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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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Meeting our Changemakers

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Last month we saw the University hold their annual Sustainability Awards to celebrate members of our community coming together to help the University become more socially responsible and sustainable.

The SRS Changemaker Award recognises individual staff and students who have brought noticeable positive change to the University either by undertaking a successful socially responsible or sustainable project or by inspiring others to act in a more socially responsible and sustainable way. Here bulletin speaks to some of the winners.

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One regret, one hope – Frank Cogliano

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In this 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.

This week Mona’s guest is Frank Cogliano, Professor of American History and Dean International, North America.

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The MindLetter

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Dr Kitty Wheater, our Mindfulness Chaplain, has shared her MindLetter features with bulletin since last April, guiding us through the mixed emotions involved in living through this long pandemic.

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An update from EREN

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The Edinburgh Race Equality Network (EREN) is a community of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues and allies committed to race equity, diversity and inclusion. As the community continues to grow, Emily Sena (Convenor of EREN) and Umar Malik (Convenor of the EREN Tackling Islamophobia Working Group) share information about EREN’s events and activities with bulletin.

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Leadership and management programmes

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Last year the Learning and Organisation Development team in HR launched a suite of updated leadership and management programmes designed to help identify and support managers and leaders throughout the staff community.

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HRH The Prince Philip

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It was with great sadness that the University learned of the the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

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Prosperity Partnership funding win

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Edinburgh Innovations (EI), the University’s commercialisation service, has helped an Edinburgh-led collaboration with FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies UK (FDB) to secure Prosperity Partnership funding this month to develop more cost-effective ways to make modern antibody-based medicines.

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Celebrating our colleagues – 28 April

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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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Need to know – 13 April

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Here are the top updates from across the University.

1. His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The University will hold a celebration of his life at a date to be announced. To read the University’s statement and sign the virtual book of condolences, visit the University website.

2. New guidance for staff working abroad

New information and guidance is available for staff and line managers about working outside of the UK. This includes information on taxation, social security and immigration regulations. You can read more on the HR webpages.

3. Staff Town Hall reminder

The Principal will be holding an all staff Q&A session on Thursday 22 April with the senior leadership team. The session will run from 9:30 to 11am and all staff are invited to attend. You can find out more, including how to submit your own questions, and sign up to the event on the staff news website.

Let us tell your story: Edinburgh Impact

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Over the past year, teams in Communications and Marketing have been working on a new project to celebrate and share stories from across the University. In this issue, Barbara Morgan, Head of Content in Communications and Marketing, introduces a new website, designed to highlight our amazing community and everything they have been achieving.

The many changes we’ve all encountered to our ways of working this past year, have undoubtedly been challenging and downright difficult. For teams within Communications and Marketing (CAM), alongside those challenges, we’ve found slivers of silver lining, where some things have somehow become a little easier to do.

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