12 Reads of Christmas: Apps

There are so many apps available that it is difficult to know where to start.
Here are some recommended ones that are worth looking at:

Star Chart – aim your phone at the night sky
and learn more about the universe, space and planets.

Star chart

Memrise – learn a new language – explore new words and phrases and learn how to speak, read and write in a whole host of languages.
Duolingo – a great fun app for language learning


CamScanner – this app is great for scanning documents on the go into clear & sharp images/PDFs, to email, fax, print or save to cloud.  Just take a photo of the page you need and this app will convert it to a searchable file you can edit.


Moment Diary – plan to keep a diary next year? This app is a useful way to collate creative thoughts and ideas.

Moment Diary

There’s lots more apps out there.
Check these websites for more ideas.






HWU Staff desktop: EndNote upgrade to version X8.0.1

ENX8_Logo-RoundThe version of EndNote on the HWU Staff desktop will be upgraded from Version X7.7.1 to Version X8.0.1 on the 16th December 2017.

The upgrade will allow staff to benefit from new features offered on the more recent version of software and standardise on the same version as is on the Student desktop. Some staff have already opted to upgrade – so this upgrade will only affect staff who have not yet upgraded.

Automatic upgrade of EndNote X7.7.1

EndNote X7.7.1 will be uninstalled from all staff desktops on the 16th December 2017.

EndNote X8.0.1 will then be installed automatically (provided EndNote X7.7.1 un-installed successfully).

Install EndNote 8.0.1

Members of staff with no previous version of EndNote installed can install the software at any time.

  1. Go to the Software Centre (type Software Centre into the Search field at the bottom of the Start menu)
  2. Locate and select EndNote X8.0.1
  3. Click Install

First time use

When you first launch EndNote X8.0.1 you will be prompted to accept the license agreement.

Accept the license agreement

  • Select the I accept the license agreement checkbox and click Next

Welcome to EndNote window

Once you have accepted the license agreement the Welcome to EndNote window is displayed.

You can close the Welcome to EndNote window and start working in EndNote straight away, or you can explore the steps in the Welcome to EndNote window and set up your library for syncing and sharing.

The Welcome to EndNote window can be displayed at any time – it’s in the Help menu.

Welcome to EndNote

The Welcome to EndNote window will be displayed once you have accepted the license agreement when you use EndNote X8.0.1 for the first time.

The window provides prompts to help you get started syncing, sharing, learning and connecting with the EndNote community.

Sync to your online library

If you are an existing user, you will have an EndNote online account.  You can set up syncing with your online library from the Welcome to EndNote window


You can close the window and sync with your online library at any time,

  1. Open the Edit menu and choose EndNote Preferences
  2. Select Sync and enter the details for your online library

Share your library

You can set up your library to be shared with colleagues from the Welcome window (click the arrow to the right in the Welcome to EndNote window) to move on to the next step.

You must have your library synced (see above) before you can share.

You can also set up sharing at any time

  1. Open the File menu and choose Share
  2. Enter the email addresses of those you with to share with

See Library Sharing for more info

Learn more

The final step on the Welcome screen links through to the EndNote Guide. You can explore it at any time.

Learning to use EndNote

EndNote for Personal Use

Staff and students can purchase a personal copy of EndNote for home use – see Software for Personal Use for details.

12 Reads of Christmas: Track Santa

For a bit of light relief during your exams, and a bit of fun to have with the family, enjoy the lead up to Christmas by tracking Santa with NORAD.


12 Reads of Christmas: The Study Skills Handbook

Now on it’s fourth edition, ‘The Study Skills Handbook’ by Stella Cottrell has lots of useful tips and techniques to help you study. Sections include help on time management, revision strategies, writing techniques and more. study skills handbook

Our online resource, Skills 4 Study Campus, is based on this book. We subscribe to four modules:

  • Getting Ready for Academic Study
  • Reading and Note-Making
  • Writing Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills

Find The Study Skills Handbook on Discovery or access Skills 4 Study Campus from the A-Z Database List

See also:

Other study skills guides that we highly recommend include:

For more information on guides to studying, writing and more, please see the Information, Research and Study Skills Subject Guide.

12 Reads of Christmas: Practise safe shopping

treeBusy with exams and juggling them with doing your online Christmas shopping?

Take a few minutes to remind yourself of some to the things to watch out for to help you stay safe this festive season.

Safe Shopping

Slow down a bit, and remind yourself of the things you should be keep an eye on and be aware of to help ensure you have a great time shopping.

See Get Safe Online’s reminders

Hackable gifts

There will undoubtedly be a lot of hackable gifts under a lot of Christmas trees this year – laptops, tablets, drones, connected toys for the kids, and more gadgets and appliances for the home that connect to the Internet. It’s all exciting stuff – but comes with a serious security warning.

Before you dive in and do your purchases or get connected, remember to

  • Research before you buy – check and see if your intended purchase has any reported security issues (Google it!)
  • Change the default password on each device – and keep it unique and secure

And don’t connect to bank accounts or other private/personal accounts over public Wi-Fi

See also


Reminders: help us to help you!

We know this is a hectic time of year for all of our students.

To help you out we’ve summarised some of the facilities and information available to try and make the next couple of weeks a bit easier for you.

Study Spaces

You can check out the opening hours of all our libraries at Library opening hours

Edinburgh campus

The Edinburgh campus library remains open 24/7 until the 14th December. In addition to the Library, LC1 and LC2 there are lots of other study spaces available across campus.  See www.hw.ac.uk/studyspace and Study Space (Edinburgh campus) for details.

Study environment

All our campus libraries have gone into revision/exam mode – to create an environment where you can get your head down and make the most of your revision time. If you’re on the Edinburgh campus check out the zoning at the library at Making the Most of the Space.

Revision and exam tips

See Revision and Exams if you need some advice and coping strategies or search through InformS for tips, revision or exam.

Exam stress drop-in sessions (Edinburgh campus)

Just drop in from 14:00 – 15:00, Monday 27th November until Friday 15th December at Student Wellbeing Centre, Hugh Nisbet Building.


Remember that you can ask our Service Desk staff in the library or your Academic Support and Liaison Librarian or your Effective Learning Advisor for help at any time.

Good luck with your exams!

HWU VPN upgrade: 2nd December

The Edinburgh campus VPN service will be unavailable between 09:00 – 17:00 GMT while we perform a software upgrade and maintenance.

The upgrade will improve the management of the service and facilitate future integration with the Malaysia campus service.

After the upgrade

Own PC/laptop

Users will be prompted to upgrade the VPN client at log in – follow the prompts to receive the upgrade.

HWU Managed Laptops

Users with managed laptops may be prompted to upgrade the VPN Client at log in.

If prompted

  1. Cancel the prompt
  2. Log in to the VPN as normal. The VPN client will upgrade automatically at a later date.

See the System Status Page for updates

If you have any issues/queries please contact ithelp@hw.ac.uk

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 www.hw.ac.uk/studyspace

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

Power Hours Workshops (Edinburgh Campus)

Why not come along to one of our well received Power Hours workshops this Semester?

“Well presented”, “full of information” and “unexpectedly enjoyable!” are some of the overwhelmingly positive comments received about the workshops last year.

In our latest survey, 94% of respondents or strongly agreed that the workshop they attended would help with their studies, research or teaching.

The Semester-long programme offers skills workshops for students and staff covering topics in:-

  • Academic Writing
  • Citing, Referencing & Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Data Security
  • Finding and Evaluating Information
  • IT
  • Presentations and Posters
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Study & Lifestyle Tips

Booking is required.

The Power Hours programme is part of the Information Services Skills Development provision.

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.