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Reading lists at Hull, 2020-2025: Policy overview

Reading Lists at Hull 2020-2025

The University of Hull requires all resources on module reading lists to be available to students via the online service Reading Lists at Hull. Reading lists contribute to the successful achievement of module and programme learning outcomes or competencies, they are a central part of the programme’s creation and revision.

In June 2020, Learning Resources Funding Committee (LRFC) asked the University Leadership Team to approve a paper outlining actions needed to mitigate risks to the provision of resources, and the potentially negative effects on learning and teaching, in Trimester 1 2020-2021. LRFC also asked the Library and Teaching Excellence Academy to work together to review the levels of importance used in Reading Lists at Hull in light of the various challenges faced. The policy paper was approved by the Education Committee in July 2020.

The policy Reading Lists at Hull 2020-2025 responds to the challenges, works for the University's specific context, and aims to ensure the continued provision of high-quality learning experience for all students. It considers:

  • The new Education Strategy’s intention “to integrate the University of Hull’s Vision into the student experience” and work to a fairer, brighter carbon-neutral future
  • Covid-19 health and safety requirements restrict access to physical collections. This, plus the need for students with long-term health conditions to continue shielding or physically-distancing, increases the need for remote access to reading list resources. This is in tension with the need to ensure the digitally excluded are not further disadvantaged
  • A fragmented and expensive eBook market where publishers capitalise on the trend for students to increasingly use digital resources. It is ever more difficult for libraries to make key eBook texts available to students equitably
  • The introduction of competence-based HE. The whole portfolio, including programmes delivered by partners, is due to be transformed by 2025. New texts and resources may be necessary to support these new programmes  
  • Decolonisation of the curricula, which includes the creation of diversified reading lists and will call for new texts and resources
  • Resources must be available in formats conversant with assistive technologies
  • The Learning Resources Funding Committee decision that the Library cannot provide access to eTextbooks (July 2019)

The University must work strategically to ensure fair and equal access to reading list resources, managing these conflicting challenges. This is crucial given the growing importance of access to reading list items to the student experience. The Office for Students 2019 annual review stated that “81 per cent of respondents identified learning resources, such as library and IT services, as very important” in demonstrating value for money. Question 19 of the NSS is a key indicator: “The library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported my learning well”. In recent years, the University’s Q19 scores have been consistently high, and in 2019 it was the highest-scoring question.