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Shan Robinson

Shan Robinson
Shan Robinson
Academic Support Officer, (CAH) and Special Collections Co-ordinator
01248 382913
Main Library

About me

I have worked at the University Library for 30 years. I have a dual role in the library, as Special Collections Co-ordinator, and Academic Support Officer for the College of Arts and Humanities. I studied for my degree in Social Studies through the Department of Life Long Learning, and then went on to complete my Masters in Women’s Studies at the same department in 2013. I work closely with the collections in the Welsh Library, and have a particular interest in the history of Welsh women.  My M.A. dissertation topic was on the history of Women’s education in Wales. I am one of the representatives for north Wales on the committee of The Women’s Archive of Wales, a group committed to promoting the study, and rescuing and preserving the sources, of women's history in Wales. The archive also undertakes research projects which advance public knowledge of the lives of women in Wales.


I provide support to all students and staff studying or teaching in the arts and humanities. I also provide support for any subject taught through the medium of Welsh. I can offer to teach library skills, provide library induction for new students and staff, and offer one to one, group sessions, or practical workshops.

Research Support

I support researchers with guidance on literature research skills and subject specific resources. I also offer advice to academic staff with regard to resources and reading lists.

Special Collections: Our Special Collections contain historic and rare material which can be especially useful for accessing as primary sources of information for your dissertation. The collections cover wide-ranging subjects across thousands of irreplaceable books, journals, pamphlets, and newspapers - nearly 30,000 items in all.

External Support

I am also available to assist visiting scholars and the local community with their library research needs.

I am involved in community outreach programmes such as, “The North & Mid Wales Reaching Wider Partnership.” Reaching Wider aims to increase higher education participation from groups and communities in Wales by raising aspirations, and creating new study opportunities and learning pathways to higher education.

I am also an Open University OpenLearn Champion and am happy to introduce interested parties to the resources available on the OpenLearn website.

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