Guidance on creating safe and inclusive learning spaces

Reading Time: < 1 minute Further to feedback from colleagues that they would benefit from ideas on how to provide effective interventions when witnessing poor online behaviours, we have developed a toolkit with colleagues from the Digital Skills team, Careers Service and ART Students. You can access the toolkit via the Professional Development for Student …

Podcast Series: Student Mental Health & Online Engagement

Reading Time: 2 minutes This two part podcast series produced by the Institute for Academic Development examines the impact of online engagement on students’ mental health.  It explores the positive sides of online engagement, the downsides, the unintended consequences and what we can do to make things a little bit better. Listen: Episode 17 …

Tackling racism on campus: Raising awareness and creating the conditions for confident conversations

Reading Time: < 1 minute An Advance HE Project funded by SFC and led by an expert group of EDI practitioners, academics, tertiary education staff and students. The aim of this project is to develop evidence based resources to be used by Scottish universities and colleges as they respond the findings highlighted in the EHRC …

Locating Bias in Higher Education Marking Practices

Reading Time: < 1 minute In this post from Advance HE,  Hannah Borkin a mixed-methods researcher at Advance HE shares some of the findings on the prevalence of bias in assessment and marking as part of wider efforts to address systemic inequalities… Locating bias in higher education marking practices Nov 27, 2020

Key Takeaways from Mental Health Training

Reading Time: < 1 minute In this post, Omar Kaissi a teaching fellow at the Institute for Education, Community and Society, Moray House School of Education and Sport, and a member of the Higher Education Research Group (HERG), walks us through his experience of completing a mental health training session organised jointly by the University’s …

Under Our Skin: what do we mean when we talk about race?

Reading Time: < 1 minute This interactive site from the Seattle Times features conversations that explore what we mean when we talk about race. This selections of videos and interactive media includes discussions of microaggressions and the language around race and racism. https://projects.seattletimes.com/2016/under-our-skin/# About the Project “Under Our Skin grew out of conversations about how …

Assessment and Social Justice in the Hybrid University

Reading Time: < 1 minute In this video, Vel McCune from IAD and Jan McArthur, a former colleague and now a Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University, discuss how to design assessment for social justice in a hybrid context. You can also download this conversation as a Podcast. Oct 29, 2020

Universities Can Be Allies in Confronting Racism

Reading Time: < 1 minute In this post from WonkHe, Shaminder Takhar Associate Professor of Sociology at London South Bank University argues  that anti-racism isn’t always comfortable, but true allyship demands action and accountability from universities in support of #BlackLivesMatter… Universities can be allies in confronting racism Oct 6, 2020

Recognising and Counteracting Transphobia and Microaggressions against Trans and/or Non-binary people: A Resource for Academics

Reading Time: < 1 minute This resource has been co-produced with students at the University of Edinburgh to help staff understand and recognise microaggressions based on transphobia and misunderstanding of the trans and/or non-binary experience. The resource provides practical steps to counteract microaggressions and transphobia and create identity safety for all our students and colleagues. …

Health & Wellbeing

Reading Time: < 1 minute This website provides an accessible site from which staff can access a variety of information on health and wellbeing issues. The majority of this information already exists on websites across the University but this site will hopefully bring relevant information together, making it easier to find. https://www.ed.ac.uk/staff/health-wellbeing     Image …