Uni essentials

Your hub for all the essential University information you may have missed during Welcome.

Whether it's getting started with the Library or working out how to make the most of this next academic year, we've got you covered. We'll be making talks available for you to stream, but we've also got lots of useful information and resources to help you get the most out of your University essentials.

Library FAQ

Members of the Library Student Team answer some of your most commonly asked questions about the Library. Download the transcript (Word document, 20KB). 

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Get Ready, Together

Discover how the Library can help you get the most out of your time at university this year.

Using Library resources

The University of Manchester Library is where you'll find reading materials, such as journal articles and textbooks, that you'll need for your course. You can access a vast array of collections online through the Library website, Library Search and other tools.

Read our tips and watch the videos in this room that show you how to make best use of the Library’s online services and to access the resources and reading material you'll need throughout your studies.

Developing your academic skills

Alongside accessing reading materials for your studies, the Library is a great place to develop your wider academic skills. Our My Learning Essentials team can support you with your note-making, academic writing, time-management, critical thinking skills and much more! In the interactive posts below, you can share ideas with other students and discover new strategies and techniques to use in your own studies. The posts will give you an experience of how our My Learning Essentials team can help you this year.

Reflect on your current note-making approaches and learn new strategies that you may find helpful this year.

Share writing tips and strategies with other students and discover how the Library can help you develop your academic writing this year.

Explore approaches to critical thinking and evaluating sources of information, which will be helpful this year.

Discovering the Libraries

Alongside our modern collections the Library has unique collections for you to use and explore throughout your time at the university, housed in The John Rylands Library and the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Centre.

John Rylands Library

The John Rylands Library was founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband John Rylands. In 1889 the architect Basil Champneys designed the striking gothic building, which took ten years to build and was first opened to public readers on 1 January 1900. It is a Grade 1 listed and located in the city centre    

 Part of the University of Manchester since 1972, the Library is home to 1.4 million items, and many of our items have been digitised to view online. Holdings of individual manuscript items now cover more than fifty languages, including all major European and Middle Eastern languages and numerous Far Eastern ones. They span more than five millennia and are written on virtually every medium ever employed, including clay, papyrus, parchment, vellum, linen, palm leaves, copper, ivory, felt, bark and bamboo.  

Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Centre

The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre is an open access library specialising in the study of race, ethnicity and migration.

The Centre was established by Lou Kushnick, Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester, in 1999. His vision was for a collection that would not only have huge research value, but also be instrumental in celebrating cultures and combating racism. This vision underpins all the work we do today.

Explore the blogs below to find out more about the work the Centre does and think about how you may be able to use these collections in your own studies.

Build your Action Card

Use this Action Card to reflect on what you have learnt about the Library after exploring these resources and create a personalised list of priority actions to get started using the Library to help you with your studies. 

Methods@Manchester

Research methods in social sciences

Methods@Manchester is a faculty funded initiative highlighting Manchester's strength in research methods in the social sciences. 

Its aims are to: 

  • highlight Manchester's strength in research methods in the social sciences.
  • promote interdisciplinary and innovative methodological developments.
  • foster further developments, including training, through external funding.

They achieve this by:

  • creating online content that showcase the expertise in research methods within the faculty.
  • promoting and facilitating methods-related events across the University.
  • holding events promoting methods such as the Methods Fair and the Summer School.

Whether you’re interested in big data, theoretical approaches or ethnography, there is a method for you.

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Enhancing public speaking skills

How improvisation can help you to make your voice heard

This resource supports the MRE session Enhancing public speaking skills using improvisation techniques. In it, Jess Napthine-Hodgkinson outlines the main points and exercises covered in the live sessions, so if you're unable to attend, you won’t miss out!