Study spaces (Edinburgh campus)

Once the teaching stops and we’re into the exam fortnight, the following rooms will be available for study.

Rooms available for study: 04-15 December 2017: 09:15 – 22:15
Please note: – Mary Burton teaching rooms are available evening and weekend only

Teaching rooms
 Teaching rooms
Edwin Chadwick

  • ECG.02

William Arrol

  • WA3.03

Mary Burton Building (evenings and weekend only)

  • 18:15 – 22:00 weekdays
  • 08:30 – 22:00 Saturday & Sunday

Ground Floor:
All ground floor teaching rooms and computer labs

First Floor: MB 1.47 and MB 1.62

Earl Mountbatten*

  • EMG61
  • EM101
  • EM336

James Nasmyth

  • JN1.01
  • JN1.02
  • JN1.03

PC Labs

  • Earl Mountbatten*: – EM2.52
  • Edwin Chadwick: – EC2.04
  • Mary Burton: – MBG.22


Earl Mountbatten is electronically locked around 7 pm (automated system) – no one can enter the building after this time.

Students already in EM can stay until 10 pm but they MUST sign the “out of hours” book at the North entrance/red canopy leading to the car park so that we know who is in. The North entrance is the only exit after 7 pm (please use exit release button).

This information supplements that already available on the Other Spaces tab at

Other teaching rooms may be available – you can check room availability at Online Timetables.

If you wish to enquire about making a room booking contact

SCONUL Access: Reduced access to Edinburgh University libraries 30th November to 17th December

During the University of Edinburgh exam period SCONUL Access reference members will have reduced access to the University of Edinburgh Main Library and Law Library.

Restrictions will apply between Thursday 30 November – Sunday 17 December 2017 inclusive.

  • Main Library – no access from 5.30am to 5.30pm
  • Law Library – no access from opening time to 5.30pm

Normal access arrangements will resume on Monday 18 December 2017.

See Edinburgh University Main Library opening hours for more information.

SCONUL Access allows students to use other UK universities’ libraries. Undergraduates can use other libraries for studying, and postgraduates, staff and distance learners are often allowed to borrow a limited number of books (SCONUL Access does not give access to other universities’ computers or e-journals.).

If you’d like to join SCONUL Access you can find out more on our web pages and apply online.

Book Week Scotland 2017

bws2017Book Week Scotland 2017 – a week-long celebration of books and reading – is taking place from Monday 27 November – Sunday 3 December.

Scotland’s authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators are out in force to bring a packed programme of events and projects to life.

Check out what’s on around the country – there are events and activities to suit all tastes and ages – and many events are free. You can search the events page to find out what’s happening where.

See the Book Week Scotland for full details.

Well done new HWU graduands!

graduation dayCongratulations to all of our students who are graduating this autumn in ceremonies held in the UK (14th & 15th November), Dubai (27th & 28th November), Malaysia (3rd December) and Moscow (13th October).

We hope you enjoy your ceremony and have an excellent time with your family and friends.

If you are leaving us remember that you can continue to use our library services as an alumnus – see Borrowing from HWU libraries for more information (look under Who can join HWU library).

With our very best wishes for a happy and successful future.

Vision: Service Interruption 18th November 2017

Our Managed Hosting Company (Blackboard) will be performing essential maintenance at their datacentre in Amsterdam on Saturday 18th November 2017

This has been scheduled for

23:00 on 17/11/2017 to 05:00 on 18/11/2017 GMT

While Blackboard will keep downtime to a minimum, Vision will be unavailable at some time during the maintenance window, and should be considered to be at risk throughout.vision20171118

See System Status page for updates.

Study tips for successful revision: Study Buddies & Study Groups

studygroupIt’s week 8 already – a good time to find a study buddy or join a study group and start early with exam preparation. If you haven’t found the right study group start your own.   Agree a regular time to meet and book one of our Group Study Rooms (Edinburgh campus) or check out the other study spaces across your campus and decide where to meet.

Research shows that studying and revising with a study buddy or with a group really boosts retention and more importantly your understanding of a topic or concept. Test each other. Past exam papers are a good source of practice questions – if you can’t find them on Vision ask your lecturer if they can make some available.   Within the study group take turns to explain the concept/idea or the workings of a problem or formulae – everyone benefits, especially the student doing the explaining!

