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Life in lockdown: an international perspective

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Originally from Chennai, India, PhD student Durai Arun Pannir Selvam shares how he’s navigating the pandemic.

Scotland’s public health response to the pandemic can be challenging for everyone at the University, but perhaps none more so than our international students. Originally from Chennai, India, PhD student Durai Arun Pannir Selvam provides an interesting account of how he’s coping.Arun smiles for a selfie

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Student recruitment in a digital landscape

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How can you organise an open day with global restrictions on travel? How can you show off Edinburgh without walking around the city? And how can you support and communicate with prospective students when they are spread out across the world?

These are just a few of the challenges facing the Transitions into the University Strand of the Adaptation and Renewal Students Work Stream as they approached the new recruitment cycle.

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Understanding and addressing global challenges: EFI’s first elective course

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It’s hard not to marvel at the beauty of the Old Royal Infirmary building as you walk down Lauriston Place. A key part of Edinburgh’s history, the building served as the city’s main hospital until 2003 when it moved out to Little France, now known as Edinburgh BioQuarter.

But the building’s legacy will continue once restoration work finishes and it can house the Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI). Promoting a completely multi-disciplinary approach to building courses, EFI works, not only across the University, but across the city too, drawing on partnerships in government, industry and communities to be able to make a real impact both locally and globally.

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A Christmas message from the Principal

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Each November, when the Principal switches on the lights of the huge Christmas tree in Old College Quad, staff and students gather to drink mulled wine, listen to Christmas carols and look ahead to the winter break.

Although this year we’re not able to gather as normal, the ceremony will be online for everyone to join in at home. On Friday 27 November the Principal will turn on the Christmas tree lights and share a message with staff and students.

The video will be available to watch on the University website and will also be included in the next edition of bulletin on Tuesday 1 December.The Christmas tree in Old College Quad

2020 Chancellor’s winners announced

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The University has honoured five staff members with Chancellor’s Awards for their teaching and research excellence and impact.

Michael Eddleston, Chris Speed, Ewa Luger, Davide Michieletto and Ruth McQuillan are this year’s Chancellor’s Award winners. The pandemic restrictions have prevented the traditional Chancellor’s Dinner from taking place this year, however we hope to present the awards, when possible, in the future.The Old College Quad is empty under a blue sky

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Developing Your Data Skills Programme

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Data is a part of everyday life. When it comes to understanding, analysing and presenting data, it’s important that all our staff have the tools, skills and confidence to work with data efficiently to meet their objectives.

The Developing Your Data Skills Programme delivered by Information Services Group (ISG) is now in its third year and has enrolled more than 600 participants to date. It’s been a busy year for many, but ISG are enrolling staff onto their Semester 2 cohorts now – so if you’re interested and can make time to develop your data skills then this could be for you.

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Celebrating our colleagues

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

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A close connection

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The School of History, Classics & Archaeology has a strong tradition of working closely with the University’s Students’ Association and student societies, and throughout the coronavirus pandemic this relationship has been stronger than ever.

For Dr Esther Mijers, Senior Lecturer in Scottish History and Director of Undergraduate Studies, preparations at the School of History, Classics & Archaeology for the new semester began early.

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Developing a new Community Plan

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Stuart Tooley is Community Relations Manager in the Stakeholder Relations team. His team has been key to developing the University’s Community Plan, which launches today. Here he explains the importance of the local community and how we can get involved in the University’s commitments to our city.

For the last 18 months or more, my colleagues and I have been working on a new Community Plan for the University. That’s why yesterday’s publication of that plan, represents a big day not only for me, but the rest of the University too.

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SCOPE: Pandemic insights – animal care under lockdown

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Many of us have been working differently since lockdown began earlier this year. Here, staff from Bioresearch and Veterinary Services (BVS), share how they have been helping to keep our research running and ensuring the health and welfare of research animals during the pandemic.

The Bioresearch and Veterinary Services team is responsible for the housing, care and management of animals used in biomedical research at the University.

The team provides veterinary and technical support for scientific staff to ensure high quality research and optimal animal welfare.

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Extended Christmas closure period

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Bulletin shares a communication from James Saville, Director of Human Resources.

This has been an extraordinarily demanding time for everyone. You will have seen from the Principal’s recent note his deep appreciation for the huge efforts that you are all making in the face of such prolonged uncertainty.

The Principal and the Senior Leadership Team have decided to extend the period in which we close the University from 5pm on Friday 18th December 2020, reopening on Tuesday 5th January 2021.

This will help many staff have a proper break over the Christmas period. The normal working days of Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd December will be “respite days”. They will not and should not be recorded in People and Money and any staff with leave already booked on those days should cancel it and take the leave at another time.

We recognise unfortunately that not everyone will be able to benefit from the full shutdown, noting that exams continue until Monday 21st December and that there are specific challenges facing some teams, for example, ISG. Every effort will be made to ensure all staff get a period of leave during the closure period. However, any staff who are required by their manager to work on any of these respite days will be able to take the equivalent time off between now and the end of December 2021.

In the exceptional circumstance that a staff member is required by their manager to work on any of these respite days and is already carrying over the maximum annual leave (10 days), a payment can be made for those days if their manager confirms they will be unable to take them before the end of December 2021. Existing practices for premium payments will continue as normal.

We are acutely aware that we are likely to need more people to work than normal, in particular to support those students who will be staying with us over this period, to maintain critical research activity and to keep essential services running. A big thank you in advance for those of you who will be doing this. For this year only, to recognise this additional effort we will make an ex-gratia payment of £150 to staff who work on four days or more during the Christmas closure period at management request.

Thank you once again for all your efforts throughout this incredibly challenging period.

You can find more information on the Christmas closure period on our Coronavirus updates webpages.

Photography: George Clerk/GettyImages

The Edinburgh Hybrid Teaching Exchange: what we’ve learned about hybrid since June

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Back in July, bulletin shared the work that went into launching the Hybrid Teaching Exchange. The website showcases how colleagues across the University have approached the shift to a hybrid teaching. Here, Joe Arton, Academic Developer and part of the Hybrid Teaching Exchange project team, shares what they’ve learnt since June.

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Thought for the week – 4 November

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This week Professor Mona Siddiqui, Assistant Principal Religion and Society, reflects on online education, after teaching her first few classes of the semester.

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