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Links to various useful academic, and other relevant websites; academic software downloads

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An Online History Study Centre featuring:

  • Over 200 Modern History new perspective articles arranged in 8 topic areas (with direct links to other resources, topic guides, concepts articles, study advice …)
  • GCSE Resource bank (for AQA, Edexcel and OCR specifications
  • Grade Buster’s guides (for AS/A AQA, Edexcel and OCR study units) with inplace links
  • e-new perspective - the journal online. The current issue and all back volumes.
  • Complete access to all Core Concepts and Topic Guides
  • Google-style Study Centre (only) search facility
  • Selected Internet History links
  • Online edition of the bestselling The Good History Students’ Handbook

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JDC is a coalition of local/regional groups and national organisations. Its focus is on changing UK government policy on debt, including to ensure that the maximum influence is brought to bear on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) - on whose governing bodies the UK is represented.




The aim of the Learning Curve is to be nothing less than an electronic field trip to whichever area of the past you are studying. The Learning Curve has:

  • an impressive collection of source material
  • a range of fantastic ideas on how the material can be used.

The Learning Curve




The MATTER project is a non-profit consortium of UK materials science departments working towards the development and integration of computer-based learning (CBL) materials into mainstream teaching. Liverpool University has been pioneering the production of free, open, online resources for physical sciences at GCSE and A-Level.

This site contains interactive resources (such as simulations, interactive exercises, experiments, tasks, etc.) designed to assist teachers and students of physical sciences at both 11-16 and A-level.


An MD5 hash is a mathematical "signature" of a file, and can be used to verify a download, primarily to check for corruption, a common problem with larger files.

It is a 32 character string, and the simplest way to verify a download is to "hash" the received file and compare it with that shown on the VLE beside all official software downloads.

If the hashes are different, the downloaded file is corrupted, and unfortunately cannot be used (you could try the download again). However if this is a frequently occuring problem, it is likely indicative of a poor internet connection - contact IT Support or your ISP for assistance.


Windows users will need an add-on program such as MD5 Context Menu to create MD5 Hashes.

Download From School Servers 238.9KB
MD5 Sum: 381568c7116405cd1d7c4b535e4b6019

  1. Save the EXE file to your computer
  2. Run it, and follow the instructions on-screen to install.
  3. To obtain the MD5 Hash of a file, simply right click it within windows explorer or a folder window and choose MD5
  4. If this is impractical for you to download, please contact IT Support who will be happy to provide you with this software on CD free of charge.

Windows (Command Line)

Microsoft provide the File Checksum Integrity Verifier for x86 Windows XP, a command-line utility for calculating md5 checksums, however this should only be used by advanced users.

Download From School Servers 116.8KB
MD5 Sum: 58dc4df814685a165f58037499c89e76

  1. Save the EXE file to your computer
  2. Execute it and choose to extract to C:\Windows\System32\
  3. Open a Command Prompt and run fciv /? for usage instructions
  4. If this is impractical for you to download, please contact IT Support who will be happy to provide you with this software on CD free of charge.


The most straightforward way to calculate MD5 hashes is via the console command openssl md5 [filename] from the OpenSSL package, which comes with most distros. The older BSD/GNU Core utility md5sum [filename] is also usually available. Consult your system documentation for further information, as alternative as well as graphical utilities may be available.


The Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching is a listing comprised of online resources for faculty and students of secondary and higher education.



Version 2.0.3 Writer editing a document originally created in (the inferior!) Microsoft the product is a multi-platform office productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites. Sophisticated and flexible, also works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office, and the vendor-neutral OpenDocument standard from OASIS.

Available in over 45 supported languages with more being constantly added by the community, runs stably and natively on Solaris, Linux (including PPC Linux), Windows, Mac OS X (X11), and numerous other platforms.

Download from School Servers: for Windows 107 MB
MD5 Sum: 98020c34f929762eb07928b8f8d1e9bf

  1. Save the EXE file to your computer
  2. Run it and follow the instructions on-screen to install. for Linux - x86 135 MB
MD5 Sum: c88992a36daa04c391ebf90770e0b2fb

  1. Note that these instructions apply to RPM-based distros such as SuSE and Fedora Core - if in doubt use your package manager or updater, e.g. Gentoo users should use Portage instead.
  2. Save the GZIP tarball to your computer
  3. Extract it to a temporary location (you will need an Archive Manager)
  4. su to root, if necessary.
  5. cd into the directory with the unpacked image.
  6. Delete any rpm files that do not apply to your system. For example, on a Fedora Core 3 system, delete any rpms specific to another distribution such as openofficeorg-suse-menus-1.9.79-1.noarch.rpm.
  7. Use you package manager to install the RPMs (e.g. YaST on SuSE), or execute rpm -Uvih *rpm from the console to install all rpms in the current folder.

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If this is impractical for you to download, please contact IT Support who will be happy to provide you with this software on CD free of charge.


Use this link to access the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography




Please select the following link to download a free PDF maker "PrimoPDF" which will enable you to creat PDF documents from most files including Word, Excel and Powerpoint for use on the VLE.

Having selected the link <click> SAVE and follow the onling instructions.

Once downloaded, your document can be "PDF'd" by simply selecting Print from your File drop down menu, and selecting the Primo PDF Printer from the Printer list.

Primo PDF




Directory of various Open Source (Free, Community-driven) Software projects and other resources for educational institutions. This page is a SourceForge-like listing specifically targeted for schools and universities, acting as a gateway into education-oriented sections of more general open-source community listings, and references a multitude of amazing computer based learning and teaching tools.

  • Students: There are many useful and syllabus-relevant educational packages listed - You can download ready-to-run versions of most software and other electronic resources here.
  • Staff: Look here to see if there is an open-source equivalent or better of the software you're about to spend a significant portion of your departmental budget on first!

SchoolForge Foundry

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