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Sharing things

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Category: Responding to a global pandemic

Breigha Morrison

Reading Time: 6 minutes Breigha Morrison (Linguistics and English Language 2021) writes about her experiences fitting into the world of work. Is working 9 to 5 everything that she thought it would be? Current treasured object: Giant oversized hooded blanket (practically my second skin at this point and very much needed in my baltic, barely single-glazed tenement flat). Song […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes Dr Russell Jones is a two-time alumnus of The University of Edinburgh, having studied and researched creative writing as an MSc and PhD. He has published six poetry collections and two novels to date (plus hundreds of poems and stories in books and magazines), with another novel and a graphic novel due out later this […]

Begoña Pino

Reading Time: 4 minutes Begoña Pino is a creativity ambassador, visual thinker, remote team facilitator, and undercover agent of change. She is on a mission to unlock creativity in individuals and organizations. During lockdown she decided to write a book to redefine how we think about creativity and play in the workplace. Edinburgh degree: MSc Artificial Intelligence, PhD Education […]

Henry Searle

Reading Time: 5 minutes Henry Searle was one of the Edinburgh medical students who graduated early last year so that he could join the fight against Covid-19 as an interim foundation doctor. He tells us about the experience of graduating in 2020 and being thrust into the frontline of medicine. Edinburgh degree: Medicine 2020 Current treasured object: My flatmate […]

Michael Kozicki

Reading Time: 4 minutes Electrical engineering graduate Michael Kozicki is an award-winning professor at Arizona State University. He tells us how the closure of its campus during the Covid-19 pandemic has prompted him to take on research at home that’s making a difference in local hospitals. Degree: Electrical Engineering (BSc 1980, PhD 1985) Current treasured object: My Yamaha CGX102 […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes Consultant surgeon Dr Leo Cheng was in Senegal serving with an international surgical care charity when news of the coronavirus started to circulate. Now that the peak of the pandemic appears to have passed in the UK, he reflects on the experience and whether it has changed his outlook on life. Degree: BDS Dentistry, 1985 […]

Will wearing a face shield

Reading Time: 4 minutes Spending time in a rural village in Tanzania helped recent graduate Will (MA Economics 2019) appreciate the benefits of his UK lifestyle, even in lockdown, so when the Covid-19 pandemic started to cause widespread devastation, he felt spurred on to do something to help, navigating some new skills and challenges along the way.   Degree: […]

Emma in Amman, Jordan

Reading Time: 3 minutes Finishing university can be a daunting period of flux in itself, never mind the uncertainty brought on by a global pandemic. While this isn’t the graduating summer that Emma Penney (Arabic and French 2020) imagined, she’s found something oddly reassuring about contemplating her next steps anew. Degree: MA Arabic and French Current treasured object: My […]

Louise at her sewing machine

Reading Time: 3 minutes Louise Nicholson (MA 1976) has been in solo isolation since 18 March. Amidst the collapse and rethink of her freelance career, she lent her sewing skills to a common purpose, discovering community spirit and her own resilience in the process. Degree: MA History of Art, 1976 Current treasured object: My little walled garden just off […]

Dorcas Amoh-Mensah

Reading Time: 3 minutes Dorcas Amoh-Mensah remembers always being cold in Edinburgh when she was studying as a Global Mastercard Foundation Scholar. Now she’s in warmer climes, in her home country of Ghana, adjusting to a new way of living and supporting local businesses to continue beyond the challenges presented by Covid-19 through her work with the charity Challenges Worldwide.   Degree: MSc Africa and International […]

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