Things to share - April 2020
This month's news, events and opportunities for alumni.
1. You can keep up to date with our response to Covid-19
Want to know how the University is responding to the current global crisis? Head over to our dedicated website, where you'll find out about the work of researchers, activities of our student community, and commentary and advice from our experts.
2. Our new graduates have joined the frontline
We're very proud of final-year medical students who have graduated from the University early to join the frontline fight against Covid-19. Some 200 newly qualified Edinburgh graduates will have the opportunity to join the NHS workforce sooner than they would have anticipated, as part of the UK’s response to the virus.
3. We can help you stay active
The University's Centre for Sport and Exercise has some great resources available to help you keep both physically and mentally fit. From home workouts to mood boosting activities, there's something for everyone.
4. There's a new online course for frontline workers
We've designed a new online course for frontline clinical staff who are caring for critically ill patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The course aims to teach workers how to manage critical care patients whilst protecting yourself and your peers, and is available now.
5. Graduates are inspiring kids with stories
Graduates Lorna Rose Treen and Jonathan Oldfield have launched #dreamOut- a weekly online storytelling resource for parents and their children. Each week, the couple will provide a new story, along with visuals, questions and inspiring activities designed to stimulate our children's imaginations.
6. Our community is talking
Lockdown quizzes, nostalgic threads, fun games and shared experiences - our online channels are buzzing with chat, opinions and memories. Join them:
7. CLOSES AND OPENS a film by Sapphire Goss, premieres 30 April
In 2018 Sapphire Goss started work on a film about how an old hospital was regenerating as an institute for the future. The Edinburgh Futures Institute is, just like the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh before it, designed to be open to everyone. While the Infirmary was built to isolate one kind of contagion, the Institute meant to promote another, a contagion of ideas to help us live with the future. But how do you see the future or, for that matter, the past?
8. We're producing new face shields
Innovative face shields for key workers fighting Covid-19 can be made more quickly than other guards thanks to laser-cutting technology. Technicians at the University developed the shields – which take around 70 seconds to produce – to help meet unprecedented demand for protective gear during the pandemic.
9. The Business School is 100 - celebrate with us
We're celebrating 100 years of teaching business with a number of special events that give you a chance to connect with alumni from the Business School. Our Alumni 100 Virtual Conference on Positive Leadership During a Global Crisis will be one of the key events during our celebrations and we're inviting the whole alumni community.
10. Postgraduate Online Learning Open Days (6 and 7 May 2020)
Find out all you need to know about studying online with the University of Edinburgh.
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