Vision: Service Downtime Announcement

Our Managed Hosting Company (Blackboard) will be performing essential maintenance at their datacenter in Amsterdam on Tuesday 19th December 2017

This has been scheduled

From Tuesday 19/12/2017 at 22:00 GMT to Wednesday 20/12/2017 at 04:00 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.

VisionDT

See System Status page for updates

If you have any queries regarding this upgrade please contact ithelp@hw.ac.uk

 

Microsoft authentication upgrade: 18th December

Information Services will be upgrading to a new version of Microsoft’s authentication service on Monday 18th December 2017 at 16:00 GMT.

The Office 365 service will be at risk for up to an hour while the upgrade takes place.

Users may be asked to login to Office 365 on their devices (e.g. phones, tablets) following the change.

See System Status Page for updates.

If you have any queries regarding this upgrade please contact ithelp@hw.ac.uk

Opening hours – Edinburgh Campus Library #edincampuslib

The opening hours of our Edinburgh campus Library for December are:

Thursday 14th December – 24/7

Friday 15th December – close 8:30pm

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December – closed

Monday 18th – Friday 22nd December – 9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday 23rd December – Tuesday 2nd January – closed

Wednesday 3rd January – Friday 5th January – 9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th January – closed

Monday 8th January – Thursday 17th May – 24/7 

Check our website for further details and other campuses
https://www.hw.ac.uk/services/is/library-essentials/library-opening-hours.htm

 

12 Reads of Christmas: Spot the Space Station

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No? Maybe it’s the International Space Station.

Nasa’s Spot the Station website will let you know when you can expect to see the Space Station (ISS) in your area and gives you tips on how to identify it. It also has some beautiful images taken on the ISS which are well worth a look.

Are the skies near you too cloudy to see anything? Stellarium is an open source programme that allows you to see the stars as if there is no interference from clouds, light or even the atmosphere.

12 Reads of Christmas: Scottish History

edinburghcastleAs a university with its roots firmly in Scotland, many staff and students are interested in the history of Heriot-Watt University, the city of Edinburgh (arguably one of the most beautiful capital cities) and the small by spectacularly beautiful country of Scotland.

Heriot-Watt University

If you want to know more about the history of Heriot-Watt University you could start with the 12 Reads of Christmas: Our History and then explore our Heritage and Information Governance web pages

Edinburgh

Edinburgh is such a popular tourist destination that you will find lots of books and websites full of information. You could try: –

Scotland

You’ll also find a quick Google search brings up lots of Scottish history books, but if you are interested in an easy to read overview of the history from start to finish you could try

If you are on the Edinburgh campus, you could check out the events organized by the Chaplaincy – many of these give you the opportunity to see and experience Scottish culture and history.

You might also be interested in: –

12 Reads of Christmas: Scottish Books

A selection of books to read at this time of year that have a Scottish theme, author or publisher.  Exams are nearly done, the semester is almost complete and now is the time to sit back and relax and enjoy reading.

The Existential Detective by Alice Thompson
Set in Portobello, Edinburgh and featuring William Blake, private detective
Recommended by Scottish Book Trust 

The Falling Sky by Pippa Goldschmidt
A black comedy satire – mixture of fiction, mystery and astronomy.

The Long Drop by Denise Mina
Based in Glasgow in the 1950s
WINNER OF THE 2017 MCILVANNEY PRIZE FOR SCOTTISH CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR
Recommended by Crime Fiction Lover 

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
The Saltire Society’s Book of the Year
Published by Canongate Books 
“A poignant exploration of the enduring quality of love across space and time”.
Recommended by Books from Scotland

The Whisky Directory by Iain Hector Ross
Published by Sandstone press
‘A wonderful work of reference that should be on the Christmas list of anyone who has someone in their life who loves whisky.’
Undiscovered Scotland

Winter Tales by George Mackay Brown
A collection of storytelling from Orkney

 

12 Reads of Christmas: Academic Phrasebank

Do you sometimes struggle to say what you mean in your essay, thesis, report or dissertation? The Academic Phrasebank is full of reusable phrases you can use in your writing. Produced by the University of Manchester, the phrases listed here have been taken from authentic academic sources and arranged by chapter of a report or thesis, with other sections on general language usage for other writing. It is extremely useful for all students, regardless of academic level or confidence with English.

