Asking the same question over and over again. It’s not called getting old, it’s called getting ill. Dementia affects people of all ages, from childhood to old age, but it is possible to live well with dementia. What makes the difference is people like you and me knowing how to make the world more friendly for people with dementia. So why not sign up to become a Dementia Friend today?

The University supports the Sunflower lanyard scheme that allows anyone with a hidden disability, including cognitive differences that under some circumstances present communication difficulties, to signal discreetly to others that they might need a little more time or assistance. The Library is proud to join this scheme and you can now pick up your sunflower lanyard from the Library.

The uniformity of instruction you probably received in school concealed the important truth that everyone learns differently and that you need to experiment, try new ways of working, and decide there and then whether they feel good or bad or if you are unsure. There are now many tools that can help you learn in new and creative ways and library staff can provide specific support for anyone who has difficulty engaging with text-based resources to learn more easily.

Lauded by LGBTQ+ celebrities from activist Peter Tatchell to author Patrick Gale, the book includes a diverse range of perspectives and topics from a historian’s perspective on the scarcity of recorded LGBTQ+ history to a summary of local newspaper representation of LGBTQ+ issues over the past 120 years, a celebration of the Island’s leading LGBTQ+ heroes and heroines over the past century, as well as critical discussions of the development and impact of the infamous Section 28 and of suicide amongst LGBTQ+ people, pairing factual historical and journalistic research with reflections on personal experience and verbatim oral history extracts from the residents of the Isle of Wight.

Have you had enough of violence against women and girls?

The inequitable and hostile environment women currently suffer is so bad that even the Government has sought to take it in hand, calling on everyone to take a stand and call out sexist, abusive and degrading language and behaviour, particularly towards women. Here we explore what problem behaviour might look like and some ways you can proactively but safely take a stand.