Anatomy and Physiology software (Visible Body)

Students, staff and researchers now have access to detailed visual anatomy and physiology information via two new pieces of software:

Anatomy and Physiology

A visual step-by-step guide to each human body system: cells and tissues, integumentary, skeleton and joints, muscle types, nervous, endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive.

Human Anatomy Atlas

A comprehensive 3D atlas of the human body featuring gross anatomy lab, microanatomy of senses and tissue types, muscle actions and augmented reality feature for mobile devices.

You can connect directly over the internet to the software as websites or download apps to mobile devices for offline use.

Using images: Through the software, high quality images can be downloaded for use in presentations, posters, written work, etc.: so long as you give clear acknowledgement of the source of the images. Images can be manipulated (rotate, zoom in, hide content) to present them precisely as you what prior to download.

An instruction guide is available on the Library and Learning Services website here: and attached to relevant Subject Guides. The guide has access information to the website and download app versions, with instructions in how to download images and citing/referencing them.

Staff training sessions in using the software will be set-up and advertised shortly. In the meantime if you have any questions in using the software, please contact:

Ceri Laing, Senior Assistant Librarian, Library and Learning Services.

Official Opening of the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre

Yesterday, 9th May 2019, saw the official opening of the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre on campus. The opening ceremony itself included speeches from the Centre’s director, Kennetta Hammond Perry, the Vice Chancellor Professor Andy Collop and Baroness Doreen Lawrence who went on to cut the orange ribbon before leading a tour around the Centre.

The Centre features a seminar room and communal study space as well as a permanent exhibition telling the story of Stephen’s life and murder and the legacy of Doreen Lawrence’s tireless work to achieve justice for her son by challenging the racially prejudiced frameworks inherent to the UK’s social infrastructure and criminal justice system.

Open to the public and featuring items from the archival collection, the work of the Centre aims to “drive forward conversations that will shape and influence how we think about race and social justice. It intends to honour the enduring legacy of Stephen Lawrence’s life and his family’s ongoing pursuit of justice by asking new questions, debating critical issues, raising awareness, and advocating to bring about positive change.”

And with that in mind, the evening progressed with a panel discussion including special guests Afua Hirsch, writer, broadcaster and barrister, Jack Straw politician and Home Secretary (1997-2001) who launched the Inquiry which led to the publication of the Macpherson Report, and Benjamin Zephaniah writer and poet.
















It was a real privilege to listen to the panel discuss issues and experiences surrounding race and representation, the problems with language and the current use of BAME and its homogenizing othering effect, the challenges facing young black people today in terms of opportunities and attainment and the great deal of work still needed to build an equal society without racial prejudice.

The panel was followed by the opportunity to talk further during the reception which included food, a steel band, and the DMU Gospel Choir

Through the generosity of Baroness Lawrence in depositing her papers and materials relating to the Stephen Lawrence case at DMU in 2016, Special Collections was able to contribute to the opening by creating 3 exhibition cases for guests to see further items from the archive.






















It was a proud moment for our Archives Manager, Katharine, and the Special Collections team to finally see the launch of the Centre.

The archival catalogue is currently closed but it is hoped access arrangements will be finalised over the summer and the collection made available to the public at Special Collections at DMU and through our online catalogue.

The opening of the Centre is a historical moment for DMU and its commitment to the legacy of Stephen Lawrence in the ongoing struggle for equality and social justice which at Special Collections we are very proud to be a part.

The Special Collections team

DMU Homecoming 2019

This weekend sees DMU’s first ever Homecoming event where all our alumni are invited back for a fun, activity packed celebration with the chance to catch up with old friends, reconnect with staff and explore the campus.

As well as access to the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre and the Heritage Centre along with a host of sporting events there will also be a variety of stands showcasing what the university has to offer, including one from yours truly!!!

The Special Collections team will be there showcasing some of our fabulous items, such as prospectuses, student work, and photographs of campus and the local area. We hope the archival collection will trigger some fantastic memories which we look forward to hearing about.

As a sneaky peek for those who aren’t alumni or for those who can’t make it, here are some of the items that will be on display.


The school at this time offered many vocational courses connected with local industry such as boot and shoe manufacture and dress making.

Next up is one of our all-time favourites – maybe some you remember this one with its depiction of education as a platform game?

In terms of iconic prospectus covers, I’m sure many of our almni will remember this one inspired by the BBC’s Trials of Life presented by David Attenborough.
















There’s nothing like looking at old photographs of landscapes and building for sparking some nostalgia and memories so here are a few highlights:

The James Went building, not that architecturally popular while still standing, visiting alumni and previous staff love seeing photos of it. Demolished in the early noughties, Hugh Aston now stands in its place.

And finally, we couldn’t miss an opportunity to show the Kimberlin Library where I’m sure all our alumni spent many hours beavering away:


To conclude our alumni tour what better way than showing the students themselves hard at work during classes:

Art and Design students are now based in the Vijay Patel Building

Next we have an electronic engineering class.  The faculty of engineering is now housed in the Queens building, built in 1993.

Student volunteering schemes have always been a huge part of DMU’s commitment to the community and provide invaluable learning opportunities for students.For further information on current volunteering programmes see DMULocal, DMUGlobal and MyGateway

We hope to see lots of our alumni tomorrow but if you are not attending and would like to visit Special Collections, please do get in touch using our email: or if you would like to contribute to our Archives Appeal click here.

Happy Homecoming 2019 from the Special Collections Team

Hot Tap Update

Hot Tap Update

Hot Tap Update

The Library is committed to providing instant hot (boiling) water to library users. We know how popular this service is, and since introducing this service in September 2016 we’ve spent over £7k in maintenance and physical updates to keep this running 24/7.

Unfortunately, the Zip tap in its original 2016 format created issues  – it wasn’t tall enough for larger cold water containers and the soak away beneath it was not suitable for draining cups. The result of this was a lot of excess water and damage to the counter top from water ingress. We replaced this original installation in November 2017 with a ‘new and improved’ hot tap station that featured better drainage for the Zip tap and a brand new sink and cold water dispenser for bottles.

Sadly the current tap station and cabinet has also succumbed to damage caused by high levels of use and water ingress from frequent spills. Most recently, Zip tap control circuits have been damaged by water.

The Library has gone back to first principles with Estates and a plumbing specialist. We’ll be installing a more robust “Mark 3” sink and wall mounted tap unit and a separate drinking water fountain and bottle filler in the near future, date TBC. In the meantime, Estates are working to seal and make safe the existing unit in the hope that a service can be reinstated. UPDATE 16/4/19: Service with the existing Zip tap has been reinstated

We apologise for the interruption of service, but we are committed to reinstating safe hot water provision in the near future.

First incarnation awaiting update

Current incarnation on launch in December 2017


Inspiring qoutes “International Womens Day” 2019 – Amplify her voice

Decorative iamge

Some inspiring quotes for International Women’s Day!

Rosa Parkes – African American Civil Rights Activist

“You must never be fearful for what you are doing when it is right”

Sylvia Nalubega – Women supported Activist in Uganda

“What motivates me is when others support us. To know we are not alone in our desire to see all women empowered and live to their full potential” Balance for better!

Celebrating all women – whatever you do, wherever you are!