The online guide is free, however a more comprehensive PDF version can also be purchased from their website for £4.99

See also

For more support with academic writing, Skills4StudyCampus has a module on Writing – for more information visit our website or access it from the A-Z Database list

There are lots of excellent guides and resources for academic writing listed on the Information, Research and Study Skills Subject Guide. There are books to help with all kinds of academic writing, including essays, reports and theses.

A Note on Citing and Referencing 

For help citing and referencing using the Harvard author-date system, visit our online resource Cite Them Right Online.

If you use another style, such as IEEE, SIAM or the Royal Society of Chemistry, visit your Subject Guide for help and guidelines.

12 Reads of Christmas: Our History

HWU1821This recommended read takes you on a tour of some of the key dates in Heriot-Watt University’s history.

You may recognize some of the names below as many of the buildings on the Edinburgh campus are named after key people associated with our history.

 

Key Dates

1821 Edinburgh School of Arts, the world’s first mechanics’ institute, founded by Leonard Horner and Robert Bryson in Niddry Street.

Their names can still be found on buildings at the Edinburgh campus:
Robert Bryson Hall and Leonard Horner Hall student accommodation.

16th October

First lecture in chemistry given at St Cecilia’s concert hall in the Old Town.

1836 First working class representative joined the Board of Governors
1837 Move to Adam Square
1851 Watt Subscription Fund donates funding to School as Edinburgh’s monument to James Watt
1852 School becomes Watt Institution and School of Arts
1854 Watt Club alumni association founded:

Peter Slater’s Watt statue unveiled.

Staff and students celebrate at the Guildford Arms.

1869 Women students admitted – thanks to campaign by Mary Burton
1872 Foundation stone laid for Chambers Street Building
1874 Mary Burton is the first woman to join board of Governors
1885 Merger with George Heriot endowment to create Heriot-Watt College, with 2,000 students, 15% of whom were women.
1887 First Professors appointed in Chemistry, Physics and Mechanics and Engineering
1902 The College becomes a Central Institution, teaching to degree standard
1928 Heriot-Watt College becomes independent from George Heriot Trust.
Students’ Representative Council established.
James Cameron Smail became Principal.
1966 Heriot-Watt gains University status by Royal Charter.
The College Principal, Hugh Nisbet, became the university’s first Vice-Chancellor.
1969 Riccarton estate gifted to the University by Midlothian Council
1971 Research Park opened: first university research park in Europe
1973 First phase of development at Riccarton
1989 Orkney Campus opens in Stromness
1992 Relocation to Edinburgh campus at Riccarton complete
1998 Merger with Scottish College of Textiles to create Scottish Borders Campus
2005 Dubai Campus opens
2014 Malaysia Campus opens
2016 University celebrates 50th anniversary of Royal Charter

 

See Also

12 Reads of Xmas: Food

Traditional or unusual?

Budget or Luxury?

Eating in or dining out?

Check out these reads about Christmas food

Unusual food for Christmas including pickle mince pies, roast dinner pizza and turkey gin.

Christmas breakfasts  including waffles and pancakes

Celebration food including pineapple trifle and buttered mustard lobster

12 Reads of Christmas: Health and Wellbeing

There’s nothing more important this Winter than taking care of yourself. Today’s topic for recommended reads is all about your Health and Wellbeing.

If you haven’t already, we also recommend reading the University’s Health and Wellbeing pages to see what kinds of help and support you can access. There are lots of books dedicated to the subject, so we recommend reading our Bibliotherapy page. This has a list of useful books and websites on a range of mental and physical health topics, such as overcoming anxiety and eating disorders.

Each campus also has a range of sports facilities you can use and clubs you can get involved with. Visit the links below to find out more.