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Our new Doctoral College

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Earlier this year saw the creation of the University’s Doctoral College, a collaborative structure that brings together our graduate and postgraduate researchers, supervisors and the associated support staff across the University.

Professor Antony Maciocia, Dean of Postgraduate Research in the College of Science & Engineering, is one of the Co-leads of the new Doctoral College. He shares a bit more about the aims of this new structure: “We have around 5,400 doctoral students and 560 Master of Science (Research) students enrolled in the University. The Doctoral College manifests as a group of around 220 staff across the institution who have key roles in administering student research training.

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EI lights a Beacon for data-driven entrepreneurship

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Edinburgh Innovations (EI), the University’s commercialisation service, is helping drive data-driven entrepreneurship as part of the fight back against Covid-19 with a funded programme of business-boosting activities.

The Data-Driven Entrepreneurship Beacon Programme, running to July 2021, is designed to drive and support entrepreneurship among staff and students, working with a range of partner businesses.

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Fairtrade Fortnight

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Each year Fairtrade Fortnight gives us an opportunity to commit to fair trade values and reaffirm our support. The calendar of events runs until 7 March so there’s still plenty of time to get involved.

Edinburgh has been a Fairtrade University since 2004, and plays a big role in Edinburgh’s Fairtrade City group. The Social Responsibility and Sustainability (SRS) team are leading the University’s involvement with Fairtrade Fortnight and you can find more information on their website.

The SRS team celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight with a make and bake session last week.

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Care Day 2021: Get involved with Widening Participation

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In Scotland, four per cent of care-experienced young people progress to higher education from school, compared with 41 per cent of their non-care-experienced peers.

Our vision at the University of Edinburgh is that each of our care experienced students flourish during their time with us. This is why there’s a range of ongoing support for them, such as financial assistance, a 365-days-a-year accommodation offer, the opportunity of a staff mentor, and the Access Edinburgh Scholarship. As a Corporate Parent, the University of Edinburgh has legislative duties to support care-experienced people to make the most of their time at university. We commit to this within our Corporate Parenting Strategy which is overseen by the Edinburgh Cares committee (a University-wide committee of staff and students). You can read the strategy on the University website.

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One regret, one hope with Juan Cruz

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In this new 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.

Mona Siddiqui: My guest today is Professor Juan Cruz, Principal of the Edinburgh College of Art, or ECA as it’s known for short, Juan welcome.

You were born in Spain but studied in the UK, you are an artist and writer so can you tell our audience what kind of art you specialise in?

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Senate Elections 2021

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Nominations for the University Senate are now open for all Academic and Research staff who have been in post since 31 January 2021.The Old College Quad is empty under a blue sky

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New Rector elected

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Debora Kayembe has been elected unopposed as the University’s 54th Rector.

She replaces Ann Henderson after three years in the post.

The Rector is a key member of the University Court, the governing body of the University and acts as a representative and voice for the University community. The position of Rector has a long and prestigious lineage and was originally created in the 19th century by the Universities Scotland Act 1858.

Ms Kayembe is a prominent human rights lawyer and has lived in Scotland since 2011 when she came to the UK as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She will assume the role on 1 March 2021.

One regret, one hope with David Fergusson

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In this new 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.

Mona Siddiqui: My guest today is my colleague and friend, David Fergusson, who is Professor of Divinity at New College. Can you share a little bit about your time in Edinburgh?

David Fergusson: I’ve been Professor of Divinity since 2000, and I served as Principal of New College for a 10-year stretch in the midst of that from 2009 to 2019. My connection with the University goes even further back – I was a student at New College from 1977 to 80 and I began my full-time academic career at New College as a lecturer from 1986 to 90. This is my third incarnation, as it were, in Edinburgh as Professor of Divinity and it’s coming to an end just over 20 years in post.

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BSL awareness training

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A key part of the University’s British Sign Language (BSL) Plan is a commitment to supporting staff and students who use BSL to communicate.

The British Sign Language (BSL) awareness training is available again to all staff looking to support colleagues, improve the accessibility of their services, or just to learn more about Deaf culture. Sessions will be available throughout February and March and can be booked through MyEd events.

This image was taken before the pandemic.

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A taste of Gaelic language and culture

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Gaelic language and culture are a huge part of Scotland’s identity as well as a large part of life at the University.

Bria Mason, Gaelic Officer, is passionate about promoting and sharing the Gaelic experience of life in Edinburgh to staff and students alike: “Gaelic is a rich part of the cultural life of the University, and of Edinburgh, that is often overlooked. The live tasters we used to offer were an opportunity for staff and students to learn more about Gaelic and how they could get involved.”

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Celebrating our graduates

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If 2020 showed us anything it’s that we can all find strength, talent and resilience in even the most challenging times. Nominations are now open for the 2021 Being Edinburgh award, which recognises graduates who have displayed these attributes in their life and work. Their achievements are not necessarily well known, but their stories should be shared and celebrated.

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Event – Scottish Universities: addressing global challenges with European partners

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The University has organised a joint event with the University of Glasgow to discuss the ongoing commitment of Scottish Universities to their European links.

Professor Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh will join Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, Professor Kurt Deketelaere, Secretary-General of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and Professor Jan Palmowski, Secretary-General of The Guild to explore how universities will continue to work with European partners, and how existing networks will be crucial in maintaining UK universities’ involvement in European research discourse and collaboration.

The online event will take place on Friday 5 February from 1:30pm to 3pm. You can register for the event through Eventbrite.

Student Experience Grants – funding available

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Supporting our students and enhancing their University experience doesn’t have to start and end in the classroom. Each year projects start in teams across the University that allow our students to grow.

Student Experience Grants are available for any project that needs additional funding. If you have an idea for a project that could enhance Edinburgh students’ social, academic, sporting or cultural development you can apply and could receive a grant of up to £5,000.

The winter round of these grants is open for applications now and runs until 11 February 2021.

Visit the Student Experience Grants website for more information.

The Student Experience Grants team would love to hear from you if you have any questions.

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