Don’t miss the exam survival sessions in November

This National Stress Awareness day – some reminders about how we can help as the semester moves into course work hand in time and then exams.

The NSS highlights exams are one of the top reasons for stressed students – so don’t miss the Exam Survival Guide and How to Manage Exam Stress Power Hours later this month – each session is full of useful tips and  techniques to help you survive and succeed in your exams.


And remember – if you are feeling stressed you don’t need to cope alone – there’s lots of support available across HWU e.g. Health and Wellbeing, Academic Study SkillsChaplaincy – so get in touch – we’re here to help.

New Student Quiz winners 2017

We have had an excellent response to our new student quiz in Vision with a total of 836 students taking part and a total of 165 all correct entries.

  • Dubai: 184 entries; 31 all correct
  • Edinburgh: 491 entries; 85 all correct
  • Malaysia: 121 entries; 39 all correct
  • Orkney: 10 entries; 6 all correct
  • SBC: 30 entries; 4 all correct

The prize winners – selected at random from the all correct answers – have collected their prizes of gift vouchers for local cinemas, food outlets etc.

Dubai Campus
Winners were James Mathew, Ibrahim Qureshi and Rakesh Rai

Edinburgh Campus
Winners were Elie Younes (PG/EPS), Toni Baird (UG/EGIS) and Megan Ongley (UG/MACS)

Toni Baird, UG, EGIS

Malaysia Campus
Winners were Xiu Jui Woo, Rubini Vijayasuriar and Mohamad Aminuddun

Orkney Campus
Winners were Jack Sheehy (PG/EGIS) and Stuart Bevan (PG/EGIS)


Scottish Borders Campus
Winners were Maeve Kilcullen (UG/TEX),  India Gill (UG/TEX) and Amy MacKenzie (UG/TEX)


Maeve receiving her voucher from Jamie McIntyre, Campus Library Manager

We hope you found it a bit of fun, but also a useful introduction to the services and support offered by Information Services – and to Vision itself.

Thank you to everyone that took part.

Get Safe Online Week 2017

Get Safe Online week starts today in the UK.  The key theme this year is phishing – and how to reduce the chances of getting caught.

National Stats reveal that

  • Younger people are more likely to be victims of phishing than older people:
    • 11 per cent of 18-24 year olds have been a victim of phishing
    • 5 per cent of 55+ year olds have been a victim of phishing
  • This is despite the fact that older people are more likely to be targeted:
    • 36 per cent of 18-24 year olds have been targeted by phishing, but have not fallen victim to it
    • 47 per cent of 55+ year olds have been targeted by phishing, but have not fallen victim to it
  • This indicates younger people are less savvy when it comes to phishing than older people

Visit Get Safe Online for more info and advice.


Learning Commons 2 – now open!

Following yet another busy summer of redevelopment work Learning Commons 2 was officially opened by Principal Richard Williams on 6th October. This £800,000 investment further improves the variety and quality of study spaces across the Edinburgh campus.


Professor Richard Williams and Director of Information Services Kathy McCabe enjoy a tour of Learning Commons 2

Located in Building 18 (also still known as the Post Graduate Centre), Learning Commons 2 occupies all of the top and part of the 3rd floor, and offers a mix of collaborative and silent study areas with 3 bookable group study rooms, a silent study room (available from November), 15 PCs, an MFD and an office where IS staff will offer help at advertised times.

The space improves and extends the variety and number of student study spaces that we have across campus – complementing the very popular Learning Commons 1 (opened last autumn) and the newly refurbished James Watt Centre.

Learning Commons 2 will be open from 8am to 10pm, Monday to Friday with Learning Commons 1 open from 6 am – midnight everyday, and the library open 24/7 during semester.

See Opening Hours for details

Work has now started on the Cameron Smail Library – a 2 year project that will transform the current library into a modern, flexible and comfortable environment for everyone.

We hope that you enjoy Learning Commons 2.  If you have any comments on the space please let us know – either in person at one of our service desks or by using our feedback form.

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