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Get your fresh air fix

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Now that lockdown is slowly lifting, and we can venture out a bit further from our homes, we asked staff where they’ve been going to enjoy the bonnie Scottish summer.

“We recently visited Tyninghame Beach (otherwise known as Ravensheugh Sands) near Dunbar. It is a beautiful sandy beach with dramatic views of Bass Rock. Parking spaces are limited so it never feels too busy. It’s a great beach to let our dachshund, Shelly zoom around off the lead, she absolutely loves the beach like we do!” – Kristin Mason, Digital and Comms Officer

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When Zoom fatigue becomes Zoom burnout

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We’ve been working from home for a long time, communicating electronically with friends, family and colleagues. Here Kitty Wheater, Mindfulness Chaplain, talks about digital exhaustion and the small things we can do to prevent it.

A couple of months ago I wrote about Zoom fatigue: that specific kind of tiredness created by hour after hour of meeting without meeting, presence without presence. ‘It’s the plausible deniability of each other’s absence,’ Gianpiero Petriglieri – professor of management at INSEAD – writes. ‘Our minds tricked into the idea of being together when our bodies feel we’re not. Dissonance is exhausting.’

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Capturing the city in covid times

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As we enter a new phase of Scotland’s route map out of the coronavirus pandemic, pause and take in our new photo gallery showing the University’s Central Area and the surrounding city in recent days.

The lockdown has brought many parts of Edinburgh to a standstill. As we begin to move into a new stage, let’s take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the University and city at the quietest Scotland’s capital has ever been.

Bristo Square, home to the University’s graduation venue, McEwan Hall, and student union, Teviot Row House

The Informatics Forum, where researchers develop innovations in virtual reality, bioinformatics, artificial learning, robotics and more

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Scientist Next Door: bringing science alive during lockdown

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Many of us were suddenly faced with the daunting task of homeschooling our children while schools were closed. While teachers still offered up as much support as they could, there were concerns about children missing out by not being in the classroom. Valentina Erastova, Chancellor’s Fellow in the School of Chemistry, decided she could help. With Basile Curchod and Matteo Degiacomi, both academics from Durham University, Valentina created Scientist Next Door, an online community of scientists able to teach science and help conduct experiments with children stuck at home. Here she talks to bulletin about the project. 

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How to stay creative at home – photography

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This week Sam Sills, Photographer at Whitedog Photography, shares her top tips for kicking your photography skills up a notch.

Well if you’re anything like me, you will have started this lockdown with great intentions of learning new things, finishing old projects and using the time in a productive way. However, after a couple of months in quarantine, my ukulele is still getting dusty and the bathroom tiles remain in a box under the sink untouched. So much for new skills!

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How to build a virtual quiz

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You might be a bit fed up with virtual quizzes, but they’ve become a popular way to stay in touch with loved ones during lockdown. It’s not always easy to find things to talk about and often most conversations lead back to the current situation. A quiz is a great way to keep things light whilst keeping in touch with friends, family and colleagues. Joe West, Communications coordinator in the Service Excellence Programme was writing quizzes regularly well before lockdown came into effect. Here he shares his five top tips to building a great online quiz.

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Lothian Lockdown: documenting life during Covid-19

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A group of University of Edinburgh researchers from the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences have begun a project to record life in lockdown by collecting video diaries.

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Behind the scenes: building the COVID-19 Critical Care: Understanding and Application MOOC

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The University has always offered a large number of free online learning resources with our Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) covering topics from philosophy to astrobiology. When the UK went into lockdown, one team realised the content on their MSc course could be helpful for hundreds of frontline workers. Here Lauren Johnston-Smith, Online Learning Marketing Project Manager, shares how teams across the University community and beyond, came together to create a new free online resource in Critical Care in the space of two weeks.

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How to stay creative at home – journalling

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Tracey S. Rosenberg, our Writer in Residence, shares how to put pen to paper and start journalling, whether you want to flex those writing muscles, or just want a place to order your thoughts.

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Your volunteering stories: Ryan Hamilton

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Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of people have come together to offer their support to those on the frontline. Numerous members of our staff have been contributing to this effort, coming together in new ways, and uniting communities across Edinburgh. Here Ryan Hamilton, Widening Participation Officer in Student Recruitment and Admissions, explains how the team are working to raise money for the NHS.

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Collecting Covid-19: Preserving the memories of life in lockdown

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It’s impossible to sum up the current situation in a single word, but the one that everyone seems to keep returning to is ‘unprecedented’. We’ve all heard that this is an “unprecedented situation” hundreds of times, but although we may all be a little fatigued with the word it’s important to recognise that we’re living through history and we should try and record as much of it as we can.

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Your volunteering stories: Amanda Warr

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Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of people have come together to offer their support to those on the frontline. Numerous members of our staff have been contributing to this effort, coming together in new ways, and uniting communities across Edinburgh. Here Amanda Warr, Research Fellow at the Roslin Institute, explains how she’s been helping out in her local community.

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A week well spent

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How many days of annual leave do you have left? Are you trying to save them until lockdown lifts? Although it may feel pointless to take time off at the moment, you may find that a break from working is exactly what you need, even if you can’t leave the house. As this week is Mental Health Awareness week, we wanted to share how beneficial time off can be. Here Gavin Donoghue, Deputy Director, Stakeholder Relations, shares how a week off has left him feeling refreshed and much more relaxed.

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