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If you’re a new student starting at Manchester Met Uni this September, then welcome. We’re pleased you’ve chosen us for your studies and hope the next few years proves to be a richly rewarding journey of intellectual discovery — as well as a whole heap of fun!

Five young adults sitting in deckchairs on a large patch of grass

At the Library, we pride ourselves on being happy to help whenever you call on us. …

I love food. As in, I really love food. Cooking and eating are two of my favourite things in life and I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about what I can eat next. It may sound frivolous, but aside from the really meaningful things like not being able to hug my parents and siblings, one of the aspects of pre-pandemic life I’ve missed most over the last 15 months or so has been the freedom to go out for a meal. …

by Joy

Deaf Awareness Week takes place this year between the 3rd-9th May. The aim of the week is to raise awareness and challenge perceptions of hearing loss and deafness across the UK.

Poster for Deaf Awareness Week

I first became aware of Deaf Awareness Week last year when the theme was acquired deafness. I have acquired deafness, I have one ear that works but I still have a hearing disability. If I had one arm or leg it would be obvious that I may not be able to do all that a fully able-bodied person could do but with only one (hearing) ear the…

If you were asked to come up with a list of a librarian’s favourite things, what would you say? Books? Cats? Cardigans? Cake? Whilst there’s nothing I like better than curling up with a good book and tucking into a slice of cake (preferably homemade) in the comfort of my own home, it may surprise you that I do sometimes like to venture further afield, and I’m really excited about the increased opportunities that I’ve got to do that now that lockdown’s started to ease. And I’m not the only one! Several of my colleagues have already put down their…

*And one that’s not, but has a nice regional back story that I have hit over the back of the head with a chair and wrestled in.

Literally one or two of you may remember many moons ago I wrote a blog entitled Songs about Town — a potted history of odes to Manchester. It’s a little manc swagger around some of the tunes written about our fair city, well in the disastrous style of Brown and Squire — LET’S GET THE BAND BACK TOGETHER.

It’s Nice To Be Out In The Morning — Herman’s Hermits (written by Graham Gouldman…

… on Thursday March 4th. Here’s why you should get involved. Blog by Selena.

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The words “University Mental Health Day” surrounded by a circle of stick figures with joined hands.

Mental Health matters. Going to university can be daunting, especially if you are away from family and friends and the step-up from A levels to degree can be a shock. Competition and the pressure to succeed in exams can feel overwhelming at times. Not to mention keeping up with everyone…

I’ve been in the UK Novavax trial since October and it’s been interesting. By Selena.

Image of coronavirus

At one point in the summer the sun was shining, I was sitting in the garden listening to Cub Sport and I should have felt joy. The North isn’t exactly well known for good weather so I should have felt happy, right? I’m quite an optimistic person but for some reason on that day I just felt unsettled and sad at how much our lives have changed since Covid-19 appeared. Not being able to see people I like and love felt and still feels wrong…

by Mark and Julie

The logo for LGBT+ History Month 2021

February is LGBT+ History Month. This year’s theme is ‘Body, Mind, Spirit’ so it’s a great opportunity for all of us to explore the complexities of who we are and what we can aspire to be, as well as embrace what makes us all different. It’s also a time for reflection on the history of the LGBTQ+ community and to recognise that we’ve come a long way — remember: being homosexual, for example, was a crime in the UK until 1967. But there’s still much more to do.

According to a recent UK Government survey, members…

by Alina C

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The age of the historical romance genre is here, and I don’t mean the Austen/Bronte sisters/Eliot period classics. I’m talking about the historical romance romps that most saw as bordering on erotic fiction (they’re really not) and were too embarrassed to admit to reading them (me).

Leading characters from Bridgerton
*Swoon* — I mean who wouldn’t really?

The recent popularity of Netflix’s Bridgerton, based on the romance series by Julia Quinn…

by Selena

Afew years ago I was at a well-known railway station, minding my own business and waiting for the next train to arrive. I glanced along the platform and I noticed a gentleman who seemed agitated. The train was late but my gut instinct told me there was more to his agitation than the annoyance of being delayed. It was like he was psyching himself up to do something that he didn’t want to do. He was looking down and around but he didn’t seem to see me. I can’t really explain the feeling I had but I…

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