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 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.