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Adapting to hybrid teaching

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Providing a world-class university education to more than 40,000 students has never been simple. This year, that challenge has of course taken on the extra complication of adapting life on campus to meet both the needs of our students and complex coronavirus prevention precautions.

A student in a lecture with his laptopSocial distancing means packed lecture theatres are, for now, a thing of the past. However, the University decided early on that it was important to still offer students as much of the Edinburgh experience as possible. That meant trying to do something more than moving all teaching online.

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Embracing technology and data-driven methods in academic research

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The pandemic has changed how a lot of people work. More than ever we’re relying on technology and data-driven methods to help with out day-to-day roles. In this issue Edd McCracken, Head of News, speaks to a number of our academics about how they have embraced this new way of working.

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Coming soon: People and Money, your new HR and finance system 

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From 28 October, the University is transforming our HR and finance services and giving everyone a simple, online system for the tasks we need to get done day to day, like recruiting staff or booking holiday.

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Getting back to campus

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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.

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Improving support for early career researchers

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Professor Christina Boswell, Dean of Research in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, understands what it’s like to wrestle with uncertainty at the start of a career in academia. Here she shares why early career researchers have been hit so hard by the pandemic, and explains how the University is improving the support available.

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What to expect from frontline services

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One of the most important aspects of managing the safe return of students and staff to campus has been to carefully review and update the provision of frontline services to ensure that appropriate safety measures are in place.

Colleagues from the Estates and Digital Infrastructure Work Stream have been working hard for months – in close liaison with Public Health Scotland – to put in place procedures that will be carried out by teams from Estates. These measures are in line with Scottish Government guidance and will be amended as advice changes.

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Knowledge exchange during physical distancing

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Edinburgh Research Office’ s Knowledge Exchange and Impact team work mainly with researchers in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences to connect their work with policy makers, industry, practitioners and the public. Here Dr Shonagh McEwan, Knowledge Exchange Adviser, shares new resources and insights into knowledge exchange during physical distancing.

Over the past few months, we have seen our researchers pivot their research and knowledge exchange (KE) plans as a result of a global pandemic and new public health guidance. All of a sudden, online engagement became a crucial part, if not the only way, to do knowledge exchange.

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Get ready for September: your teaching toolkit

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It seems incredibly strange to think that we’re coming up to the autumn of 2020 already. With most of us having spent the summer in our homes, it feels odd to emerge into this limbo where we’re all itching to get back to a sort of normal, but still unsure about what that will look like. Understandably, there’s a lot of anxiety around navigating the return to our campuses and a different approach to learning and teaching.

In our last issue we mentioned the new guidance to support Semester 1 planning on the Adaptation and Renewal sharepoint. In preparation for September, we wanted to share some of the resources that teams in the Students Work Stream have been creating to support our teaching staff and your students for the new semester.

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Town Hall recording available

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The recording of last week’s virtual staff Town Hall is now available to view on the Adaptation and Renewal sharepoint site and the answers to the questions you submitted will be shared here as soon as possible.

Photography: Laurence Winram

What to expect on campus

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As we move out of lockdown, it’s natural that you will have questions about what things will be like when you return to campus.

This short film provides a snapshot of the measures that you will see in place when you return – whether that be in the coming weeks, or further down the line.

Reassuring our returning students: behind the scenes of creating the ‘Welcoming you back’ webpages

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The outbreak of Covid-19 has been an uncertain and challenging time for everyone. Our staff have shown an incredible commitment to adapting to the ongoing situation, changing ways of working to address new issues and collaborating across teams to support each other.

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Adaptation & Renewal: Expertise in the time of Covid

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Edd McCracken, Head of News, examines how our researchers have been using their expertise to provide insight on the pandemic. 

Among the many things that the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown have brought is a certain metronomic quality to life. For months, the daily rhythm of caring, working, Zooming, eating and sleeping has gone unchanged. The easing of restrictions is adding more interesting and varied beats, but one daily occurrence remains the same.

Turn on your TV, tune into a radio station, open a newspaper or read an article online, and chances are there will be a University of Edinburgh expert providing some insight into the coronavirus outbreak.

Since the first major reports of the virus in Wuhan, China in January 2020, scores of our researchers have been called upon to help us make sense of a world that has been turned upside down.

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Adaptation & Renewal: The Edinburgh Hybrid Teaching Exchange

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Over the past few months the Students work stream in Adaptation & Renewal has been looking at a range of work strands focussed on our returning students. Here bulletin looks at the work that has gone into launching the Hybrid Teaching Exchange website which shares how colleagues across the University are planning and preparing for the shift to a hybrid teaching approach for September.

There’s been a lot of thinking and planning around hybrid teaching recently with a lot more work still to navigate. The Students work stream of Adaptation and Renewal has been exploring how best to support, complement and celebrate the work going on in Schools and programmes.

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