Two-party system

The University has celebrated the American elections with two events for staff and students.

From left: Briana Pegado; Fiona Hyslop; Zoja Bazarnic Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea

From left: Briana Pegado, student; Fiona Hyslop, MSP; Zoja Bazarnic, Principal Officer of the US Consulate General; and Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, University Principal

On November 6, the University’s North American Society hosted an election night event at the Teviot Debating Hall, at which students watched the results live from each state until the early hours.

Then, on the morning of November 7, the American Consulate in Scotland held an election breakfast in the University’s Playfair Library.

Attendees at the morning breakfast included Zoja Bazarnic, the Principal Officer of the US Consulate General in Edinburgh, and Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop MSP, as well as staff and students from across the University.

These election events have allowed the University to celebrate not only its extremely close links to North America, but also the many students from the US who come to Edinburgh and who contribute so much to University life each year. The successful event at Teviot is testimony to their energy and enthusiasm.

Prof Francis Cogliano

Joint Dean for North America

Celebrating US links

The Teviot event included a series of discussions, led by senior academic staff, that provided an insight to the histories of the Republican and Democratic parties, as well as the US electoral system as a whole.

Queues for the event extended around Bristo Square, as students joined together to follow the results.

The evening was organised by the recently-launched North American Society, which seeks to attract students of all nationalities who are interested in North American culture.

We want the new North American Society at Edinburgh to provide both a social and support network for new and existing students and a meeting place for those interested in learning about and celebrating North American culture. We also want to establish a thriving alumni network, to help friendships flourish long after graduation.

Charlie Cottingham

Co-founder, North American Society

University and North America

The University has very strong historical and research connections with North America. Two signatories of the Declaration of Independence, John Witherspoon and Benjamin Rush, were Edinburgh graduates.

Our alumni today include physicians, academics, lawyers, Congressmen, the co-founder of TiVo, a Vice-President of Chevron, an Emmy award-winning actor, a Group Vice President of Unilever and many more.

Recent University honorary degree recipients include businessman Bill Gates, economist Alan Greenspan and Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.

The University welcomes over 1,000 North American students each year, one of the largest concentrations in the United Kingdom.

It has an established alumni network in North America, with active Alumni Clubs in New York City, Washington DC, Toronto and Atlanta.

Informal alumni groups also exist in Boston, Vancouver, Colorado, Texas, Florida and the San Francisco Bay Area.

You are now in a place where the best courses upon earth are within your reach… such an opportunity you will never again have.

Thomas Jefferson

Founding Father and US President (speaking to his son-in-law, Thomas Mann Randolph, as he began his studies at the University of Edinburgh)

Photo copyright Gordon Terris, The Herald.

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