Wellbeing in the RSL

We know Trinity Term can be very stressful with deadlines and exams.If you need a break you can always drop in to the Wellbeing Room. It has bean bags comfortable sofas and new nature inspired art. There are also a range of crafts and games available in the room to help you relax and refresh. Sometimes the room is booked for events, see someof the activities we have planned below, but you can drop in whenever the room is free. And it is always free for drop in between 2 and 5pm, weekdays.

Photograph of the RSL Wellbeing room showing a sofa bean bags and cushions.

Relax in our Wellbeing Room

Wellbeing Activities

It can be difficult to take time for yourself especially when you feel under pressure. To help  manage your stress and give you something to add to your diary the Radcliffe Science Library has arranged plenty of wellbeing activities during the term.

Along with our usual Lego Lunches (Wednesdays 1-2pm) we have also organised some experts to lead sessions for students on yoga on 14 May  09-10am, and origami on 9 May 13.00-14.00 and 23 May 13.00-14.00. Spaces are limited so remember to book your place.

Nature Walks

Due to popular demand we are repeating our bird song nature walk, this time in a morning slot to better hear the birds.Book your place on the walk 9.15-10.15, 30 April. If you prefer a lunch time strioll why not join our walk on 13 May 1-2pm. We’ll be concentrating on bees this time with handouts to help us identify which types are in the parks!

Free Tea& Coffee

Sometimes activities and classes aren’t of interest, and you just want a good tea or coffee. No booking needed just pop into the vending area in the Radcliffe Science Library on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm, during term, and get yourself a cuppa. We’ll be serving complimentary tea and coffee every Wednesday in term. You deserve it!

A picture of hot cups and biscuits. Written above is the text Time for a break? Pick up free coffee or tea in the Vending area of the RSL.To see the range of Wellbeing activities we are offering at the RSL check out our Wellbeing calendar. This shows all our activities both drop in and bookable.

Join us for our weekly Lego Lunches!

Every Wednesday lunchtime, we hold Lego Lunches in the Wellbeing Room at the RSL.

Student holding a Lego dinosaur

Our Lego Lunches offer the perfect opportunity to unwind in the middle of your busy week, unleash your creativity and have some fun while you have your lunch. You bring the lunch, we bring the Lego!

Just drop in – no booking needed.

Lego creations

Every Wednesday, 1pm – 2pm, in the RSL Wellbeing Room, during term and vacation. See you there!

Student building with Lego

The Wellbeing Room can also be used throughout the week to relax, play games, do a puzzle, read a book or just enjoy some quiet time.

If you would like to find out more about the RSL Wellbeing Room, our Lego Lunches and other wellbeing events in the RSL, please email enquiries.rsl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Students in Wellbeing Room at Radcliffe Science Library, University of Oxford

Photo (c) John Cairns

Discover the wellbeing events and facilities on offer in the Bodleian libraries here.

Reading and Writing Innovation Lab Workshop Series

Smart Ways to Speed up Studying

Reading and note taking are essential academic skills that you develop throughout your studies and research. But did you know that there is a whole range of devices and apps that can help you read and write more efficiently and keep all your notes organised? Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) is also opening exciting possibilities for researching and writing, but understanding the limitations of current AI tech and where it is appropriate to use these tools for academic work is challenging.

Illustration of digital devices including laptop, mobile phones, calculator, plus notebooks and pens

Credit: Image created by AI using DALL.E.-3 on Microsoft Copilot

To help guide you through the landscape of apps, websites, gadgets and gizmos, we are delighted to announce that the Radcliffe Science Library will be hosting the Reading and Writing Innovation Lab Workshop series in Trinity Term. This Workshop series consists of three 90-minute sessions:

Hardware and software for more efficient reading: Choosing e-readers, tablets and reading apps

An exploration of digital reading technologies, covering both hardware and software. Participants will learn about various strategies for effective digital reading and gain hands-on experience with tools. Topics include choosing the right e-reader, understanding e-readers versus tablets, using digital handwriting on devices, and optimising reading and note-taking workflows with tablets and apps.

When: 26th April, 1pm – 2.30pm
Where: In person, Seminar Room, Radcliffe Science Library
Availability: Free. Booking required. Booking details HERE

Guide to the note-taking revolution: New tools for organising readings and reading notes 

An overview of contemporary note-taking tools, including OneNote, Notion and Obsidian. This session offers insights into effective note organisation strategies and workflows. Participants will have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with different note taking applications. This workshop will also delve into the integration of note-taking with planning tools, and the emerging trend of audio note-taking.

