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From September 2015 Middlesex University will be giving all of its students registered at its Hendon campus in London their own personal free ebook for each module they study.  In the current academic year the project is being piloted with two Schools. The webinar will discuss the success of the project so far, our partnership with John Smith/Kortext and ways in which provision may develop in future.

Date: Tuesday 24 February 2015

Time: 1400 GMT

Duration: 45 minutes including Q&A (up to 60 minutes maximum if there is sufficient demand for an extended Q&A




Matthew Lawson

Deputy Director Library & Student Support

Middlesex University


Jamie Halstead

Liaison Manager for the Business School

Middlesex University


Paul Howell

Ebooks Project Officer

Middlesex University


 Matthew Lawson is Deputy Director of Library and Student Support at Middlesex University.Having previously worked at King’s College London and London South Bank University as well as in public libraries, Matthew is responsible for library services, both on-campus and remote, including acquisition and management of library collections, information skills, academic writing and numeracy and Student Learning Assistants.  Last year the University committed to an ambitious project led by the Library to purchase personal ebooks for all students in the Business and Law schools. Following this successful pilot, Matthew is managing the project’s expansion to all students at Middlesex University.


 Jamie Halstead is the Library’s Liaison Manager for the Business School at Middlesex University. Along with his responsibilities for managing the Library’s resource and service  provision for the Business School , Jamie leads on the delivery of the University’s Reading List provision and works closely with Paul and Matthew on the eTextbook scheme. 


 Paul Howell is currently the eBooks Project Officer at Middlesex University. Following a successful pilot in the Business and Law Schools Paul is responsible for the delivery of the project to all students at Middlesex University for 2015/2016. Based in Library & Student Support, Paul’s responsibilities include the operational running of the project and ensuring that every student receives a free personal eTextbook for each module studied.



  • Rationale for Middlesex University starting this initiative
  • The process from tender to delivery
  • Lessons learned from year one and ideas for year two

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