edefe-a2df-4558-bcdd-8561e45824f0

Rebecca Hindhaugh ‘The effect of mechanical perturbation on the growth and development of wheat’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/f02d9825-efac-4064-a8a5-5e793d886d09

Rosario Iacono ‘Miscanthus biomass quality for conversion: exploring the effect of genetic background and nutrient limitation on the cell wall’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/92c1700d-7190-493d-8dce-9bf2a8b66ee3

Gilda Padalino ‘Identification of new compounds targeting the Schistosoma mansoni protein methylation machinery’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/3518109d-506b-4caa-a442-f1e18356e803

Manod Williams ‘Machine Learning for Dairy Cow Behaviour Classification’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/0198dc84-48b6-48f4-b4bc-23c860bf825e

Graduation 2022 Saturday 9th July

Graduation on the Piazza, Penglais Campus

Congratulations to the following students who graduate today!

You can read their theses in the Aberystwyth Research Portal by clicking on the links

History and Welsh History

Laura Evans ‘An Investigation of the Middling Sort of Bridgnorth in the Later Middle Ages’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/249a4051-693f-43e9-90bc-cd12e140d1bf

Law and Criminology

Gethin Jones ‘The Recovery Experience of Service Users in Substance Use Treatment with Co-occurring Anxiety and Depression’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/4dd2935a-e624-4fc8-8498-13469b9affcd

Angharad James ‘An exploration of the legal minefield of retention of title clauses’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1404c07b-45f3-46ff-a110-e84077b86f3f

Geography and Earth Sciences

Martin Burgess ‘The Implementation of Personal Carbon Accounts’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/28807ebf-9903-4a95-b54b-5b2b725a40a0

Sioned Llywelyn ‘Archwilio’r posibiliadau o fewnblannu dealltwriaeth geomorffolegol wrth hyrwyddo a gwarchod geodreftadaeth Cymru’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/7fe1f02c-3caf-4b7a-93b7-8f007f995bdd

Siobhan Maderson ‘The Traditional Environmental Knowledge of Beekeepers: A Charter for Sustainability?’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/986a1b5c-cb30-4733-964d-c420b6bc9de6

Svenja Riedesel ‘Exploring variability in the luminescence properties of feldspars’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/c36efd1e-594b-493d-b2c1-a0ce8f432cec

Nina Sharp ‘Mobility and philanthropy: embodied practices, fundraising and charity sport events’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/a8765e8a-97a0-46e3-a686-bd0cb6b301e8

Graduation 2022 Friday 8th July

Graduation in the Great Hall

Graduation ceremony

Congratulations to the following students who graduate today!

You can read their theses in the Aberystwyth Research Portal by clicking on the links

English and Creative Writing

Morgan Davies ‘The Burning Bracken: A Novel with Accompanying Critical Commentary’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/3cf9e413-70a7-44cd-95c5-af6ec91b2d42

Elizabeth Godwin ‘Poetry and the Architecture of Imagination’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/0531b4b8-49b0-4ce5-95a6-3e95c62667f1

Robert Jones ‘Lain Beside Gold’ Narrative, Metaphor and Energy in Freud and Conan Doyle’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1d588151-6162-4d9a-a3c7-107879f21d5c

George Sandifer-Smith ‘The Stone Bell (Creative Writing Project) & Accompanying Critical Commentary: Temporality, Place & Memory’  http://hdl.handle.net/2160/cca01ed0-4db9-4374-9f9c-8b72cfd809d0

International Politics

Abigail Blyth ‘The British Intelligence Services in the public domain’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/603b6051-5b23-45a3-9194-abeb027e0dd8

Karijn van den Berg ‘Making sense of personal environmental action: A relational reframing through the study of activists’ experiences’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/58323949-e25b-46cf-b69d-bf1e3c4fd0be

Theatre, Film and Television Studies

Paul Jones ‘Heterotopic  Frictions: Visually Problematising Identity, Territory and Language from an Anglo-Welsh Perspective’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/5c7b7515-0230-4723-9084-7208804ac4b6

Jamie Terrill ‘An Investigation of Rural Welsh Cinemas: Their Histories, Memories and Communities’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/7a6d3f43-ea8c-4478-b485-34b5bcd81691

New Dissertation and News and Media LibGuides

Our Subject Librarians have published not one but two new LibGuides to help you with your studies and what comes after.

Dissertation LibGuide

Whether you’re planning ahead for your dissertation or part way through it and regretting every decision you’ve made, this guide can help you!

In one easy-to-follow and simple guide, you will find all you need to understand and manage the dissertation process from finding information sources and developing your searching techniques to evaluating and referencing the sources you use.

