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Refocus Research programme: bespoke support for researchers

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Edinburgh Research Office and the Institute for Academic Development have been working together to build bespoke support programmes for researchers impacted by Covid-19.

Sara Shinton, Head of Researcher Development and Assistant Director of the Institute for Academic Development explains a bit more about the need for support: “In 2020 we’ve faced widespread disruption to our ways of working and recognise that some research and researchers have been more significantly affected than others. With support from the Scottish Funding Council, Edinburgh Research Office and the Institute for Academic Development have developed a new programme to support mid-career researchers.”

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Rainbow Office Hours

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As LGBT+ History Month, February serves as a reminder to remember and celebrate the history of the LGBT+ movement, not just for one month, but for every day of the year. The University’s Staff Pride Network is a vital part of our community, supporting and celebrating our LBGT+ staff and students alike. Here Bulletin shares their latest updates.

This image was taken before the pandemic.

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Edinburgh Global photography competition winners

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The winners of the Edinburgh Global 2020 Photography Competition have now been selected.

The annual competition is open to all current international students, students who have had a Go Abroad experience and Online Distance Learners outside the UK.

The theme for this year’s competition was Edinburgh in Mind.

With different restrictions across the globe, the theme was chosen to inspire students to share what impressions of Edinburgh they carry with them, wherever they find themselves in the world.

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Smells like Snow 

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How often are you aware of your sense of smell? Here Kitty Wheater, Mindfulness Chaplain, shares how to use your awareness of smells to reconnect with your environment and ground yourself.

The crisp tingle in the nostrils, so pure it almost hurts. A smoky tea to keep you company for long hours at your computer. Thyme in the community garden on the Meadows. The lingering coconut butteriness of the yellow gorse in Holyrood. The scent of a candle in the rain. The smell behind Ben the collie’s perfect ears. Pizza in the oven on a Friday, and a lavender oil that lulls you to sleep.

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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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Celebrating our colleagues – 16 February

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Each fortnight bulletin highlights and celebrates the latest prizes awarded to our fellow staff members. Congratulations to all involved.

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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.

Need to know – 2 February

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Here are the top updates from across the University. 

1. Updated fraud and bribery policies

The University has updated a number of important policies and procedures relating to anti-bribery, fraud and whistleblowing and to counter a global rise in fraudulent activity such as cybercrime. All the information you need, including FAQs, a summary of the key changes, how to ask a question and how to accurately report fraudulent activity can be found on the Staff News webpages.

2. Assessment: Covid-19 mitigation measures

Senate Academic Policy and Regulations Committee (APRC) has agreed measures to respond to the pandemic’s ongoing impact on students’ ability to study normally. These will ensure that students receive consistent outcomes at all levels of study, while retaining the integrity of the University’s awards.

UG and PGT students have been emailed the new measures and detailed information is available online on the University website.

3. New toolkit for community building

A new toolkit has been designed to support staff, helping you understand, create and facilitate communities in your online courses and programmes. It includes a range of resources as well as examples of good practice and case studies. Visit the toolkit on the Staff webpages.

Resources for Interdisciplinary Researchers

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Whether you are just beginning to branch out into interdisciplinary research or you’re comfortable exploring other disciplines, this kind of research is becoming more widely practised throughout the University. No matter what stage of your interdisciplinary project you’re at, Edinburgh Research Office is there to help. Here Jonathan Rans, Strategic Research Executive, shares the new online resources that are now available to support interdisciplinary research across the University. 

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Adapt, Support, Implement, Deliver: How the School of Mathematics adapted to hybrid teaching

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Last semester, teams across the University introduced their newly adapted hybrid programmes. While approaches differed across Schools and Colleges, the creativity of teaching teams in adapting to this challenge has been incredible.

One such instance can be seen in the School of Mathematics. When first faced with the challenge of converting their entire offering to a hybrid model, a number of working groups were quickly formed to respond. The ASID project (Adapt, Support, Implement, Deliver) was created with input from across the School; including academic and professional services staff and, critically, students.

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Go Abroad for Staff

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Normally when the snow falls at this time of year, and the wind whips at your face whenever you leave the house, we turn our thoughts to where we could go to escape the dark, grey winter.

Although this year, we’re all still inside with no trips planned and no overseas holidays booked, the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine at least provides a bit of hope.

But the pandemic isn’t the only thing we’re trying to navigate this winter. The end of the Brexit transition period means that, in early 2021, we are now entering a new chapter in our relationship with the EU. The resulting effects will be felt across the University, but although we may not be sure of the full impact right now, it’s safe to say that there will be big changes.

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