Issue 10 of our School newsletter for staff and students.
Petros Papapanagiotou recently took part in I’m an Engineer, Get Me Out Of Here and was voted the winner of the AI zone among the 6 participating engineers
Steve Rennals is holding consultations with staff regarding the appointment of the new Head of School (see below for the schedule). If you haven’t managed to attend the appropriate session yet, you can see Steve in person or contact him via email.
Student feedback forms for all taught course are open online till Sunday 10th December.
If you are teaching a course now ending then please tell students and encourage them to provide feedback.
If you are a student you have probably already received an email titled "Course Enhancement Questionnaire". If you have misplaced it, please follow the link for your personalised course list on MyEd.
Different questions ask for your recommendations to staff teaching each course and your advice to students taking them in future. Your comments will be published online on the student course feedback page.
Please do take time to give feedback that you think will help us improve these courses and guide future students. All your feedback goes to individual lecturers and to the Informatics Director of Teaching.
Participation is voluntary and anonymous; we will not track your individual submissions or send targeted reminders.
Please get in touch with Informatics Feedback Officer, Ian Stark, if you have any questions about these surveys.
A new Expenses Policy has been introduced on 1st December. Most importantly expense claims can only be used to reimburse accommodation, travel and incidental spending (i.e. personal costs incurred in connection with University purposes). Other key changes affect buying goods and services, expense claims submitted online, authorisation of claims, booking with our Travel Agent - Key Travel and retention of receipts. Please follow the links below for details.
The mumps virus is circulating and affecting young adults in Edinburgh and the Lothians. There was a small number of cases of mumps within the student community at the University of Edinburgh. Please see the link below for prevention tips.
Edinburgh Local is a new part of the University website which will showcase our community engagement and seek to develop it. People living and working locally will more easily be able to access information about the University and find out about the opportunities, activities and support we provide for schools, community groups and individuals.
Get in touch to tell them your stories: if your work or research involves interacting with local communities, email Edinburgh Local.
Have you recently joined the university in an academic or research role? Attend Get Connected Welcome Day! The Get Connected day is an informal induction event for new research staff and academics, in all Schools / Colleges, who have recently joined the University. It’s also suitable for new post-docs who have previously done their doctoral studies at Edinburgh.
New Edinburgh Innovations website has been launched. It reflects recent rebranding and completes the evolution from the former Edinburgh Research and Innovation. The rebranding reflects their repositioning as the University’s innovation management service, and signals Edinburgh Innovations’ commitment to proactively driving benefit for industry and society in line with the University’s strategic ambitions. The new website sits alongside EI’s presence on the University of Edinburgh's website, which is primarily for academic staff and holds some content behind the EASE login for confidentiality reasons.
The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas (CoDI) provides an informal but high-profile platform for researchers to share, discuss and debate their work with members of the public. It has taken place at the Edinburgh Fringe every summer since 2013. In 2017, we had 48 shows that reached over 2,000 members of the public. The deadline for initial (non-binding) expressions of interest is 14th December, but it may still be possible to get involved after this point.
For those interested in community engagement, the first meeting of this new forum will take place on Thurs 7th Dec, 12noon-2pm at 7 Bristo Square. For more information and to register please go to the Eventbrite website. To be added to the Edinburgh Community Engagement Forum mailing list, please contact Sarah Anderson.
The School of Informatics is hosting the Cyber Security Christmas lectures again. The 2017 edition will take place on Thursday 14th December 2017 at 10 am-12 noon and 12.30-2.30 pm in George Square Lecture Theatre. The event is aimed at school kids.
Which three members of staff sing in the Edinburgh Bach Choir, which meets at St Cuthbert's Church, Lothian Road, almost every Tuesday from 7:15-9:30?
EBC does three concerts a year. The next concert will be a cheerfully seasonal one, with some audience participation, on Sunday 3rd December, and this year's highspot will be the Bach B Minor Mass in the summer. Informatics people on EBC are happy to hear from people we can sell tickets to, and from people who might like to join - there are open rehearsals at the start of each term. Contact them directly and make sure you go to see them sing on Sunday!
For all the latest news, keep an eye on our website and social media channels!
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The newsletter editorial team are taking a well-deserved Christmas break. Watch this space for your next newsletter in January. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!