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Helpful Resources to Reach Career Goals

Hello everyone!

Today we’d like to share with you some great resources from the new Prospects Higher Education Catalogue. Whether you’re moving onto Higher Education or taking an alternative route to your dream career, you can find some great information that will help you reach your goals.

Click the links below to see each catalogue:

HE Catalogue

Not Going to Uni

We hope you find these helpful!


Black History Month

October is Black History Month in the UK and so we’re celebrating the people who have contributed to the legacy of Black History so far as we all shape the future.

We’ve chosen to celebrate  writers, actors, directors, musicians and important public figures who are not only incredibly talented but who have also achieved amazing things and contributed immensely to Black History as well as to culture on an international scale. These influential and creative artists, revolutionaries and icons continue to inspire regardless of their era or subject.

To start our celebration of Black History Month we are looking at exceptional Black Writers.

You can find the following books in your LRC at University Centre, High Melton and we’ve chosen these particular writers because of their extraordinary talent and contribution to the field of literature, to say the least.


Maya Angelou, was an American writer, poet, actor, activist and producer. This amazing woman has influenced and inspired many people with her autobiographical writing and the part she has played in the civil-rights movement. She received many awards for her various contributions to this world and was recently honoured with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. Angelou died in 2014 but her legacy lives on. The musician Beyonce has sampled Maya Angelou’s work in her own music, specifically the song ***Flawless which features a feminist speech by Angelou. A great advocate and spokesperson for black people and women.

To find out more about Maya Angelou you can visit her official website here.


James Baldwin was an iconic playwright, novelist, poet and activist. His major topics in his writing covered not only the pressures he felt as a black man but also as a gay man. He highlighted these issues and faced a lot of controversy but ultimately he prevailed and gave a voice and understanding to so many people who were struggling with the same or similar issues. Baldwin is rightly recognised as a great writer and his lifetime of accomplishments is something he can be incredibly proud of. His work is powerful and poignant and relevant throughout the decades that have passed since he wrote them.

For a more detailed insight into James Baldwin’s life you can read his biography here.


Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winning author. Her work focusses on African-Americans and their history, culture and struggles. She was the first African-American woman to be selected for the Nobel Prize award for her contribution to literature. An amazing talent and a very hard working woman, Morrison has achieved a great deal throughout her career and continues to publish work even now she is her 80’s. Morrison has also branched out into children’s literature and so you can enjoy her work in many ways as well as introducing the younger generation to her powerful voice.

You can read more about Toni Morrison here.

Other black writers we recommend you read: Walter Mosely, Zadie Smith, Andrea Levy, Taiye Selasi, Colson Whitehead, Amiri, Baraka and Alex Haley to mention but a few.

Your LRC Newsletter

Every half-term we will be publishing a new LRC newsletter to provide you with helpful information and reminders about what’s going on in your Learning Resource Centre.

The first issue is available to view here or you can find printed copies at both Learning Resource Centres.

We hope you enjoy our very first issue! Let us know what you think either in person or through our social media accounts.newsletter_no-1


BB the LRC Book Bee

Welcome to your latest Doncaster College LRC blog!

Today we’d like to introduce you to our new LRC mascot, BB.


BB is a Book Bee who is here to help guide you to all of the important information you need throughout your studies with us.

You can find BB all around the LRC providing key tips and reminders about how to top up your printing credit, how to reset your password and how to renew the resources you have out on loan. These BB tips can be found all around both LRCs as well as on your LRC newsletter.

Always remember, wherever you find BB you’ll find knowledge!





Summer is Here & The Academic Year is Ending

As this academic year comes to a close we’d like to wish all of the students who are graduating the best of luck for the future and thank you for being a part of Doncaster College! We’ve thoroughly enjoyed helping you all in the LRC and appreciate you coming to visit us and paying attention to all of the resources we have to offer.

To those of you coming back next year, we look forward to seeing you all again in September and congratulations on completing this year. We’ll be busy all summer making sure the LRC’s are in great condition for your return and we want to remind you that if you need us over this holiday we are open!

Pop into either LRC over the Summer vacation and we will be there to help. Information of our opening times can be found on the picture above, on our Twitter  and Facebook pages, displayed in the LRCs and on the Doncaster College website. Or you can call us and ask!

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Make memories, take pictures, read books, explore new places and never stop learning!

See you in September… 

Notebook Day!

According to our sources, today is the day where we can celebrate the noble notebook and collect new and inspiring ways that we can organise our work load, daily activities, spending and even life goals!

I for one can honestly say that I would be all in a muddle if I didn’t have my work and personal organisers to keep me in check everyday. Is there anything more satisfying than ticking off jobs on your to-do list? It’s a great feeling knowing that you’re getting things done!

We’ve shared some of these amazing designs and ideas on our Pinterest page here:

We’ve found some ingenious ways to make revision more helpful for you as well as ways you can organise your stationery and colour code your work.

If you have any creative tips for us on how you design your notebook then share them! We’d love to hear from you and we always enjoy sharing this knowledge with others.

A well organised notebook can be a great catalyst to a more efficient day and helps us feel better about the deadlines and goals we want to reach. It’s just another way you can be in control of

Reading Ahead Challenge: Second Certificate Presentation

Well done to all of the students who received their Reading Ahead Challenge certificates yesterday! 29 certificates were awarded in this presentation to our ESOL students.

reading ahead.jpgA special mention goes out to Tom Thongsub who won the goody bag and £10 book token!

Good luck to the other 9 students who will be in the running for the next one, due to their exemplary reading efforts which has seen them complete much more than the 6 required reads.

If you would like anymore information on the Reading Ahead Challenge then please visit us at any of our Learning Resource Centre’s and ask one of the Assistants or Advisors for help. Alternatively you can contact us through our email, social media accounts or contact your subject Librarian.

Congrats again to everyone who’s taken part so far! Keep up the good work & keep on reading.

International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia

Celebrate Love in all it’s forms today and everyday!

Help stop homophobia and transphobia by showing your support to the LGBT community. 

If you know someone who may need support, if you need to talk to someone or if you would like to learn more about LGBT then please visit the LGBT foundation website or organise a meeting with one of the College’s councillors. 

You can find helpful links below,

Rainbow flags at the ready, everyone! #loveislove