Books

You are expected to purchase a textbook for many of your courses. University policy on this is as follows:

  • It is the responsibility of the academic department to give realistic recommendations to students regarding the purchase of core texts, in terms of the usefulness of the material contained within text books and the amount students would be expected to spend overall.

  • It is the responsibility of students to purchase these core texts.

  • It is the responsibility of level or programme coordinators to ensure that the Library is kept informed of recommendations made to students on which books to purchase.

  • It is the responsibility of the Library to work in partnership with academic departments and provide, as far as possible, resources in the most appropriate format that complement the core texts purchased by students.

  • It is not the responsibility of the Library to provide multiple copies of core texts.

How much should students be spending on books?

Social Sciences £160 - £180

This figure is based on national average book spend by students reported in the Department for Education and Skills Survey 2005–06, adjusted for inflation. The figure is intended to provide a broad guide range and it is recognised that realistic sums for book purchase in a particular session might vary within particular professional disciplines. The figure is intended to include purchased course packs as well as core texts.