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Need to know – 28 July

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Here are the top updates from the Adaptation and Renewal teams working across the University.

1. Guidance for face-to-face research

Detailed guidance for restarting face to face research both in the UK and overseas is now available. This applies to all face to face research, whether in Edinburgh, elsewhere in the UK or in another country. Your proposed activities must be able to comply with the relevant norms on physical distancing. You should refer to the Decision Making Flowchart and Risk Assessment documents.

2. Wearing face coverings

The University will continue to implement Government and Health Protection Scotland guidance to manage and reduce the risk of Covid-19. Physical distancing, good standards of hand and respiratory hygiene, and enhanced cleaning regimes remain the most effective measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

We will also support our staff, students and visitors, in terms of good public hygiene, by strongly encouraging people to wear their own face coverings within University buildings.

3. Digital resources for research available

Lockdown has emphasised the increasing importance of data and digital technologies in conducting research. The University’s Digital Research Services is a single point of access to University-wide data and computing services available to all researchers. There are about 40 resources designed for academics with all levels of experience and for all stages of their research journey. The interactive web service is available at

4. Updates to travel advice

Travel advice for staff and students has now been updated including information around travelling on University Business, the Go Abroad scheme, going abroad on holiday and UK-based fieldtrips and placements.

Need to know – 14 July

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Here are the top updates from the Adaptation and Renewal teams working across the University.

  1. Buildings continue to reopen

    The Estates and Health and Safety teams continue to work on reopening buildings safely across our estate. They are producing weekly Reopening Reports which will be updated each Thursday. Please speak to your line manager before entering a building.

  2. Updated guidance available

    Detailed guidelines are now available for staff around home, remote and hybrid working. The document, along with the associated guidance, provides additional advice to provide safe working arrangements for each of these ways of working.

  3. Returning students communications

    Communications will shortly be sent out to reassure our returning students and explain the measures in place to support them over the next academic year. The Students work stream has been working incredibly hard so well done to everyone involved.

  4. Research Culture Survey

    For members of the research community, keep an eye out for the Research Culture Survey, which should be landing in your inbox imminently. Please fill it out to help us share and promote good practice, highlight where there is room for improvement, and understand better how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected you and your work.

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Need to know – 30 June

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Here are the top updates from the Adaptation and Renewal teams working across the University.

1.New guiding principles and guidance for remote, home and hybrid working

Many of us have had to adapt to working at home, and some of us will continue to work from home for some time to come. New guiding principles on home, remote and hybrid working have been published, and further guidance is due to be published later this week.

2. Reopening our estate

The Estates and Health and Safety teams have been working hard with colleagues to ensure that the University is able to begin a phased reopening process. From this week, the first tranche of our buildings (24 buildings, including 17 research buildings) will reopen, listed here. Please note that Government guidelines mean that not everyone can gain access to a building even if open. So please do not return to your workplace on campus until advised by your line manager.

3. Working from home experience survey

Colleagues are encouraged to completely the working from home experience survey that was sent round last week. This important and anonymous survey will help inform what University-wide services may need to adapt or change to best support staff who are working from home. The survey is designed to be filled out quickly, and the deadline for responses is Friday 3 July. If you are working from home, please complete the survey here.

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