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Ahead of the game

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The University’s commercialisation arm, Edinburgh Innovations (EI), helps numerous staff and students each year turn their ideas and research into profitable services and companies. Based at the King’s Buildings, the team works closely with the University community and external business partners to match up ideas with opportunities.

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Reviewing our curriculum – insights and learning

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In April, the Curriculum Transformation Hub was launched to support a long-term programme of work aimed at refining core elements of our curriculum and establishing the infrastructure needed to deliver this in line with the vision outlined in Strategy 2030: Curriculum Transformation Hub

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The Students’ Association Teaching Awards 2021

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Staff play a pivotal role in the student experience at Edinburgh, from lecturers and tutors to supervisors, Personal Tutors and professional services staff.

The Students’ Association annual Teaching Awards provide students with an opportunity to thank staff for their hard work and celebrate the very best of teaching and support at the University, something that’s more important than ever this year.

More than 1,300 staff received more than 2,800 nominations, all of which were reviewed by a student shortlisting panel. The Awards were announced on the Students’ Association’s Facebook page.

The 2021 winners have now been announced and can be viewed below. Congratulations to everyone involved.

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Talbot Rice Gallery reopens: The Normal

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After months of lockdown, the UK is finally opening up again. In line with Government restrictions, restaurants, cinemas and museums are opening their doors and welcoming us back.

The University’s Talbot Rice Gallery has also reopened its doors, with a new exhibition that looks to capture what our lives have been like during the pandemic. The Normal examines the turbulence of the past year, and the issues Covid-19 has exposed.

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Breaking the stigma on mental health

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Often when we talk about mental health, we instantly think of mental health illnesses like anxiety and depression, when in fact, it encompasses good mental health too.

Here, Melanie Peak, People and Money Systems Trainer in the Service Excellence Programme, shares her thoughts on mental health stigma, and why we should all be thinking of our mental health as a spectrum. 

So what do we mean by mental health? Well, it is our overall emotional and psychological wellbeing. It governs our ability to cope in certain situations and can be influenced by many factors. How much resilience we have can play a huge part in this. Resilience develops over time, based on our learned behaviours and our lived experiences. So what one person can cope with, another may struggle. We may also gain strength through our support network. But again this will be different for each of us.

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A formula for success

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Recovering from burnout: James Saville’s reflections

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Recognising and talking about your own mental health is more important than ever. This year’s Mental Health Awareness week offers an opportunity to take some time to check in with yourself and how you’re feeling. Talking about mental health isn’t simply reduced to mental health issues, it’s also about looking after your mental wellbeing and practising good habits too.

Everyone can suffer from bad mental health days and for many, these feelings normally pass. However, sometimes they can grow and you can become mentally unwell.

This is what James Saville, HR Director experienced in 2008. He was suffering from such severe anxiety and depression that he experienced a huge burnout and was signed off work. Here he shares what his own mental health experiences were like, and how he’s learnt to recognise and safeguard his mental wellbeing.

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Celebrating International Nurses Day

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As Wednesday 12 May is International Nurses Day, it seems fitting to take a moment to celebrate our Nursing Studies community in the School of Health in Social Science.

In this video, both staff and students share their experiences of Nursing at Edinburgh and talk about what it takes to be a leader in this field.

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The Researcher Development Concordat: Sparking a culture change

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When the University published its new strategy, the biggest change was a sharper focus on and commitment to its people. The University community is made up of around 44,000 students and almost 15,000 staff, not to mention our alumni, stakeholders and friends.

In light of this, it’s no surprise that early last year, the University signed the updated Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (also known as the Researcher Development Concordat) without hesitation.

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Europe Day: celebrating UNA Europa

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Each year, Europe Day is a chance to showcase and celebrate the University’s links across the region. Here the Europe Regional team within Edinburgh Global share the innovative work of the Una Europa alliance, a unique partnership of eight, world-leading universities working towards creating the European University of the Future.Europe and surrounding areas seen from space.

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The Barnahus: Scotland’s first Child’s House for Healing

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Last year the University began work on an exciting collaborative project – to build Scotland’s first Barnahus.

Dr Mary Mitchell, Lecturer in Social Work in the School of Social & Political Science, explains exactly what this is: “Barnahus – which means a house for children in Icelandic – is a child-friendly, multidisciplinary and interagency model responding to child victims and witnesses of violence.” Working with Professor John Devaney, Centenary Chair and Head of Social Work, Dr Mitchell is part of the team bringing this revolutionary concept to Scotland.

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Debora Kayembe, our new Rector

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In March, Debora Kayembe became the new Rector of the University of Edinburgh, the third woman to take up the position and the first person of African descent in the role’s 162 year history. Elected unopposed, Debora stood on a platform of tackling injustice, fighting racism and addressing the inequality of access to higher education.

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Introducing Curriculum Transformation

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Last week, a new Sharepoint Hub on Curriculum Transformation was launched for colleagues from across the University to gain an insight into how the first phase of this initiative is shaping up.

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