Some Library updates

My Beckett upgrade

Some of you may have heard that MyBeckett was due to be upgraded this week, from Monday 31st July. This upgrade is now postponed until January. We’ll update you nearer the time.

Turnitin downtime

Turnitin will be having some downtime for upgrading on Saturday 5th August, from 3pm to 9pm.

Library closures 6th August and 27th August

If you’re planning to visit the Library in person any time, then there are two important dates to remember:

  • Sunday 6 August – 6am to 1pm Headingley Library closed. Sheila Silver Library open.
  • Sunday 27 August – 6am to 1pm Sheila Silver Library, City Campus closed. Headingley Library open

We’d like to apologise for any inconvenience that these updates may cause.

Don’t forget the Library website always gives you access to over 140,000 quality online resources, you can contact the Library 24/7 for support and information with MyBeckett, Library and IT (including password resets) and the Offsite team are also here to help throughout the summer.

Hope you’re having a relaxing summer, from all in the Offsite team!

MyBeckett Upgrade!

MyBeckett will be unavailable 22:00 Monday 31st July – 17.00 Friday 4th August due to the annual MyBeckett upgrade.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused by this essential downtime period. Thank you.

If you have any questions please contact the Offsite team who will be happy to help you.

We will keep you up to date and if you haven’t already joined the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community please come and join us – you will find updates, information, guidance, hints and tips and more.

Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community is a place for all Leeds Beckett distance learning students, across all courses, to chat to each other and to ask questions to the Distance Learning Unit.

Sign up here to become part of the community.


Graduating this year?

If you are graduating this summer, congratulations!  We know it’s a busy time of year as you finish your assignments or dissertations and prepare for exams, but if you’re graduating this year please see the list below. It gives you lots of useful information and reminds you about a few things you need to do before you graduate:

  • Your MyBeckett, student email account and associated apps and P:drive (webfiles) will remain active until 30 September 2017.  Back up any files you’ll need and transfer all emails and contacts to an alternative account before then.
  • You can use Google Takeout to transfer docs, calendars and YouTube videos.  See the Alumni tab in MyBeckett for more information.
  • You need to return all your books and pay any outstanding charges by 30th June.  If you think you have lost your books please Contact Us as soon as possible.
  • Make sure your personal data is up-to-date so you receive any final communications from us and your certificate if you can’t attend your graduation ceremony.

Best of luck with your assignments and exams – if you need any help from your friendly Offsite team – please don’t hesitate to contact us.

MyBeckett Support

Need support using MyBeckett.  Check out the range of information and help available to you.

From the Library website click on the MyBeckett Support button on the right hand side of the web page:













You can view help on a variety of topics including:

  • MyBeckett
  • Turnitin
  • Resource List
  • Google Apps

Just click on the tab relating to the subject information you require to find a detailed list of guides and videos to support you.


If you have any questions the Offsite team are here to help.


And why not come and join us on the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community – you will find updates, information, guidance, hints and tips and more.

Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community is a place for all Leeds Beckett distance learning students, across all courses, to chat to each other and to ask questions to the Distance Learning Unit.

Sign up here to become part of the community.


Welcome to Semester One!

DSC_0099Welcome to Semester One of the 2016/17 academic year, which started this week. The Offsite team has already been contacted by lots of distance learners, both those beginning their studies just now, and those returning after the summer break. It’s great to hear from all of you.

Many of you will be busy looking for resources for your studies – don’t worry, the Offsite team and all Leeds Beckett Library staff are here to help you! Here’s a few snippets that you might find helpful:

  • MyBeckett – this is the university’s virtual learning environment where you will be able to accessmybeckett-screenshot online course materials, online assessments, your student email, the Library and much, much more! Remember that the sign-on system is slightly different this year, with students logging in via the single sign-on option. Why not take a look at our information on accessing MyBeckett. If you have any difficulties in logging on, please contact us. You can also phone the Library 24/7 for a password reset.
  • Discover – this is the Library’s search engine, which searches over 90% of resources available from Leeds Beckett Library. Please check out the Discover pages on the Library website for help in using Discover.
  • Subject Support – each course has an assigned Academic Librarian who liaises cloSubject Guidessely with course teams and who specialises in resources for their subject area. The Subject Support pages  give contact details of all the Academic Librarians. If you are ever in Leeds, you could book an appointment to see them, or contact them by phone or by email.  The Subject Support pages are also fantastic sources of information about your subject, as well as where to search for resources.
  • Skills for Learning – Skills for Learning is a collection of resources to support the learning and teaching of academic skills, ranging from academic IT skills to academic communication such as writing and referencing. They have several really useful publications, some of which are available online and you can also book a workshop place or an individual tutorial if you live locally. For those further afield, there are several recorded Skills for Learning sessions.

We do hope you’re all settling in to the new term and remember, please do contact us if you have any queries.

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey goes live!

The feedback of all students not least distance learners is really important to the university, and so we’d like to invite you all to complete the PPTESostgraduate Taught Experience Survey.

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey is run by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) for postgraduate taught students only, including students on distance learning courses. Over one hundred universities and colleges take part, which means that Leeds Beckett University can compare your experiences against similar postgraduates at other institutions. This will help Leeds Beckett to continue doing the things that you value, and also to make improvements for the future.

The survey is now live and it is your chance to give your thoughts about your course. It is completely anonymous and confidential and takes about 15 minutes to complete. It will run until 16th June.

To access the survey, log in to MyBeckett and click on the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey box.

Every postgraduate student completing the survey can claim a free Leeds Beckett University ‘Class of 2016’ t-shirt. In addition, you will be able to choose one of three charities to which the University will make a £1 donation on your behalf.

The charities are:
• Older Peoples Action in the Locality (OPAL) – a local charity supporting older citizens in Leeds to live independent and healthy lives
• Shelter – a national charity that supports the homeless
• The Red Cross – an international charity that help people in crisis around the world

To claim the T-shirt, students must print the voucher at the end of the survey and choose a charity of their choice. If you are in Leeds, vouchers can be presented at the Student Hub in the Rose Bowl. Alternatively, distance learners can email Georgia Hudson in Operations at with their full postal address to have their T-shirt posted to them and to nominate their charity choice.

Why not have your say? We’re waiting to hear from you!

Can’t remember which Library books you previously borrowed?

We’re all busy people these days with a thousand and one things to think about.

So, when you’re struggling to meet tight submission deadlines for your assignments, it can be really easy to return your Library books without writing down the reference details. Or maybe you used a really informative text a couple of months ago and would like to borrow it again, but can’t quite remember the title…..

Worry not! Leeds Beckett Library has a new feature available to students. You can now check your loan history going back to September 2015, the start of the current academic year.

Here’s how:

Log in to the Library Catalogue using your MyBeckett login details. Go to the Self-service tab, then click on Review My Account. If you’ve borrowed any books since September, you’ll see a list of books on screen, which you may either want to request again, or simply make a note of the reference details for use in your studies.

Catalogue self-service screen shot

Amazing! No more racking your brains to remember those titles or authors……

And remember that if you need any in-depth help with resources for your subject area, you can always contact your Academic Librarian – you can find their details by going to the Subject Support page on the Library website, then choosing your particular subject. You can either ring or email your Academic Librarian, or you can make an appointment online.

You can, of course, always contact us here at Offsite too – tel (0113) 8126779 or email, or why not try our online chat?

We’d love to hear from you!