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Adaptation & Renewal: Students

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Colm Harmon, Vice-Principal Students and Project Lead for the Students work stream of Adaptation and Renewal, talks through how the University has had to navigate the past few months in regards to our students.

The Students work stream has progressed at pace over the last two months, reflecting the incredible efforts of colleagues across the University in meeting the challenge of getting things off the ground in the next academic year, in a way that is creative and reflecting the best tradition of the University but is also mindful, and where necessary cautious, in respect to the safety of our students and staff and in ensuring we are ready to meet all that the world might throw at us.

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Adaptation & Renewal: Estates and Digital Infrastructure

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Kathryn Darcus, Head of Corporate Communications and Communications Lead for the Estates and Digital Infrastructure work stream talks to bulletin about all the hard work, often behind the scenes, to get our estate up and running again and provide support for those staying at home.

The pandemic has had a huge impact on all of our work and home lives, each in different ways. That is why, as part of the Adaptation and Renewal Team set up in April, a group was established specifically to support home and hybrid working and to manage the safe, phased reopening of our campus.

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Adaptation & Renewal: Re-shaping

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A Note from Vice-Principal Strategic Change and Governance; and University Secretary Sarah Smith.

The re-shaping work is focussed on ensuring that we work together to reshape our University and create a sustainable future, maintaining our world-class offer to students, our research excellence and our inspirational working environment. We recognise that, given the significant challenges ahead, it is essential we act swiftly and strategically so that we can emerge as a strong, renewed organisation best able to deliver on our mission.

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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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Project volunteer

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There have been a huge number of volunteering projects and charity initiatives begun over the past few months. It’s been incredible to see the diverse ways our community is contributing to the pandemic. That being said, when you’re looking for ways to help, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start, so here are three studies from our staff that are actively looking for volunteers.

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Thought for the week – 14 July

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This week Professor Mona Siddiqui, Assistant Principal Religion and Society, reflects on how important it is to give thought to the room you work in.

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UNCOVER: Collaboration in crisis

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There have been countless examples of the University community pulling together once it became clear how severe this pandemic would be. The UNCOVER project is yet another instance of the strength and commitment of our staff, students and alumni.

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Instantly boost your mood

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We have been in lockdown for a long time. Even though things are starting to ease up here in the UK, that doesn’t mean we’ll instantly be going back to our old routines. In fact, you might find it a bit tricker to navigate this new normal.

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What is Compassion in the time of COVID-19?

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Compassion is attentiveness to the suffering of ourselves and others, with the wisdom and steps taken to relieve it. Compassion calls forth action, but with the wisdom to know when, how and what is required.

Harriet Harris and Marti Balaam

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Adaptation & Renewal

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Multiple Adaptation and Renewal teams are working across the entire institution to make sure our return to a new normal is as seamless as possible. Each issue we’ll be working to collect the most vital developments from the past fortnight, sharing where you can find out more information so you can keep afloat of all the different projects happening across the University.

We’ll also be bringing you more in-depth features, looking at certain projects in detail, as well sharing and celebrating all the hard work our staff have been doing, often behind the scenes, during this unusual and changeable time.

We know there’s a lot going on at the moment, and we want to make sure you have access to everything you need to know as the University works to adjust to these uncertain circumstances.

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.

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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