Using technology to improve fitness

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I’ve been overweight since I was at high school. Over the years I’ve made various efforts to shift the kilos and improve my fitness with mixed results.

My wife and I follow the Slimming World plan and are seeing positive results. We’ve also both been training for races in a bid to improve our overall fitness.

Losing weight or sticking to an exercise programme can be hard so I thought I’d share some of my experience in case it might help others trying to do the same. Continue reading “Using technology to improve fitness”

Women into Computing section for Edinburgh Napier

Women using computers in the JKCC at Edinburgh Napier

I spent the last few months of 2017 working on a Women into Computing section for the Edinburgh Napier website.

The aim of the project was to promote Computing as an option for those either choosing their subjects when leaving school or considering a career change. As such, the Women into Computing section is aimed at both undergraduate and postgraduate markets. Continue reading “Women into Computing section for Edinburgh Napier”

Harlaw Hydro: a case study in collaborative working

Harlaw Hydro year chart

In my post on flexible working in June 2017 I mentioned work I’d done for Harlaw Hydro. This community-based, crowd-funded hydro electric scheme has a small generator installed at the outflow of Harlaw Reservoir near Balerno, Scotland.

I was involved in the development of the Harlaw Hydro website used to raise awareness of, and funds for, the project.

With the pump in place, they were keen to display the power being generated. Continue reading “Harlaw Hydro: a case study in collaborative working”

Filming an interview for Airdrie Baptist

Kirsty Lee interview edit

Airdrie Baptist Church recently appointed Kirsty Lee as their new Youth Worker and I filmed a short interview to introduce her to the congregation.

I’ve produced several videos for the church over recent years including a general welcome, promotion of a Deacon election and an introduction to a former associate.

These videos contribute to a broader role I perform of promoting the church, including administering their website and social media channels and producing leaflets and posters for groups and events. Continue reading “Filming an interview for Airdrie Baptist”

Developing a section for the Armed Forces

Fiona Forrest-Anderson

I spent much of June and July 2017 developing a new section on the Edinburgh Napier website covering the work it is doing with the Armed Forces. Having signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2016, it committed to ensuring those coming from Service, or currently serving, are not disadvantaged in terms of access to education and work within the organisation.

The University is developing education pathways for those leaving the Armed Forces, particularly those from lower ranks, and are reviewing HR policies to support Reservists.It is also developing a mentorship programme to help veterans with the wider transition to civilian life.

The University was presented with the bronze award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme in June 2016 in recognition of this work. Continue reading “Developing a section for the Armed Forces”