Changes to Library book loans

Due to the current situation, we have made some changes to the policies for book loans and returns.

All books that are currently on loan will auto-renew until at least September.  This means that any books that you have borrowed will not become overdue and will not generate any fines.  You will be able to keep the book until the beginning of next Semester.

Also, the option to request or reserve a book has been cancelled.  This means that no books currently out on loan will be recalled in order to fulfil reservations which in turn avoids students having to return books to the Library.

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If you require any further information, or have any questions, please email the Library Service Desk servicedesk@hw.ac.uk

 

 

IT and Library Help

If you have an IT or Library issue, request or enquiry, you can get help via our online Helpdesk system.

You can access it via the tile on the portal

Helpdesk tiles

Or by the link https://hwu.topdesk.net/tas/public/ssp/

which will take you to the Helpdesk home page and you can select the relevant service

Helpdesk SSP

You can also email ISHelp@hw.ac.uk and this will create a ticket in Helpdesk system

 

Phishing emails – ‘REFUND CONFIRMATION – Heriot-Watt University Student’

We have had reports of staff and students receiving phishing emails this afternoon. 

Some have a subject line of  REFUND CONFIRMATION – Heriot-Watt University Student – and a link to claim a tax refund.  Some are requesting bank details for refunds.  

Do NOT click on the link in the email 

If you think you have received a phishing email

  • DON’T click on any links
    DON’T open any attachments
  • Forward the email to abuse@hw.ac.uk
  • Delete it

Top tips to help you spot phishing emails

  • Be suspicious of any urgent requests for personal or financial information
  • Be aware: Phishing scams are common at main instalment payment dates
  • Check that you’re using a secure website when submitting credit card or other sensitive information;
  • Prevention: Your email details may have been taken from a social networking site so avoid disclosing your email address or make sure you hide it on your page
  • Look for tell-tale signs of phishing: Check the quality of the communication. Misspelling, poor punctuation and bad grammar are often good indicators

 

Upgrade of S: Drive – 28th Feb 17:00 GMT

Information Services will be migrating the S: drive to a new location in order to improve the service. This change will utilise new IT infrastructure that will offer a faster, robust and more secure platform.
Access to the S: drive should be considered “at risk” from Friday 28th February 17:00 – Monday 2nd March 9:00 GMT. 
During the switch over all data on the S: drive will be secure.

For those users with managed desktops/laptops the new path to the S: drive will automatically be updated, however Recent Documents and Shortcuts to the old S: drive locations will no longer work and will need to be recreated.

For those on unmanaged machines you will need to remap the S: drive from the current location \\netapp04b\HWShare to \\HWSHARE\hwshare

Please contact ISHelp@hw.ac.uk if you have any questions

Helpdesk Self Service – Staff Systems tile for HR, Payroll and Finance Systems

Following on from the Information Services Helpdesk system improvements and developments earlier this year, the new system is now available for HR, Payroll and Finance Systems faults, requests and enquiries from staff.

SSP Staff System

Selecting the Staff Systems tile will open up service tiles for HR, Payroll and Finance Systems and the service pages will give information about these services including forms to submit requests and enquiries.

TOPdesk finance systems

It is possible to continue using the existing email addresses HRhelp@hw.ac.uk  or payrollhelp@hw.ac.uk  or financesystems@hw.ac.uk for enquiries, as they will be routed into the new system.
However, by using the Self Service facility to submit requests via the tiles and custom forms, your enquiry will be more efficiently managed.

As with enquiries and requests to IShelp@hw.ac.uk you will be able to track progress of your ticket via the ‘Track Tickets’ tile.

Track tickets

If you would like any more information, please contact ISHelp@hw.ac.uk and check out how to access the Helpdesk Self Service via the staff portal.

Tilez

 

Phishing emails – “Annual refund”

Phishing emails “Heriot-Watt University – Valuation Office Agency – Annual refund”

A high volume of phishing emails have been received by staff and students this afternoon.  Some are requesting bank details for refunds similar to the example below.

