Human Resources

Universities Retired Staff Association

Membership of URSA and how it works.


The aims of the Association are to promote the fellowship and well-being of retired members of staff and to maintain their interest in University affairs.


Meetings, with a speaker, are held monthly from October to April on Tuesday afternoons at 2.15pm in the Chaplaincy Centre, 1 Bristo Square (opposite McEwan Hall).

During the session there are also three visits to local places of interest, a summer outing in June and a Christmas lunch.

There are 3 Newsletters sent out per year.


Membership Type Single Joint (with Partner)
One off membership joining fee £5.00 £7.50
Annual subscription £6.00 £9.00

If you wish to apply for membership for the current session, please complete the application form available below and forward it with your cheque to the Treasurer at the address on the form.


If you have any other queries, or wish to be sent a paper copy of the form, now or at some time in the future, please email the Chairperson Annette Blane:

Programme 2016/17




11 October

David Mieras – “The Seagull Trust”

8 November

Owen Dudley Edwards - "Edinburgh University's Arthur Conan Doyle"

15 November

Visit to Trinity House and South Leith Parish Church

6 December

Andrew Martin – “Robert Louis Stevenson in Samoa”

13 December

Christmas Lunch


17 January

John Sinclair – “Craigie’s Farm: Diversification in Scottish Agriculture”

14 February

Fred Daniels – “Beijing to the Gobi Desert over land”

14 March

Peredur Williams – “Ralph Copeland, the first Astronomer Royal on Blackford Hill”

21 March

Visit to the Poppy Factory 

25 April

AGM and Re-appraisal Meeting

2 May

Visit to Register House

13 June

Summer Outing - Venue TBA

URSA Programme 2015-16 (13.1 KB Word)