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World Book Night

Library+ will be celebrating World Book Night between

10am - 8pm on Wednesday 23rd April.

Come along and join us where we shall be running a range of literacy based group activities with prizes, so look out for the posters displayed around College for further details.

There will also be limited free copies of the following titles to give away:

Today Everything Changes by Andy McNab

Hello Mum by Bernardine Evaristo

The Boy with the Topknot by Sathnam Sanghera

Also for a little light, night time reading check out our Book Swap titles - bring along one of your own books and swap it for another.

Wide range of texts available!

New Resources in Library+

Library+ is currently offering all students a range of new electronic resources to try which are available on the Virtual Library.

Resources include:

Encyclopaedia Britannica - a trusted foundational research referencing tool and a great starting point for undergraduate student study.

Britannica Image Quest - contains over 2.5 million high quality educationally rights cleared images from some of the most respected image houses in the world.

Britannica E-Stax - Britannica’s Ebook platform that contains 241 unique foundation level academic EBooks – a great package of wider reading and introductory texts for students covering 77 different subject areas.


PYMCA (The Photographic Youth Music Culture Archive) - a specialist resource featuring over 40,000 exclusive photographs, moving images, texts, graphics, digital magazines and supplementary research that is particularly suitable for Media, Performing Arts and Music students.

So why not give them a try... User guides are available on the Virtual Library but further assistance is also available from library staff.

Sport Relief - 17 - 21 March 2014

Maundy Relief

Maundy Relief Charity Event provides an immediate response to poverty and need in the local area, this charity offers assistance with food, counselling, clothing, life skills and many more very useful services.

As a project within our Administration group, we are asking you to join us by helping members of the local community get back on their feet.

Please donate non-perishable food items such as tins and packets, toiletries as well as interview clothing they need to be donated at the drop of points located at E109 and G006 up until the 20 March 2014.

8th Annual Pennine Film Festival 10th - 14th March 2014

Six Book Challenge

Reading Group

Starting on Wednesday 26th February 2014

12.30pm - 1.00pm

Room G102 in Library+

All participants welcome

Are you taking part in the Six Book Challenge?

Why not join in our Reading Group and talk about what you are reading, or find inspiration for your next read from other participants.

Ron Hill Accrington 10K

World famous Accrington runner Ron Hill will lead hundreds onto Hyndburn’s roads as he puts his name to a brand new 10K event in the borough. This event also celebrates the 40th anniversary of Hyndburn Borough Council.

Ron Hill MBE - world record holder, Olympian, clothing entrepreneur and Freeman of the Borough - is encouraging Hyndburn residents to shape up for 2014 by signing up to the Ron Hill Accrington 10K run set to take place on Sunday, 30 March.

Setting off from Accrington Town Hall at 10.30am, the event will see runners venture up Manchester Road to Baxenden before looping back down the tree-lined, former railway track ‘greenway’, finishing back in the town centre.

The Ron Hill Accrington 10K is open to anyone over the age of 18 with prizes available for the first three runners home in the categories of male, female and veterans. It costs £8 for affiliated running club members to register, £10 for unaffiliated members or £12 on the day.

Charities and good causes locally set to benefit from the event include Finley’s Disney Dream, East Lancashire Hospice and Derian House Children’s Hospice.

Event Description

Date and time:


10:30 am


Tel: 07854 784611

Email: rob.grigorjevs@hyndburnbc.gov.uk

Event Location:

Accrington Town Hall

Unit E3

Accrington Market Hall




A New Year, a New Challenge

The Six Book Challenge invites you to pick six reads and record them in a diary to get a certificate.

You need to collect a diary and register for the challenge in Library+. You can also sign up now and create a profile online.

You'll receive rewards as you read, and once you’ve completed the challenge you can enter a national prize draw. Last year, prizes included Kobo eReaders and a trip to London.

You may read anything you like: newspapers, poems, plays, websites, books and more.

Once you’ve created a profile you’ll be able to do lots of things including sharing reviews and finding new things to read.

Look for the Six Book Challenge bookshelf in Library+ and take home a book today.

For more information please contact Nina Carr in Library+ (ncarr@accross.ac.uk) or Angela Gallaher (agallaher@accross.ac.uk)

Learner Satisfaction Survey

Take the Learner Satisfaction Survey today!

Help prospective learners make an informed decision on where to study.

Click here to complete the survey online

The college number is 10000093

Cultural Diversity Calendar 2014

Female Gym Wear

Women's Vest was £25 NOW £18

Women's Shorts was £19 NOW £12

Women's Tights was £35 NOW £20


New year…new start… new you!

Join the ACCROSS Fitness Suite for only £12.00 per month and enjoy all of the following:

- FREE induction with no sign up fee

- First session FREE!

- FREE Health Assessment

- A Personalised exercise programme for you to help you stay on track

- FREE nutritional plan


- Fixed price membership for the brand new facility arriving September 2014


If you would like to book an induction or require any further information, please contact us on gym@accross.ac.uk or 01254 354073.

Free gift when you spend £25

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Journalism

Fruitshare and Crowdfunder

We have recently applied to be part of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s FruitShare project, which aims to get sustainable fruit production into Schools around the country. Unfortunately we missed out on the small number of free trees on offer, but have been given the chance to purchase 10 fruit trees through CrowdFunder. We have 28 days to raise a minimum of £130.00 to pay for our trees.

Our aim is to develop a small fruit orchard with the help of our Horticulture group, which will provide sustainable fruit production for the College over the coming years.

