UHMLG is the representative group for university health and medical librarians in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.  UHMLG conferences and forums bring together health care librarians and information professionals from the NHS, Higher Education and related sectors to discuss topics of mutual interest, and to share experiences of best practice and effective collaboration.  We also encourage interaction through our Twitter account.

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Slides from the 2016 Summer Residential

The 2016 Summer Conference was held at the Village Hotel in Glasgow on the 23rd and 24th June. 

The topic was Delivering and supporting excellence in teaching and learning. 

All the speakers were excellent and we had a very interesting two days, especially as we discovered the result of the Brexit vote half way through!

The UHMLG Committee would like to thank all our speakers for their excellent talks. We would also like to thank our sponsors, Elsevier, MedHand, Oxford University Press and Wolters Kluwer who helped make the event a success.

The presentations are all below.

Vicki Cormie, on behalf of the UHMLG Committee


Thursday 23 June

Alison Brettle (Acting Director Post Graduate Research, University of Salford): Demonstrating the value of health and academic library, information and knowledge workers

UHMLG contributors:

Iain Baird: Qualified Success – obtaining a teaching qualification

Delyth Morris: Evaluation studies of information literacy programmes for taught students in Higher Education – a systematic review

Angela Young: Flipping information skills teaching

Anne Welsh (Lecturer, UCL): Specialist learning within generalist teaching – what do early career health librarians need to know?
Friday 24 June

Murray Hope (Policy and Strategy Advisor (Scotland), Higher Education Academy): Inside out – different views of learning and teaching in the UK higher education landscape

Sheila MacNeill (Senior Lecturer (Blended Learning), Glasgow Caledonian University): Learning analytics – a brave new world or back to the future?

Melissa Highton (Assistant Principal Online Learning, University of Edinburgh): Excellence in learning technology – what, where, when, why, who and how

Show and tell presentations from UHMLG members:  Padlet (Caroline Plaice) and Turning Point (Jon Andrews) in the delivery of information skills teaching sessions and the development of a RefWorks tutorial (Emma Shaw) – (Additional Link to RefWorks Demo)


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Summer Residential

This year our summer residential was held in Glasgow. The theme this year was: “Delivering and supporting excellence in teaching and learning”.

The slides from the conference will be available soon, but meanwhile here, thanks to Isla Kuhn are the tweets


Katrina and Delyth at the Welcome Desk at the start of the Conference



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Slides from the UHMLG Spring Forum 2016

The 2016 Spring Forum, 2020 vision: supporting open access and research excellence, took place on the 4th March 2016 at the Royal Society of Medicine. Many thanks to all of our speakers, sponsors and delegates who made our 2015 Summer Conference such a success. 

Please see below for links to the speaker presentations.

The REF Open Access policy– Dr Steven Hill, Head of Research Policy, HEFCE

Wellcome Trust OA policy: get what you pay for – Cecy Marden, Open Access Project Manager, Wellcome Trust

Back to the drawing board – approaching REF compliance from the researcher’s perspective – Dr Danny Kingsley, Head, Scholarly Communications, University of Cambridge

Act on Acceptance at the University of Oxford – Sally Rumsey, Head of Scholarly Communications & RDM, and Owen Coxall, Outreach and Enquiry Services Manager; Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

Supporting institutions with open access implementation and also the JISC OA Services Update March 2016– Helen Blanchett, Subject specialist (scholarly communications) , Jisc

Three publisher approaches: Elsevier, Wiley and BioMed Central:

Gemma Hersh, Policy Director, Elsevier: OA infrastructure and open data

Kate Smith, Marketing Director, Wiley: Open Science facilitating faster and more effective research discovery

Lisa Hussey, Associate Publisher, Clinical Medicine, BioMed Central: Born open access – a new approach to publishing and science

Open Access in the NHS – an update from the Knowledge for Healthcare task and finish group – Richard Osborn, London Strategic Lead for Library Services & eLearning, Health Education England

Storify collection of the day’s tweets is also available.

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Spring Forum

Tweets from the 2016 Spring Forum – 2020 Vision: Supporting Open Access and Research Excellence are now available: https://storify.com/viche/uhmlg-spring-forum-2016


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2016 UHMLG Spring Forum – “2020 Vision: Supporting Open Access and Research Excellence”

We are pleased to announce that booking is now open for the 2016 UHMLG Spring Forum – “2020 Vision: Supporting Open Access and Research Excellence”.

