In Spring 2020, the Learning and Organisation Development team in HR launched a new suite of leadership and management programmes. The new courses have been designed to help support both current and aspiring managers and leaders throughout the staff community and have recently been shortlisted for Best L&D Initiative in the CIPD People Management Awards 2021.
A year later, and the programmes are incredibly popular. A mixture of self-directed learning, online workshops and facilitated discussion groups, the courses run twice a year with increased capacity to offer places to all eligible members of staff.
To cover a range of opportunities, the courses are split into The Aspiring Manager, The Edinburgh Manager, and The Edinburgh Leader. Regardless of which of the three options you choose, the courses encourage delegates to examine and reflect on themselves, their role, and their goals, to help them maximise their potential.
The Hybrid Teaching Exchange website showcases how colleagues across the University have approached the shift to hybrid teaching. Here, the team share the latest updates to the website.
The Hybrid Teaching Exchange is where colleagues can share work in progress, learning, insights, ideas, plans and resources to support hybrid teaching. The aim of these digests is to provide an overview of the site and highlight new and existing content that we hope will be useful and of interest to you and colleagues.
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.
In June Bulletin reported the launch of the new coaching platform available to support staff to navigate the significant changes that the higher education sector is facing. Six months on, 51 colleagues have taken up the offer with those who have completed their programme giving an overall satisfaction score of 9.8 (out of 10). Staff also reported a 25.9 per cent increase in their wellbeing and a 57 per cent increase in their clarity on next steps to achieve their goals.
The Hybrid Teaching Exchange website showcases how colleagues across the University have approached the shift to hybrid teaching. Here, Joe Arton, Academic Developer and part of the Hybrid Teaching Exchange project team, and Dr Jon Turner, Director of the Institute for Academic Development (IAD), share how the approach to Semester 1 has informed the preparation for Semester 2 teaching.
The Hybrid Teaching Exchange is where colleagues can share work in progress, learning, insights, ideas, plans and resources to support hybrid teaching for 2020/21. The aim of these digests is to provide an overview of the site and highlight new and existing content that we hope will be useful and of interest to you and colleagues. Since the last digest, we have expanded the depth of content in existing themes and added a new theme Supporting Mental Health, Wellbeing and Resilience.
Reflections on Semester 1
Throughout Semester 1, the Exchange has documented the University-wide experience of transitioning to hybrid during Covid-19. Contributions have included departmental plans, strategies and personal narratives from staff and students. Highlights from Semester 1 include:
In Semester 2, the Exchange will continue to support hybrid teaching and learning by being comprehensive, iterative, responsive and practical. For example, in order to answer some of the mental health and wellbeing challenges of Semester 1, we have introduced Supporting Mental Health, Wellbeing and Resilience in a digital environment as a new theme. Content that colleagues may find useful while preparing for Semester 2 includes:
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.
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.
What does it mean to see, imagine and reimagine bodies? How does biomedicine and technology shape what we think of as the human body? How might this change in the future?
These are just a few of the questions Ingrid Young, Chancellor’s Fellow, Stephanie Sinclair, Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange Coordinator, and their colleagues in the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society, will be exploring in their events for the Being Human festival later this November.
Edinburgh Innovations is hosting a webinar with Dr Robert Langer, the internationally acclaimed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientist and entrepreneur, later today – Wednesday 4 November at 3pm.
Join the Commercialisation Culture event to hear Dr Langer share his experiences and talk about the drive that has led to his unequalled success as an academic and inventor. There is also a chance to pose your questions for a short question and answer session.
With the clocks going back a few weeks ago, and the winter evenings drawing in, it seems a good opportunity to mention the University’s short course offering. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free for everyone and cover a huge range of subjects.
A new addition to the line-up is a course from the School of GeoSciences; Nitrogen: A Global Challenge. Researchers have used their current work with UKRI GCRF’s new South Asian Nitrogen Hub to inform the latest MOOC. The work explores sustainable development for cleaner air and water, climate resilience, health and livelihoods.
The pandemic has changed how a lot of people work. More than ever we’re relying on technology and data-driven methods to help with out day-to-day roles. In this issue Edd McCracken, Head of News, speaks to a number of our academics about how they have embraced this new way of working.