Rectorial address

Image credits: University of Edinburgh/Douglas Robertson Thank you – to the Principal, Eleri, Harriet, and a big welcome to everyone that has come here today I’m really glad that members of my family, and neighbours and friends have been able to join us too. I hope that you will all have an enjoyable afternoon. Take … More Rectorial address

Thank you

Thank you for all your support, I’m proud to be your new rector! The Rector is elected for a period of three years and presides at the University’s governing body, the University Court. The Rector also chairs meetings of the General Council in the absence of the Chancellor, and works closely with Edinburgh University Students’ … More Thank you

Postgraduate experience @ Edinburgh University

Over the last month I have had the chance to discuss many different topics with staff and students across the University. Many good stories to tell of course, but also some concerns, reinforced by reports to the University Court, and in the Annual Report. Difficulties with securing appropriate affordable accommodation, and accessing childcare and finding … More Postgraduate experience @ Edinburgh University

Sport and Exercise – contributing to the health and wellbeing of all students and staff

Following up on a meeting with the Sports Union President and some members of the Executive on Thursday, here are some points that I would take forward as Rector: Supporting the roll out of the ‘Boost Your Mood‘ initiative across campuses, and within student accommodation. This is such a practical and popular way of investing … More Sport and Exercise – contributing to the health and wellbeing of all students and staff

Fixed term contracts

Fixed term contract employees must be treated no differently from other employees, with regard to employment conditions, holiday pay, protection under health and safety legislation, access to pension schemes, maternity and paternity leave, and other matters. Where a number of fixed term contracts run consecutively, this should lead to permanent (open-ended) employment status as early … More Fixed term contracts

Time for a change in our approach to childcare provision – time for the University to take more responsibility

Approximately 40,000 students registered with the University, across different Schools and locations. Over 14,000 staff are employed by the University, one of the largest employers in the city. Thousands of staff and students are parents or family members with childcare responsibilities. Currently the University advertises the excellent Arcadia nursery facility at Kings Buildings and then … More Time for a change in our approach to childcare provision – time for the University to take more responsibility

Student housing growth is not answering needs – time for a change

  Letter from Ann in Edinburgh Evening News 15 Feb 2018 Recent reports of the £24 million deal for USAF (Unite Students Accommodation Fund) to purchase the student accommodation at 123 Fountainbridge, should give cause for concern. These purpose-built, privately owned blocks are described as providing affordable accomodation for students. Affordable? Ensuite rooms in a … More Student housing growth is not answering needs – time for a change