The Kiltwalk is an annual Scottish event that sees people across the country raise money for Scottish charities by donning their favourite tartan and completing some sort of challenge. It can be anything from walking, to dancing.
This year, due to government guidelines, participants are encouraged to plan their own walks and targets by 25 April. Teams across the University have signed up to take part and raise money for the University institutions they work for.
The University’s Community Grants scheme is now open for applications.
The scheme has given out more than £320,000, to more than 100 fantastic local organisations, since it started in 2017.
Community groups, charities and other organisations can apply for money for their project.
One of the aims of the scheme is to increase engagement between the University and local communities. If you have an existing relationship with a local group, or you want to foster a new relationship between the University and a group you know about, why not see if they would be interested in applying?
Each year Fairtrade Fortnight gives us an opportunity to commit to fair trade values and reaffirm our support. The calendar of events runs until 7 March so there’s still plenty of time to get involved.
Edinburgh has been a Fairtrade University since 2004, and plays a big role in Edinburgh’s Fairtrade City group. The Social Responsibility and Sustainability (SRS) team are leading the University’s involvement with Fairtrade Fortnight and you can find more information on their website.
The SRS team celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight with a make and bake session last week.
Over the course of 2020, people from all areas of the University came together to navigate the pandemic. We saw countless examples of our staff and students joining together for support. Not only did they look to help each other, many also contributed to charities and organisations to help those struggling through this difficult time.
If you’ve often wanted to get involved with local communities or charities, but don’t know where to start, the University’s Day to Make a Difference initiative could work for you. It entitles all University staff to use an additional day of paid leave to volunteer at any point in the year. Here, two members of staff share their experiences.
This year has been a strange one, but although we’ve all had difficulties to get through, it’s amazing to see how our community has reached out to help and support a huge range of different initiatives and projects. As this week is Volunteers’ Week, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that staff are entitled to one day per year of paid leave to volunteer.
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of people have come together to offer their support to those on the frontline. Numerous members of our staff have been contributing to this effort, coming together in new ways, and uniting communities across Edinburgh. Here Ryan Hamilton, Widening Participation Officer in Student Recruitment and Admissions, explains how the team are working to raise money for the NHS.
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of people have come together to offer their support to those on the frontline. Numerous members of our staff have been contributing to this effort, coming together in new ways, and uniting communities across Edinburgh. Here Amanda Warr, Research Fellow at the Roslin Institute, explains how she’s been helping out in her local community.
Karen Biggar, PA to Professors Peter Kind and Giles Hardingham and Centre Administrator for Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain, The Patrick Wild Centre and UK Dementia Research Institute at the University, explains how she’s been helping out in her local community.
At the beginning of March staff and students joined Edinburgh University Boat Club as they took on Row Britannia, a nationwide campaign to promote positive mental wellbeing through keeping active. The team pledged to row 2020 miles in 20 hours and 20 minutes to raise money for Sport Relief.