Alumni Services

Staff spotlight

A look inside the University to catch up with members of staff you might remember and current innovators in teaching, research and student life.

Investigating the ageing brain

Tara Spires-Jones
We talk to Dr Tara Spires Jones, Chancellor’s Fellow and interim Director of the Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems. Her research group studies brain changes in ageing and neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's.

Championing Gaelic

Bria Mason
Bria Mason graduated from Edinburgh in 2009 with an MA in Celtic. She now works at the University as Gaelic and External Affairs Officer, and tells us about her education and current role.

Pride in his work

Manos Farsarakis
Manos Farsarakis graduated with a masters in High Performance Computing in 2014, and now works as an Applications Consultant at EPCC, the University’s centre for supercomputers. He explains how he juggles this with his additional role within the Staff Pride Network.

Towards sustainability

Alumnus Matthew Lawson is Programme Manager in the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability. We find out how he plays a role in developing the University’s social conscience.

Making a difference

Johanna Holtan
Johanna Holtan from the Centre of African Studies in the International Office tells us how growing up as the child of university staff inspired her career at Edinburgh, and how she came to invent an innovative solution for female cyclists.

Inspired by Burke

Janet Philp
This month we focus on Janet Philp, Head of Administration in the Deanery of Biomedical Sciences, sporting guru, and author of a new book about one of Edinburgh’s most notorious residents.

An expert in the field

Liz Rogers
This month we focus on a retired member of staff, Dr Liz Rogers, who taught biology and zoology from 1969 until 2004.

Professor Pam Smith

Pam Smith
This month the spotlight falls on Professorial Fellow and former Head of Nursing Studies in the School of Health in Social Science Professor Pam Smith.

Acting with integrity

Professor Viv Cree
Alumna and Professor of Social Work Studies Viv Cree talks us through her career to date, explains how history is vital to our understanding of social work and invites you to get involved with next year's centenary.

Here to help

Barry Croucher
In this month’s spotlight we get the inside track on library developments at the University from Barry Croucher, Head of Help Services, Information Services.

Step into the spotlight

Are you a current member of staff? Are you interested in sharing memories, research or teaching with our alumni community? Contact for more information or complete the short interview form below and return it to us at the same address.

Staff spotlight interview (15.26 KB Word)