With September 2020 came the start of a new academic year, which meant thousands of students moving into University of Edinburgh accommodation across the city. In a year that has been dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic, this was always going to be a big challenge.
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Dr Gwenetta D Curry is a Lecturer in Race, Ethnicity and Health at the University. Her research interests are racial and ethnic health disparities, critical race theory, and Black family studies. Here she talks a little more about her present research which analyses racial disparities in treatment and infection rates of Covid-19.
As the pandemic continues and the University navigates the ongoing announcements and restrictions from the Scottish Government, daily activities and policies are changing quickly to align with the latest guidelines.
As a result of this the University is receiving enquiries and complaints through a range of routes. Some concerns are landing with individual staff members across the Schools and Colleges.
New guidance is now available on how to route any concerns, queries and complaints that come to you from students, parents or the public. The Adaptation and Renewal staff SharePoint site contains detailed information about how to handle these complaints, and where to send them onwards for quick resolutions.
It also includes these process maps for queries, concerns or suggestions (also known as pre-complaints) and full complaints.
Have you been mulling over a new project idea? Would it enhance students’ social, academic, sporting or cultural development? Apply for a Student Experience Grant and you could receive funding of up to £5,000.
Tracey Slaven, currently Deputy Secretary, Strategic Planning, is leaving the University to take up a new role as the University of Aberdeen’s University Secretary and Chief Operating Officer.
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.
The murder of George Floyd, the mass protests and the toppling of statues have made this year a keystone of Black History. These events have shown that now, more than ever, we need to address issues that have long been swept under the rug.
Although we shouldn’t need an excuse to educate ourselves, Black History Month is a particularly poignant time to reflect and engage with issues around race and racism.
Like many things this year, the popular Doors Open Days went online. Although the doors to Edinburgh and East Lothian’s favourite buildings remained closed on 26 and 27 September, the University was able to provide the Cockburn Association, organisers of the event, and the general public with virtual and video tours.
The end of September saw a special event to mark the close of the year of Edinburgh Seven 150th anniversary celebrations, originally due to take place in March 2020.
The 2020 Principal’s Medals nominations are now open, having been postponed during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Edinburgh’s four universities have come together with a message for our local communities.