We are working hard with the Marketing and Business Development teams to generate support for the project, and would appreciate support from staff and students to raise awareness and generate pledges for the trees. We only need 26 pledges of £5.00 to reach our target and secure our trees!

For more information, contact the Enrichment team, or see the links below.



The Enrichment Team

‘Fetch’ - Discovery Style Solution

Library+ is delighted to introduce a new Discovery style solution for learners called ‘Fetch’.

‘Fetch’ is a user friendly, fast response, single search experience that has the capacity to trawl our collection of print and electronic resources and return users with a single list of results.

‘Fetch’ may be found located on the front page of the New Virtual Library, together with a range of guides to help navigate the system.

If you would like a demonstration of the resource or arrange some individual training, please see a member of Library+ staff.

The Creative Club at ACCROSS!

This club is available to all students and is on Wednesdays from 12:15 - 1:00pm in room G001.

It is a chance to just draw, colour, paint, make jewellery and cards, write or even learn or listen to music. It's a great opportunity to meet new people and relax in a creative atmosphere. You don't have to be a expert; all you have to do is give it a go and you may find hidden skills that you didn't even know you had.

If anyone has a special interest or talent, we will try to put on some sessions or just come and try whatever's on offer.

If you are interested, please contact Dianne Byrne or Derek Cooper in E107.

Active Colleges Survey

Take a quick 10 minute survey of your views on Sport for your chance to win £200 in High St vouchers!

Deadline for entries, Monday 21 October 2013.



We are currently offering FREE health assessments to all Gym Members!

This includes...

- Blood pressure

- Body composition tests including BMI and Skinfold measurements

- Appropriate fitness tests to establish current fitness levels in comparision to norms

- Lifestyle assessment

To book your health assessment or to join the Gym please contact us on gym@accross.ac.uk or 01254 354073

News from Desktop @ Library+

Welcome back everyone. When you have settled in, don't forget to call in Library+ and check out our new budget range of cards and gifts. This year we introduce our greetings card loyalty scheme. Buy six cards and get one FREE. Please ask staff for details.  We also have a selection of 2014 luxury diaries at various prices and a new term bargain pack available which includes our "Things to do Today" pad - very popular with staff - at £2.49, as well as our usual wide selection of everyday stationery. We hope to see you soon.

Library Staff

Free Sports Massage Sessions

Seasons and Hair and Beauty

This year Seasons Hair and Beauty is offering a 25% discount to all staff for our Level 2 Hair and Beauty treatments.


Public Salons are available offering a range of services.

Beauty Salons

Monday 4.45pm - 7pm

Wednesday 9.15am - 11.30am

Hair Salons

Monday 315pm - 6.15pm

Tuesday 9.15am - 12.15pm

Wednesday 5.15pm - 7.15pm

Thursday 3.45pm - 5.45pm

Friday 1.15pm - 3pm Offering Shampoo and Blow dry only

To enquire about our of range of services and products please contact Seasons Reception on 01254 354211.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards

What is the Duke of Edinburgh Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from - you just need to be between the ages of 14 - 24 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on the sofa and watching life pass you by.

What does the Duke of Edinburgh Award involve?

You achieve your award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections, these are: Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition.

If you’re going for Gold there’s also a residential activity.

You could find yourself helping people in the community, getting fitter and developing new skills, whilst meeting new people and having an amazing time!

What will I get out of doing a Duke of Edinburgh Award?

You’ll get the chance to enjoy loads of new experiences, discover talents you never knew you had and really challenge yourself. You’ll get to spend time doing the things you really love and get recognition for doing them, and have the opportunity to make a difference to other people’s lives in your community.

Achieving your award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from Colleges and Universities to employers. Doing DofE really does give you the skills for life and work!

What do I do if I want to get involved?

If you would like to start your Duke of Edinburgh Award, you can speak to your LDM, or a member of the Enrichment Team, based in the Hub, or the Student Union Office. Alternatively, you can email the enrichment team at enrichment@accross.ac.uk.      

Library+ News

Want to know what's on offer in Library+? Then check out our latest library video...

ACCROSS College Induction Video for Library+ (2013) from Shooters Media on Vimeo.

Extension Activities

, did you know that we can create bespoke pages of resources for your course?

We can add links to news stories, videos, podcasts and e-books.

We can create a discussion room so you can chat about the resources and create quizzes too!

Contact Nina or Carol for more details.

Cookery Extension Activities

The 8th Annual Pennine Film Festival - 10th - 14th March 2014

Submissions for the 8th Annual Penine Film Festival are now open!

Inspiring and developing filmmakers in the region.

New Staff Resource!

A Practical Guide to the Top 100 Tools for Learning

The college has purchased ‘A Practical Guide to the Top 100 Tools for Learning’ which contains a wide range of categories and links to help provide ideas and advice to staff in the creation of E learning materials.

Typical guides include:

Google Docs/Dropbox/Skype/Facebook/Slideshare/Linkedin/Ted Talks/Prezi/Flickr/Moviemaker etc.

The resource will go live on the 1st August but teaching and learning staff may register throughout July to set up a personal account in advance.

The link may be found in the Staff Development area of Sharepoint and also on the Virtual Library area of its learning

To register simply select the link provided and ensure to use your ACCROSS email address when registering.

Accrington Carnival

Accrington Carnival from Accrington & Rossendale College on Vimeo.

Filmed by Tom Taylor and Conah Lee

Accrington and Rossendale College had a wonderful Movie themed float at the 2013 Accrington Carnival, followed by lots of activities and stalls at the college.