For help and advice for every stage of your dissertation, from concept to conclusion, take a look our our Dissertation LibGuidehttps://libguides.aber.ac.uk/dissertation.

Screenshot from the News and Media LibGuide

News and Media LibGuide

Our News and Media guide is a clear and comprehensive resource to help you navigate the tricky world of news and media throughout your time at University and beyond.

  • Protect your image online
  • Define key concepts such as free speech, misinformation, disinformation and censorship
  • Learn how algorithms are used to target people on social media platforms
  • Understand concepts of selection and bias
  • Explain what fake news is and how to recognise it

Our News and Media LibGuide is here to help you help yourself stay safe and savvy: https://libguides.aber.ac.uk/newsandmedia  

See all of our subject and study support LibGuides here

Get to know your librarians

Subject Librarians provide information skills training, look after your reading lists and subject guides and offer support and advice on using the libraries, finding resources for your assignments and referencing. Aberystwyth University Libraries has 7 Subject Librarians, each with their own areas of expertise.  

You are very welcome to arrange a MS Teams meeting with your Subject Librarian if you have any questions about using the Library or would like advice – you can do this online here, or by e-mail. Or just drop them a message to say hello!  

Joy Cadwallader jrc Joy Cadwallader – jrc@aber.ac.uk  

Joy is the Subject Librarian for Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Modern Languages and English and Creative Writing.  

I’ve just completed a PG diploma in managing information and library services and have begun learning Welsh, better late than never! Before Covid I enjoyed ballroom & Latin dancing, travelling and karaoke. Nowadays I love visiting local wildlife projects that have re-opened and watching professional road cycling on TV. 

Simon French sif4 Simon French – sif4@aber.ac.uk 

Computer ScienceGeography and Earth SciencesInternational Politics, Maths and Physics are Simon’s areas of expertise.  

As a child, I was a keen reader and collector of books. As an adult, I worked for many, many unhappy years in the second-hand and rare book trade before becoming a librarian here at Aberystwyth University. All of this might lead you to think that I’m a bit of a one-trick-pony, but I want to make it abundantly clear that I do enjoy things other than books, like…um…! 

Anita Saycell aiv Anita Saycell – aiv@aber.ac.uk 

Anita looks after Business, Sport and Exercise Science and Information Studies.

I started volunteering in libraries at the age of 14, then secured my first paid Saturday library job at 16 and everything has come from there.  When I’m not out cycling on the rolling Ceredigion hills, I really enjoy teaching and being able to help, so please do get in touch with any question however big or small! 

Sarah Gwenlan ssg Sarah Gwenlan – ssg@aber.ac.uk  

Sarah is our Subject Librarian for Education, the International English Centre and Psychology

Prior to working at Aberystwyth University I taught English Language in Spain, the Czech Republic, Italy and Poland. I’ve also worked in the Careers Services at SOAS and Newport, so you could say I’m familiar with working with students! Please get in touch if you need help, that’s why I’m here!

Lloyd Roderick glr9 Lloyd Roderick – glr9@aber.ac.uk  

Lloyd is responsible for Art and Art History, Law and Criminology, Welsh and Celtic Studies and History and Welsh History 

I wanted to work in libraries after spending a lot of time hanging around the music collection in Llanelli public library after realising they had Sonic Youth’s back catalogue available to loan. After university I worked at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Library, University of London, then studied an MSc in Information and Library Science.  I later worked at Newport public libraries and the Courtauld Institute of Art library.  Later I produced a PhD studying art collections at the National Library of Wales…. all of which has given me a good background for supporting students and staff in the departments I work with as a Subject Librarian at Aberystwyth University. 

In my spare time I’m an assessor on the Professional Registration Panel of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Librarians and Information Professionals) and have curated exhibitions on modernism and contemporary art in Wales.  

Non Jones nrb Non Jones – nrb@aber.ac.uk 

Non’s subject areas are Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences and BVSc Veterinary Science

Ever since I got work experience at my local public library here in Aberystwyth when I was a pupil in secondary school (… and I’m going back several years now!), I knew I wanted to be a librarian.  I joined Information Services in 2001 and a few years later received a postgraduate degree in Information and Library Studies here at the University as a distance learner.  In my spare time – in between looking after the family, cats, chickens and hamsters – I enjoy reading and being creative with art, craft and calligraphy.

Connie Davage hod Connie Davage – hod@aber.ac.uk    

Connie looks after Lifelong Learning.  

I liked to help my colleague in the school library where I taught in Shanghai. I guess that is where my librarian journey started. I enjoy travelling, gardening and baking. Most of all, I enjoy being able to help people, so please get in touch if you have any questions.  

