Category: Adaptation & renewal

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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Adaptation & Renewal: How far we’ve come

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How many of us have recently had a conversation looking back to March, watching the news of the pandemic unfold, full of uncertainty of what would happen next? For some of us it seems like yesterday, for others, it feels like a lifetime ago.

Over the past few months our working lives have been disrupted in ways we’ve never seen before. With the Adaptation and Renewal phase of the University’s plan now underway, Bulletin takes a look back at where the University has come from in these difficult months.

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Adaptation & Renewal: Research and Innovation

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Here Edd McCracken, Head of News and Communications Lead for the Research work stream, tells us what they’ve been working on and what the future of research at Edinburgh looks like.

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Adaptation & Renewal: Students

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Colm Harmon, Vice-Principal Students and Project Lead for the Students work stream of Adaptation and Renewal, talks through how the University has had to navigate the past few months in regards to our students.

The Students work stream has progressed at pace over the last two months, reflecting the incredible efforts of colleagues across the University in meeting the challenge of getting things off the ground in the next academic year, in a way that is creative and reflecting the best tradition of the University but is also mindful, and where necessary cautious, in respect to the safety of our students and staff and in ensuring we are ready to meet all that the world might throw at us.

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Adaptation & Renewal: Estates and Digital Infrastructure

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Kathryn Darcus, Head of Corporate Communications and Communications Lead for the Estates and Digital Infrastructure work stream talks to bulletin about all the hard work, often behind the scenes, to get our estate up and running again and provide support for those staying at home.

The pandemic has had a huge impact on all of our work and home lives, each in different ways. That is why, as part of the Adaptation and Renewal Team set up in April, a group was established specifically to support home and hybrid working and to manage the safe, phased reopening of our campus.

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Adaptation & Renewal: Re-shaping

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A Note from Vice-Principal Strategic Change and Governance; and University Secretary Sarah Smith.

The re-shaping work is focussed on ensuring that we work together to reshape our University and create a sustainable future, maintaining our world-class offer to students, our research excellence and our inspirational working environment. We recognise that, given the significant challenges ahead, it is essential we act swiftly and strategically so that we can emerge as a strong, renewed organisation best able to deliver on our mission.

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Adaptation & Renewal

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Multiple Adaptation and Renewal teams are working across the entire institution to make sure our return to a new normal is as seamless as possible. Each issue we’ll be working to collect the most vital developments from the past fortnight, sharing where you can find out more information so you can keep afloat of all the different projects happening across the University.

We’ll also be bringing you more in-depth features, looking at certain projects in detail, as well sharing and celebrating all the hard work our staff have been doing, often behind the scenes, during this unusual and changeable time.

We know there’s a lot going on at the moment, and we want to make sure you have access to everything you need to know as the University works to adjust to these uncertain circumstances.

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