Supporting Teaching and Learning

Archives Supporting Teaching and Learning

The Library and Learning Services: Archives aspire to contribute to the learning, teaching and research activities undertaken at UEL.  We look to engage with our academic community through the provision of one-to-one and group teaching support combined with activity engaging with e-learning activity through the utilisation of our of archives and special collections, both physical and digital.

We also in the process of developing archival study skills training sessions, focusing on helping staff, researchers and students at all levels to be introduced to our Archival collections and to understand how Archives can be used to support their own learning and research needs.

Seminars and Group Sessions

We are keen to embed our Archives within UEL academic courses and we would welcome any expressions of interest from UEL academic staff who may wish to make use of our Collections in support of their courses and learning and teaching requirements.  We are always looking at ways in which we can develop our Archives to support the learning experience of our students.

Recent Archive sessions have included:

Available Materials

Members of Archive staff are happy to work with and assist Lecturers and Course Leaders in the selection of materials to be used in any sessions that we organise.  We will also advise any access to finding aids and online catalogues, and whether there are any potential access constraints on material due to preservation or data protection requirements.  Where possible, we will endeavour to recommend alternatives should these issues arise.

Booking Sessions and Reserving Space

To book a session please complete and return our UEL Archives & Special Collections Group Teaching Session Form, available in Microsoft Word and PDF file formats. Please include as much detail as you can and ideally we would like 2-4 weeks notice if possible in order to secure a room booking and make the necessary arrangements.  Alternatively, you are very welcome to contact us to informally discuss a potential group teaching session.

In terms of room bookings, there are options available depending on the type of session and the size of group that you would like to arrange a session for.   The following rooms can be booked for small-group teaching purposes(subject to availability):

  • Archive Reading Rooms at Docklands Campus, (Room BS.G.02).
  • Archive Reading Rooms at Stratford Campus, (Room SL.G.13a).
  • Library Training Rooms at Docklands Campus, (Library and ECDL Training Room).
  • Library Training Rooms at Stratford, (Rooms SL101 and SL205).

For larger groups, Archive staff are available to attend Lectures and Seminar Group meetings to assist in the running of sessions if this proves to be the more suitable option.

Archival Study Skills Training

We are currently looking into the possibility of trying to organise, develop and run regular Archive study skills training sessions to include practical hand-on archival study and research skills.  These sessions would look to provide an introduction to both our UEL Archival collections and also introduce archival handing and research skills.

Further information will be made available in due course.  For any feedback in the meantime, please contact the Archivist on

Archives and Special Collections Initiative.

UEL Library and Learning Services are currently developing a strategy for the maintenance and development of its Archive and Special Collections. If any staff have an active interest in research using University archive collections or have an interest in their future development, including the acquisition of new collections, digitisation or web-enabled access, please initially contact the Archivist. Paul Dudman on /020 8223 7676 or visit our Archives and Special Collections Initiative page.



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