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Need to know – 13 April

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Here are the top updates from across the University.

1. His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The University will hold a celebration of his life at a date to be announced. To read the University’s statement and sign the virtual book of condolences, visit the University website.

2. New guidance for staff working abroad

New information and guidance is available for staff and line managers about working outside of the UK. This includes information on taxation, social security and immigration regulations. You can read more on the HR webpages.

3. Staff Town Hall reminder

The Principal will be holding an all staff Q&A session on Thursday 22 April with the senior leadership team. The session will run from 9:30 to 11am and all staff are invited to attend. You can find out more, including how to submit your own questions, and sign up to the event on the staff news website.

Let us tell your story: Edinburgh Impact

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Over the past year, teams in Communications and Marketing have been working on a new project to celebrate and share stories from across the University. In this issue, Barbara Morgan, Head of Content in Communications and Marketing, introduces a new website, designed to highlight our amazing community and everything they have been achieving.

The many changes we’ve all encountered to our ways of working this past year, have undoubtedly been challenging and downright difficult. For teams within Communications and Marketing (CAM), alongside those challenges, we’ve found slivers of silver lining, where some things have somehow become a little easier to do.

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Professional Registration for our technicians

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In 2020, more than 30 of our University technicians completed their professional registration, in order to support their career development and gain widespread recognition in their fields. 

Part of the University’s commitment to its technicians is to provide them with support during this process, including the fees needed for the first year. With the upcoming deadline for 2021 applications on 30 April, Bulletin shares a bit more about what’s involved.

Jane Banks is External Relationships Manager at the Science Council – the body responsible for regulating professional registration across all science disciplines. She works closely with the University team that manages the technician commitment.

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Are we sitting (too) comfortably when working at home?*

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Through circumstances beyond our control, the past year has seen a lot of us spend more time sitting than we might have liked. But what does this mean for our health, both mental and physical? In this issue, the team at the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC), based at Moray House School of Education and Sport, share a bit more about their latest research project.

Covid-19 has transformed our working lives. Working from home has become part of the new normal, and for many of us it is unlikely that we will return to the office on a full-time basis.

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Meet our new Chancellor’s Fellows

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In this miniseries, we celebrate the recent appointment of 40 of the University’s most promising early career researchers as Chancellor’s Fellows. This issue, we’re taking the opportunity to meet a few of the Fellows from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Dr Faye Wade, Dr Kathryn Nash and Dr Lucy Weir talk about the paths they followed into research and what the Chancellor’s Fellowship means for their work.

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One regret, one hope – Maryam Aldossari

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In this series, Professor Mona Siddiqui, Assistant Principal Religion and Society, chats to members of our community to find out more about them. Each fortnight she’ll be asking, what is the one regret that has shaped their past, and what is their one hope for the future.

This week Mona’s guest is Maryam Aldossari, Lecturer in International Human Resource Management in the Business School.

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One year on, a pandemic survival kit

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This week, Dr Kitty Wheater, Mindfulness Chaplain, reflects on the little things that have helped her survive the past year.

For me, it’s the red joggers. I bought a pair in August, when I returned to Edinburgh after five months in Oxford for lockdown 1.0. They were Marks and Spencers, brushed cotton inside, extra long. After a week, I bought a second pair. Soon I was wearing them all the time: one in the wash, one out. Working from home, there was no situation they did not suit. At the computer, there was none of that waistband difficulty that you get after hours in jeans, and for wandering around the flat they were just a bit warmer than the usual leggings. As the autumnal days turned wintery, I put baselayers under them for my walks, and for the shivering hours at my desk under droughty windows. It feels cheerful to wear red every day, even if no one sees it. Over the last several months, I’ve bought new jeans; I’ve even, in a fit of optimism, bought new work trousers – but they sit in my wardrobe, unworn, awaiting a smarter time. It’s the red joggers for now.

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The Sustainability Awards 2021 winners

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The Sustainability Awards offer an opportunity for staff and students to make a difference and contribute towards the University becoming more socially responsible and sustainable.

As you can imagine, the Annual Sustainability Awards Celebration looked a little different this year. Despite the lockdown, the online event incorporated a range of elements such as music, poetry, videos and live contributions that provided an opportunity to share and celebrate experiences of implementing sustainability initiatives.

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University REF submission complete

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Huge congratulations to the team working on our Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) submissions as they uploaded the University’s offering for the 31 March, 12pm deadline.

REF 2021 is the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. It allows the University to showcase our research and its impact and it’s carried out roughly every seven years.

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New Fellows for the Royal Society of Edinburgh

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The Royal Society of Edinburgh has selected 19 of the University’s academics to join its prestigious group of fellows. This year, the focus was on those who have had a positive impact during the Covid-19 crisis, through academic research, their support of the arts or for playing a key role in communications around the pandemic.The Old College Quad is empty under a blue sky

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Scotland’s Virtual Kiltwalk

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The Kiltwalk is an annual Scottish event that sees people across the country raise money for Scottish charities by donning their favourite tartan and completing some sort of challenge. It can be anything from walking, to dancing.

This year, due to government guidelines, participants are encouraged to plan their own walks and targets by 25 April. Teams across the University have signed up to take part and raise money for the University institutions they work for.Feet in walking boots walking up stone steps

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Celebrating our colleagues – 13 April

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Each fortnight bulletin highlights and celebrates the latest prizes awarded to our fellow staff members. Congratulations to all involved.

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Need to know – 30 March

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Here are the top updates from across the University. 

1. Upcoming Staff Town Hall

All staff are invited to attend an online information and Q&A session with the Principal and Senior Leadership Team on 22 April 2021 from 9.30 to 11am. Updates will be provided on the remainder of this academic year and the key areas of focus for 2021/22, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. You can find out more and sign up on the staff news website.

2.University confirms its commitment to researchers 

A two-year action plan has been developed to embed the principles of the Researcher Development Concordat, improve Edinburgh’s research environment and culture and support researcher careers.

The plan includes ways to develop support; resources and information for researchers and managers of researchers; and actions on improving recognition for research staff at the University. You can read the Concordat Action Plan on the University website.

3. More study space opening

More study spaces will be opening over the next few weeks in response to the easing of restrictions and in anticipation of strong student demand during the forthcoming revision and exam period. Beginning with Murchison House on 6 April, more than 500 additional spaces will be available by 26 April. More details are available on the University website.

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