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.
Now that our University’s new HR services, supported and enabled by the People and Money system, are now live, make sure you take time to go in and explore the system.
As a reminder, all of us can now log in via MyEd to complete everyday HR tasks like requesting or approving leave, recruiting to new roles, gaining approvals for job changes or amending our personal details.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nine million more nurses and midwives are needed to accomplish universal health coverage by 2030. A lack of resources, rising chronic illnesses and ageing populations mean we’re seeing a huge strain placed on healthcare professionals which only looks to continue to grow.
In response, WHO named 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife at the World Health Assembly in 2019. The initiative aimed to shine a spotlight on the work of nursing professionals across the globe, and encourage more funding opportunities to support them during the next 10 years and beyond.
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.
As the end of the year (and more importantly the winter break!) rapidly approaches, many of us will begin to reflect on the previous 12 months.
The changes to the way in which we work have increased the importance of understanding how our whole staff community feels. This is why the University has decided to end 2020 by conducting a staff survey to get your feedback directly.
On Wednesday you will receive an email containing a link to the survey which can be completed online.
This is your opportunity to have your voice heard and let the University know how we can make Edinburgh an even better place to work.
The survey takes less than five minutes to complete and is open until Wednesday 9 December.
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.
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.
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 & Archaeologyfor the new semester began early.
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.
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.
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.