Black History Month 2021

Black History Month is an annual event reflecting on the histories and cultures of black people throughout the world. It began in America but has been marked every October in the UK since 1987.

For Black History Month 2021, Aberystwyth University Library has published a new list of recommended reading and resources which offer the opportunity to explore some perhaps lesser-known facets of Black History:

  

Welsh Black History

Our Black History in Wales selections take us on journeys to explore Wales’ involvement in slavery and its pivotal role in abolishing it (Slave Wales by Chris Evans);  personal journeys of self-discovery and mixed-race identity (Sugar and Slate by Charlotte Williams) and onto the first Welsh-language volume to discuss the portrayal of multiculturalism in Wales in contemporary Welsh and English fiction (Y Gymru Ddu ar Ddalen Wen by Lisa Sheppard).

 

British Black History

In this section, we look at the experiences of women and students of colour in British Academia (Inside the ivory tower edited by Deborah Gabriel and Shirley Tate and Insider-Outsider: The Role of Race in Shaping the Experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic Students by Sofia Akel). We see how the cultural impact of the politics of race and antiracism is reflected in Black British and British Asian literature (Race and antiracism in Black British and British Asian literature by Dave Gunning), and follow both a historical narrative of Britain’s racialized minorities (Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain, Peter Fryer) and a very British crisis of identity (Afua Hirsch’s Brit(ish): on race, identity and belonging). 

 

Black History in Poetry 

Experience Black History in poetry through recent works by the Dylan Thomas Prize winning Kayombo Chingonyi (Kumukanda) and Raymond Antrobus’ debut collection The Perseverance. Delve into the astonishing online Proquest Literature One African American Poetry collection of nearly 3,000 poems by African American poets of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.   

 

Fiction and Non-Fiction

Our fiction recommendations for you include recently published novels, the Welsh-language novel Safana by Jerry Hunter and Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams, prize-winning novels (An American Marriage by Tayari Jones; Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo), classic novels (Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Beloved by Toni Morrison and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man) and popular YA fiction (Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give )

In our non-fiction selection you’ll find autobiographies and biographies of influential black people (Becoming, Michelle Obama) and a diverse range of challenging essays and political and social commentaries (I will not be erased, gal-dem; Slay in your lane: the Black girl bible, Yomi Adegoke; Natives, Akala; Don’t touch my hair, Emma Dabiri).

 

Online Resources

The list contains many wonderful online resources, but do not overlook the Proquest One Literature Black Writing and World Literature Collection which brings together the largest and most inclusive literature collection ever curated. These are the special projects we are highlighting this month:

African Writers Series​ 

This online collection includes over 250 volumes of fiction, poetry, drama and non-fictional prose by African authors.

Caribbean Literature​ 

More than a million-and-a-half Africans, along with many Indians and South Asians, were brought to the Caribbean between the 15th and 19th centuries. Today, their descendants are producing literature with strong and direct ties to traditional African expressions.

Black Women Writers​ 

Black Women Writers presents 100,000 pages of literature and essays on feminist issues – from 18th century narratives depicting slavery, to works by a wide range of authors during the late 1950s and 1960s, following the winds of independence that swept across Africa.

Black Short Fiction and Folklore​ 

Black Short Fiction and Folklore brings together 82,000 pages and more than 11,000 works of short fiction, comprising a variety of traditions ranging from early African oral traditions to hip-hop – including fables, parables, ballads, folk-tales, short stories and novellas.  

Black History Month display on Level F Hugh Owen Library

We have included a range of physical and online resources on the list, so whether you’re on campus or off, you’ll find something interesting to read. Browse our virtual display here or if you prefer to browse in person, we will have a display on Level F of the Hugh Owen Library throughout October.

And please let us know what you think of the selection! Tweet using the hashtag #BHMAber21 or @aberuni_is on Twitter. 

New! Employability LibGuide

Our library services are not just here to help you get your degree. They can also help you get the job you want after you graduate! 

Students practising presentations

Aberystwyth University Subject Librarians have prepared a new Employability LibGuide. This is your guide to the books and resources that can help you write a winning CV, and to specialist advice and tools to help you Research the company or organisation you want to work for

You can use the guide to:

  • Find Resources on different companies, Industries and general careers advice 
  • Discover tools for developing essential digital and information skills to enhance your graduate prospects 
  • Research your chosen career path and prepare for job applications and interviews 

The library’s resources can help you secure the job of your dreams as you develop your employability.

Take a look at the guide here: https://libguides.aber.ac.uk/employability