In-depth stories and longer reads

How the University is leading the world’s largest study of ME/CFS

When Sarah Ford-Hutchinson, Head of Communications in the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability, was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) two years ago, she had a “gut-wrenching realisation...
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Inspiring the next generation

Where do you call home? I live in the Scottish Borders in a wee village called Gordon. It's a bit of a commute to Edinburgh but I actually quite enjoy...
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The healing power of music – the universal language

“Music is the universal language and creates an environment that takes people outside of the situation they’re living in momentarily,” says Dee Isaacs as she organises a collaborative concert which...
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The Big Sort

Reading time: 7 minutes Each year, as students move out of their University accommodation for the summer, a small army of volunteers moves in. Their mission? To reduce, reuse and recycle, and show that one student’s trash might be another’s treasure.
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Need to know – September

Top updates from across the University.

1. Welcome to the new academic year 

To mark the start of the new academic year, the Principal emailed all staff and students last week. His update explained that there is much to look forward to, from the University’s position as leading global research in artificial intelligence for the last 60 years to the UK re-associating with the EU science research scheme, Horizon. It also acknowledged a number of challenges including continued industrial action and addressing feedback from the recent National Student Survey.   

Welcome to the new academic year

2. Industrial action update  

In the latest update on industrial action, our Director of Human Resources James Saville emailed all staff on 12 September to confirm that our immediate priority is to provide any outstanding marks for students affected by the recently-ended marking and assessment boycott. We’re asking impacted colleagues to speak to their line manager or School management team about workload and how best to prioritise. The University continues to engage in further discussions aimed at resolving the underlying dispute on pay and conditions. 

Marking and assessment priorities

Industrial Action 2022/23 | The University of Edinburgh 

3. Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC)

As already communicated to all staff, the University has restricted access to some areas in eight buildings as a precautionary measure following safety concerns around the use of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC). Arrangements have been put in place for alternative teaching venues and those affected have been informed. We’ll provide updates on timelines as soon as we can. In the meantime, all guidance and the latest information can be found on the University website.

RAAC at the University of Edinburgh 


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Community corner

Sharing highlights and news
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Health & wellbeing

Looking after your mind and body.
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Celebrating colleagues

Recognising your achievements
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Staff notices, events and opportunities.
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Content submission

The next edition of Bulletin has a scheduled publication date of Tuesday 31 October.

If you would like to submit shorter articles (such as health & wellbeing, community corner or celebrating colleagues’ stories), please send the content to bulletin@ed.ac.uk. This should include the title, 250 words max, plus any links or photos. Please ensure photos are at least 900px on their longest side.

For the noticeboard section, please send 100 words max, including the key information and any links.

The deadline for all submissions is 5pm, Friday 20 October.

For feature ideas, please email bulletin@ed.ac.uk with an outline of the feature for discussion.