EIC Student Conference – International Students in Industry

The innaugural International Students in Industry conference was hosted by EIC at the end of March, and welcomed students from EIC and Edinburgh Napier to listen to invited speakers talk about their move from overseas to study and work in Edinburgh.

The speakers ranged in specialisation and background but all spoke inspiringly about the difficulties and triumphs of being a successful foreign national in their respective industry.

Edinburgh Napier Students Association sabbatical Officer and former EIC student, Elman Rahman, spoke of his new-found passion for politics and his future plans when he comes to the end of his sabbatical position. Celestina Omo-Oshikoya told her story of a young woman from Nigeria desperate to travel and to learn, who completed a Masters at Edinburgh Napier and made sure she had the skills employers in the UK wanted because she loved Edinburgh and wanted to continue to call it home. She is now employed in the Public Service Health & Social Care service in Edinburgh.

The breakout sessions with the Edinburgh Napier University Employability and Opportunity team, led by Iona Nicolson, were very well received, and focussed on searching for part-time jobs during studies, and gave tips on job searching for postgraduate positions. EIC’s Academic Manager, Marco Rossi, delivered a staff-directed breakout session on culture shock which gave a real insight into the difficulties that international students may face when moving a  new country to study.

Feedback was very positive, with EIC student Sophie Obuseli, the student lead, being asked multiple times ‘when will the next conference be?’ Soon, we promise!

 

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Former EIC student and current Edinburgh Napier Students Association Officer Elman Rahman addressing Conference guests

 

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Iona Nicholson from the Edinburgh Napier University Employability and Opportunity team chats to students 
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Marco Rossi, Academic Services Manager at EIC
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Student feedback was excellent
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Student Services Officer, Alicia Cope, was vital in supporting the students with the Conference

Action! Edinburgh Film and TV studio approved 

In what is great news for the film and TV sector in Scotland, planning permission has been granted for a new production studio on the outskirts of Edinburgh. 


The Association of Film and Television Practitioners Scotland, which represents some of those working in film and television, previously said it believed the sector was being badly affected by the lack of a studio space in Scotland. 

The new facilities will support the booming film sector in our country. 

You can read the whole story here: 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-39486904

Oh, and did you know we have some pretty snazzy film courses at Edinburgh Napier (including MA Film, which can be accessed through EIC) 

http://www.napier.ac.uk/course-groups/film-and-television

Work Placements through Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier University proudly offers work placement opportunities for Undergraduate students in their third year of study in many of its courses.

These work placement opportunities provide students with invaluable first-hand experience that boosts job prospects and gives students a taste of what is to come after life at University.
Edinburgh Napier University offers placements with highly regarded organisations around the world and with well-known Scottish landmarks and events including The Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh Castle and the Edinburgh International Festival.

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Students use these experiences to build their professional network and develop key employability skills. For international students, it’s fantastic for them to not only gain the skills the work placement provides, but also so that they have something to set them apart on their Resume when they return home after studies. Here’s what some of them had to say:

Without having a placement during my degree, I would not have been able to gain graduate employment with one of the top 100 graduate employers”

“Before the placement, I didn’t know what I wanted to do after my degree…. Now, I am not only more confident where I want to be, I have been offered a graduate position with my placement employer!”

“My learning from placement exceeded my expectations – I really enjoyed and benefited a lot from working in a professional, dynamic environment

The work placements, the teaching, the facilities and the learning environment at Edinburgh Napier University are well recognised. As a result, the Guardian ranks Edinburgh Napier as the #1 University for Nurturing Student Talent in the UK.

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Avengers – ASSEMBLE (in Edinburgh)

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The Avengers has been a global smash

Fresh from being a magnificent backdrop in Danny Boyle’s T2: Trainspotting Edinburgh has opened her beautiful city gates to the cast and crew of mega American franchise, Avengers.

A six week filming schedule for the new Avengers: Infinity War movie is estimated to generate more than £10m for Edinburgh.

It is the largest and most complex shoot ever to film in historic Old Town and other locations in the capital’s city centre. More than 400 crew have been working on the project, which started in the city on Wednesday.

The production’s first schedule with cast in the city will be in mid-April.
Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Paul Bettany. Keep your eyes peeled – there’s a prize for the best selfie!

Avengers is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. Mr Russo said: “When Edinburgh came up as a location option we jumped at the chance. The city is such a unique and iconic location, but one never seen as the backdrop for a big action film, which is incredibly exciting.

“We appreciate the entire city’s help and are excited to have such a beautiful and historic city in the film.”

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Waverley Train Station has been transformed for filming.

Win a full scholarship to Edinburgh Napier!

One lucky American will win a full fees-paid scholarship to come to Edinburgh Napier for a year to study for a tourism-focused Master’s degree.

The university has launched the ‘Destination Edinburgh Scholarship’ which will give the winner the chance to follow an absorbing academic programme, boost their career prospects and enjoy a city with an outstanding quality of life.

As part of a recruitment drive to attract more American students to Edinburgh Napier, would-be students vying for a free place at the country’s number one university for tourism by helping to highlight what its capital has to offer to visitors.

Applicants are being asked to submit a 90-second pitch video explaining, What makes Edinburgh a successful tourism destination?

The seven-week digital competition will end with an online public vote to determine the winner of the scholarship, valued at $16,000.

The winner will also enjoy a programme of cultural activities across Scotland, and will get the chance to share their experiences online as the University’s International Brand Ambassador.

