Centre for Inflammation Research

Information for new staff joining the CIR

Useful information for staff who will be starting in the CIR

On your first day

You will have already been contacted so you will know what time to arrive at QMRI reception and who to ask reception to phone. If this is not the case please contact you new PI / Line manager to confirm this before you start.

Map, travel information and QMRI reception phone number

Note: There is a Lothian bus stop outside the QMRI.


On your first few days you will be introduced to the Centre's HR and Finance teams and be given an Induction.



CIR is based at the BioQuarter site (formally called Little France) . The University uses a virtual, Cloud based permit system which is completely paperless.  As we are based at a busy hospital site a parking permit is not guaranteed. Each application will be reviewed on the information your supply.


Summary and cost of BioQuarter permit 

How to apply for a parking permit    


NOTE: You will need your staff number or student matriculation number to apply. If this means you cannot apply for a permit before you start please contact Ruth MacInnes to discuss if a parking pass for your first day is required.  Ruth.Macinnes@ed.ac.uk



The QMRI has a canteen called The Drum which sells hot and cold food and drinks. Cash can be used or Upay which is a cashless system using your staff or student card.

Upay Cashless Catering

There are also fridges and microwaves for staff and students to use.


The QMRI has a lockable room that can be used for new mothers to express milk and there is also a prayer room.



Information on university pension schemes 



A range of leave, absence, and attendance options for staff


Apply for your first staff card

How to apply for both staff and visiting staff cards

The QMRI has a separate building access card which will be organised as part of your induction.


IT information for new starts

Information Services (IS) provide most of the computing, library and e-learning resources you will use during your time at the University.  You should receive your university computer username and password with your contract, if this has not happen before you start please contact Ruth MacInnes on the day you start.  Ruth.Macinnes@ed.ac.uk

Key IS services you need to know about when you first arrive at the University


Athena SWAN

Recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

Athena SWAN


Health and Wellbeing

The University recognises that many staff combine work responsibilities with domestic or caring responsibilities and offers support to help staff successfully combine these.

Information for families including nursery and tax credit


Staff Disability Service

Information and guidance to support disabled staff