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Five months ago, Edinburgh was deserted. As we all came to terms with lockdown, and our lives shrunk to the size of our living rooms, the University and its estate was quieter than it had been in a long, long time. Only our key workers were continuing to travel in to work, keeping an eye on things and making sure the disturbance to our community was as minimal as possible.

Now, Scotland is slowly opening up and we’re beginning to welcome back more of our staff and students. Bulletin invited you to share your snapshots and stories so we can celebrate our staff who are gradually returning to work, as well as those who never stopped.

Deborah is part of the Pharmacy team.

Mags McCallum, one of Cleaners who worked throughout lockdown at the King’s Buildings.

Joe Tomaney and Alan Carracher (left) and Euan Forsyth (right) carrying out checks.

Sarah McCafferty, Research Technician, spoke to us in August about working in the lab during lockdown.

Euan McCulloch (left) and Candela Sanchez-Rodilla Espeso (right) have been working in the Visitor Centre.

Anastasia Bishop has been helping prepare the Student Village at the King’s Buildings.

Lorna Brain and Susan Leven have also been checking the Student Village at the King’s Buildings (left). Becky Coull (right) has been helping Gill Scott arrange signage for buildings reopening.

Rebecca Shade and Rosalyn Claase after a walking meeting around the Meadows. They have both been a part of student support communications, including preparing the new Health and Wellbeing Centre.

David Brook captures a briefing for servitorial staff in an empty McEwan Hall.

Although we’ve shared only a small snapshot of the many teams who have been contributing to the reopening of campus, it’s clear just how much work has been happening to make sure our University community will be safe when we eventually all return.