The meeting will be held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London on Friday 4th March. Early booking is recommended as this is usually a very popular meeting.

We have a full day programme (09.45 to 16.00 including lunch) with a range of speakers from higher education, the NHS, HEFCE, the Wellcome Trust, Jisc as well as input from publishers. The full programme will be available shortly once we’ve finalised the running order. The Spring Forum also provides opportunities to meet a range of suppliers, to network and share experience with colleagues, and the option after the meeting  to tour the RSM Library – one of the largest postgraduate biomedical lending libraries in Europe.

Confirmed speakers include the following:

*Steven Hill, HEFCE, on the REF Open Access policy;

*Cecy Marden, Wellcome Trust, on the Wellcome Trust OA policy;

*Danny Kingsley, University of Cambridge, on approaching REF compliance from the researcher’s perspective;

*Sally Rumsey and Owen Coxall, University of Oxford, on acting on acceptance at the University of Oxford;

*Helen Blanchett, Jisc, on an overview of Jisc work;

*Richard Osborn, Health Education England, on Open Access in the NHS

We will also hear from three publishers:

*Gemma Hersh for Elsevier;

*Kate Smith for Wiley;

*Lisa Hussey for BioMed Central

The cost of attending the Spring Forum is £100 for members and £120 for non-members. Membership of UHMLG is now FREE and open to all those who have relevant subject responsibility or whose major responsibility is for a site library delivering health or medical services in a university. The membership form can be downloaded from here: http://www.uhmlg.ac.uk/membership.   The cost for attendees from commercial organisations is £175. Please feel free to pass this email on to any interested colleagues and other staff in your organisation. Any number of library or other staff from UHMLG members’ organisations may attend at the lower members’ rate.

To book, please use Eventbrite at https://uhmlg-spring16.eventbrite.co.uk

You can pay by credit/debit card by selecting the number of places you would like and clicking on “Order Now”.  If you would like to be invoiced, select the number of places you would like and click the “Show other payment options” link underneath “Order Now” button, then click the “Pay Offline” button.  We’ll then email an invoice to you. Please let us know if you need our invoice to include your purchase order number.

Iain Baird on behalf of UHMLG committee




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UHMLG Spring Forum

Heads Up and Save the Date!

2020 Vision: Supporting open access and research excellence

The 2016 University Health and Medical Librarians Group Spring Forum will take place on Friday 4th March at the Royal Society of Medicine. The theme is open access and supporting the next REF (research excellence framework). We have confirmed speakers from the JISC, the Wellcome Trust, HEFCE and the NHS.

Full programme and details of how to book will be circulated in the next couple of weeks.

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Slides now available UHMLG Summer Conference 2015

Many thanks to all of our speakers, sponsors and delegates who made our 2015 Summer Conference such a success.  Please see below for links to the speaker presentations.

As featured in a range of blogs and elsewhere in the social media sphere by our some of our distinguished colleagues such as:



UHMLG Summer Conference, 18th-19th June 2015. Luton Hampton by Hilton

Influencing, Inspiring, Leading: reflections on personal and professional impact

Jane Savidge MA MCLIP, University Librarian University of Southampton, jane savidge

Circles of influence: developing Leadership Circles as a means to extend impact and influence change at University of Southampton’

 Anthea Sutton, Information Resources Group Manager & Senior Information Specialist, School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), The University of Sheffield, anthea Sutton

“The Librarian as a Leader: Skills, Competencies & Development Opportunities in the Library & Information Profession”

Roisin Gwyer, B.Lib, MSc (Econ), PG Cert, FCLIP, PFHEA University of Portsmouth.  roisin gwyer roisin gwyer handout 2 roisin gwyer handout 1

“Influencing up in a library setting”

Richard Osborn. London Strategic Lead for Library Services and eLearning richard osborn

“Knowledge for healthcare: a development framework”

Doug Parkin, Programme Director LFHE, Future leaders Programme  doug parkin

“Leading Engagement”

Liz Rees, Senior Operations Manager, Sainsbury’s plc. liz rees

“Leadership during change workshops”


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