Good news, the Société Académique Vaudoise is making a donation of 200,000 francs to help the UNIL student community. This fund will be managed by the Office for Social Affairs and Student Mobility. In this fifth edition of the "Study" newsletter, you will also find information given by the IT Centre on the availability of MS Teams and Zoom, as well as Matlab, a program for numerical calculation and data visualization. In addition, you can access a wide range of digital resources from the Cantonal and University Library (BCU) at any time.
Financial assistance from the Société Académique Vaudoise in the event of loss of income due to the pandemic
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, many of you have lost your part-time job, which usually allows you to cover your expenses.
For those of you who are facing financial difficulties because of this situation, UNIL is releasing funds to help you thanks to extraordinary means generously made available by the Société Académique Vaudoise (SAV), which we would like to warmly thank here.
This emergency aid is intended for all students regularly registered at UNIL (Bachelor, Master and Doctorate) without any restriction of status. It is not, however, intended for UNIL exchange students or auditors.
President of the Société Académique Vaudoise (SAV), a specialist in inheritance law, Mr. Cyrille Piguet answers our questions about a donation of 200,000 francs in favour of UNIL students. This fund will be managed by the Social Affairs and Student Mobility Office.
Following the Rector's last message, the IT Centre has a small stock of computers (desktops) that it can lend to students who have no other solution. Interested parties are requested to contact email@example.com so that their request can be evaluated. Students who do not have internet access for distance learning are invited to contact the same address in order to find a solution. If the stock of computers is insufficient, alternative means will be deployed.
Digital security: pay attention!
For several days now, ill-intentioned people have been taking advantage of the crisis situation linked to the coronavirus to carry out scam attempts by email, telephone or on the Internet. That is why the IT Centre asks you to exercise extra caution, critical thinking and attention before clicking on a link. It thanks you for your valuable help and strongly encourages you to consult :
In case of problems or doubts, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 692 22 11. If you need us to call you back, please leave your number.
New collaborative tools: MS Teams and Zoom
To work in a group and communicate, UNIL offers you a new application: Microsoft Teams. This complete solution, integrated with Office365, allows you to carry out videoconferences with many participants, to chat, to work in teams on documents, to create virtual communities and to share files. Installation and Getting Started Information.
In order to offer a range of solutions that can meet the varied pedagogical needs of teachers, our institution has decided to expand its offer with Zoom. This videoconferencing application, managed by the Teaching Support Centre, allows, among other things, live streaming, recording and rebroadcasting of courses. Find out how to use it. The WebEx service is still available for those who wish to continue using it.
Personal data and privacy
In order to protect your private and sensitive data when using these digital applications, UNIL has taken measures and reminds you of the good practices to respect as a user. Please refer to UNIL's position paper on the protection of personal data in the age of COVID-19.
Data analysis and programming
Mathworks, a software publisher, provides UNIL students with several licenses of Matlab, a digital calculation and data visualization program. This will allow you to develop algorithms and create mathematical models. This tool is also a programming environment allowing to solve problems in a simple language. You can find more information about it on ch.mathworks.com.
Please note that this solution is only available until June 30, 2020. Please plan your usage and requests carefully so that they do not exceed this date.
Other options :
Octave, directly compatible with most simple Matlab scripts, is the closest alternative to Matlab. Increasingly popular, the Julia programming language, which is located between Matlab and R software, is another possibility.
Access to the BCUL
If the libraries are closed during this particular period, the online resources and teams of the Cantonal and University Library of Lausanne (BCUL) are always at your disposal. Access a wide range of digital resources at any time from the Renouvaud catalogue. A few indications :
A team is at your disposal
UNIL HUB launches UCreate@Home!
The severe health crisis we are currently experiencing calls for solidarity and responsibility. This situation also leads us to change our habits, to reinvent ourselves and can lead to a real boom in creativity. The Entrepreneurship and Innovation HUB supports you at home with UCreate@Home by sharing its webinars, podcasts or interesting articles, such as testimonials from confined entrepreneurs or basic tools in entrepreneurship.