The Destination Edinburgh Scholarship is open for entries until March 30th 2017. A shortlist will be announced on April 13, followed by the public vote and the declaration of the winner on April 26.

For a chance to win, click here for the application form.

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Edinburgh: Officially happy

Edinburgh City Council’s annual survey of residents has shown a whopping 94% of people are happy living here, one of the highest scores recorded anywhere in the U.K.

The survey polls people on all aspects of city life, and while it also highlights areas for improvement, it shows an overall positive picture for residents.

Depute council leader Frank Ross said: “Every year the Edinburgh People Survey gives us an insight into what the public feel we are doing right, and the things they want us to do better.

“It’s great to see such high satisfaction this year with services like public transport, parks and our calendar of cultural events, but we also acknowledge the areas that scored lower, and intend to act on these concerns.”

You can read the full article here:http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/our-region/edinburgh/welcome-to-happy-town-94-say-they-like-living-in-edinburgh-1-4399303/amp

And here are some shots of Edinburgh looking lovely. Just because.

Be a virtual tourist to Scotland – thanks to Edinburgh Napier

Scotland’s most stunning sights have been given global exposure in a virtual travel app created by Edinburgh Napier expertise.

People across the world can now instantly walk through the prehistoric Orkney village of Skara Brae, soar high above Edinburgh Castle or journey into the depths of The Hollow Mountain of Ben Cruachan from the comfort of their own home.

The ScotlandVR app – a ground-breaking virtual reality travel experience which immerses web users in Scotland’s remarkable attractions – was launched recently by tourism body VisitScotland.

 

Featuring state-of-the art 360˚ imagery and footage, users start their journey in a virtual glen complete with mooing Highland Cow, crackling fire and bellowing stag. From there, they can jump into a map of Scotland and experience 26 unique attractions covering every part of the country.

The whole environment can be experienced in Stereoscopic 3D when used with a Google Cardboard virtual reality headset, or in 360˚ view using gyroscope technology in phone mode. Future phases of the software will see new attractions added through refreshed content.

The landmark locations in the launch app were chosen from criteria including footfall, product diversity, online searches and links to the current 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, said: “A team from Edinburgh Napier University developed the concept for this app, which demonstrates the pioneering spirit and ingenuity of Scotland’s academic, technology and tourism sectors.”

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Fiona Hyslop, MSP

 

ScotlandVR is available to download from Google Play and Apple Stores.

For more information, visit www.visitscotland.com/app

 

 

Scotland’s First ‘Baby Boxes’ – Edinburgh Napier student wins design competition

Taking inspiration from our friends in Finland, The Scottish Government’s new Baby Box initiative will see every newborn baby gifted a box of essential items, such as clothes, nappies and books to help ensure they get the best start in life. The primary focus of the scheme is to improve child health and to tackle infant mortality. It has already been implemented in a range of countries around the world.

And the exciting news is an Edinburgh Napier University student has won a nationwide competition to design the box. Leanne Young is in her final year of a Graphic Design degree at the University and is delighted to have won:

“It’s really exciting to be involved with the entire process and I’ve appreciated all the support and encouragement I have received from my mentors so far. The course at Edinburgh Napier has allowed me to develop my graphic design skills and allowed me to participate in this exciting new government initiative.”

You can read the whole article here, or watch the video below to hear Leanne talking about her win. EIC will soon be offering Graphic Design pathways. Watch this space for more!

 

My Edinburgh Napier: Peter Scott

Hi, I’m Peter Scott. I used to work at EIC but I’ve been working as an International Support Officer at Edinburgh Napier since May 2015.

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My role is primarily about providing immigration and visa advice to our current and potential students.  I help with visa extensions, advice on documents that are required and any other information that an applicant needs in order to have a better chance of a successful visa application.  I also provide pastoral support to those students who require this and general advice on opening a bank account, travelling in the UK and Europe, providing letters of support and helping students if they have any problems or issues that they are not able to resolve themselves.

Being part of an educational institution brings us into contact with the student body and events and activities which are taking place at the University.  I often do not feel that I am working in an office but part of a fun, interesting and rewarding organisation.  I like that in my role I am helping people with visa advice that will hopefully help them gain a visa in order that they can study and gain that all important qualification which will help them in their future careers or businesses.  I like to think that I play a small part in helping them on their journey.

As a city, Edinburgh is very cultured and diverse, with great architecture and nature on your doorstep. It is relatively small and compact and therefore easy to get around, with lots of good bars and restaurants and plenty of things to see and do.

My advice for students coming to Edinburgh would be to embrace the culture and differences and see the move as the start of their future, the start of something great, the beginning of your future career.  Think of all the people you will get to meet and the things you will get to do! Remember that many people do not get the opportunity to go overseas for study or for visits so you are getting a great chance to do something many people would love to do. There is a lot of support at the University and if you feel homesick or are unsure of anything there are lots of people who are more than happy to sit down and listen to you and talk, including myself and my colleague in International Support.

 

Scotland – go explore!

We cannot stress enough how awesome parts of Scotland are. Edinburgh is one of the major cities, but in a few hours you can be stomping about the Highlands in absolutely sensational scenery. The Highlands are a playground for adventure fans, mountain bikers, hill-walkers, or just those who want to sit beside a Loch and look for a Monster.

Go and make a coffee and take a few minutes out of your day to watch this, filmed on the Isle of Skye. 4mins 14 is UNREAL.