Archive for March, 2012

Easter closure

By Kieron L Jones, on 22 March 2012

Please note that the Main and Science libraries will be closed for Easter from 17:00 Wednesday 4th April and will re-open at 08:45 on Thursday 12th April.

If you require a place to study, Senate House Library will be open on the 5th, 10th and 11th April.

Several of our medical libraries, which traditionally offer ‘out of hours’ access to readers anyway, will continue to do as normal over Easter and our web pages are up to date on that front – http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/sites.shtml

SOAS Library

By Kieron L Jones, on 22 March 2012

The SOAS Library has also taken the decision to suspend all registration of external undergraduate and taught postgraduate students, including UCL’s undergraduates and taught postgraduates, for the period 19 March 2012 to 8 June 2012 inclusive.  UCL undergraduate and taught postgraduate students will not be able to register for access to the SOAS collections during that period.

  • Staff, Ph.D and MPhil students applying under the SCONUL Access Band “A” scheme are unaffected by this restriction, provided they apply using a SCONUL Band “A” card, as well as their UCL ID.
  • Formal Intercollegiate students from UCL doing a module at SOAS should also be unaffected by the restriction.
  • Undergraduate students and taught postgraduate students already registered with SOAS and already in possession of a SOAS Library card should still be able to use this to gain access as well, though full details of this are still being confirmed.

Any cases of genuine academic need (specific materials confirmed as only available from SOAS within the London area) should be directed to Matthew Reynolds (lib-membership@ucl.ac.uk) with details of the specific items (titles and authors / journal titles and volumes).  SOAS may grant a day of reference access for such cases but this is at their discretion.

LSE Library

By Kieron L Jones, on 22 March 2012

The LSE Library will be restricting access over the next few months.  The specifics are:

Admission to LSE Library for UCL taught students
LSE Library has announced that it will not grant access to UCL undergraduate and taught postgraduate students (as well as those from other universities) for the period 2nd April to 6th June 2012.  This includes new applicants and those already in possession of LSE Library membership.

Admission to LSE Library for UCL research students and staff
Staff, Ph.D and MPhil students using the SCONUL Band “A” scheme are unaffected and LSE Library will continue to grant membership.

UCL students registered for intercollegiate courses at LSE
UCL students doing formally-recognised Intercollegiate modules at the LSE will also not be affected by the restrictions.

Access to rare/unique LSE Library materials
LSE Library may issue short term access to any member of UCL in need of access to Library materials only held by LSE.  Please contact LSE Library at library.admissions@lse.ac.uk to discuss arrangements, if this is applicable.

Budget day

By Kieron L Jones, on 21 March 2012

HM Treasury will be presenting the budget today.  The website has a background guide.  You can follow the webcast live or read the supporting documents.  Past budgets can also be viewed.  Follow the news on the Treasury Twitter feed.

HM Revenue and customs updates, Office for Budget Responsibility has economic and fiscal outlooks.  Background information on the history of the budget can be found on the UK Parliament website.

Newspapers and News services.  All these newspapers have special sections of coverage:
BBC news reports and analysis
Times subscription required to access most resources
Financial Times note some sections may be restricted to subscribers only

Financial Commentators.
Institute of Fiscal Studies has a green budget on its website – also papers and analysis
The following tax and accountancy firms offer comment, analysis and predictions on their websites:
Price Waterhouse Coopers
ICAEW Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Baker Tilly
Ernst and Young
Grant Thornton
PKF accountants
Smith and Williamson
Saffery Champness Chartered Accountants.

Industry and pressure group budget submissions.
ASH – smoking
British Chambers of Commerce
British Venture Capital Association

CBI – submission.
Council of Mortgage Lenders.
EEF engineering body
Federation of Small Businesses
Institute of Directors
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.


Living Costs and Food Survey user meeting

By Kieron L Jones, on 8 March 2012

Tuesday 20 March 2012
Royal Statistical Society, Errol Street, London, EC1Y 8LX

This meeting, organised by the Economic and Social Data Service, will provide a forum for data users and producers to meet and discuss new developments and exchange information about the Living Costs and Food Survey. The programme contains a mixture of papers from data producers and researchers.

The meeting is free to attend and lunch is provided. To view the programme and book a place please go to http://www.ccsr.ac.uk/esds/events/2012-03-20/

New Library acquisitions

By Kieron L Jones, on 2 March 2012

Frank, Robert H. The Darwin economy : liberty, competition, and the common good / Robert H. Frank.
Princeton, N.J. ; Woodstock : Princeton University Press, c2011.

After the great complacence : financial crisis and the politics of reform / Ewald Engelen … [et al
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011.

Maxton, Graeme P. The end of progress : how modern economics has failed us / Graeme P. Maxton.
Singapore : John Wiley & Sons (Asia), 2011.

Varoufakis, Yanis. The global minotaur : America, the true origins of the financial crisis and the future of the world
London : Zed Books, 2011.

Levin-Waldman, Oren M. Wage policy, income distribution, and democratic theory / Oren M. Levin-Waldman.
London : Routledge, 2011.

The ages of voluntarism : how we got to the Big Society / edited by Matthew Hilton and James McKay.
Oxford : published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press, 2011.

Pelizzo, Riccardo. Parliamentary oversight tools : a comparative analysis / Riccardo Pelizzo and Frederick Stapenhurst.
Abingdon : Routledge, 2012.

Freedom, security and justice after Lisbon and Stockholm / edited by Sarah Wolff, Flora Goudappel.
The Hague : T.M.C. Asser Press, c2011.