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One regret one hope with David Farrier

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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 David Farrier, Professor of Literature and the Environment in the School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures.

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Need to know – 14 July

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Here are the top updates from across the University.

1. Planning assumptions for Academic Year 2021/22

Following the latest Scottish Government announcement on Tuesday this week, we will be updating our planning assumptions for the next academic year. You can find out more on the Academic Year Planning SharePoint.

2. Managed Quarantine Support

Financial support will be available to both new and returning students travelling from red-list countries who will need to quarantine in a hotel on their arrival in Edinburgh. Applications will be open from 15 to 30 July. You can find out more on the scholarships and student funding website.

3. Green Gown Awards

The University is a finalist in five categories at this year’s annual Green Gown Awards, which celebrate initiatives in universities and colleges that make them more socially responsible and sustainable. We have been nominated for:

  • 2030 Climate Action
  • Benefitting Society
  • Enterprise
  • Next Generation Learning and Skills
  • Sustainability Institution of the Year.

Winners and highly commended entries will be announced at the Green Gown Awards ceremony later this year. Read more on the SRS website.

We are open: a message from the Principal

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The University is committed to offering students as much in-person teaching and support as possible next year. Ahead of a wider return to campus, Professor Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, talks about the plans in place to keep our community safe.

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Q&A: Hybrid working at Edinburgh

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The University’s Hybrid Working Programme is looking at how working practices might evolve as we transition out of the pandemic and how best to support all staff whether working on or off campus. Here Gavin McLachlan, Vice-Principal and Chief Information Officer of the University, explains more.

A man is sat at his laptop where he is watching a woman on zoom

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Inspire Launch Grow 2021

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Student entrepreneurs behind three startup businesses were celebrated at the Inspire Launch Grow 2021 awards earlier in July. A grip-strengthening robotic glove, an app to connect restaurants with food suppliers and a satellite system to monitor forest health were all named winners by an expert judging panel.

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New micro-grants aim to bring green solutions to local communities

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Green Micro-grants worth up to £1,000 are available for local projects that improve the environment or have a positive social impact.

Community groups, small charities and other organisations can apply for one of the new micro-grants offered by the University.

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Need to know – 8 June

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Here are the top updates from across the University.

1. Last chance to complete the hybrid and home working survey

All staff are reminded to complete this survey which closes on 9 June. It aims to find out more about staff working experiences and will take around 15 minutes to complete: Access the survey.

2. Covid-19 testing

Staff are invited to join Edinburgh’s TestEd study to help develop accurate, cost-effective ways to detect Covid-19 in people who are infected but don’t have symptoms. Find out more: TestEd study

3. New Students website live

The New Student website and ‘Getting Started’ Guide in the University events app have gone live, providing incoming students with important information to help their transition. These will both be regularly updated, including with information about Covid-19 vaccinations and international check-in once finalised: New Students website 

4. Get PairEd up for student support

The PairEd Up project is seeking staff volunteers who are willing to meet up with a student in Edinburgh for activities such as a walk, run or cycle. Committing a couple of hours of your time to this initiative can help create a sense of community and alleviate students’ isolation. Activities are now paused until August, but volunteers are still welcome to sign up for later in the year. Find out more: PairEd Up project

Edinburgh Science Festival returns

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The University community will play a key role in the return of the Edinburgh Science Festival this year, with dozens of staff sharing their expertise and insights, leading events and designing experiences for the public.

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How to cope with eco-anxiety

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Mental Health Awareness week last month took nature as its theme, recognising the positive impact that the natural world can have on our wellbeing. But what happens when the health of nature is the very reason for us to feel sad? Meet eco-anxiety, a long-established phenomenon that’s gaining new ground.

Here, SRS Communications Manager Sarah Ford-Hutchinson explores the concept of eco-anxiety and what we can all do to soothe and be soothed by nature.

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Reviewing our curriculum – insights and learning

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In April, the Curriculum Transformation Hub was launched to support a long-term programme of work aimed at refining core elements of our curriculum and establishing the infrastructure needed to deliver this in line with the vision outlined in Strategy 2030: Curriculum Transformation Hub

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One regret, one hope with Jane Hillston

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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 Professor Jane Hillston, Head of the School of Informatics and Deputy Vice-Principal for Research.

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Anxiety: an owner’s manual

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This fortnight, Kitty Wheater, Mindfulness Chaplain, reflects on how we can learn to protect our own mental health by recognising and dealing with the creatures that live within us…

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New Research Staff Hub

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A new section of the University website, dedicated to research staff, is now live.

The Research Staff Hub, supported by the Institute for Academic Development (IAD), has been created as part of the University’s commitment to the Researcher Development Concordat.

The Hub brings together resources from across the University to support research staff to undertake their role, develop themselves and progress their career.

It contains a wealth of information on topics such as open research, ethics and integrity and research partnerships, as well as funding, health and wellbeing, and community and networking.

There are also dedicated resources to help managers of researchers support the research staff they employ.

View the Research Staff Hub.

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