Library Study Space – approval for bookings

From Monday March 29th, there will be an extra approval step when booking study spaces.

Study spaces are limited due to the Covid19 restrictions and University and Government guidelines. The maximum number of spaces in the Library is 200 and these are for essential study. It is important that you only book the space for the number of hours that you need it and that you do show up. We have had a number of no shows which disadvantages other students.

The booking system will be same as usual – see information here but your booking will be provisional until you get to the Library and check in at the Service Desk. If you don’t turn up for your booking within an hour of the start time, it will be cancelled so that another student can book it.

Be vigilant for phishing and scam emails

Be vigilant for phishing and scam emails

We regularly receive reports from staff and students of suspicious emails e.g. false vaccination appointments, bogus HMRC tax refunds etc.
These can appear to be very believable and sophisticated and sometimes scammers can take names from university or company websites and then create other email accounts so the sender details look correct.

What to do:
If you think you have received a phishing email to your @hw.ac.uk account
Do not click on any links
Do not open any attachments
Don’t reply to the message

Information Services Help:
To notify Information Services of a phishing email, or you have concerns about whether an email is real or not,  please forward it to phishing@hw.ac.uk  and then delete it.


If you have received a phishing email, accidently clicked the link in it and provided your university credentials (username and password), please send an email to ishelp.hw.ac.uk for assistance.

Accounts that are suspected to be compromised will be blocked automatically for security purposes. 
If your account has been blocked because of this, please send an email to ishelp.hw.ac.uk for assistance.

Information Services are constantly working to make systems including emails as safe and secure as possible.
Planning is underway to implement Multi Factor Authentication for staff and then students to improve staff and student security and their data.

Top tips to help you spot phishing emails

(phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication).

  • Be suspicious of any urgent requests for personal or financial information
  • Be aware: Phishing scams are common at main instalment payment dates or connected to newsworthy events
  • 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

Warning regarding Sci-Hub website and phishing attacks

Sci-Hub is an illegal website which poses serious security risks and should be avoided by University students and staff.
Police have warned against using websites, and Sci-Hub, in particular that allow users to illegally access scientific research papers. 

The Sci-Hub website will be blocked for accessing on campus but it is important that students and staff do not access the site from home or off campus.

Sci-Hub obtains the papers through a variety of malicious means, such as the use of phishing emails to trick university staff and students into divulging their login credentials. 
Sci Hub then use this to compromise the university’s network and download the research papers” 
The City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) press release

Edinburgh Campus Library – Opening Hours – Easter Break

The Edinburgh Campus Library will be open the following days and hours over the Easter Break, 1st April to 7th April.

Please remember to book a study space in advance via the student portal

Face coverings are mandatory at all times

Thursday 1st April – CLOSED

Friday 2nd April – CLOSED

Saturday 3rd April – 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sunday 4th April – 10:00am to 4:00pm

Monday 5th April – 10:00am to 4:00pm

Tuesday 6th April – 10:00am to 4:00pm

Wednesday 7th April – 10:00am to 4:00pm

Edinburgh Campus Library Opening hours March 2021

The Edinburgh Campus Library will be open the following hours until the end of March.
Occasionally, we have to change the opening hours at short notice due to staff availability so please check the website for any changes and also twitter HWU_IS

Monday 22nd March        8:30am – 6:00pm

Tuesday 23rd March        8:30am – 6:00pm

Wednesday 24th March 8:30am – 6:00pm

Thursday 25th March      8:30am – 8:30pm

Friday 26th March             8:30am – 8:30pm

Saturday 27th March       10:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday 28th March          10:00am – 4:00pm

Monday 29th March        8:30am – 6:00pm

Tuesday 30th March        8:30am – 6:00pm

Wednesday 31st March  8:30am – 5:00pm

Library Building Occupancy tile on the portal – Edinburgh Campus

We have introduced a great new feature to the student and staff portal to show Library Building Occupancy at our Edinburgh Campus Library. 

The tile shows, in real time, how many study spaces are being used in the Library.
This means that you can tell how busy it is and if spaces are available for you to book before you come to campus.

Due to the current restrictions, and to comply with university and government guidelines, it is mandatory to book a space in advance.  Instructions for booking a study space

We currently have up to 250 spaces available, all for individual, physically distanced study.

Please remember that you need your student ID card to access the Library and face coverings must be worn at all times. 

New chatbot feature in Collaborate Ultra

Blackboard have updated Collaborate Ultra to include a “chatbot” for users.
The chatbot uses artificial intelligence to respond to user’s queries about Collaborate Ultra. All users can access the chatbot during a live session.
If you find the chatbot answer is not helpful, please contact IShelp@hw.ac.uk for more specific help. Please do not raise a ticket with Blackboard directly.
This will enable IS to track all issues and provide a more HWU specific response to any issues arising.

Skills Hub Webinars

If you’re aiming to improve your study skills or want to get better marks this semester, the Skills Hub webinars are designed for you. These free webinars, delivered by experienced librarians and effective learning advisers, are packed with useful tips and techniques to help with your degrees.

You can view the webinar schedule and register for sessions at https://hw.ac.libcal.com/calendar/skillshub

For assignments, we have webinars on writing literature reviews, essays, and reports, along with guidance on what your tutors are looking for in your work. We’ll also help you understand the feedback you’re given, and how to use this to improve your next assignment. If you’re in the early years of your degree, Getting Started with Research for Assignments will help you with finding information; if already know the basics and want to improve your skills you can attend Finding Quality Sources for Course Work.

The webinars on the Harvard and IEEE styles will help you understand citing and referencing, and you can learn how to use EndNote X9, powerful software that makes citing and referencing much easier.

Looking ahead to the end of semester, we have sessions on How to Succeed in Take-Home Exams.

These are just a selection of our upcoming webinars: you can view the full timetable at https://hw.ac.libcal.com/calendar/skillshub There are also lots of pre-recorded videos and online help on the skills hub website at https://isguides.hw.ac.uk/skillshub

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Face coverings to be worn at all times – Edinburgh Campus Library

Please wear face coverings at all times in the Library building.
This is to ensure that the Library space is as safe as possible under Tier 4 restrictions and to be compliant with Government regulations.

Please also observe physical distancing of 2 metres. Available study spaces are clearly marked.

Sanitiser and cleaning stations are available throughout the building

Happy New Year – Edinburgh Campus Library opening hours

Happy New Year and best wishes to everyone for 2021.

The Edinburgh Campus Library is open today 9:00am -5:00pm and the planned opening hours for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week are 9:00am – 5:00pm.
Due to the new restrictions and Government guidelines, it is possible that changes to the opening hours will take place at very short notice. Our opening hours are also dependent on staff availability which in turn is sometimes affected by travel arrangements and caring responsibilities.

Please remember to bring your ID card and face-covering.
Face-coverings must be worn at all times while in the Library.
You don’t need to book a study space in advance – we have plenty available.

We hope to be open for the following hours during January:

Please check our social media pages for any last minute changes – we will update our twitter and facebook pages daily and also update the website on a regular basis.

If you have any enquiries, please contact the Library Service Desk on 0131 451 3577 or email ServiceDesk@hw.ac.uk or ISHelp@hw.ac.uk

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