Exam Stress Buster & drop in sessions

Exam Stress Buster


http://www.artofliving.org UK Registered Charity: 1131480 / SC041411

The Counselling and Support Service and Jaydeep Pancholi invite you to drop in for free meditation sessions to help dispel your anxiety and stress.

The Anderson Room, top floor, Cameron Smail Library

Mondays:   25th April, 2nd, 9th & 16th May: 1215 – 1245
Thursdays: 28th April, 5th, 12th & 19th May: 1615 – 1645

Exam stress drop in sessions

For anyone who is struggling or feeling very anxious.

Student Support and Accommodation Office, Hugh Nisbet building

Monday-Friday throughout the exams:  1400 – 1500

No appointment needed – all welcome!

Transform IT – Transform Your Tech, Change the World (Malaysia campus)

TransformITThe ‘Transform IT – Transform Your Tech, Change The World’ campaign was launched this week at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.

Transform IT is a programme where old digital devices can be donated and refurbished to be given to non-governmental organisations, welfare homes and community centres nationwide or responsibly recycled to ensure no damage is done to the environment.

The campaign is in partnership with social enterprise SOLS Tech, HP Malaysia, and AIESEC Student Club at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.

For more information see: –


Study space update (Edinburgh campus)

The following information supplements that already available on the Other Spaces tab at www.hw.ac.uk/studyspace

Rooms available for study during exam period.

25 April – 20 May 2016: from 09:15 – 22:15

Teaching rooms Teaching rooms
David Brewster

  • DB1.15

Edwin Chadwick

  • ECG.01
  • ECG.02

William Arrol

  • WA1.08
  • WA1.10
  • WA1.31
  • WA3.03



Earl Mountbatten*

  • EM3.02
  • EM3.03
  • EM3.06
  • EM3.07

James Nasmyth

  • JN1.01
  • JN1.02
  • JN1.03

PC Labs

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

Other rooms

Mary Burton Building
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 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).

The Chaplaincy Centre Lounge can also be used as a study area: –
Saturday 30th April; 7th & 14th May: 09:00 – 19:00
Sunday 1st, 8th & 15th May: 15:00 – 19:00

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 roombookings@hw.ac.uk

Nexis: Global news and business research service

Nexis: Global news and business research service

We have a new subscription to Nexis (replacing the previous subscription to Factiva). nexis screenshot

Nexis is Ideal for lecturers and students specialising in: Business, Management, Politics, Linguistics, Languages, Social Sciences and more. It provides full text access to UK and international newspapers and trade press, with foreign language news sources in over 26 languages and also:

  • Full text access to The Financial Times (30 day embargo)
    • Company and industry information from Extel Cards, Hoover’s profiles, ICC Financial Analysis Reports and Worldscope.
    • Company Dossier
    • Economic and political profiles for countries.
    • Biographical information including Debrett’s People of Today and Who’s Who

Nexis is available from the A-Z list of databases.

More Online Journals

We have expanded our provision of full-text journals from the Proquest databases and now have access to the following:screenshot of proquest

  • ProQuest SciTech Collection
    • Research literature in science, technology and engineering
    • 5,600 full-text titles
    • 1,700 full-text environmental impact statements
  • ProQuest Social Sciences Premium Collection
    • Comprehensive bundle of full text and A&I social sciences literature
    • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
    • 640 full-text titles
  • ProQuest Art, Design and Architecture Collection
    • Collection of A&I databases and journals in full-text
    • 400 full-text titles

Proquest databases are listed in the A-Z list of databases.

New! Food Science & Technology Abstracts (FSTA) database


Heriot-Watt University has been selected as one of five institutions world-wide to have a year’s paid trial to FSTA, the leading database for searching the literature in the field of food science and technology.

You can link to FSTA from the Information Services databases page or from the Food Sciences subject guide. Access will run until 31st August 2016.

Find out more about FSTA.

New Resources: Dynamed Plus and BMJ Best Practice

BMJ best practice


Heriot-Watt staff and students now have access to BMJ Best Practice and DynaMed Plus as part of a Scottish Higher Education Digital Library (SHEDL) deal.  Designed to give answers to clinical questions using current evidence, guidelines and expert opinion, these resources give overviews of health conditions including symptoms, prevention, treatment recommendations, epidemiological and diagnostic information. In addition, you can quickly access key and recommended papers, clinical guidelines and drug information.

Access via our online subject guide for Human Health or on our databases A-Z  page.

Journal of Lipid Research: Free access to 31 December 2015


Heriot-Watt staff and students now have free access to the Journal of Lipid Research (JLR) until 31st December 2015 – including the archive back to 1959.

The JLR focuses on the science of lipids in health and disease; lipid function; the biochemical and genetic regulation of lipid metabolism; and epidemiological research relating to altered lipid metabolism, including modification of dietary lipids.  It aims to provide papers at the forefront of the emerging areas of genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and lipidomics as they relate to lipid metabolism and function.

Highlights from the current issue include: –

All-trans retinoic acid induces oxidative phosphorylation and mitochondria biogenesis in adipocytes
Franck Tourniaire et al

Human monocyte-derived dendritic cells turn into foamy dendritic cells with IL-17A
Giulia Salvatore et al.

Micellar lipid composition affects micelle interaction with class B scavenger receptor extracellular loops
Aurélie Goncalve et al.

Access from our catalogue, journals A-Z or direct via this link.

Free access to educational videos in essential genetics and cell biology from JoVe


Until 31 December 2015 students and staff have free access to 30 short instructional videos covering the Essentials of Genetics and the Essentials of Cell Biology from JoVe (Journal of Visualized Experiments). The videos typically are around 10 minutes each.

Use the Essentials of Genetics videos highlighted below for information on who the key players were in the history of genetics, key questions being asked by geneticists and how to do a tetrad analysis with 12 more videos on different topics available.

jove1 jove2 jove3

Use the Essentials of Cell Biology videos highlighted below for information on who first described glycolysis, what a trypan blue assay and who first studied necrosis at a cellular level with 12 more videos on different topics available.

jove4 jove5 jove7

Essentials of Genetics and Essentials of Cell Biology also link to a further 75 peer-reviewed video articles each, showing how the methods in the short educational videos are being applied in research at leading academic institutions.

NEW! Fishbone References for applied brewing scientists


Fishbone References, a database of cause and effect ‘fishbone’ diagrams for malting and brewing scientists,  is now available. Covering practical aspects including malting, brewing, packaging and distribution,  the fishbone (or herringbone, Ishikawa or Fishikawa) diagrams cover how the four Ms (machine, manpower, methods and materials) influence outcomes in different malting and brewing processes. Find out more in the video tutorial.

Fishbone References are also linked to from the online subject guide for Brewing & Distilling and our databases A-Z.

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