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Introducing SHAPE: Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts for People and the Economy

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Often when we talk about research, it’s easy to instantly picture a scientist or a lab, but research exists in so many forms. Our colleagues in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (CAHSS) are celebrating the launch of a new initiative showcasing their research so it seems a fitting opportunity to join in and recognise their work.

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Edinburgh Culture Conversations

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Love them or hate them, Edinburgh’s festivals have a huge impact on our city. Whether you are refreshing your browser to get the best seats for the Wagner concert, grumbling about over-priced pints and nightly fireworks, or just frustrated that you can’t walk anywhere in town without being given a flyer, it is unmissable.

In turn, the University of Edinburgh is intimately connected with the festivals. The University acts as host, participant, landlord and backdrop for the thousands of visitors and locals. Indeed, the history and success of the Edinburgh festivals would not be the same without the support of the University.

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Congratulations to our Staff Pride Network

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Huge congratulations to our Staff Pride Network who have been shortlisted for LGBTQI+ Network Group/Equal Rights Group Award at this year’s Proud Scotland Awards.

2020 is the second year the awards will celebrate champions of LGBTQI+ diversity and Inclusion across Scotland. The awards are set to be announced at a dinner in October.

The nomination for this award shows the dedication and commitment of our Staff Pride Network and its members and we wish them the best of luck for the awards night.

Project volunteer

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There have been a huge number of volunteering projects and charity initiatives begun over the past few months. It’s been incredible to see the diverse ways our community is contributing to the pandemic. That being said, when you’re looking for ways to help, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start, so here are three studies from our staff that are actively looking for volunteers.

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UNCOVER: Collaboration in crisis

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There have been countless examples of the University community pulling together once it became clear how severe this pandemic would be. The UNCOVER project is yet another instance of the strength and commitment of our staff, students and alumni.

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Reflecting on an unusual Pride month

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The past few months have seen us have to wave goodbye to a number of events, instead finding ways to celebrate them separately and behind closed doors. Despite this, our Staff Pride Network still gathered (virtually) to mark Pride month, and to support each other during this strange time. Here, Jonathan MacBride, Co-Convenor of the Network, chats to bulletin about adapting their Pride plans to a digital environment.

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Edinburgh Racial Equality Network

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In recent weeks the Black Lives Matter movement has touched everyone and brought many thought-provoking issues into the light. It seems fitting to take this chance to encourage those feeling vulnerable or those wanting to champion change to join the Edinburgh Racial Equality Network (EREN).

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Digital skills: Microsoft Teams training

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The past few months have seen wave after wave of new programmes and technology become commonplace. Video calls replaced face-to-face meetings and a huge range of apps appeared for us to choose from. Zoom, Skype and Microsoft Teams are everywhere; if you’re not using them daily, you’re seeing adverts for them all over the place.

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Helping you to unlock your potential: launch of new coaching platform for leaders

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The HR team has been working tirelessly to help support our staff in their new working from home environments. Here Bea Young, HR Partner – Organisation and Development, and Kristy Robertson, Senior HR/OD Partner – Learning and Organisation Development, share a new coaching platform available to staff.

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How to grow food from waste

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You don’t need an allotment to grow your own fruit and veg. Alexandra Kuklinski, Communications Co-ordinator in the Social Responsibility and Sustainability (SRS) team shares her experiences with growing food from scraps in her garden, and on her kitchen windowsill. This blog was originally posted on the SRS blog, the Seed.

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The new nine-to-five: Stuart Tooley

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Within the space of a few weeks, the nine-to-five changed completely and we want to know what yours looks like now. Each week we’ll be sharing your new daily routines. Here Stuart Tooley, Community Relations Manager, explains a typical day.

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Learning & Teaching Conference 2020

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Catherine Bovill, Senior Lecturer in Student Engagement at the Institute for Academic Development, talks about this year’s conference and how it’s been adapted to a lockdown environment.

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The new nine-to-five: Jung Woo Lee

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Within the space of a few weeks, the nine-to-five changed completely and we want to know what yours looks like now. Each week we’ll be sharing your new daily routines. Here Jung Woo Lee, Programme Director of MSc Sport Policy, Management and International Development, explains a typical day.

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