Next year’s reading lists

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By navigating to My Lists, you can find all your lists and make edits for next year’s run of your module.

We have made a copy of this year’s list for you ready for the next academic year (2021/22), but it is currently in draft form. You will need to go into your list and click the ‘Publish‘ button before it will be visible to your students.

If you do not publish your list, students will not be able to access it, and the Library will not be aware of resources you may require ahead of the new term.

  • If you are running a new module or creating a brand new list

Then you can create a new list from the My Lists page, and assign it to the 2021/22 academic year.

  • Connect your reading list to Blackboard

When you have published your list, don’t forget to link it to your module in Blackboard. Even if you did this last year, you will need to update it.

Connect your reading list to Blackboard

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The earlier you create reading lists for next year’s modules, the easier it is for the Library to resource the list in time for the start of term.

Early creation of your list may also help students who want to get a head start on their reading in advance of the new term.

Ensuring online access to resources for students

The Library is here to support you in delivering all core and further reading online to enable off-campus access to all students. What we can do to help:

  • check if core print readings on existing reading lists are available as e-books
  • digitise chapters of print books and link to them from your reading list
  • advise on finding alternatives to print

Please contact your subject librarian if you require further advice about this.

Reading list quality and best practice

We will be continuing to offer support in producing high quality, inclusive reading lists for students. The best practice guide, available from the staff intranet, includes advice on terminology, inclusivity, presentation, structure, accessibility and the importance of updating your list.

Reading lists best practice guide

The Inclusive Curriculum and Practice Toolkit, launched in June, includes a section on decolonisation and diversification of reading lists, which provides guidance on ensuring your list is diverse and engaging for all students.

Decolonisation and diversification guide

It is important that any reading list being used by partner students contains content available to them. You can ensure a list you have created for partners is clearly identifiable by inserting either the name of the partner institution, or the word ‘partner’ in square brackets before the list title.

There is also best practice guidance for creating a partner list available on the intranet.

Reading lists for partners guide

Changes to module names, module codes and module leaders

We understand that modules develop over time, and there will be changes in staff or administration that need to be reflected in the reading list software.

For example:

  • A module or list in the reading list software may no longer have the correct name or code
  • You may no longer be teaching a module that has a list
  • You may have taken over the teaching of a module that has a reading list
  • A new owner may need assigning to a reading list, if this is preferable to a new member of staff creating a reading list from scratch.

Please email us with information on any changes, so we can make any amendments for you.

Email the team to request reading list changes


If the Digitisation and Document Delivery team in the library has digitised material for you in the current academic year, we will soon be contacting you via email.

This email will provide instruction on how to renew your current digitised material for the 2020/21 academic year.

Please submit any new digitisation requests via your 2021/22 reading list as soon as possible.

If you have any questions regarding digitisation, please email the digital collections team.

Digitisation Service Guide

Archiving old lists

At the start of February 2022, we will be archiving all the lists from the 2020/21 academic year, meaning you will be longer be able to update or search for them.

Archived lists will still be available to read for students, as long as they have been linked to Blackboard using the ‘Connect reading lists to Blackboard modules‘ task on the staff intranet.

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