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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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New collection locations for TestED programme

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The UK Medical Research Council-funded TestEd research programme provides free Covid-19 testing for students and staff across the University.

TestEd uses saliva for PCR-based testing and has now tested more than 25,000 samples from staff and students across the University, with 10 positive results of staff or students who did not have symptoms of Covid-19 but, because they were carrying the virus, they were at risk of transmitting the infection to their contacts. Early self isolation was able to minimise this risk.

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Explaining UniForum

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The University will be taking part in the UniForum data collection again this year.

The exercise will look to understand what our professional services delivery looks like at the University, benchmarking against other similar institutions across the UK, Canada and Australia. Colleagues from around the University will be asked to get involved in coding the types of activities which staff undertake as part of their role.

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Edinburgh First phased reopening of meeting spaces

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As Scotland is now in level 0, Edinburgh First, the University’s hospitality and events team, has begun the phased reopening of University venues across the estate.

In accordance with Scottish Government guidelines, one metre physical distancing is required for indoor business events, which means St Leonard’s Hall has now reopened for meetings hosting 7 to 21 people; this also includes the option to book full catering. Perfect for teams wanting to meet face to face.

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One regret one hope with Wojtek Wojcik

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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 Dr Wojtek Wojcik, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist.

Mona Siddiqui: Tell us a little bit about the work that you do.

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Visions for Curriculum Transformation

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Here Ian Glen, part of the Curriculum Transformation Programme Team, shares what they’ve been working on recently.

The Curriculum Transformation Programme Hub has been up-and-running since late April and is the go-to place to find out what’s happening with this pivotal work to take the University towards delivering Strategy 2030: Curriculum Transformation Hub.

The Old College Quad is empty under a blue sky

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KB101 celebrations begin

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After being forced to delay celebrations last year, the centenary of The King’s Buildings (KB101) was relaunched on 6 July. This marked the day in 1920 when King George V laid the foundation stone for the first of the buildings, that would form part of The University’s new science campus.

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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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One regret, one hope with Nasar Meer

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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 Nasar Meer, Personal Chair of Race, Identity and Citizenship in the School of Social and Political Science.

Mona Siddiqui: Tell us a little bit about the work that you do at the University and your research.

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Curious Edinburgh photo presented to US President

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The Curious Edinburgh app, created by Niki Vermeulen, Senior Lecturer in History and Sociology of Science, allows users to complete virtual walking tours across Edinburgh, sharing stories from the city’s colourful history.

One such tour is the BLM Mural Trail, which was created in response to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests happening across the world last year. The trail was curated by Creative Producer Wezi Mhura, who wanted to provide a platform for creatives of Black and Asian heritage to celebrate their work. More than 30 artworks – in a wide variety of formats and genres – were created by Scottish-based artists, writers and musicians and installed across Scotland.

The mural can be found in Gilmore Place. Photo taken by Melissa Highton.

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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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Pride Month

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June sees the celebration of Pride Month; an opportunity to remember and recognise the LGBT+ community and their history.

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