Do NOT click on the link in the email 

Phishing email example

If you think you have received a phishing email

  • DON’T click on any links
    DON’T open any attachments
  • Forward the email to abuse@hw.ac.uk
  • Delete it

Top tips to help you spot phishing emails

  • Be suspicious of any urgent requests for personal or financial information
  • Be aware: Phishing scams are common at main instalment payment dates
  • Check that you’re using a secure website when submitting credit card or other sensitive information;
  • Prevention: Your email details may have been taken from a social networking site so avoid disclosing your email address or make sure you hide it on your page
  • Look for tell-tale signs of phishing: Check the quality of the communication. Misspelling, poor punctuation and bad grammar are often good indicators

 

Essential network maintenance and enhancements – Saturday 4th January 2020

Information Services will be carrying out essential network maintenance and enhancements on Saturday 4th January 2020 between 9am and 5:30pm (UK time).

This work is part of an ongoing IS programme to improve our resilience as well as enhance security and access to University services. There will be a brief disruption to service for all staff and students and services should be considered at risk period between the hours stated above, for all internet facing services such as the University website and Office 365.

Our apologies for any inconvenience caused during this time.

HWU IS Helpdesk – how to submit faults, requests and enquiries

How to use the HWU IS Helpdesk self service

  • Select the Helpdesk tile on the student or staff portal

    Helpdesk tiles

  • Select HWU Login
    Log in with your usual HWU username and password

    HWU login

  • The Home Page will open
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  • The tiles / icons are all Services apart from the first tile, which is the link to Track your submitted tickets
    To submit a ticket, select a Service tile, which will open to show the sub pages with sub services.
    On each page, there is information about the Service and links to forms to submit tickets for faults and requests.
  • It is possible to submit a ticket by emailing ISHelp@hw.ac.uk although submitting via the self service page via the portal is more efficient.
  • You can also telephone the IS Helpdesk on 0131 451 4045

Track your tickets with the IS Helpdesk

Information Services Helpdesk

We have a new online Information Services Helpdesk based on the TOPdesk system.
It is available to all staff and students and is an easy and efficient way for you to report faults, request access to a wide range of software and services and to order a new PC or device.

You can access the new IS Helpdesk from myHWU staff portal and myHWU student portal.  Select the ‘Helpdesk’ tile.

Tilez

The user friendly, accessible interface enables you to submit tickets and use the Track Tickets tile to check on your requests, issues and enquiries.

Track tickets

Using the online self-service Helpdesk is the quickest way to contact Information Services.  We’re also available by telephone on 4045 and by email ISHelp@hw.ac.uk

Cause to ‘celebrate’, as we ‘collaborate’ and ‘inspire’ to learn and make LinkedIn Learning ‘belong’ to us all

LinkedInLearningNewsScreen

Thursday 19 September 2019 marks the first Anniversary of the release of LinkedIn Learning at the University.

This service continues to grow from strength-to-strength with staff and student continuing to use it daily.

For our staff, it is an invaluable tool which encourages you to take a few minutes out of your day or week to learn something new, or perhaps you might want to use it to augment your course teaching?

For our students, we can see that you are using it to both complement and reinforce what you’re being taught as part of your course or using it as supplemental learning. Life, wellbeing and employability skills playing a key part.

Please remember you can access LinkedIn Learning from anywhere, anytime on any device, so it makes it easy to split your learning into convenient bite-size chunks.

To date, 14% of the University population have engaged with, and continue to do so, and it is our aim that this will grow until it is seen as an integral part of University life, whether you are a member of staff or a student and whatever your learning aims and motivations are.

If you haven’t heard of or delved into LinkedIn Learning yet, we promise you will not be disappointed. There are some 13,000+ courses and videos spanning technology, business and creative libraries, incorporating material from data science to interpersonal skills, from computer programming to well-being courses and life skills and much more.

But don’t take our word for it, dive in and explore this learning environment for yourself, you’ll never look back! Visit LinkedIn Learning today – available from myHWU.

If you have any questions about LinkedIn Learning please contact our IS Helpdesk.

We wish you all continued prosperity in your journey of learning.

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