This seventh newsletter "Work" starts with the good news of a donation of 200'000 francs in favour of UNIL students. You will also find warnings about your digital security, information on the new IT tools available and on the protection of your personal data. The situation of researchers will also be discussed. Finally, you will see how to access the resources of the BCUL, as the Easter holidays are fast approaching!
Urgent action by the Société Académique Vaudoise (SAV)
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 Service des affaires sociales et de la mobilité étudiante (SASME). Discover his interview.
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.
To choose the applications that meet your needs, see the complete list of available tools and their respective features.
Another available tool is 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.
In order to guide you in the choice of applications corresponding to your needs, consult the complete list of available tools where their respective functionalities are described, as well as the dedicated module.
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.
Situation of researchers at UNIL: Mid-April clarification
The coronavirus crisis brought the scientific community to an abrupt halt, in particular due to the inaccessibility of libraries, laboratories or the field. In many cases, these obstacles were aggravated by working conditions made difficult by family imperatives and material or environmental aspects.
A key issue at UNIL, as at all Swiss universities, is the extension of fixed-term research contracts, especially for graduate assistants, first assistants, assistant professors, doctoral and post-doctoral students with external funding (SNSF, EU or other foundations). This crucial issue also affects anyone whose salary is linked to services offered to third parties (e.g. technicians of analytical platforms, survey or project managers, etc.).
In view of the suddenness and novelty of the situation, UNIL has undertaken important work to find solutions to the most diverse individual situations, in many cases having to take into account or still waiting to find out what arrangements will be made by research funding agencies.
UNIL's Rectorate coordinates in this task with the "Direction générale de l'enseignement supérieur et le Conseil d'Etat vaudois". Its priority objective is to ensure appropriate and fair compensation as soon as possible for researchers whose current income and project implementation are put into question by the crisis.
Starting in mid-April and in coordination with the deanates, the Rectorate will gradually communicate the procedures to be followed and the conditions that it will be able to offer to researchers in accordance with the provisions and timetable specific to each source of funding.
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 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
Easter weekend: you have the weekend off!
As we are all working from home, we might forget: April 10th (Good Friday) and 13th (Easter Monday) are holidays. Disconnect!