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Need to know – 19 January

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Here are the top updates from across the University. 

1. A new Scan and Deliver service

The library has launched a new Scan and Deliver service for University of Edinburgh staff and students. You can request one chapter or 10 per cent (whichever is the greater) of a book, journal article, short story, poem or play – if not more than ten pages in an anthology – through DiscoverEd. Full details of the service can be found on the Scan and Deliver webpage.

2. Updated staff FAQs

The Coronavirus FAQs have been updated in line with the latest Government guidelines. The staff section now includes more information on how the University is complying to the latest guidance and the extended school closure. Read more on the University website.

3. Brexit impact and information

The University and Europe webpages have been updated to incorporate the latest advice and guidance now the UK has left the European Union. You can find more information for both staff and students on the University and Europe webpages.

4. Adaptation and Renewal Sharepoint updated

The Adaptation and Renewal (ART) Sharepoint has been updated to include the latest student support and services available, and will continue to be updated with Semester 2 information in line with Scottish Government guidance. Visit the ART Sharepoint.

Brexit and EU Research Funding – January 2021 update

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Now that the EU and the UK have reached an agreement on their future relationship, Áine Ryan, International Research Funding Manager in Edinburgh Research Office, writes about what this means for UK-based researchers’ access to EU funding.

We finally have some clarity about the UK participation in future EU research funding programmes, primarily Horizon Europe. As part of the agreement reached between the UK and the EU, the UK has announced that it will associate to Horizon Europe. Association will give UK-based researchers and businesses access to funding under the programme on equivalent terms as organisations in EU countries.Europe and surrounding areas seen from space.

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Edinburgh Hybrid Learning Exchange – monthly digest (January 2021)

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The Hybrid Teaching Exchange website showcases how colleagues across the University have approached the shift to hybrid teaching. Here, Joe Arton, Academic Developer and part of the Hybrid Teaching Exchange project team, shares how the approach to Semester 2 has had to shift in response to the news over the past few months.

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Review of the year 2020

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Looking after your mental wellbeing

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The start of the new year can be a difficult time for many people. Add the stresses and strains of a global pandemic and it’s normal to feel utterly overwhelmed about the year ahead.

Good mental wellbeing doesn’t mean you’re always happy or unaffected by your experiences. We might use it to talk about how we feel, how well we’re coping with daily life or what feels possible at the moment.

Looking after your mental health is more important than ever, and there are lots of services within the University to support you whatever you’re struggling with. You can also find plenty of advice to help promote healthy working environments and working practices.A young woman takes a break to do something analog like writing in her journal and drinking tea. This is a healthy practice for those who experience anxiety.

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Why Don’t You Write Me: Connecting us during Covid-19

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“During Covid-19, with its lockdowns, restrictions, physical distancing, and self-isolation, connecting to each other and the people we care about is more important than ever. Yet our forms of connection and community have turned upside down.”

This is the thought that sparked Dr Kitty Wheater, Mindfulness Chaplain, and Reverend Geoffrey Baines, Associate Chaplain, to embark on a new project to connect the University community last December. Why Don’t You Write Me is a rolling six-month project from the Chaplaincy for both the University community and your own families and friends, to help connect us to ourselves and each other during this time. Kitty shares more about the project.

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A Day to Make a Difference – your stories

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Over the course of 2020, people from all areas of the University came together to navigate the pandemic. We saw countless examples of our staff and students joining together for support. Not only did they look to help each other, many also contributed to charities and organisations to help those struggling through this difficult time.

If you’ve often wanted to get involved with local communities or charities, but don’t know where to start, the University’s Day to Make a Difference initiative could work for you. It entitles all University staff to use an additional day of paid leave to volunteer at any point in the year. Here, two members of staff share their experiences.

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One regret, one hope with Firas Ibrahim

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In this new 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.

Mona Siddiqui: Welcome everyone to the first in this series of one regret, one hope. My first guest is Firas Ibrahim. Firas welcome.

Firas Ibrahim: Thank you very much for inviting me to your first chat. I’m the Regional Director for the Middle East at Edinburgh Global. I originally come from Syria and I came to the UK in 2001. My whole family still lives there.

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The Abundant Academy: Reflect

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Last October the Chaplaincy launched the Abundant Academy as an opportunity for our staff and students to safeguard their mental wellbeing over the winter months. After a highly successful first course, this semester sees the project begin the second session, focused on reflection.  

Here Reverend Dr Harriet Harris, University Chaplain and Head of the Chaplaincy Service, shares more about what it will entail.

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Congratulations to staff recognised in New Year Honours

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Four members of the University community have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

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New season of Living Gratefully podcast

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The conversation podcast series, Living Gratefully, returns for a second season. Mona Siddiqui, Assistant Principal Religion and Society, explores human relationships, how we form them and what they mean to us, against a background of what it means to feel gratitude.

Back with a host of new guests, Living Gratefully examines how gratitude shapes our relationships with others, and how cultural relationships shape public discourse.

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Celebrating our colleagues – 19 January

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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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Edinburgh alumna joins Biden administration

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A University of Edinburgh alumna is set to be a key part of the Joe Biden administration.

Dr Amanda Sloat has been appointed as Biden’s Senior Director for European Affairs within the National Security Council.

Dr Sloat obtained her PhD in Politics from the School of Social & Political Science. She then went on to advise the Scottish Parliament before returning to America. She has served in the United States Government for 10 years.

She currently works at Brookings but has taken a leave of absence to join the Biden campaign.

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