When: 3rd May, 1pm – 2.30pm
Where: In person, Seminar Room, Radcliffe Science Library
Availability: Free. Booking required. Booking details HERE

Integrating AI into your Academic Practice Responsibly

A detailed look at the role of generative AI in academic practice. This workshop covers the process of assessing academic tasks for AI compatibility and choosing the most suitable AI tool. It also discusses the common tasks where AI is widely used in academia and the typical pitfalls to avoid. A useful session for those interested in integrating AI into academic work without compromising integrity.

When: 24th May, 1pm – 2.30pm
Where: In person, Seminar Room, Radcliffe Science Library
Availability: Free. Booking required. Booking details HERE

These workshops will be presented by Dominik Lukes from the University of Oxford Centre for Teaching and Learning’s Reading and Writing Innovation LabThe workshops are open to all University members, including undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and researchers.

All these workshops are free, but spaces are limited and pre-booking is essential. To find out more details and look at all the sessions, please visit our booking page.

Laptop, notepad and pen, cup of tea

Credit: Engin Akyurt, Pixabay

Oxford Open Doors 2019

The Radcliffe Science Library will be open to the public as part of Oxford Open Doors (organised by the Oxford Preservation Trust) on Saturday 14 September 2019, 10.30am – 1.30pm.
All welcome – readers are invited to participate and bring along friends.

Details of all Oxford Open Doors events can be found at www.oxfordpreservation.org.uk/content/ood-events.

Please note that we will be open to readers as normal 10am to 2pm.

African Hospital Libraries fundraising cycle challenge, 24 May 2019

Dr Claire Blacklock will cycle between the Oxford Healthcare Libraries on 24 May to raise awareness of lack of up-to-date information for medical staff to provide high quality care to patients, and gather funding to build a resource centre at the Makeni Government Hospital in Sierra Leone.
Read more about her challenge in the Oxford Mail:
https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/17593680.co-founder-of-african-hospital-libraries-to-help-people-get-better-access-to-medical-books-in-sierra-leone/.
Claire’s fundraising link for the event is at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/claireblacklock1.
Claire will visit the libraries listed below for 10 to 15 minutes. Please join us at your closest library ready to welcome and cheer Claire – the more, the merrier! And if you are a cyclist, put your helmet on to demonstrate your support.
Claire’s estimated schedule:

  • Cairns Library – leaving just after 9am
  • Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre Library – 9.20am
  • Knowledge Centre (Old Road Campus) – 9.40am
  • Radcliffe Science Library – 12noon
  • Cairns Library – returning before 5pm

The Biomachine: Proteins in Praxis

The Biomachine is a collaboration between second year Fine Arts students at Arts University Bournemouth and the Oxford Structural Genomics Consortium. The launch event will take place at the RSL on Wednesday 27 March 2019 – details are at https://aub.ac.uk/news-category/fine-art-category/biomachine-proteins-praxis/. The exhibition will continue until Saturday 15 June 2019. More information can be found at www.thesgc.org/event/biomachine-proteins-praxis.

If you would like to view the exhibition and do not hold a University card, registration is required – please contact enquiries.rsl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Edible Book Festival 2019

On Thursday 7 March the Radcliffe Science Library will be holding our 4th Annual Edible Book Festival to mark World Book Day!

This event is free and open to any member of University – students, staff (including Bodleian Libraries staff) – and external readers. Everyone is invited to enter their book-themed culinary creations by bringing them to the RSL Entrance Hall Lounge between 9am and 11am on Thursday 7 March.

What is an edible book?

Edible Books are art pieces composed of food that are ‘bookish’, i.e. based on and represent a book title, a book cover, a character, a plot element or theme, or any other attribute or characteristic directly associated with a book, including its form.

What will happen at the event?

All entries will be exhibited, documented, then eaten!

The timetable for the day is:

  • 9-11am Drop off entries
  • 11am-1pm Viewing and voting
  • 1pm Awards and refreshments

Prizes will be awarded in a number of categories:

  • Most Creative
  • Most Fun
  • Most Bookish
  • People’s Choice
  • *Best Reference to the Periodic Table or One of its Elements

*This is a new category for this year to mark the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements.

Even if you don’t have time to make your own edible entry, please join us in admiring and tasting the creations – and vote for your favorite. The entry with the most votes will be awarded the People’s Choice award.

At 1pm everyone will grab forks and we will “eat our own words”!

Need inspiration?

Take a look at last year’s entries at http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/2018/03/01/edible-book-festival-2018-the-entries/ or simply Google ‘edible book festival’ and you will find dozens of fantastic examples.

Remember, you don’t need to be an expert chef. If you’ve got a great idea for an entry, we want to see it!

Questions?

For more information or to register an entry contact catherine.dockerty@bodleian.ox.ac.uk .

More details can be found on the entry form.