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Pension sessions available

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After running several successful sessions last year, the University is continuing to work with Tilney, independent financial advisors, to provide a series of presentations and one-to-one sessions around pension awareness.A woman sits in her kitchen while she works on her computer and writes notes on a pad next to her

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Digital coaching available for staff: reflecting on the new platform

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In June Bulletin reported the launch of the new coaching platform available to support staff to navigate the significant changes that the higher education sector is facing. Six months on, 51 colleagues have taken up the offer with those who have completed their programme giving an overall satisfaction score of 9.8 (out of 10). Staff also reported a 25.9 per cent increase in their wellbeing and a 57 per cent increase in their clarity on next steps to achieve their goals.

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SCOPE: Portraits of the pandemic

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The University is proud of the enormous contributions of staff and students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Working with Edinburgh-based photographer Laurence Winram, the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine (CMVM) commissioned 13 portraits to shine a spotlight on the massive team effort behind this response – from clinical, research, teaching, technical and professional services.

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Virtual Christmas Charity Craft Fair

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This year many people have found themselves buying from small, local businesses over larger chains. This Christmas presents another opportunity to shop local and source unusual and bespoke presents for your friends and family.

If you’re still struggling to find gifts, the University’s annual Christmas Charity Craft Fair is a great place to start. You won’t be surprised to hear the Christmas Fair has gone virtual this year. Open until Sunday 20 December, you can visit the online exhibition hall website to browse the gifts on offer and read about the people making them.

It includes a huge range of handmade products where you’re bound to find something for everyone. Choose from jewellery, prints, Scottish-themed gifts and much more. The Fair is supporting the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation in their work against Covid-19. You can also donate a contribution through their Just Giving webpage.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion  support for our students

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The events of this year have highlighted that looking out for each other is more important than ever. From supporting the Black Lives Matter movement to checking in on the wellbeing of isolated students and colleagues, the power of community has had a huge part to play in getting us through 2020.

Throughout Semester 1 colleagues from across the University, including contributions from the Adaptation and Renewal Team, Careers Service, Institute for Academic Development, Digital Skills and Edinburgh University Students’ Association have been working to build on the support available for our students, whether new this September, or returning to continue their studies.

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SCOPE: Pandemic insights – Medical imaging in times of COVID

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The SCOPE series looking at how working lives have changed since the lockdown began continues with a focus on Edinburgh Imaging. Here we see how our radiography teams helped maintain clinical imaging services and supported NHS colleagues through the pandemic.

The radiography team at Edinburgh Imaging Facility at The Queen’s Medical Research Institute (QMRI) in ‘normal times’ provide imaging for research projects covering a diverse range of research interests, primarily cardiovascular, lung and dementia imaging. The facility houses a 3T MRI scanner, 2 PET-CT scanners and a PET-MRI scanner. The team also delivers the NHS clinical PET-CT service for Lothian and beyond, providing crucial imaging for oncology patients.

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New staff benefits portal

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The HR Rewards team have launched a new portal this week. Here Kirsten Partridge, HR Reward Partner, shares what the new mylifestyle portal adds to the University’s staff benefits package.

Mylifestyle is a new benefits hub that gives staff access to brand new retail discounts, the University’s Cycle to Work Scheme and the Childcare Voucher Scheme (existing members only) and these are accessible via a single login.

Staff can access the portal via the mylifestyle quick link on the Pay and Reward SharePoint pages, where you can find more information including how to register.

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University Carol Service

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The University Carol Service is a popular event each December, with members of the University community and the general public coming together to celebrate Christmas.

Although we can’t gather together this year, the service will still be held online, and will be available to watch from Sunday 13 December on the University homepage. The virtual event will include festive carols and readings from the Principal, University Chaplain Reverend Harriet Harris, and a number of students.

The video will also be published in the next bulletin issue on 15 December.

Nominate your next Rector

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Nominations are open for the next University Rector. Elections take place every three years and all students and staff can nominate candidates.The rector is carried in their chair in Old College Quad

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A Christmas message from the Principal

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Each November, when the Principal switches on the lights of the huge Christmas tree in Old College Quad, staff and students gather to drink mulled wine, listen to Christmas carols and look ahead to the winter break.

Although this year we’re not able to gather as normal, the ceremony will be online for everyone to join in at home. On Friday 27 November the Principal will turn on the Christmas tree lights and share a message with staff and students.

The video will be available to watch on the University website and will also be included in the next edition of bulletin on Tuesday 1 December.The Christmas tree in Old College Quad

Staff Survey 2020 – the University wants to hear from you!

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As the end of the year (and more importantly the winter break!) rapidly approaches, many of us will begin to reflect on the previous 12 months.

The changes to the way in which we work have increased the importance of understanding how our whole staff community feels. This is why the University has decided to end 2020 by conducting a staff survey to get your feedback directly.

On Wednesday you will receive an email containing a link to the survey which can be completed online.

This is your opportunity to have your voice heard and let the University know how we can make Edinburgh an even better place to work.

The survey takes less than five minutes to complete and is open until Wednesday 9 December.

Developing Your Data Skills Programme

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Data is a part of everyday life. When it comes to understanding, analysing and presenting data, it’s important that all our staff have the tools, skills and confidence to work with data efficiently to meet their objectives.

The Developing Your Data Skills Programme delivered by Information Services Group (ISG) is now in its third year and has enrolled more than 600 participants to date. It’s been a busy year for many, but ISG are enrolling staff onto their Semester 2 cohorts now – so if you’re interested and can make time to develop your data skills then this could be for you.

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SCOPE: Pandemic insights – animal care under lockdown

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Many of us have been working differently since lockdown began earlier this year. Here, staff from Bioresearch and Veterinary Services (BVS), share how they have been helping to keep our research running and ensuring the health and welfare of research animals during the pandemic.

The Bioresearch and Veterinary Services team is responsible for the housing, care and management of animals used in biomedical research at the University.

The team provides veterinary and technical support for scientific staff to ensure high quality research and optimal animal welfare.

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