Author: Stewart Cromar

Interactive Content Manager for the Information Services Group.
Transparent lamb minifigure sitting at a computer desk.

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes Making our online content accessible to a broad audience is something a lot of us strive to achieve. But how many of us consider who created the content we consume daily and what their publishing journey was?

LogMAR chart after floaters. Several thin and blurry black threads obscuring the chart. Stewart’s Animoji avatar is sitting behind a MacBook.

How I’ve been using the accessibility features on my Apple devices to adapt to further changes in my vision.

7 virtual patients grouped together, all different ages, ethnicities and sex.

First launched in 2011, this popular Scottish Government funded e-learning resource was refreshed and relaunched on 9th June 2021, coinciding with national changes to foot screening services across Scotland. ‘National Diabetes Foot Co-ordinator’ Duncan Stang kindly provides a short overview of this collaborative project with the University of Edinburgh and the measurable impact it has […]

We can confirm our launch date for the ‘Diabetes Foot Screening’ e-learning resource is now 9th June 2021. This HTML5 compliant (no Adobe Flash) website will allow NHS Scotland and NHS England health care professionals (HCP) to complete their essential training and certification.

Classic Lego instructions showing Main Library made out of Lego and a partial parts inventory.

I’m currently building Lego versions of the University of Edinburgh’s Main Library to raise money for the charity Sight Scotland who support people with sight loss and blindness.

Extreme close-up of Stewart's right eye showing redness and dilated pupil.

After five major eye surgeries for a detached retina I’ve written a new reflective blog post describing my experiences to date. I’ve illustrated my vision loss for each medical procedure and current condition to potentially help others going through similar medical journeys.

Critical notice regarding Adobe Flash Since Adobe no longer supports Flash Player, Adobe strongly recommends all users immediately uninstall Flash Player to help protect their systems. Please note the University of Edinburgh is actively working with our NHS Scotland and NHS England South partners to develop a new post-Flash version of this e-learning resource. You […]

Oxen pulling plough with two farmers standing behind them.

Reading Time: < 1 minute The first day of the Chinese New Year will be on Friday, 12th February, which is the Year of the Ox. To celebrate this festive occasion we decided to create a special colouring book illustration. Our first port of call was the University of Edinburgh’s Image Collection, where there are over 40,000 images published by the […]

LEGO elf minifigure presenting news bulletins in a blizzard from Santa’s Workshop, North Pole

I had a great time attending our virtual festive office party this week. A kind team of University colleagues designed a creative agenda, stuffed full of genuine LOL moments for us all. Inclusive event Traditionally we’d all have a wee quiz and fancy meal in an Edinburgh restaurant. For 2020, our virtual equivalent had some… Continue reading Virtual elf benefits

My Animal Crossing avatar viewing an in-game representation of nine gastropods collected by Darwin

Following on from a post earlier this year, I wanted to revisit the video game Animal Crossing and import University artworks I had recently discovered whilst working on a brand-new digital exhibition. Carlyle Circle digital exhibition The Carlyle Circle was formed in 1990 to bring together and thank everyone who pledges to leave a legacy to the […]

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