Universities Retired Staff Association

Membership of The Universities Retired Staff Association (URSA) which was formed in 1983, is open to retired staff (and their partners) of both the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University.


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 TypeSingleJoint (with Partner)
One off£5.00£7.50

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 2014/15

Date Event
14 Oct‘The Teapot Trust’ Linda Cessford
11 Nov‘The World of Collecting’ Stephen Balmer
18 NovVisit to St Giles Cathedral, High Street
2 Dec‘On Top of a Bus’ (continued from 2013) Murray Chalmers
7 DecUniversity Carol Service
9 DecChristmas Lunch
13 Jan‘Cramond Island’ John Dods
10 Feb‘Why does an Old Professor Care About a chap called Rupert Bear’ Alan Murray
10 Mar‘Garden History and The Botanic Cottage’ Sutherland Forsyth
17 MarVisit to The Royal Company of Archers, 66 Buccleuch Street
21 AprAGM and Re-appraisal Meeting
5 MayVisit to Lauriston Castle, Cramond Road South
16 JunSummer Outing to Callendar House and The Kelpies

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