Sustainability in the community
The University actively engages with our local community and wider society. We work with partners to share our knowledge and improve access to education for the benefit of all.
Engaging with our community
- Student City Forum brought together students from across Edinburgh, local councillors, MPs, MSPs and community representatives to strengthen student-community relations.
- University funded EUSA to support and develop student volunteering, to develop students’ skills and employability while contributing to the local community.
- Awarded £339,000 by Climate Challenge Fund to establish Transition Edinburgh University project.
- Discover Science, 10 days of workshops and shows at the Edinburgh International Science Festival, organised by the College of Science and Engineering, attracted 13,700 visitors and involved over 200 University staff and students from science subject areas across the University.
- The School of Informatics opened Inspace, a collaborative laboratory that explores the cultural significance of informatics and new media practice, in partnership with New Media Scotland. 9682 people visited in person with 3,719 viewing events and activities on-line in the first year.
- The University was awarded the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark for Care Leavers in Higher Education, through working to encourage looked after children to successfully study at University.
Our community activities
Our goals are to make a positive intellectual, educational, economic, scientific and cultural contributions to society and to promote understanding of, and support for, the University and its work.
Our approach is to encourage and support the University community of staff and students to play active roles within the local community and wider society for the mutual benefit of all.
- Play a leading role in enhancing public understanding of educational, scientific and cultural developments.
- Contribute to public debate, engage and influence policy makers globally, nationally and locally.
- Encourage greater use of University buildings, facilities and services, and greater participation in events, by local people and visitors to Edinburgh.
- Develop mutually beneficial relations with other organisations, businesses and our 20,000 local alumni.
Responsibilities & committees
Professor Mary Bownes, Vice Principal External Engagement
Rob Tomlinson, Head of Media and Communications
This article was published on May 20, 2011